NiP over OpTic to Group B final

NiP are the second team to reach the finals of ELEAGUE Group B after bringing down OpTic 2-1 (3-16 on Cobblestone, 16-2 on Overpass, and 16-14 on Train).

The second semifinal of day three of ELEAGUE's Group B saw Swedish team NiP, ranked fourth in the world, taking on Canadian-American-Spanish team OpTic, who are currently ranked fifteenth.

With NiP having comfortably dispatched OpTic in two maps during the group seeding stage, the best-of-three series kicked off on NiP's map pick of Cobblestone. OpTic star Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas helped his team win their T-side pistolround with a double kill and the North American team powered ahead to an early 3-0 lead.

Following NiP shutting down a sloppy B-take by OpTic and thus winning the first gunround, OpTic yet again bought thanks to their economic management and saving of SMG's in the previous round and split open the B-site to give themselves a 4-1 lead and reset NiP's economy.


f0rest and NiP struggled against OpTic on Cobblestone and Train

OpTic continued to exploit the drop-connector area and moved forward, although NiP did pick up one round where Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz almost won a one-versus-three but fell to Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi when he ran out of bullets.

William "RUSH" Wierzba and his teammates continued to punish NiP and moved ahead to a 10-2 score, and even forced NiP to use their tactical pause early, the thirteenth round saw Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg finally put some kills on the board (as he was 0-10) by winning a one-versus-two on the B site. But NiP's efforts were to no avail on the first half as OpTic finished up 12-3.

RUSH got three CZ-75 kills for his team on the second pistolround and thus gave OpTic a nearly insurmountable lead on the map which the team made good on by closing the remaining rounds and winning 16-3 on Cobblestone.


NAF-FLY and OpTic nearly claimed Train

Overpass was the second map and team captain Richard "Xizt" Landström seemed determined to give OpTic a taste of their own medicine as the Swedes took the pistolround and stormed ahead to a commanding lead on their T-side in the first half, with f0rest in particular making up for his abysmal Cobblestone performance. NiP finished the half up 13-2.

With OpTic seemingly resigned to their fate on the map, NiP won a two-versus-one on the second pistolround on the B-site (with pyth sticking the defuse) and picked up the following rounds to close the map 16-2.

Train was the decider map (a map widely considered to be OpTic's best map in the pool) and following a pistolround win for NiP on their T-side, Keith "NAF" Markovic & co. struck back with forced-up pistols and equalised the score. The early game generally saw OpTic playing a better defense than NiP's offense, and the half finished 9-6 in favour of the North American team.

Things really began to look as if NiP were going to lose their favoured slot, and the game took on a tone of one of those classic battles, with rounds going tit-for-tat. With OpTic having the monetary lead and an advantage at 14-13 however, NiP force bought and somehow made things work and eventually claimed the final three rounds to take Train 16-14.

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 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM 49 - 18 +31 108.6 1.76
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 44 - 25 +19 110.0 1.67
France Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz 36 - 20 +16 86.3 1.42
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 29 - 23 +6 80.8 1.30
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 28 - 25 +3 72.1 1.14
 Selfless K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Skyler 'Relyks' WeaverRelyks 22 - 37 -15 67.9 0.81
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semagomitch 25 - 37 -12 70.9 0.79
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 22 - 37 -15 60.0 0.73
United States Michael 'MAiNLiNE' JaberMAiNLiNE 22 - 37 -15 61.6 0.69
Canada Connor 'CONNOR93' GloverCONNOR93 20 - 38 -18 52.8 0.56

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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 57 - 41 +16 85.2 1.30
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 47 - 44 +3 71.0 1.11
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 49 - 48 +1 82.6 1.08
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 38 - 52 -14 72.5 0.96
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvipyth 41 - 47 -6 68.4 0.92
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 52 - 42 +10 78.1 1.19
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 47 - 45 +2 79.2 1.09
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 46 - 48 -2 75.0 1.06
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 43 - 47 -4 74.0 1.00
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 44 - 50 -6 69.8 1.00

Group B of ELEAGUE will conclude tomorrow with the televised group final between G2 and Null element at 04:00 on TBS. Make sure to tune in.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
ez 4 f0rest
2016-06-03 00:46
f0rest <3
2016-06-03 00:46
I TOLD first map was just warmup
2016-06-03 00:47
not on first map tho XD
2016-06-03 00:48
HAHA FRIBERG license to bottom frag
2016-06-03 00:57
Okay wow? There has to be some bottomfragger, on train he stepped up.
2016-06-03 01:11
-14 overall. "Stepped up"
2016-06-03 01:13
.27 KD First Map 3.0 KD 2nd Mal Didn't step up for sure
2016-06-03 17:50
#85
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Finland coswell 
Whoa, well played f0rest! Just saw the first two maps and wouldnt have guessed that f0rest would be top fragging the game after a "3-16"-score in the first map. He really stepped up on overpass and train!
2016-06-03 07:59
EASY 12 $ i.gyazo.com/86574510c438c9444e85e181dc97.. THANKS USA! USA! USA ! USA !
2016-06-03 00:47
what site is this?
2016-06-03 00:55
#45
f0rest | 
Latvia Zvede 
reskinned lounge
2016-06-03 00:56
lounge
2016-06-03 00:56
xd
2016-06-03 00:46
4th, good enough :D n1 nip
2016-06-03 00:46
#5
Netherlands EmreA 
gg noobs
2016-06-03 00:46
nice game
2016-06-03 00:47
mum im 7th
2016-06-03 00:46
#8
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Norway undret 
nice
2016-06-03 00:46
#9
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Brazil Atok 
a
2016-06-03 00:46
#10
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United States Notfromna 
2ez kappa
2016-06-03 00:46
#11
shox | 
Sri Lanka tr1gg3r 
expected
2016-06-03 00:46
#12
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Sweden JQ1336 
n1
2016-06-03 00:46
#13
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Finland Lehtori 
expected
2016-06-03 00:46
rip
2016-06-03 00:46
expecpted
2016-06-03 00:46
no1 edit:nvm
2016-06-03 00:47
kek
2016-06-03 00:46
f0rp
2016-06-03 00:46
1
2016-06-03 00:46
saddddddddd
2016-06-03 00:46
gg. what a game.
2016-06-03 00:46
almost
2016-06-03 00:46
#24
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Israel ZiinTotH 
ez nip
2016-06-03 00:46
#26
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Sweden godname 
Naf wtf are u doing? why are u even rushing so far there when u have kill 2 peapole on b site?
2016-06-03 00:47
That wasn't even the problem. Daps should have dropped down behind train 1 and the round would have been over..
2016-06-03 01:05
ez for ma boi f0rest
2016-06-03 00:47
the WORST CHOKE unbelivable wtf
2016-06-03 00:47
so cloooose gj!! congrats to nip to keeping the composture
2016-06-03 00:47
NiP played really bad NotLikeThis
2016-06-03 00:48
#34
Europe bueR 
Optic so close. Damn......
2016-06-03 00:48
#35
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Mexico tim7 
NO get_right, NO f0rest on TBS = no fun. they deserve
2016-06-03 00:48
#36
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
f0rest 57-41 after having 3-18 on cobble
2016-06-03 00:48
#41
World hkzz 
2-16
2016-06-03 00:54
#44
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
3-18..
2016-06-03 00:56
#50
World hkzz 
2016-06-03 01:01
#37
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Turkey partyoctopus 
if they continue to play like this they will get rekt in major
2016-06-03 00:49
NiP played bad but winning is winning.. f0rest 27 years old still performing at top level so often tho lol
2016-06-03 00:51
27 years old = performing at top level... you shocked? Why can't u be 27 and perform at top level ROFL
2016-06-03 18:58
f0rest the god
2016-06-03 00:52
#100
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Austria znamyy 
right ur r
2016-06-05 13:36
#40
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
I like how f0rest has +16 and he was 3:18 on 2nd map
2016-06-03 00:52
Fucking insane. I don't know if I've ever seen such a crazy overall stat line for a series with an absolute shit game in the mix.
2016-06-03 00:57
f0rest + GOD right , HAHAHA NA
2016-06-03 00:55
I'm a NiP fan but they are in trouble tomorrow against G2 and moving forward. It feels like they've lost a lot of what was gained by bringing in Threat. I predict less than 20 rounds total in a 0:2 defeat. Hope I'm wrong.
2016-06-03 00:58
Idiot. They are just struggling lately for the past week. They have the expirience to come back in top form at any time.
2016-06-03 01:14
I'm an idiot for giving my opinion followed by the reasoning behind my opinion? Cool story.
2016-06-04 07:03
sryy wrong comment im the idiot lol
2016-06-04 10:14
No problem lol
2016-06-04 22:37
Amazing Game
2016-06-03 01:02
Forest +16 after 3-16 on 1st map that's impressive
2016-06-03 01:03
Chokes on both parts but Optic really messed up on that 28th round...
2016-06-03 01:04
Did Xizt even shoot the auto in round 27? if not then the play from mixwell was okay, but otherwise it was stupid as fuck, after that they kinda tilted i think.
2016-06-03 01:09
He didn't shoot but it was actually a decent gamble considering he had the spawn with the Awp and also ofc he didn't know about that auto save... The problem was what happened after tjat first kill, they just tilted so hard they didn't even wait for CT mistakes or think about their execution, they just rushed b and Xizt who had just killed one from connector just had to spam the auto...
2016-06-03 01:18
Pyth and Fribot making it hard for NiP to win like always feel bad for other 3 carrying these garbage players every game.
2016-06-03 01:06
They are better than you. Far better than you. pyth is a really good player same as friberg.
2016-06-03 01:15
LMAO they are garbage, can't even have a decent performance against NA Teams and not even top NA teams the lower ones. These guys both deserve to be cut or at least Fribot needs to retire. It's sad seeing Friberg and Pyth lose them round after round.
2016-06-03 03:01
du röker mycket om dagen va?
2016-06-03 08:21
good, then next time I know you can't critique a football player (or any athlete) because he is better than me. Now I know. Thank you!
2016-06-03 07:38
If you say they are garbage (shit) they wouldn't be on that team. There is some reason whey they are on that team.
2016-06-03 20:27
#58
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Sweden X-rAy 
friberg best player on the server, i think no one noticed.
2016-06-03 01:09
#64
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Brazil gabrielrg 
no team?
2016-06-03 01:16
#66
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Greece her-1g 
that naf-fly guy every team he is in fails
2016-06-03 01:23
@stich between G2 and No team
2016-06-03 01:27
#68
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United States SoNftw 
Very NT Optic! So close to beating the legendary Ninjas... representing NA!
2016-06-03 01:48
69 or nah
2016-06-03 01:51
Nip give me earth attack first map
2016-06-03 02:29
nip overrated af
2016-06-03 03:05
Get right is the most over rated player for intelligence...the amount of times he nearly threw this game by being a retard is incredible... if it wasn't for f0rest this match would have been lost handily... On a sidenote, f0rest can have a shit tier map, but dont think i have ever seen him go full retard like gtr...
2016-06-03 03:20
gtr is trolling on those last matches, or he hit his head or something HAHAHAHA what you said is sooo true man! last matches I watched from nip he did a lot of stupid shit, i don't know why
2016-06-03 03:24
all last year he was at it too... its like he is legit retarded. Almost feels like a switch that he turns on and off....and it seems directly related to his underlying arrogance. That 2 v 1 against Daps that he commenced the loss of was a joke...theres GN4s in MM that know to camp when there is no bomb planted...
2016-06-03 03:31
friberg lower stats than daps... nice
2016-06-03 03:22
Friberg also was key in the anti eco round that saved gtrs blushes He had few frags but some of them were high impact
2016-06-03 03:32
#78
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Sweden lagcats 
f0rest got dis
2016-06-03 03:26
I like how NiP can get stomped by a tier 3 team and still get back.
2016-06-03 05:24
lol'd@ "Group B of ELEAGUE will conclude tomorrow with the televised group final between G2 and No team at 04:00 on TBS."
2016-06-03 06:31
#87
HEL | 
Faroe Islands Kombow 
optic surprised me
2016-06-03 08:26
#88
United Kingdom Dird 
f0rest so strong this last 12 months, overtaken gtr
2016-06-03 09:29
Well f0rest roles is much easier than GeT_RiGhT's role though. But I agree, f0rest have been crazy lately and for quite some while. I just think its insane that GT still can keep up with positive rating/stats for having a role almost even harder role then friberg had when NiP was beasting everyone :) I would actually say that GT have a harder role then friberg had back in the days. . GeT_RiGhT have the hardest role on NiP along with pyth kinda, while f0rest is the only one that have the role that will give you the great stats/rating all the time almost. f0rest is kinda never going first as t, he is often the last man going into a site. And he have never had the role to go first into a site as entry-fragger either. When NiP dominated f0rest was like 3rd man going into a site, but with this lineup he is like their fourth or fifth guy going into a site. Even if GeT_RiGhT was the lurker before when NiP dominated the scene, he didn't go last that many times into a site when they attacked a site together as t. That is a change you will see with this new setup for NiP, GT won't longer be the guy with best rating. It will be f0rest. But if GeT_RiGhT would have taken over f0rest old role as 3rd man going into a site you would see him probably with higher rating :) What I'm trying to point out is that GeT_RIGhT's new role will not give him great rating, like he had before :)
2016-06-03 18:51
Put gtr back in the lurker role and he'll be fine.
2016-06-03 09:33
-pyth +twist -friberg +znajder
2016-06-03 10:21
#91
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
please nip just kick friberg and top1 again
2016-06-03 14:43
Optic is a pretty solid team, now with mixwell they van easily compete with EU tier 2 (Faze, VP, nV,dignitas...).
2016-06-03 17:58
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