NiP breeze past IMT, to the semis
Ninjas in Pyjamas took down Immortals with ease (16-9 Dust2, 16-4 Cobblestone) to eliminate the Brazilian team and move on to the semi-finals of IEM Oakland.
The second quarter-final match of IEM Oakland pitted the young Brazilians of Immortals against the experienced, but not in-form NiP. The Swedes picked Dust2 to kick-off the series, but the start of the match was fairly tight and the score was shortly tied at 3-3.
Adam "friberg" Friberg and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund combined for three kills on the A long defense in the following round, forcing Immortals to go save the remaining equipment, despite being on the Terrorist side.
That round started a streak of rounds for Richard "Xizt" Landström's team. Henrique "HEN1" Teles's over aggression in an after plant situation proved costly for the Brazilians side, as the Ninjas punished it and managed a successful retake of the B site to make it 7-3.
friberg was all smiles after locking down Dust2
After a dominant 11-4 CT side, NiP started the second half with a pistol round win and clutched the first gun round off the back of some classic GeT_RiGhT-Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg teamplay, making it 15-4. Immortals put up a bit of a fight on their CT side, but it was too little, too late as the Swedes closed out the first map 16-9.
Moving to Cobblestone, Immortals were favored to take the map and push the series to the third one despite a rough showing on Dust2, but their start on the CT side was far from ideal.
After losing the pistol round and the first gun round, the Brazilians were 5-0 down, but were looking good in the sixth round as Lucas "steel" Lopes took down three NiP members on the B site defense. Unfortunately for Immortals, they weren't able to close it out as f0rest pulled out a 1v3 clutch to keep the pressure on.
Immortals looked out of their league in the series against NiP
Following the clutch, steel and co. picked up two consecutive rounds, but their economy was promptly reset as the Swedes picked up crisp entries on both sites to make it 7-2. Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi was one of the standout players for NiP, helping them end the half 12-3 with his +15 kill-death difference.
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||41 - 26||+15||96.7||1.53|
|Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvipyth||37 - 24||+13||81.5||1.36|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||35 - 25||+10||83.0||1.26|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||32 - 22||+10||73.1||1.23|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||30 - 26||+4||78.3||1.13|
|Immortals||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1||35 - 34||+1||83.1||1.01|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||26 - 37||-11||75.5||0.85|
|Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1||26 - 34||-8||69.0||0.76|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||22 - 37||-15||61.8||0.63|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||14 - 33||-19||34.5||0.55|
With these results, we will see the following semi-final matches:
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