NiP to IEM final over FaZe
The second semifinal of the day went all the way to the decider map. It was NiP taking the lead after an OT win on Nuke, 19-15, and a dominating FaZe running away with Train, 16-6. Finally, the Ninjas were able to shut FaZe's comeback down for a 16-13 win and a berth in the final.
The match started out on NiP’s pick Nuke, but the first round the way of their rivals, FaZe, who were able to defuse the Swedes' plant. The first gun round went to NiP as they were able to get an early plant and defend it on the 4vs5 afterplant. The European combine didn’t waste any time though and won a forcebuy to take the 3-1 lead. NiP on a forcebuy on their own took over the lower site through exterior and ramp, though, to bring it within one.
A huge play by Finn "karrigan" Andersen getting three scout kills on B site kept FaZe ahead early in the half, although NiP were quick not only to respond but to tie it up, 4-4, and then quickly start to run away with the half, constantly abusing ramp and secret to get behind FaZe’s defenses to take the half 10-5.
NiP took the early lead after winning Nuke in OT
Just like NiP had a great side attacking, FaZe were also relentless in their terrorist side play, as walls of smoke were deployed on the outer area of the map allowing karrigan & co. to abuse the mid and late rounds with a lot of map control. After a terrorist-sided half going to FaZe, the map ended 15-15 and ready for overtime.
This time around NiP put up an incredibly solid defense winning all three of their rounds on the CT side. A bomb plant in the smoke next to doors in the lower site gave NiP an afterplant advantage which they were able to capitalize on as FaZe got absolutely obliterated as they ran into the site. With that clean overtime, the map ended 19-15.
The second map started out with FaZe defending on Train. They were able to win the pistol round as well as the first gun round, taking a 4-0 lead. Having planted several times, though, NiP had enough money for a buy on the fifth round, which they were able to take. However, FaZe were rightback at it, stopping NiP’s push on A for a 5-1 lead. Adam "friberg" Friberg had a great two kill play to get their team’s second on the board on the eighth round, which allowed NiP to get back in the game as FaZe had to get their money back in order with an eco.
FaZe dominated Train from beginning to end
Finally, FaZe got back into it late in the half to close it with a 10-5 lead before the switch and with good chances at taking the series into a third map. The second half sawFaZe only give up a single round to the Ninjas, to end 16-6, and propelling the match to a third and final map, Overpass.
After winning the pistol round and with 3-0 on the board, it looked like NiP were about to start running away on the board with the fourth, but a double by karrigan and a triple by Philip "aizy" Aistrup got FaZe on the board. The next round looked like it was going to the Ninjas, as the Swedes had four players alive and were about to plant, but a huge quad clutch by Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey kept FaZe going. Both teams were fairly even in the early stages of the half, but it was finally NiP that were able to take a decent lead into the switch, 6-9, with a quad kill by Aleksi "allu" Jalli in the last round softening the blow.
The second half started well for NiP, as they were able to secure the pistol round and the first gun round, getting them on the fast track to winning the map. FaZe put together an in extremis buy when down 13-6, including a glass cannon by allu, and were able to get on the board in the second half.
FaZe strung a couple rounds together, getting to nine, but NiP got themselves just one away from match point. Getting into double digits, FaZe were in shot but with no margin of error. The Swedes quickly stopped FaZe on an A execute with an AWP double by Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi to get on five match points. A last ditch effort got FaZe to 13 rounds, but NiP crushed FaZe’s comeback dreams securing Overpass 16-13 to make it to the finals against SK.
K - D
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
73 - 58
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvipyth
58 - 62
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
58 - 55
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
60 - 57
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
48 - 52