fnatic edge out NiP at IEM Katowice
After a massive lead in the first half, fnatic managed to close out the opener against NiP 16-14 (Cache).
The first match of IEM Katowice started with an explosive pistol round in which fnatic managed to take the A bombsite despite going a man down early, with the plant for main allowing Jesper "JW" Wecksell to clutch the after plant situation against three NiP players.
After cleaning up the anti-eco's, fnatic secured the first buy round thanks to Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's forklift aggression that caught the Counter-Terrorists off guard, and continued rolling NiP from the Terrorist side despite regularly losing opening duels to the Ninjas. It was 7-0 before NiP got on the board with their first round, but fnatic instantly replied as Dennis "dennis" Edman clutched a 1v1 against Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg.
JW celebrating the hard fought victory
NiP run over the A site in the pistol round to start their comeback on the T side, as Richard "Xizt" Landström and co., mirrored fnatic's start in the first half—quickly making it 9-13. At that point Robin "flusha" Rönnquist called a time-out, but some time to breathe didn't help them solidify their defense as NiP picked up two more rounds before olofmeister's team got their first CT round, locking down the B site.
As the game was on the brink of being tied, flusha showed up with a UMP triple-kill to make it 15-13 and then Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson clutched out the final round on a low buy to finish the game 16-14.
K - D
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
24 - 20
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
23 - 21
Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis
21 - 23
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
22 - 26
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
14 - 23
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