NiP and G2 close out initial round of groups
After four rounds of play in Malmö, the group stage's initial matches are over, with NiP defeating FaZe 16-8 on Nuke and G2 besting EnVyUs 16-13 on Inferno.
After clinching the first pistol round and both following rounds, Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men had trouble defending against NiP's strategic play. The Swedes soon took over the half thanks to several well-timed executes, leading 7-4.
Richard "Xizt" Landström & co. conceded the second pistol round but replied quickly in the forcebuy, with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg winning a 1v2 with a Deagle. The legendary player topped it off with a quad-kill up against FaZe's forcebuy, setting off a flurry of rounds going the Swedes' way.
K - D
Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo
18 - 19
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
13 - 18
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
14 - 19
Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain
12 - 18
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
9 - 20
Group D's second match of the initial round saw the Frenchmen go at each other in a derby on Inferno. Envy got off to a dominant start as Terrorists, picking up a 6-1 lead with ease, barely contested by the favored G2.
Envy topped it off with a pistol round win, but G2 clinched the next forcebuy to tip the scales in their favor in terms of economy. Richard "shox" Papillon's team penetrated the defense again and again, closing the gap between the two sides.
With a 2v4 win by the in-game leader and NBK-, the scoreline was even at 11-11 and soon the favorites picked up the lead. Envy had the answer once but still allowed their rivals to gain match point at 15-12. Two rounds later, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub grabbed two entry kills, allowing his team to push into the A site and grab the win, 16-13.
K - D
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
24 - 23
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
23 - 22
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy
15 - 20
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
18 - 17
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
16 - 19