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.

Group C, in which Gambit previously defeated mousesports, continued with FaZe and NiP, who were pitted against one another on Nuke.

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.

FaZe then quickly shut down another attack on upper but couldn't top it off with one more to secure an economic advantage, as NiP finished off the half with nine rounds.

f0rest led the way in NiP's first win in their home country

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. 

It wasn't until 14-7 when FaZe broke the streak, but it was all for nothing, as their economy got shredded in the following round, allowing NiP to close things out 16-8.

Matchpage
8
16
30th August 2017
Sweden
8
Nuke
16

 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 18 - 19 -1 94.4 1.05
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 13 - 18 -5 59.9 0.90
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 14 - 19 -5 67.8 0.78
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 12 - 18 -6 45.4 0.60
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 9 - 20 -11 44.2 0.52
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 30 - 14 +16 132.1 1.90
Sweden William 'draken' Sundindraken 19 - 11 +8 87.6 1.48
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 17 - 13 +4 70.5 1.18
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 15 - 13 +2 59.0 1.04
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 13 - 15 -2 54.0 0.95

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.

Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's 1v1 win then set off a four-round streak for his team, but the last three went Envy' way, whose Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and Christophe "SIXER" Xia each got a quad to their name on their way to a 10-5 half

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.

NBK-'s 1v1 win then set off a four-round streak for his team, but the last three went Envy' way, whose RpK and SIXER each got a quad to their name on their way to a 10-5 half.

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.

France
Matchpage
16
13
30th August 2017
16
Inferno
13

 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 24 - 23 +1 83.2 1.18
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 23 - 22 +1 83.7 1.16
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 15 - 20 -5 79.8 1.09
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 18 - 17 +1 72.3 1.07
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 16 - 19 -3 57.6 0.88
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 23 - 20 +3 90.3 1.33
France Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy 23 - 20 +3 87.2 1.12
France Christophe 'SIXER' XiaSIXER 19 - 17 +2 67.1 1.09
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM 18 - 19 -1 70.8 1.03
France Alexandre 'xms' Fortéxms 17 - 21 -4 60.6 0.94

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
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 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
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
GG f0rest <3
2017-08-30 18:47
Forest after every roster change beast for a few games then back to normal But rip FaZe this was unexpected
2017-08-30 20:02
#3
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
Forest - simply the best player this game has ever had
2017-08-30 18:47
It is known.
2017-08-30 19:26
#4
 | 
Sweden LimeyGaming 
NiP MAGIC! #GONINJAS #f0restnr1
2017-08-30 18:47
#5
 | 
Russia D1ma_ 
LUL
2017-08-30 18:47
#6
 | 
Poland cGev 
Yay
2017-08-30 18:47
Ay
2017-08-30 18:47
#8
 | 
Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
gg
2017-08-30 18:47
GG XD
2017-08-30 18:47
#10
 | 
Russia RussiaLovesG2 
#G2ARMY
2017-08-30 18:48
They didn't play very well but I hope they can pull it back for the next match!
2017-08-30 18:48
NiP played really well! GGs to them!!!
2017-08-30 18:48
#12
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
f0rest played out of his mind, but I can't stop the feeling that this would be possible with friberg aswell, THREAT made all the difference.
2017-08-30 18:49
#13
 | 
Germany simonmy 
we
2017-08-30 18:48
#14
 | 
Latvia Faaakk 
LETS GO NIP #GONINJAS #G2ARMY
2017-08-30 18:48
Good Job!
2017-08-30 18:48
olof sucks lul
2017-08-30 18:48
#17
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
"there isnt a single player on nip i would take now over anyone on faze kek" skill gap is just too big bla bla yeah skill gap between f0rest and those bots is huge i agree. overrated team, only niko good player like always but thats the same as with mouz or any other team he was in.
2017-08-30 18:48
They're a new roster, give them time. I do believe they won't be #1 still though.
2017-08-30 18:49
Here we go, Nip fangays coming back after months saying overrated to a team that formed 1 week ago, wow.
2017-08-30 18:56
They are always there lurking in the shadows. F0rest is in good form though
2017-08-30 19:14
I luld aha Yes but only Forest. So.
2017-08-30 19:18
#18
REZ | 
Norway J3nga 
Nice
2017-08-30 18:48
#21
NiKo | 
United States skurr 
f0rest is too good
2017-08-30 18:48
#22
 | 
Estonia Ballisan 
Only games Nip will win are the ones where f0rest performs, if not they are trash tier. Come at me NiP FanBots
2017-08-30 18:48
#24
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
... And not the trolls and bet-losers are spamming threads across HLTV about "FaZe disband" and "NiP back!" after just one game... God I weep for humanity.
2017-08-30 18:49
Ez f0rest and apEX
2017-08-30 18:49
That's what they get for changing players the last second... Stupid move
2017-08-30 18:49
#28
 | 
Sweden vilzeh 
Even tho f0rest had the frags I'd say GeT_right was the MVP. Ez NiP
2017-08-30 18:49
4HEAD FAZE SUPERTEAM 4HEAD DREAM TEAM 4HEAD EU SUPERTEAM 4HEAD
2017-08-30 18:49
#30
 | 
Australia vamped 
Forest just one of those players.. when he goes off it doesn't matter what the other team does.
2017-08-30 18:49
#31
 | 
France Vipair 
Good games
2017-08-30 18:49
#33
 | 
Brazil Charizaldo 
hahahahahahahahahahahahaa Faze top1
2017-08-30 18:50
#34
 | 
Sweden Rexz 
#GONINJAS
2017-08-30 18:50
f0rest only 1 tier player
2017-08-30 18:50
#37
 | 
Chile nachooww 
#FaZeUp
2017-08-30 18:52
f0rest, the goat. never shows negative individual stats. always + the goat
2017-08-30 18:52
#43
 | 
Vietnam Mua_hoa_tuyet 
Time will fly by, but f0rest still remains the only King of this game.
2017-08-30 18:54
#44
 | 
Slovakia le01 
Face cmon
2017-08-30 18:54
Nip fangays they are back saying shit leggo
2017-08-30 18:58
+1
2017-08-30 22:48
f0rest u sick mofo
2017-08-30 19:13
132 ADR LOL
2017-08-30 19:17
#64
 | 
Sweden lagcats 
karrigan played rly bad
2017-08-30 19:20
gay
2017-08-30 19:20
#67
 | 
Mexico d0naldtrump 
faze is shit
2017-08-30 19:22
As always, Karrigan dead last on the scoreboard. the guy is terrible.
2017-08-30 19:30
#70
United States mah9 
f0rest-dA-kiNG
2017-08-30 19:34
#71
SPERMY | 
United States Fledge 
Faze choke
2017-08-30 19:35
#75
 | 
Slovakia dexone 
#GONINJAS
2017-08-30 19:54
its coldzera, device, s1mple and f0rest the best there is
2017-08-30 20:08
Nips best map is Nuke, no surprise there
2017-08-30 20:11
#81
f0rest | 
Portugal physt 
omg f0rest I love you
2017-08-30 21:05
#82
 | 
Australia nutmaster44 
Who is NIP?
2017-08-30 21:36
#85
NiKo | 
Sweden caretiger 
ez for f0rest <3
2017-08-31 05:20
#86
s1mple | 
United States iScorps 
Rez has played so bad to this game.
2017-08-31 07:05
#87
 | 
Ukraine SandmanPWNZ 
ez nip
2017-08-31 18:09
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