NiP send G2 packing; North win Danish derby vs. Heroic

Ninjas in Pyjamas and North move on in Group B's lower bracket at IEM Katowice after defeating G2 and Heroic, respectively.

The first match of the day on the main stream featured the current No.7 team in the world, G2, who had a very slow start to the Cache game. The French team were able to recover from being 0-3 down, bringing the deficit to a solitary round, but then NiP simply ran away with the lead.

A quad-kill from Fredrik "REZ" Sterner in the eighth round put the Ninjas further into the lead, with their winning streak only coming to an end in the 12th round, when G2 won a double AWP retake in a 2v3 situation. With Richard "shox" Papillon and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub exerting great control over the map, G2 got another round in the bag, but NiP took the final two rounds of the half to secure an 11-4 lead.

More misery was to come for G2, who lost the pistol round after being caught off-guard by the Swedes' aggressiveness. NiP went on to win both anti-ecos, hitting the 14-round mark, but then they lost control of the map. Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt stepped up to the plate for G2, who took the game to the 30th round, but then the French side fell apart in the final round in a 5v3 situation, with Dennis "dennis" Edman' trio of kills in the vents sealing a surprisingly hard-fought victory for the Swedes.

NiP beat G2 in a three-map series

Next up was Mirage, where G2 cruised to a 9-2 lead after setting up a strong defence, shutting down any chances of NiP building up an economy. The Swedes then found some breathing room with back-to-back A executions with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund leading the charge, but G2 hit back on a very weak buy in the next round. However, that did not faze the Ninjas, who bagged the final round of the half to bring the scoreline to 5-10.

G2 came out of the gate looking scary and took the second pistol round with a quick B rush. The French team then almost lost an anti-eco, but apEX came to the rescue and clutched a 1v3 situation. And while NiP would bounce back immediately, winning a force buy, there was nothing they could do to prevent G2 from running away with the lead and locking down the map.

The match came down to Inferno, which initially followed the same pattern as the first map as NiP were in control from the get-go. The few rounds that G2 managed to secure were few and far between, with the half ending with a 10-5 scoreline.

Carrying their momentum into the CT side, NiP won five rounds right off the bat to hit match point. With no margin for error, G2 still managed to string a few rounds together, but they were not able to come back from their massive deficit as the Ninjas locked down the map at 16-8 to progress to the group's lower bracket final.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
1
1st March 2018
France
16
Cache
14
6
Mirage
16
16
Inferno
8

 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 59 - 50 +9 86.3 1.18
Sweden William 'draken' Sundindraken 52 - 50 +2 73.8 1.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 54 - 46 +8 77.4 1.08
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 50 - 47 +3 70.5 1.04
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 49 - 49 0 70.6 1.02
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 49 - 50 -1 76.5 1.04
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 54 - 54 0 78.5 1.02
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 48 - 57 -9 72.6 0.96
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 45 - 51 -6 68.6 0.94
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 46 - 53 -7 63.1 0.88

Meanwhile, Heroic and North faced off on the secondary stream in Group B's other lower bracket semi-final, with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's side coming out on top on their opponents' map pick, Mirage.

After a keenly-contested first half in which neither side could stamp their authority on the map, Heroic looked a much livelier side as they bagged five of the first six rounds of the second half. Down 9-12, North finally picked up the pace and went on a great run that saw them lose just one round - a 1v2 clutch from Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel - before taking the map.

North move on after beating Heroic

The map that followed, Inferno, began with North getting out to a 5-0 lead on the Terrorist side. It was only then that Heroic were able to find their feet, stringing three rounds together, but the rest of the half was all about North's great offense, with Philip "aizy" Aistrup's 1v4 and Daniel "mertz" Mertz's 1v2 in successive rounds really hurting Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's men.

Heroic kept their hopes alive by taking the pistol round, but then they were dealt a heavy blow as North hit back in the following round. That was the start of another great run from MSL's side, one that only ended when they got 16 rounds on the board.

Matchpage
0
2
1st March 2018
13
Mirage
16
8
Inferno
16

 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 37 - 37 0 71.5 1.02
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 34 - 39 -5 79.7 1.02
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 33 - 39 -6 73.2 0.94
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 29 - 39 -10 65.4 0.90
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 30 - 34 -4 58.2 0.86
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 47 - 30 +17 88.5 1.38
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 40 - 31 +9 83.2 1.28
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 39 - 32 +7 67.8 1.07
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 29 - 33 -4 73.5 1.04
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 33 - 37 -4 65.2 0.92

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
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
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1129
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
s u p e r t e a m
2018-03-01 15:13
#3
nex | 
Germany te1mo 
fo
2018-03-01 15:14
tbh G2 still better than SK LUL
2018-03-01 15:14
name checks out
2018-03-01 15:15
G2 most overrated team ever Only good against SK
2018-03-01 15:19
flair checks out
2018-03-01 15:25
flair???
2018-03-01 15:28
SK only good vs SK
2018-03-01 16:23
Nah, they just need to work on their maps
2018-03-01 18:02
I guess it is what all teams need to do
2018-03-01 18:21
No, its just G2 need to have a bootcamp and focus on their main maps. They are losing on cache and inferno, which they shoyld be decent AT
2018-03-02 02:59
yeah, when I see some interview of a g2 player, they are always saying that they don't have been practicing If they keep this mentality they won't improve
2018-03-02 03:28
Finally NIP made good changes (too late in my opinion). Kicking threat (worst coach ever) Adding to dennis (the best nip player currently)
2018-03-01 15:14
Threat stepped down himself and he wasnt bad
2018-03-01 15:15
Threat was good
2018-03-01 15:17
#58
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Paraguay imjustmau 
Spam this Pita to kill the ninjas
2018-03-01 15:31
Compare Threat to kane or robban plz
2018-03-01 16:24
Calling threath a bad coach ,U must be dreaming
2018-03-01 16:55
#104
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Switzerland Alzameister 
threat is one of the best coaches in cs, if not the best lol
2018-03-01 17:57
HAHAAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH Cologne 2016: - Out of groups vs Plopsid3 :D Eleague 2017: - Out of qualifier vs Vega :DD Krakow 2017: - Out of qualifier of qualifier losing to SS, Red Reserve and IGame :DDD Eleague 2018 - Out of Challenges Stages vs Pride :DDDDDD nice joke nipfan
2018-03-01 19:19
#119
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Switzerland Alzameister 
he wasnt playing, im talking about the coach not the players
2018-03-09 20:37
EZ FOR NINJAS! Goodbye OverratedS
2018-03-01 15:14
#6
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
and ofc NiP will soon hear the roar again :] gg heroic
2018-03-01 15:14
G2 OVERRATED KENNY OVERRATED
2018-03-01 15:18
#113
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World ArisP 
North fan LOL they didn't say they were the community did
2018-03-01 22:03
Stop overrating G2, they do what they can and what they're capable of. If Happy or Ex6TenZ wasn't that much washed up, I'd say -NBK +Happy/Ex6TenZ, but there is no good French-speaking IGL left, deal with it. Moreover, it's not shameful to lose to NiP. When NiP won IEM, they defeated FaZe (bo5), SK (bo3) and Astralis (bo1), why didn't you ask those teams to disband or change players at that time? NiP is a decent team, and so is G2. Neither of them will dominate, and there will not be a dominant team again, SK and FaZe can lose and it's OK, CS:GO has never been more competitive. Glad for North.
2018-03-01 15:13
EZ NiP
2018-03-01 15:14
What about Maj3r? He's doing a good job with SS. -bodyy +maj3r could be good. shox Igl simply doesn't work
2018-03-01 15:15
#32
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Russia Nikosimus 
The problem is that there's no Turkish IGL's either sooo.. SS wont let Maj3r go, makes 0 sense
2018-03-01 15:19
#35
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United States _newt 
People forget maj3r is french for some reason
2018-03-01 15:19
#60
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Estonia swag420weed 
Engin Küpeli, nice French name xd
2018-03-01 15:33
He played with sixer, he can speak french, they did an interview together in French.
2018-03-01 15:42
#84
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
he lives in france or his kother is french sth. like that
2018-03-01 16:06
#35
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United States _newt 
People forget maj3r is french for some reason
2018-03-01 15:19
Copy pasta, but not even first comment so not impressive at all. 1/8
2018-03-01 15:15
Yo, NBK is a good player. You overrate boddy too much, but with a good IGL this team with so much potential should work. There is no good IGL rn, though.
2018-03-01 15:19
Ask NBK if he's willing to play a support role. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that NBK got tired of playing support, that's why they needed bodyy. I don't overrate bodyy, he's bad recently, you may read it as "-NBK/bodyy +Happy/Ex6".
2018-03-01 15:20
Well NBK has always been a Support role even if he is not into It that much any longer. Anyway, in this team no roles are defined so, It does not Matter. There are supposed to be, but in game you can see the opposite.
2018-03-01 15:23
#42
World Kobs 
problem is not only igl, a igl can t have a brain for all the team, you need smart players..and g2 have too many brainless players. they were strong only with happy, and happy main strat was about runing to a bs and trade kill... not much strategic play
2018-03-01 15:24
only smart player is shox in g2
2018-03-01 15:26
SHOX SMART? This retarded kicked scream and RPK for BODYY AND NBK How is that smart?
2018-03-01 16:33
#100
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
? ? ? The team manager can kick players, not the IGL, you ain’t that smart fam
2018-03-01 17:01
not sure , cause he seems a terrible igl
2018-03-01 18:00
look at his clutches. you don't have to be an insane igl but can be still smart. sn example is rain. or maybe fer
2018-03-01 18:44
+1
2018-03-01 15:26
True words
2018-03-01 15:29
Sane post on hltv? Insane.
2018-03-01 15:35
+999
2018-03-01 16:24
#109
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
kick their most consistent player for an even worse player that hasn't shown igl capabilities in over a year? that does sound like the french
2018-03-01 18:21
#4
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
ez gtr doesnt have a negative KD? wtf
2018-03-01 15:15
Nip
2018-03-01 15:14
ez 2.20 odds vs swedish super team? lol nice odds sadly i bet on G2 but i happy for NiP
2018-03-01 15:14
ez
2018-03-01 15:14
#11
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Spain Alser 
G2 need change tbh
2018-03-01 15:14
#16
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Brazil DooteR_ 
Kappa S U P E R T E A M
2018-03-01 15:15
#19
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
ay
2018-03-01 15:16
im proud
2018-03-01 15:16
#21
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Sweden Rexz 
Lets GO NiP <3
2018-03-01 15:16
expected
2018-03-01 15:16
#23
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Finland t33mu 
god mertz
2018-03-01 15:16
#24
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Israel Netanyahu 
Good to see old NiP back
2018-03-01 15:17
#26
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
type password: G2 esports Retype password: overrated password accepted
2018-03-01 15:17
XDDD
2018-03-01 15:20
LUL
2018-03-01 15:30
#92
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Austria El_Chap0 
haha
2018-03-01 16:26
R EZ
2018-03-01 15:17
G2 in 2k18 lul
2018-03-01 15:17
#29
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
G2 - like 5 years old vs NIP - like 9 years old OMEGA TOP KEK
2018-03-01 15:17
#31
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Turkey DebbSoray 
S U P E R T E A M S U P E R T E A S U P E R T E S U P E R T S U P E R S U P E S U P S U S S E S E E S E E Y S E E Y O U S E E Y O U G S E E Y O U G 2
2018-03-01 15:18
#37
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Brazil HueyNewton 
God Dennis
2018-03-01 15:20
People seem surprised? NIP is always favourites vs all these other participants.. LOL
2018-03-01 15:20
They were only favorites vs order no one else
2018-03-01 15:33
#41
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
Well done Nip! One more for playoffs!!
2018-03-01 15:22
#44
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New Zealand onelover11 
-bodyy +zywoo or +le tank or +scream
2018-03-01 15:23
Zywoo won't play for any pro team due to not wanting others to find out about his amazing headset and really good gaming chair.
2018-03-01 15:30
#66
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New Zealand onelover11 
nt bodyy
2018-03-01 15:35
lmao best comment so far.
2018-03-01 16:04
Amanek and devoduvek are avaliable. Maybe can be good. -bodyy -NBK +amanek +devoduvek
2018-03-01 15:39
#45
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Brazil Charizaldo 
kkkkkkkkkk
2018-03-01 15:24
#49
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United States Texas_nigga 
Typical rez being a bot
2018-03-01 15:27
#50
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Poland crouzzz 
Superteam w0w
2018-03-01 15:27
bb Gambit, bb G2, bb Astralis maybe? Who's next? :D n1
2018-03-01 15:27
Astralis is in playoffs already
2018-03-01 15:34
noice
2018-03-01 15:46
#52
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Latvia Faaakk 
Let` s go boys <3
2018-03-01 15:28
gud yob NiP was pure yoy to watch you guys
2018-03-01 15:30
#59
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Norway Phancy11 
Now its 1 year since this G2 was formed. Just one title its not what all expected. Time for changes I guess.
2018-03-01 15:32
3 if u count dh tours
2018-03-01 15:34
#71
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Norway Phancy11 
Yeah, smh forgot about Malmo. Anyway its poor perfomance for so called supahteam. They stuck on same level, I dont see any improvements in their game. Too much based on pure aim, if something dont go their way its insta lose.
2018-03-01 15:41
#62
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
ezz af
2018-03-01 15:34
was fan of nip. but after they bring this ugly muslim bosnian shit who literally take money from charrity and even is proven must change my favorite team ASAP, if they are capable to bring this terrorist shit who is capable to steal money from a CHARRITY then they probably want to do something again like organisation...Anyway GG WP to North, better in every aspect from Heroic :/
2018-03-01 15:36
I know for a fact that he didn't scam chill, i dont like him either.
2018-03-01 15:39
Actually thats not over, court still looking for hes case because some guy report him, and provide hard evidences that he brought car, some money transfer to charrity YES, but rest on private account (then he say that he gave that money) but never provide SINGLE document about that, and he buy car with that money, but yea i dont like him anyway :)
2018-03-02 09:56
#78
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Germany cartii 
Support mouz dude
2018-03-01 15:52
when they bring dennis from NIP and kick chris :)
2018-03-02 09:57
THey fCkiNg rushed B
2018-03-01 15:39
S U P A S H I T
2018-03-01 15:46
-bodyy
2018-03-01 15:46
#76
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Brazil NTClliW 
YEAH MY BOIS DID IT
2018-03-01 15:51
#77
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Germany cartii 
Cya bodyy, that was your last game im pretty sure
2018-03-01 15:51
#79
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Finland ginbay 
Hmm time to get lucky
2018-03-01 15:54
I'm glad NIP finally got rid of the shitter Xizt, maybe NIP can do something now, gl to dennis, I really like dennis
2018-03-01 16:05
i wish they only cut smithz when they made the team scream was finally puting numbers under shox and rpk went to peak performance in nV :((((((((
2018-03-01 16:07
+1 But these French drama queens... have brain issues.
2018-03-01 16:19
boddy is the new Taco
2018-03-01 16:10
Shox was literally the only one putting up decent numbers for G2 at this tournament. If Kenny continues playing like that, you might as well let Smithzz AWP when he comes in to replace shox, because he can't be much worse.
2018-03-01 16:19
#93
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Sweden crindz 
god_dennis so ez
2018-03-01 16:26
#94
United Kingdom Oxna 
Imagine if Dennis was given more of a chance playing for SK with f0rest and gtr. He's probably be even better at csgo then be currently is. What a pickup for NiP
2018-03-01 16:30
#95
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India GET_REKT1337 
Kick pita ffs
2018-03-01 16:31
kennyS overated shox outdated NBK jebaited NIP activated
2018-03-01 16:34
lul nip is winning smth
2018-03-01 16:40
-botyy +ex6tenz They have 4 good players in the perfect roles - Kennys - one of the best awpers in the world Shox - good rifler NBK - good support player ApEx - One of the best entry fraggers in the world if -botyy +ex6tenz this team can be a top 4 team and not a top 8-10 team who choke in playoffs
2018-03-01 17:20
nbk could be replcaed/ should be replaced with rpk, rpk is way more solid. nbk it s 2 years he is not on form
2018-03-01 18:05
#102
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Brazil MuTe2 
-Aizy +Rubino
2018-03-01 17:29
Nah g2 only need to fix their pistol round. Btw who ever send g2 home win the tournament. So good luck nip.
2018-03-01 17:32
Hltv do you really have to call it a Danish derby every time
2018-03-01 19:37
#115
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France Deadfish 
bodyy and NBK, g2 destroyer.
2018-03-02 03:19
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