NiP defeat mousesports to advance to DH Marseille playoffs
NiP are through to the playoffs at DreamHack Masters Marseille after beating mousesports 2-1 (9-16 on Nuke, 16-10 on Overpass and 16-11 on Train).
The second series of the day kicked off on mousesports' map pick, Nuke, with the European mixture securing a quick 3-0 lead as Terrorists. NiP responded well in the first gun rounds to win two in a row, but their opponents regained control of proceedings with a successful Deagle buy.
Down 2-6, NiP strung three rounds together without response from mousesports. Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's men assured themselves of a half-time lead after winning the next two rounds (8-5), but then a great triple-kill from Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg inspired his team to reduce the deficit to a sole round.
After that, NiP were only able to get back on the board in the 22nd round following a crucial triple-kill from Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, but it was simply too little, too late, for the Swedes to stop mouz from closing out their map pick, 16-9.
On Overpass, mousesports picked up their second pistol of the series, and followed that up with the subsequent anti-eco. In a third-round buy, NiP started to prove why this map was their pick, winning six rounds in a row without much effort.
In the ninth round, mousesports finally got back to winning ways thanks to a 2v3 post-plant clutch from suNny and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný. From there, the half was nothing but a back-and-forth affair, in which NiP won the final three rounds to switch sides with a 10-5 lead.
Fredrik "REZ" Sterner and William "draken" Sundin came up huge in the second half, clutching a 2v4 situation to secure their team's CT pistol. mousesports won the first gun round, but NiP responded with a three-round streak to hit match-point.
The European mixture still found a lifeline by stringing four rounds together, but it was all in vain as GeT_RiGhT sealed the deal with a quad-kill in the 26th round.
The decider map, Train, saw mousesports swiftly grab a 3-0 lead following a chaotic, yet successful, CT pistol. Although NiP responded with a successful gun round, oskar and co. further added to their lead in the next two rounds, 5-1.
From that round onward, however, NiP constantly broke through their opponents' defence to go up 7-5. Still, mousesports managed to win two of the final three rounds to reduce the deficit to a single round by half-time.
The Swedes looked set to increase their lead in the second half after winning the last pistol of the series, but mousesports instantly replied with a near-flawless Deagle play. After building up their economy, NiP won two rounds in a row to get back to the lead, 11-10.
Although mousesports then equalized things off, NiP responded well despite being on a shoddy buy. From that moment, thanks to a very tight defence, the Swedish team went on a five-round winning streak to wrap things up, 16-11, and book their spot in the DreamHack Masters Marseille playoffs.
K - D
Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny
69 - 58
Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ
51 - 48
Robin 'ropz' Koolropz
48 - 50
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar
48 - 56
Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO
42 - 49