OpTic eliminate NiP; Renegades defeat Grayhound in Dallas
OpTic took a 2-0 victory over NiP (16-7 Mirage, 16-14 Inferno) to eliminate the Swedes early, while Renegades 2-0'd their countrymen Grayhound (16-13 Overpass, 16-10 Cache) to send them packing.
The start to the first map in the OpTic - Ninjas in Pyjamas series, Mirage, was a hectic one, as OpTic won the pistol, lost the followup and then again turned the momentum around by winning a force buy in which Jakob "JUGi" Hansen stood out with a Deagle 3K. Off the back of that, OpTic took first a 4-1 and then a 6-2 lead, constantly resetting Ninjas in Pyjamas's money bonus.
Dennis "dennis" Edman then went huge on a force buy, grabbing two pistol and two rifle kills to allow Ninjas in Pyjamas to pull it back to a one round deficit, 6-5. The Swedes didn't do much more on the CT side after that, though, winning only one round as they struggled to deal with OpTic's simple and fast-paced strategies.
OpTic switched to the CT side with a 9-6 lead and soon advanced that further, grabbing the pistol and first buy round. Ninjas in Pyjamas was able to win a T round as Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg took down three, but that was all she wrote as a reset came in shortly and OpTic closed out the game 16-7.
The Danes brough the momentum over to Inferno, grabbing the early lead after a CT pistol clean-up. With OpTic winning the anti-ecos and saving a few rifles in the first round they lost, they were able to bring out the double AWP early on. Dealing with two snipers, one on JUGi and one on Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, proved tough to deal with for Ninjas in Pyjamas, who found themselves 9-1 down as the approaches towards the sites failed.
JUGi's uncontrolled aggression in mid failed in round 10, giving Ninjas in Pyjamas the entry that they direly needed, dennis' team used that to break OpTic's six-round streak. The Swedes managed to secure the crucial follow up as well, with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund finding the right timing on the A site push to cripple the defense, and ended the half 9-6.
Five unanswered kills in the pistol round saw OpTic pick up the T pistol, but they once again dropped an anti-eco before striking back with a force of their own, making the score 11-7 and giving the Danes the economic advantage. Ninjas in Pyjamas held in it, winning some close rounds and a key force-buy, but after bringing it to 15-14, f0rest and co. couldn't close the key round to ensure overtime, losing the B site to an OpTic execute.
K - D
51 - 31
45 - 28
45 - 28
33 - 36
25 - 33
Ninjas in Pyjamas
K - D
41 - 42
33 - 37
27 - 44
29 - 41
25 - 37
Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad started off the game hot, getting three USP-S kills that gave Renegades the 3-0 start on the CT side of Overpass, Grayhound's map pick. The underdogs of the matchup struck back with rifles, securing five rounds straight by closing out the afterplant situations.
Renegades brought it back from a 5-3 deficit shortly, winning seven back-to-back CT rounds without even giving away a bomb plant, making the halftime score 10-5. Justin "jks" Savage's masterful handling of the Glock turned around a 1v3 situation on it's head, giving Renegades their second pistol, and soon, a 13-5 lead.
Despite being in a massive deficit, Grayhound fought back and started bringing the game back, closing out tight round after tight round. The team's AWPer, Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai, was especially impactful, clutching a 1v1 in round 23 and a 1v2 in round 25. However, after tying up the game at 13-13, Grayhound allowed too much room to jkaem on an anti-eco, which he used to pick up a force-buy ace. That round broke Grayhound's economy and saw Renegades take a 16-13 win on Overpass.
A 1v2 situation in the pistol round on Cache was edged out by jks, who set his team up for a good start on the Terrorist side of the map. Grayhound kept them honest, picking up kills, but the rounds were going Renegades way consistently and they were soon 5-0 up. Grayhound's one round win was instantly replied on by Renegades, who had a massive economic advantage at that point, allowing them to secure a 10-5 half.
After the switch, Renegades won their forth pistol round of the series and once again didn't falter in the anti-ecos, which saw them take a 13-5 lead. Christopher "dexter" Nong and Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga had a couple of multi-kill rounds that went their way, but Noah "Nifty" Francis's fragging was too much for them to handle in the end. With a swift 3K, the AWPer broke his opponent's momentum in round 22 and got Renegades match point, which was converted on shortly to make it 16-10.
K - D
42 - 38
41 - 40
34 - 42
26 - 45
26 - 46