OpTic beat NiP; advance to Europe Minor upper-bracket final

OpTic is one BO3 win away from the FACEIT Major New Challenger Stage after defeating NiP 2-1 (Nuke 16-7, Overpass 15-19, Inferno 16-3).

OpTic broke out on the A site of Nuke to win the Terrorist pistol round and start their map pick on the right foot. Converting the anti-ecos convincingly, combined with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke grabbing a 3K in an afterplant in the lower bombsite, had OpTic run up an impressive 8-0 lead, with Nicklas "gade" Gade standing out for his team as well.

The Swedes finally got on the board with a force buy and started salvaging the half from there. Fredrik "REZ" Sterner secured a massive quad kill while holding ramp in round 12, pushing NiP towards a 6-9 half time score. After the switch, NiP's pistol round outside-ramp split was shut down on both fronts, seeing OpTic return to the drivers' seat. With Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's double entry on a force buy, NiP was able to win their first Terrorist round, but OpTic bounced back instantly, reset NiP and finished the game 16-7.

k0nfig and co. looked like the better team throughout the series

NiP claimed the Terrorist pistol round on Overpass without a single casualty, but they fumbled in the anti-eco as René "cajunb" Borg and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer combined for four frags. OpTic then squeezed through NiP's force buy attempts and closed out the first rifle round, claiming the early game advantage.

The score was 8-2 when gade seemingly saved his team with an exquisite triple-spraydown, but GeT_RiGhT then struck back with a 1v3 clutch to give his team a chance on the Terrorist side. NiP were setting themselves up to end the half on a high when gade popped out of a smoke and retook A in a 1v3, with OpTic finishing the half 10-5 up.

Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's squad won the pistol and survived a reset to get five early CT rounds, equalizing the score at 11-11. REZ and Dennis "dennis" Edman then combined, giving NiP the lead for the first time since the Terrorist pistol, but OpTic were finding success towards A and took back the lead, getting to match point shortly. NiP seemed done for, but they managed to tie together the last two rounds to force overtime, before OpTic 4-0 in the added rounds to win Overpass 19-15 and force the decider.

On Inferno, a double headshot from k0nfig's p250 broke open NiP's defenses, kicking off a dominant T side for OpTic. Snappi's side was dictating the pace of the game, grabbing an 8-0 before the NiP got on the board. OpTic instantly replied with two rounds of their own, breaking their opponents economy, only for dennis's USP-S to deal enough damage to allow Lekr0 to steal away the round. (8-2)

That unlikely round still didn't help NiP, who finished the half with just two rounds, moving onto the T-side with minimal chances for a comeback. The pistol round came down to a 1v1 that was awkwardly clutched by k0nfig, allowing OpTic to end the game 16-2.

Matchpage
2
1
21st July 2018
Sweden
16
Nuke
7
15
Overpass
19
16
Inferno
3
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 63 - 42 +21 90.0 1.38
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 62 - 44 +18 81.1 1.22
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 56 - 43 +13 74.1 1.21
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 57 - 52 +5 87.9 1.19
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 55 - 56 -1 80.4 1.13
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 58 - 61 -3 82.1 1.01
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 51 - 63 -12 76.1 0.91
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 49 - 54 -5 66.3 0.91
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 46 - 60 -14 72.9 0.90
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 33 - 55 -22 54.1 0.74
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
nip lul
2018-07-21 18:27
#11
720 | 
Turkey RF4_Kolta 
Nt prokda
2018-07-21 18:28
#14
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United Kingdom nimmyjeutron 
expected
2018-07-21 18:29
#19
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
im not prokda wtf
2018-07-21 18:29
nt prokda
2018-07-21 19:00
#95
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
prokda wtf not im
2018-07-21 19:21
nt prodka
2018-07-21 19:30
#97
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
nt wtf not prokda im
2018-07-21 19:31
nt chilean
2018-07-21 19:32
#99
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
nt mexican
2018-07-21 19:33
fak How did u know? :c
2018-07-21 19:35
#101
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
im prokda
2018-07-21 19:35
:0 I knew it But, prokda is from CR, and u r chilean, how could u be Prokda?
2018-07-21 19:45
#107
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
double nationality
2018-07-21 19:48
expected
2018-07-21 18:29
That k0nfig vs REZ 1v1 summed up the game nicely K0nfig has been having a bit of a tough event actually. I wonder what's going on with him
2018-07-21 18:30
#68
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Maybe he decided to play with the team and not try to carry alone and be the star player
2018-07-21 18:44
Yeah he's probably given up a lot to jugi. On his last team there was cajunb awping who was pretty static, and magisk played a more passive role so he wasn't competing with him either
2018-07-21 18:52
#26
rain | 
Germany Ey3 
Blackout for f0rest
2018-07-21 18:30
#2
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Sweden OfficalKN1GHT 
Rip NiP
2018-07-21 18:27
f0rest going bot plays and JUGi becoming VAC
2018-07-21 18:36
Nip was always going to loose to the likes of Optic. They are simply better players
2018-07-21 18:45
#3
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Europe s4ym0n 
ey
2018-07-21 18:28
#4
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Ukraine w1nth 
NIP...
2018-07-21 18:28
Jugi is so underrated And poor dennis, his talent is getting wasted in such a team
2018-07-21 18:36
+1
2018-07-21 18:48
#5
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United States itso 
-getright +IGL
2018-07-21 18:28
-getright +happy
2018-07-21 18:31
#35
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United States itso 
Worst mistake NiP made was kick Xizt. even adding golden would be good.
2018-07-21 18:32
Yes. Golden as IGL, let lekro and dennis play with their skills.
2018-07-21 18:36
- lekr0 +any other swedish rifler /close
2018-07-21 18:41
#85
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Sweden OfficalKN1GHT 
-getright +awp
2018-07-21 19:00
#6
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
K
2018-07-21 18:28
#7
720 | 
Turkey RF4_Kolta 
Xpected
2018-07-21 18:28
#8
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New Zealand SkirmishX 
ez4jugi
2018-07-21 18:28
#9
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Turkey nonstopg0_0 
Run forest run
2018-07-21 18:28
#10
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India j4v0 
Sad
2018-07-21 18:28
#12
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Sweden pontus767 
Expected
2018-07-21 18:29
#13
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Europe andyy_ 
YES
2018-07-21 18:29
#16
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Bulgaria 21petar 
ez
2018-07-21 18:29
#17
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United States EmperorTrump 
happy for Jugi. 100% deserved
2018-07-21 18:29
happy doesn't even speak Danish and he is not an AWPer, why would you replace jugi with him?
2018-07-21 18:33
haHAA Don’t ban me pls
2018-07-21 18:36
Nice bait from hltv admin xdd He meant happy as an emotion
2018-07-21 18:37
#58
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Indonesia RaginGR 
+1
2018-07-21 18:37
I'm sorry, but he meant he is glad jugi has advanced further :)
2018-07-21 19:19
#102
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Finland ceresje 
nice b8 mr admin
2018-07-21 19:35
#18
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Canada VeryMightGuy 
noobs
2018-07-21 18:29
wait, no nip at major again?
2018-07-21 18:29
#27
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CIS antishaakeh 
Yes, now they'll fight for 5k$.
2018-07-21 18:30
#36
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Latvia latvianguy 
NiP is moving down to lower bracket.
2018-07-21 18:33
#105
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Europe w1ntermu7e 
They have still a chance but optic and ence looks stronger
2018-07-21 19:41
kick get right and 60 years old neckbeard f0rest then easy team,
2018-07-21 18:29
#39
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Latvia latvianguy 
They are washed up as fuck, why doesn't the NiP managment see that?
2018-07-21 18:33
#64
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Europe Skraj 
You didn't read the article where the management said that this is gtr/forps last chance?
2018-07-21 18:40
Where can I find it?
2018-07-21 19:04
#104
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Europe Skraj 
Can't for the life of me find it. :/ But basically someone from the NiP management did an interview where he said that "winning is everything," and stated that the "veterans in the team have one last chance to step up and start playing good," or be replaced.
2018-07-21 19:41
#67
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United States EmperorTrump 
they're still celebrities so kids buy their merch and sponsors are happy
2018-07-21 18:42
#24
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Forest wtf?
2018-07-21 18:30
GG Waiting for the next match, i hope to see a NiP recovery
2018-07-21 18:30
RIP NIP
2018-07-21 18:30
#29
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
Lol why is Nip so bad. Another year no major xd
2018-07-21 18:30
eZaF f0rest & GTR need to retire
2018-07-21 18:30
#40
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
Whole faze need to retire chokeclan
2018-07-21 18:33
triggered
2018-07-21 18:33
#44
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
+1
2018-07-21 18:33
LMAO NiP fans thought they had a chance
2018-07-21 18:32
#33
DAVEY | 
United States E_K_U_L 
nice
2018-07-21 18:32
Close one!
2018-07-21 18:32
#37
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
EZ 4 GOD JUGI
2018-07-21 18:33
JUGI sticker
2018-07-21 18:33
I am so sad :(
2018-07-21 18:33
EZ OPTIC
2018-07-21 18:34
-gtr + golden
2018-07-21 18:35
#47
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Portugal Isaacovsky 
All I see is kick forest and gtr but while Forest had and awfull day, Dennis and Lekro had 0.01 better rating than gtr. Gtr did around what he usually does and should do as a supportive player, in this case I think dennis lekro forest and rez should be the ones doing much better and be the main target for criticism.
2018-07-21 18:35
+1000
2018-07-21 18:39
+100000
2018-07-21 18:54
#90
f0rest | 
Sweden S3bluen 
Dennis and lekro did quite okay and saved the teams butt several times. f0rest and Rez were awful today, bad day i guess..
2018-07-21 19:10
nip tier 5 team ?
2018-07-21 18:35
Forest? Doing worse than gtr? What dimension are we in
2018-07-21 18:35
#53
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United States johnjay 
expected, nip in 2018 lul
2018-07-21 18:36
It's their first event with a different IGL, give them time --- that what the G2 fans always say to protect the bots Ex6, SmithZz and shox from critiq.
2018-07-21 18:36
f0rest and GeT_RiGhT bottomfragging again, kick em
2018-07-21 18:36
trash
2018-07-21 18:37
nip is pure garbage
2018-07-21 18:39
no f0rest no win...
2018-07-21 18:39
Expected 2-1 victory by OpTic Their T-side overpass is rough I think ENCE will ban Nuke, OpTic will ban Cache. Then ENCE will pick Dust2 and OpTic will pick Mirage ENCE will ban overpass/train and Inferno will be the decider I think match will end 2-1 and even if OpTic lose, they will still get to the major
2018-07-21 18:40
Optic will destroy Ence.
2018-07-21 18:45
#76
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Finland Smoonah 
No
2018-07-21 18:48
Wait and see my finnish friend
2018-07-21 19:01
#87
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Finland Smoonah 
ok ty
2018-07-21 19:02
Told you so
2018-07-22 17:00
#113
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Finland Smoonah 
2-1, not destroyed
2018-07-22 18:16
#82
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Spain loviac 
nt
2018-07-21 18:56
#71
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
What a bot f0rest .... NiP should change roster 100%
2018-07-21 18:46
#72
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Indonesia youdelusional 
i don't know why i still support NiP.. always left disappointed.. thanks Noobs.
2018-07-21 18:46
You see how easily take them down 16 to 3 and 16 to 7, that must be come normally from NiP, the time is over, the youngest are stronger, is time to retire
2018-07-21 18:47
#74
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Finland Smoonah 
nip roster changes haha
2018-07-21 18:48
RIP CS 1.6 players... rip forest, get right, neo, taz .. the youth gone too far
2018-07-21 18:48
Still a lot of sick 1.6ers playing and succeeding. But most of them have passed the age and new talent is taking over. Happens in every sport/game. These guys have ruined their legacy though. So stupid of them to be so stubborn to not retire. They should make way for new talent.
2018-07-22 07:06
Nip never find the solution :(
2018-07-21 18:56
#81
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Spain loviac 
R EZ
2018-07-21 18:56
Expected, nip has 0 chance untill they replace GTR and Forest with young talents. Respect for their legacy in this game, but the time ran them over. They should do it before they become laughing stock...
2018-07-21 18:59
#89
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Latvia Tibro 
major winners lmao xD nt nip with lekr0 better was with
2018-07-21 19:07
Nip again not in major ? Hahaha
2018-07-21 19:15
#93
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Danish CS IS NOT ONLY TO STAY ,,,,,WE ARE TO TAKE OVER
2018-07-21 19:21
#103
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Malaysia byaIi 
good for JuGi sad for legends
2018-07-21 19:37
now let me explain you why this swede-only team isnt going great the past 3/4years.. to start analyzing, you gotta start with the roots.. the roots of NIP lay in the hands of their once shining star...heaton. since he has no time for gaming 24/7, and he knew his business was going kinda shitty, he quickly found a lonesome soul to sell his business to, that is the moroccan Hicham Chahine since heaton has most of the shares in his hands, he basically controls the biggest decisions aka the roster changes... now as you might know, this man has an unbreakable connection with 2 of his employees, that is forest & gtr he will never ever let these 2 numbnuts go since they have an unbreakable bond... what remains is dennis/lekro/rez which will sooner or later be swapped (AGAIN) for other swedes, preferably old dusted people, instead of picking up fresh blood. now this is the case of nip, and it wont take long they'll start dropping off from minors + not getting invites to events as well. i feel a 0-87 coming, u as well??
2018-07-21 20:09
Gooo Jugi2k
2018-07-21 21:18
#110
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Greece her-1g 
Rez draken xizt lekro f0rest could work
2018-07-21 22:00
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