Dust2 was the map that started off the grand final of the Europe Minor, with NiP picking it unexpectedly. The opening of the map was back-and-forth, but OpTic was the team to establish dominance first, with Jakob "JUGi" Hansen leading the way for his team as they tied six rounds together, back-to-back (7-3).
In the following round, JUGi got a double entry, but NiP found a way back in to stop the rot, eventually making a full T-side comeback to end the half 8-7 up. Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson clutched a 1v2 in the pistol to continue his team's streak, with a B site lockdown in the first buy round seeing the Ninjas get on the home stretch, 13-7. OpTic stole away the next round, but NiP struck back with a buy that consisted of three AWPs and a SCAR-20, closing out the game 16-8.
Despite the pistol round going OpTic's way, NiP were the better-looking side early into Nuke, taking a 6-4 Terrorist-side lead by slowly working the map and finding picks. NiP then hit the A site a couple of times in a row, Nicklas "gade" Gade won one of those rounds single-handedly by clutching a 1v3, but the Swedes still ended the half on the high, 9-6.
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund had a slow first half, but he was the star of the pistol round, securing a hat-trick with the Dual Berettas as OpTic headed towards B. After cleaning up the anti-ecos, Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Dennis "dennis" Edman got doubles each to advance their lead to 12-6.
Similarly to the second half of Dust2, OpTic then won a round, but couldn't follow up on it and NiP pounced. The score was soon 14-7, OpTic went for a force buy, affording an AWP to JUGi, but NiP closed down their outside approach and finished the game 16-7.
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||34 - 31||+3||87.0||1.11|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||32 - 37||-5||68.5||0.89|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||26 - 37||-11||61.9||0.78|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||22 - 34||-12||57.4||0.74|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||21 - 40||-19||60.8||0.60|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||52 - 25||+27||114.1||1.81|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||36 - 27||+9||78.3||1.25|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||27 - 23||+4||73.7||1.23|
|Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis||32 - 31||+1||68.2||1.11|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||32 - 29||+3||68.1||1.02|
Final standings for Europe Minor - FACEIT Major 2018: