NiP win Europe Minor over OpTic

After making their way to the final through the lower-bracket, Ninjas in Pyjamas won the Europe Minor over OpTic with a 2-0 scoreline (16-8 Dust2, 16-7 Nuke).

Dust2 was the map that started off the grand final of the Europe Minor, with Ninjas in Pyjamas 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 Ninjas in Pyjamas 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 Ninjas in Pyjamas struck back with a buy that consisted of three AWPs and a SCAR-20, closing out the game 16-8.

After a rocky tournament, NiP were convincing in the grand final

Despite the pistol round going OpTic's way, Ninjas in Pyjamas were the better-looking side early into Nuke, taking a 6-4 Terrorist-side lead by slowly working the map and finding picks. Ninjas in Pyjamas 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 Ninjas in Pyjamas pounced. The score was soon 14-7, OpTic went for a force buy, affording an AWP to JUGi, but Ninjas in Pyjamas closed down their outside approach and finished the game 16-7.

 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
34 - 31 +3 87.0 1.11
32 - 37 -5 68.5 0.89
26 - 37 -11 61.9 0.78
22 - 34 -12 57.4 0.74
21 - 40 -19 60.8 0.60
 Ninjas in Pyjamas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 25 +27 114.1 1.81
36 - 27 +9 78.3 1.25
27 - 23 +4 73.7 1.23
32 - 31 +1 68.2 1.11
32 - 29 +3 68.1 1.02

Final standings for Europe Minor - FACEIT Major 2018:

1. Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas - $30,000
2. Denmark OpTic - $15,000
3. Finland ENCE - $5,000
4. Denmark Sprout
5-6. Germany 3DMAX
5-6. Sweden Red Reserve
7-8. France LeftOut
7-8. Poland Kinguin

Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
32
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1392
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
380
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
620
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
828
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
34
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1363
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
loooooooooooooool unexpected
2018-07-22 20:57
12 replies
ez as fuck optic noobs rekt
2018-07-22 20:58
5 replies
OpTic still at the major
2018-07-22 20:59
3 replies
still rekt
2018-07-22 21:01
2 replies
doesn't matter tho But yeah rekt
2018-07-22 21:01
1 reply
Finally nip stickers
2018-07-23 02:03
#106
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Canada Comeagain
Lol optic threw
2018-07-22 21:59
#15
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Brazil OGApol0
Lekr0 too strong
2018-07-22 20:59
EXPECTED
2018-07-22 20:59
Actually expected.
2018-07-22 20:59
#72
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Poland Unluko
GGs
2018-07-22 21:18
WHERE THE FUCK IS SHAKEEH
2018-07-22 22:37
1 reply
#186
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Ukraine Dert38
Unexpected
2018-07-23 10:25
Pog
2018-07-22 20:57
1 reply
nip will win major
2018-07-22 21:00
#3
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Paraguay imjustmau
ew
2018-07-22 20:57
First? No. :(
2018-07-22 20:58
1 reply
No
2018-07-22 21:42
NiP Magic
2018-07-22 20:58
1 reply
NiP 97-0
2018-07-23 11:24
5th
2018-07-22 20:58
9 replies
Nt, you are 6rd
2018-07-22 21:43
8 replies
#147
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Portugal P3rfect
"6rd" Nice englando
2018-07-22 22:41
6 replies
Baited
2018-07-22 22:54
6rd, 6st same thing
2018-07-22 23:01
4 replies
Lol its 6th
2018-07-23 09:20
1 reply
#198
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Sweden katt1n
WOOSH
2018-07-23 16:04
#194
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Spain x_Dovi
I see what you did here
2018-07-23 11:40
i'm pretty sure its 6nd
2018-07-23 15:07
Oh damn! Well that's just sad because I thought I was 5nd
2018-08-07 17:21
#NIPMAGIC
2018-07-22 20:58
#9
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Norway Hydropanic^
Finally the ninjas are showing real results! Good job!
2018-07-22 20:58
4 replies
Winning tier 3 tournament, Yeah Real result xD
2018-07-22 22:07
3 replies
not that, qualifying for a major is a start >.<
2018-07-22 22:08
#193
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North America LedwigCS
Optic and ENCE could easily be considered Teir 2 teams who could take down most teams outside of the Top 6 and capable of competiting at that level, even putting decent fights up against those top 6 minus Astralis. Considering NiP haven't been to a Major in nearly 2 years and recently bombed out of Cologne very badly and they had a recent switch of IGL this win is major to showing the direction this team can go in and the potential it has if utilized correctly.
2018-07-23 11:32
As a tier 3 team winning a tier3 tournament is good
2018-07-23 16:36
xd
2018-07-22 20:58
#11
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Sweden KarlXII
Ez4EN....
2018-07-22 20:58
1 reply
Maybe Finnish people will finally stop spamming twitch chat
2018-07-22 23:09
Wow
2018-07-22 20:58
1 reply
waAW
2018-07-22 21:38
Maybe NiP actually will do something good
2018-07-22 20:59
Lekrooooooooooooooopo
2018-07-22 20:59
so fucking easy 16-8 16-7 ahahahh
2018-07-22 20:59
NiP is Back !! f0rest <333
2018-07-22 20:59
#21
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Sweden godname
GTR IS LOVE
2018-07-22 20:59
#22
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Poland KasPro
unexpected
2018-07-22 20:59
Ezzzzzz
2018-07-22 20:59
#24
 | 
Turkey haram123
come back nıp <3
2018-07-22 20:59
#25
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Sweden ThorinEk
If you dont win... You lose! They finally remembered it!
2018-07-22 20:59
ez
2018-07-22 20:59
#27
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Czech Republic Flapy_
Gj :)
2018-07-22 20:59
expected. Ez for the swedes!
2018-07-22 20:59
Did this match even matter?
2018-07-22 20:59
14 replies
#40
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Serbia Strumfleus
Well if 15k$ dont matter l dont even Might seem a bit insignificant (idk how to spell it lol) considering they both get sticker money and major spot tho
2018-07-22 21:02
15k extra $$
2018-07-22 21:03
8 replies
Let's be realistic, 15$ isn't a lot. Especially, given that they have a major qualification to prepare for, this feels like a good moment to save your tactics and keep some of the playing "hand" to themselves. I'm not saying OpTic are better or anything. It just feels that this win may not be a very objective criteria to judge team NiP situation
2018-07-22 21:11
7 replies
well ofc 15$ isnt a lot but 15k$ is
2018-07-22 21:16
2 replies
thank you
2018-07-22 21:16
#188
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Russia agrachiv
I am not gay, but 15k is 15k
2018-07-23 10:29
yh i dont understand why these finals even exist, they both are winners. In cis minor final hellraisers was clearly just trolling around and celebrating, they almost lost to spirit 16 14 5 16 16 14
2018-07-22 21:20
3 replies
#89
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Romania SPEEEEEEED
well these finals actually means something not only 15k the team who wins gets a better seed in the major as nip won this, they are in the 3rd pool and that means they cant face north, astralis, space soldiers and gambit which are in the 1st pool
2018-07-22 21:40
2 replies
facing everyone except astralis on this list would be win situation for them
2018-07-23 09:01
1 reply
well maybe but i think everyone would prefer facing vega squadron,big,virtus pro. liquid maybe no xd
2018-07-23 17:24
seeding and money
2018-07-22 21:09
#65
Zvede | 
Latvia Zvede
They can't get Astralis in first swiss bo1, so yea kinda :D
2018-07-22 21:13
2 replies
I this seeding a real thing? Won't it be like completely random?
2018-07-22 21:23
1 reply
From a certain seeding pool
2018-07-23 06:41
HAPPY FOR NIP AND MY BIG BET ON NIP
2018-07-22 20:59
nice
2018-07-22 21:00
#33
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Sweden crindz
<3 Lekro destroying faces
2018-07-22 21:00
#34
 | 
Sweden s!d_xaxa
Ez?
2018-07-22 21:00
1 reply
#49
 | 
Croatia Esketite
Nip magic is back
2018-07-22 21:03
SO ez
2018-07-22 21:01
#39
 | 
Belarus Seriouswqq
soo ez for nip expected
2018-07-22 21:02
NiP magic is here
2018-07-22 21:02
gg
2018-07-22 21:02
#43
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United Kingdom NiP-dTm-
Well done ninjas!
2018-07-22 21:02
Well played Ninjas, coming back from the dead. Got to admire their resilience.
2018-07-22 21:02
Expected, nip is actually really good when they have no pressure
2018-07-22 21:02
Sooo... 3DMAX are German now ?
2018-07-22 21:02
2 replies
#59
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Brazil Mentecapto
lul it's a bug :P also pretty interesting how the top6 teams are all scandinavian
2018-07-22 21:08
1 reply
i know it's a bug
2018-07-22 21:16
#48
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Denmark slacking
lekro carry
2018-07-22 21:03
#51
 | 
Italy Er1cz
finally NiP <3 <3
2018-07-22 21:03
Is JUGi the most consistent awper right now?
2018-07-22 21:03
#53
 | 
Europe havebadday
f0rest and gtr were on fire again, love to watch them
2018-07-22 21:04
nice
2018-07-22 21:05
#58
 | 
Europe An0n0n
LMAO meaningless game, both teams already qualified. K0nfig just resting for the real major playoffs.
2018-07-22 21:07
3 replies
15k meaningless?
2018-07-22 21:15
or he sucks
2018-07-22 21:54
K0nfig noob got rekt by nip
2018-07-23 06:42
EASY
2018-07-22 21:09
#62
 | 
Europe Vallon
Well done, boys.
2018-07-22 21:10
#64
 | 
Russia Sur10n
Feels good man
2018-07-22 21:12
#66
 | 
North Macedonia Bebusha
NINJAAAAAS YOU ARE THE BEST AS ALWAYS!!!!!!! I loveeeee youuuuu. You mean sth special to me
2018-07-22 21:14
>Be 2014 >stalking GO, realize the uprising, betting skins & making profits out of kids using mom's card >NiP are my profit outcome, order their jersy (white version i ain't a negro) >Be 2018, just cashed in on them rolling my jersey >NiP is love, NiP is life
2018-07-22 21:16
Soooo is Ence in? If not valve sucks
2018-07-22 21:21
1 reply
No which is fucking sad
2018-07-22 21:24
#76
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United States Freakmode
tbh i didnt expect nip to make it to a major again anytime soon. Good for them.
2018-07-22 21:23
Nip on major PogChamp
2018-07-22 21:24
IGL's, take notes. Thats how you frag as IGL
2018-07-22 21:25
#80
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Poland BiNd!
GJ Krzysiek! GL Ninjas!
2018-07-22 21:25
#81
 | 
Finland gaazer
Wow just wow
2018-07-22 21:25
#82
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Sweden S3bluen
Speechless... After what feels like forever, nip is in a major again. Teared up during the GeT_RiGhT-interview.
2018-07-22 21:25
8 replies
get ur shit together men is only game
2018-07-22 21:43
7 replies
#124
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Sweden S3bluen
Is more then a gem, is a wey to live lief.
2018-07-22 22:22
6 replies
fight me irl
2018-07-23 17:31
5 replies
ur dad didn't realize the consequence of not pulling out about 12 yrs ago bro im sorry for him
2018-07-23 22:32
4 replies
the world should have used a condom so we didnt have ur country
2018-07-23 23:56
3 replies
U live on $2/day in ur lil Siberian village?
2018-07-23 23:57
2 replies
ye and its still more money then ur allowance
2018-07-24 14:20
1 reply
Are you fuck you?
2018-07-24 20:04
#84
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Malaysia byaIi
NiP what a story !
2018-07-22 21:29
EZ4ENCEEE
2018-07-22 21:37
GL for both. Clearly both team just chilling and saving their best strats. You’ll never see 3/4 awp setup in serious mode. Get right with autosniper? Nahh.
2018-07-22 21:39
2 replies
get right actually used a lot the autosniper in the past
2018-07-22 21:41
1 reply
I know and when he did it. He’s having fun and trolling.
2018-07-22 21:49
Fuck yes!
2018-07-22 21:43
#96
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India NOAH0017
one more 'expected' reply and i am out
2018-07-22 21:45
2 replies
Expected
2018-07-22 22:31
1 reply
Expected
2018-07-23 06:43
#98
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Serbia whoa!!
expected
2018-07-22 21:47
#102
 | 
Moldova NotBhad
R.I.P NiP :(((
2018-07-22 21:49
0+1
2018-07-22 21:59
#108
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Brazil bandicoot
people say nip are in major now. but is it really the major? challenger stage with no crowd is just last step before the main event no? or is stickers = major
2018-07-22 22:03
2 replies
#119
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North Macedonia ydjoon
they have a big chance with only just Astralis and Liquid are sure locked in to grab the 2 of the 8 spots to move on to the Legends Stage.
2018-07-22 22:11
#125
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Russia Nikosimus
With the new format it is a Major, they'll have the stickers and Pick'em shit soo.. yeah, formally it is
2018-07-22 22:23
#114
suNny | 
Ireland GOTU
who is MVP?
2018-07-22 22:07
Took NiP Magic just to make the major lol
2018-07-22 22:11
Poor Taz
2018-07-22 22:18
Im not crying you re crying
2018-07-22 22:27
#129
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Czech Republic RePlayGOD
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-22 22:27
expected
2018-07-22 22:30
Ence......
2018-07-22 22:32
ez 4 ENCE, they say xD
2018-07-22 22:35
when igl is carrying.... ruh roh
2018-07-22 22:51
404 k0nfig not found
2018-07-22 22:59
1 reply
Lol +1
2018-07-23 10:09
Lmao optic throwing
2018-07-22 23:05
#153
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
feels soo good man
2018-07-22 23:05
3dmax germany LUUUL
2018-07-22 23:09
k0nfag is so bad
2018-07-22 23:11
1 reply
+1
2018-07-23 10:09
Bah wanted to see nip and ence make it to the major
2018-07-22 23:15
Tnx Ninjas
2018-07-22 23:24
optic throwing for skins
2018-07-22 23:36
YEAH
2018-07-22 23:43
#161
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Europe Skraj
Let's see if they can get past the main qualifier and get to the actual, real, major. Or if they are happy with just reaching the last qualifier because "muh stickers"
2018-07-22 23:48
3 replies
stay pressed
2018-07-23 03:15
they are in the real major
2018-07-23 10:57
#196
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North America LedwigCS
This is by formality the Real Major, but the team isn't content just yet, they intend to carry it as far as possible. I'm looking forwards to seeing the results
2018-07-23 11:52
HAHAHAHAHA BOT K0NFIG
2018-07-23 00:18
NiP Magic forever NiP fan
2018-07-23 00:19
#166
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Canada Ayton
expected
2018-07-23 00:19
NiP is BACK!
2018-07-23 02:43
gg
2018-07-23 03:20
>NiP wins tier 2 team "NIP IS BACK" Bunch of retards.
2018-07-23 03:32
2 replies
“Nip wins tier 2 team” nice englando retard
2018-07-23 06:44
It's more like a T3 tournament..
2018-07-23 11:23
#173
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African Union mikecool
Nip looked shakey this whole minor but one thing which was impressive was their mental fortitude throughout all games. They kept persisting even with terrible first halves for most of the minor and kept beating teams out through grit and determination and all. Still, it showed that all teams in the euro minor have some flaws that they'll definitely want to work on for the major. Good result for them all in all.
2018-07-23 04:04
Deserved
2018-07-23 05:12
useless final why they have to play it just 322
2018-07-23 06:44
Expected! NIP is back 👌
2018-07-23 09:29
#187
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Ukraine Dert38
Unbelievable
2018-07-23 10:26
fnatic stupid people letting lekro go. there you see it. kicking their best player.
2018-07-23 10:31
#202
JD | 
Poland sheezer
LETS GO BOISSS, FINALLY #GOGONIP
2018-07-23 19:13
cool
2018-07-24 00:21
Lekr0 best Swedish player. IGL + fragging worst = pronax
2018-07-24 06:58
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