NiP win Europe Minor over OpTic
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.
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: