NiP knock Vega Squadron out of FACEIT Major
Vega Squadron kicked off the match on the right foot, winning their Terrorist pistol in a B execution and then taking the subsequent anti-ecos without much effort. NiP responded with a successful gun round, which they followed up with the next round as Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson denied Dmitriy "jR" Chervak from clutching a 1v4 post-plant situation. The Swedes then went on to take the lead at 4-3.
With their economy back on track, Vega Squadron calmly executed A to level up the score and force NiP to eco. Down 5-4, the Swedish squad equalized the scoreline once again, but their opponents immediately countered them with a double and a triple-kill from jR and Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov, respectively. Still, with nothing but pistols, NiP won the following round and went on to only lose the final round of the half closing it 8-7.
NiP further added to their lead in the second half after picking up a chaotic pistol round, 9-7, but Vega Squadron, with a scout triple-kill from Igor "crush" Shevchenko, responded well in their force-buy, inspiring the CIS team to eventually bag a narrow 10-9 lead. In the first gun round, Lekr0's men restored parity with a triple-kill by Fredrik "REZ" Sterner.
Surprisingly enough, Vega Squadron could not stop NiP's strategies from there on out. The Russian side almost pulled off a win on the 25th round to deny NiP from hitting match-point, but they could not defuse the bomb in time. Although crush and Pavel "hutji" Lashkov still found a lifeline for their team with a double and a triple-kill in the next round, making it 11-15, that was the best they could get from the clash which ended the following round, 16-11.
|Vega Squadron||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji||21 - 20||+1||87.1||1.15|
|Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR||18 - 19||-1||85.3||1.01|
|Igor 'crush' Shevchenkocrush||19 - 18||+1||64.3||0.99|
|Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper||20 - 19||+1||68.6||0.94|
|Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikovtonyblack||9 - 21||-12||44.0||0.55|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||21 - 14||+7||68.0||1.17|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||21 - 18||+3||85.2||1.14|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||18 - 18||0||86.8||1.11|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||19 - 19||0||71.7||1.05|
|Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis||18 - 18||0||72.1||0.97|