NiP extend Major run; Vega Squadron eliminated

NiP saw Vega Squadron out of the IEM Katowice Major following a 2-1 victory in round 4 of the New Challengers stage.

NiP kicked off the series with a strong start, securing the first pistol of Overpass on their T side. The Ninjas assumed the driver's seat until a Deagle 4k from Igor "crush" Shevchenko on A yielded his team their first round on the defence. Off the back of this momentum, the CIS sharks were able to equalise, proceeding to go blow-for-blow with their opponents. Round 10 proved pivotal for the defence, as the T economy was finally dismantled, allowing for five consecutive rounds victories, concluding the initial half 10-5 in favour of Vega Squadron.

The sharks transferred momentum into the second pistol round, dismantling the CTs one by one. This created space for the CIS representatives to extend their lead to a comfortable 13-5 scoreline. NiP clawed a few rounds back on the defence following a losing streak, but an unfortunate happening in round 22 gave Vega Squadron a sufficient opening to secure map point. In what proved to be a spectacular display of mental resilience, NiP methodically dispatched the Ts over the course of eight consecutive rounds, pushing Overpass into overtime.

REZ's performance on Train prevented NiP from going home early

Contrary to their spectacular CT performance in regulation, the Ninjas struggled to reproduce their form, going 1-2 on the defence. The same could not be said for the sharks, who secured double map point over their opponents. NiP closed the gap to just a single round disparity, but a Tunnel hold in round 25 by crush sealed the Ninjas' fate, concluding Overpass 19-17 in Vega Squadron's favour.

Train had a hectic start as a successful B hit from Vega Squadron saw the team secure their first digit, only for NiP to snatch back the momentum off the back of a force buy in round 2. Forced to work with a brittle economy, the Swedes initially struggled, but towards the middle of the half they finally found their stride. This was expressed as a string of seven round victories after consistently shutting down Vega Squadron's fast-paced aggression. The half concluded 10-5 in NiP's favour.

crush's outstanding plays had massive impact on Overpass

Fredrik "REZ" Sterner proceeded to single-handedly propel his team's lead, landing a 4k in the second pistol. A further round was accrued, followed by a squandered opportunity to extend the lead further, as a 2v5 was converted by Vega Squadron. Despite the momentary scare, NiP did not falter, making work of the defence all the way to a map victory at 16-6, pushing the series into map three.

The final map, Mirage, saw NiP best their adversaries on the offense, as yet another pistol round was secured by the Swedes. Back and forth ensued in the earlier stages, turning in the Ninjas' favour following a successful economic upset. NiP proceeded to establish a 6-3 lead after four consecutive rounds were secured. In a rollercoaster of a half, Vega Squadron managed to recompose following their shortcomings, closing out the remaining six rounds of the half to get a 9-6 lead.

f0rest spearheaded efforts on Mirage

Vega Squadron commenced their T half with success, but the momentum was snatched from right under their feet, as NiP asserted themselves on the defence. Despite attempting to remedy the situation with varied approaches on the T side, the Russian roster struggled to break through the defence. The Swedes allowed a mere four rounds to slip over the course of their entire CT half, besting Vega Squadron with a 16-13 score to advance to the fifth and final round of the New Challengers Stage.

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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 78 - 48 +30 93.4 1.46
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 77 - 56 +21 87.8 1.31
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 54 - 52 +2 72.7 1.08
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 53 - 54 -1 70.2 1.02
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 52 - 55 -3 66.0 0.96
 Vega Squadron K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR 63 - 64 -1 70.8 0.95
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenkocrush 52 - 60 -8 75.1 0.90
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikovtonyblack 54 - 61 -7 62.4 0.90
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 50 - 61 -11 66.1 0.89
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji 46 - 68 -22 60.6 0.73
The New Challengers stage
3W - 0L
1W - 2L
1W - 3L
0W - 3L
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
nt vega..nice match
2019-02-16 16:50
FOREST IN PYJAMA
2019-02-16 16:50
#18
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Iceland Arag0rn 
forest goat
2019-02-16 16:50
#31
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
LET'S GO
2019-02-16 16:51
ul sharks i wanted tonyblack and sharks to be a major legend over NiP.
2019-02-16 17:26
1.6
2019-02-16 16:52
#46
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Iceland Arag0rn 
legends never die
2019-02-16 16:53
Faker died
2019-02-16 17:14
history didn't repeat itself
2019-02-16 16:50
As i predicted
2019-02-16 16:51
#89
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India Noobdian 
Same
2019-02-16 17:19
history did repeat itself. nip rekt vega at the last major and sent them home, just like this major.
2019-02-16 16:54
Yea :)
2019-02-16 17:00
#90
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India Noobdian 
16-11 not rekt but yeah
2019-02-16 17:19
#15
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
Revenge of the NiPth
2019-02-16 16:50
#44
f0rest | 
Slovakia m@r 
2ez 4 f0REZt
2019-02-16 16:53
Goat
2019-02-16 17:00
#51
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Sweden Unluko 
YES PICKEM STILL ALIVE
2019-02-16 16:54
Cloud9 and fnatic win their matches today Cloud9 vs winstrike, fnatic vs Tyloo, and nip vs vici tomorrow Cloud9, fnatic, and nip win
2019-02-16 16:57
#61
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Sweden Unluko 
Hopefully lets go c9
2019-02-16 16:57
#66
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Brazil kaaim 
i believe in furia, cause i am fan guy and c9 have been struggling to get here... but either way, i think if its possible to furia win, gonna be hard anyway... best of luck for furia guys and for the legendary c9 as well
2019-02-16 17:00
One of the only good BR fans on this site, big respect to you!
2019-02-16 18:02
Well your believe is looking good so far. Mirage was a wipe
2019-02-16 20:59
i really hope this happens
2019-02-16 17:10
#86
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World nakTriceps 
Sorry but today is FURIA´s day, mafriend.
2019-02-16 17:16
Furia lose :(
2019-02-16 23:15
#124
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World nakTriceps 
Yep. I´m proud of them. Excellent presentation being their first big LAN. They came from Minor Open Qual hahaha They had their chances for the Legends Stage. That third map was pretty close. The both pistols for c9 were critical. That game against AVANGAR in 0-1 pool was pretty close, too, with 16-14 for AVANGAR. Good future for the boys.
2019-02-16 23:18
Im done with my pick em XD
2019-02-16 23:14
#125
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Sweden Unluko 
Rip
2019-02-16 23:19
#52
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
it was very nice game to watch, some mistakes, some nerves but overall portion of good cs, grats for both, ninjass-kicked and for vegass-kicked^^
2019-02-16 16:54
#2
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Sweden 1ArKade1 
ez
2019-02-16 16:50
#3
bubble | 
Germany webaxebg 
gg nip
2019-02-16 16:50
first
2019-02-16 16:50
#43
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United States derp_status 
Lol
2019-02-16 16:53
#5
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
GG wp goninjas
2019-02-16 16:50
#6
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Spain Silber_ 
GO NINJAS
2019-02-16 16:50
#7
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Russia GramDEL 
Sad :(
2019-02-16 16:51
#8
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Ok
2019-02-16 16:50
#10
D0cC | 
Ukraine Inf_HLTV 
damn
2019-02-16 16:50
#11
shroud | 
Europe zmjtvca 
POG
2019-02-16 16:50
F0REST GOD
2019-02-16 16:50
#13
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Hungary StraYzie 
Let's go NiP! <3 kibaken > tonyblack (I know tonyblack is kibaken) keshandr > crush
2019-02-16 16:50
#27
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Russia GramDEL 
Imo crush was really good today
2019-02-16 16:51
#36
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Hungary StraYzie 
keshandr was still better imo but yeah, crush is not the weakest link it's always been hutji
2019-02-16 16:52
#99
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Argentina MrRioKai 
+1 i miss keshandr
2019-02-16 17:49
#16
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Romania pufi656 
go ninjas!
2019-02-16 16:50
f0rest GOAT
2019-02-16 16:50
Ez 4 the GOAT f0rest PS: R EZ
2019-02-16 16:51
#21
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Portugal MR_CAL 
EZZZ NIP
2019-02-16 16:51
#22
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
f0rest the legend~
2019-02-16 16:51
#23
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Norway stinkyfrog09 
sad!
2019-02-16 16:51
Mir and keshandr >> kibaken and crush
2019-02-16 16:52
#25
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
Revenge? lol
2019-02-16 16:51
gg
2019-02-16 16:51
#28
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG NiP
2019-02-16 16:51
#29
HeatoN | 
World Shaktar 
Ugliest match ive seen this year, didnt even looked like Major contenders were playing it
2019-02-16 16:51
#49
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Finland Alko^ 
f0rest GOAT
2019-02-16 16:54
#33
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
f0rest <3
2019-02-16 16:52
Expected
2019-02-16 16:52
#35
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Denmark danishwarrior 
f0rest still got it!
2019-02-16 16:52
#37
xccurate | 
Indonesia k1yo 
f0rest +30 wow :o
2019-02-16 16:52
#38
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Poland Crai9Xen 
F0rest in pyjama
2019-02-16 16:52
#39
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Brazil Charizaldo 
f0rest will retire for problems on the spine for carrying this team for so long
2019-02-16 16:52
at least he can, unlike cold
2019-02-16 16:54
#56
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Brazil Charizaldo 
against Vega Squadron of course he can
2019-02-16 16:55
+1
2019-02-16 16:55
+1
2019-02-16 18:31
LUL
2019-02-16 16:53
f0rest king fak anything else
2019-02-16 16:53
#42
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Myanmar xdcc 
There's a reason get_right has a teddy bear. Nip (voodoo) magic
2019-02-16 16:53
#45
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Finland Alko^ 
f0rest GOAT
2019-02-16 16:53
So bad from both teams that last half tbh
2019-02-16 16:53
#54
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Russia M13f 
trash vega and trash nip ez lose vs vici or tyloo
2019-02-16 16:55
Vega deserves it, but NIP cannot do more better.
2019-02-16 16:55
Thats what happens when daddy f0rest is warmed up! Hitting shots left and right hs only like back in 1.6 days!
2019-02-16 16:57
#62
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Brazil Wegenes 
r.i.p Vega
2019-02-16 16:59
#63
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Gj Forest
2019-02-16 16:59
f0rerst GOAT dont @
2019-02-16 16:59
#65
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Peru AgentLF 
Really amazing cs from both teams Wp Vega ;) and Conglats for Nip
2019-02-16 17:00
#82
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Sweden Kasidro 
Amazingly sloppy cs if anything. Vega barely ran a strat during gun rounds and just kept on solo peeking. Nip was not much better. It was a cluster fuck of a match
2019-02-16 17:14
#102
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Estonia swag420weed 
Many fans are tired of astralis tactical CS. Chaotoi and messy CS is much more spetacular. Just like in football, when it was Barcelona era, game felt so boring to watch
2019-02-16 18:13
#104
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Sweden Kasidro 
sure too tactical can be boring to watch but this was just sloppy
2019-02-16 18:16
Barca era was fucking amazing, so many amazing tech skill moments. But yes sometimes endless passing is boring
2019-02-16 18:31
#113
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South Africa nimmaJ 
It doesnt have to be tactical to not be messy
2019-02-16 19:01
#67
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Latvia Tibro 
1.6
2019-02-16 17:00
78k 48d when old legend warmed up and feels his aim. ez for f0rest
2019-02-16 17:00
#71
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2019-02-16 17:01
#73
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Portugal Isaacovsky 
So Nip are gonna play vs Vici??
2019-02-16 17:02
GOAT
2019-02-16 17:06
It is funny, all the Minor #1 has advanced to New legends stage, Vega went home and the other returning challenger will contend for the left slot of New legends stage
2019-02-16 17:06
#76
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China Alar1c 
f0rest legend
2019-02-16 17:09
ez for boys
2019-02-16 17:11
Vegan Bye
2019-02-16 17:13
Ez 4 rez
2019-02-16 17:14
f0rest carry
2019-02-16 17:15
#85
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Russia 12344213123 
mda :'(
2019-02-16 17:15
#93
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
2 Russian teams are out, and spirit also comes out soon ,,,, when I play MM matches, then there are a lot good russian players, they hit everything, there is something wrong here, I know that russiake top athletes have been taken in cheating they have and use doping ,,,, they cheat, there are also many Russians cheating in csgo ,,, maybe some know it.
2019-02-16 17:25
Dude that is so obvious. Chinese and Russians are notorious cheaters in mm.
2019-02-16 23:19
#87
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Indonesia Exodd 
That’s the fightin spirit, come on boys
2019-02-16 17:19
#88
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Brazil ToupixBr 
F0rest one of the oldest players in the scene ans still putting number like that, very impressive
2019-02-16 17:19
#91
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India Noobdian 
Nip send Vega packing
2019-02-16 17:20
I wanted to nip to win but VG has nothing really going after loss. Nip still would play on top level if they would lose to VG. But NIP won and im happy
2019-02-16 17:22
#94
NAF | 
Korea kagurafly 
GOAT F0REST
2019-02-16 17:26
f0restwow~
2019-02-16 17:36
#97
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
GG both teams, f0rest was poppin heads today lul
2019-02-16 17:44
#98
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Kazakhstan Apfund 
-Spirit -Vega and -Winstrike soon Nice, russian garbage bye bye
2019-02-16 17:48
#100
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Croatia Jack Russell 
GOAT to the rescue
2019-02-16 17:49
#103
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Sweden Rexz 
f0rest god
2019-02-16 18:14
Forest GOAT!!! I haven’t seen the NIP for a long time, how often Lerko and Dennis often play badly... and the AWP in the hands of Lekro and Dennis doesn’t look good...
2019-02-16 18:18
Yes they are really mediocre
2019-02-16 18:30
Impressive by f0rest, nt vega we are proud of you
2019-02-16 18:29
#110
tiziaN | 
Germany FREIER 
+1 best comment
2019-02-16 18:34
Godforest
2019-02-16 18:35
#112
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
The one and only GOAT of this game <3
2019-02-16 18:39
Legend fOrest is alive, Go Ninjas!!
2019-02-16 19:03
#115
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
f0restwOw~
2019-02-16 19:07
#116
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
iznogoud to play against f0rest GGs
2019-02-16 20:12
happy for GTR, Forest and Rest. Go deeper in the Pyjamas xD F'em all.
2019-02-16 20:30
#118
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
close game
2019-02-16 20:49
Pls NiP v TyLoo so I deffo get the last point I need lol
2019-02-16 21:06
f0rest Pog
2019-02-16 22:51
#127
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Brazil millerjmatos 
f0rest GOD
2019-02-17 03:46
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