NiP defeat AVANGAR; lead ECS S7 Europe standings
AVANGAR won the first round over NiP cleanly on the defending side of Dust2. It was finally on the fifth round with an A play that the Swedes were able to get on the board, which they were able to follow-up before AVANGAR made it 5-2. NiP then went on a five-round streak to take the lead, eventually going on to close the half out 9-6.
NiP then won the defending pistol round, but AVANGAR won a forcebuy as Fredrik "REZ" Sterner was unable to defuse in time after killing the last Terrorist on the A site. The match then evened out as the first map of the best-of-three started to get into the later stages, with 12-12 on the scoreboard. With the momentum on their side, it was finally the CIS side that was able to make it to match point, but unable to close it out, NiP took it to overtime.
Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson got a triple on the first round of OT, but REZ and Dennis "dennis" Edman were unable to win the round as they had no kit and the bomb, planted on A, ended up going off. The Ninjas turned it around, however, winning four rounds in a row to close the map out in their favor.
AVANGAR kicked off the second map, Train, winning five rounds straight on the CT side before NiP could retaliate after winning a 3vs3 afterplant situation. AVANGAR stayed ahead, but the Swedes were able to string three more, making it 7-4 to put some rounds in on the attacking side. They were then able to abuse a weak economy on AVANGAR’s side, winning the last two rounds of the half to make it 6-9.
NiP started winning the second half, taking two rounds, but AVANGAR struck back on the first buy round. With 10-10 on the board, Ali "Jame" Djami was able to win a 1vs1 afterplant on B to keep his team in the lead. The CIS side, with the money advantage, tried to make a break to close out the map, getting ahead 14-10, but NiP read the attacking team’s slow rounds well, pushing it into another overtime.
The first round of overtime went to AVANGAR in a fast B play, after which NiP struck right back, but the CIS team closed the half out in the lead. NiP tied it up with an A fake on the first round of the second half, but they were unable to get another one as the match was pushed to the decider.
A triple by Timur "buster" Tulepov cleared out Banana for AVANGAR to win the first round on the attacking side of Inferno, and they were then able to win against a forcebuy and an eco to make it 3-0. NiP won the fourth, but a B explosion by the CIS side kept them in the lead early on. The match then evened out 6-6, as both teams adjusted their game, although it was finally NiP that took the last round to make it 8-7.
NiP kept their lead winning the second pistol round, and held their lead throughout the half despite losing a couple of rounds to AVANGAR. A 1vs2 clutch by Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg got NiP on 14-9 and broke the CIS team’s economy, which they were then able to close a few rounds later to win the map and match.
|AVANGAR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert||81 - 65||+16||95.8||1.28|
|Ali 'Jame' DjamiJame||61 - 51||+10||69.0||1.12|
|Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster||59 - 60||-1||66.5||0.99|
|Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch||67 - 70||-3||75.4||0.98|
|Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI||46 - 61||-15||54.5||0.85|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||62 - 59||+3||65.6||1.07|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||63 - 65||-2||78.6||1.04|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||57 - 63||-6||76.3||0.99|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||66 - 67||-1||74.2||0.99|
|Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis||59 - 60||-1||62.7||0.97|
NiP would be guaranteed the fourth ECS Finals spot as long as they participate in week 5 and AVANGAR don't, as they will have accrued enough prize money to remain first on the standings even with a last-place finish.
According to James Bardolph, NiP will be at the ECS Finals, an indicator that they are likely to participate in week 5, though this has not yet been officially confirmed by FACEIT.
The ECS Season 7 Europe standings are now: