NiP survive elimination, send AVANGAR packing in Arlington

NiP extend their ECS Season 8 Finals life, ensuring participation in the decider series of group A after besting AVANGAR 2-0.

NiP and AVANGAR were the first two sides in Texas to face one another with elimination on the line, as both teams sustained losses in their opening maps against Liquid and Evil Geniuses, respectively. Cornered, the Kazakhstani and Swedish rosters fought with fervour, looking to extend their stay in Arlington by outsmarting their opponents on Train, Overpass and, possibly, Mirage.

REZ had an outstanding showing on Overpass, posting a 1.73 rating

AVANGAR kicked off to a comfortable start on the CT side of Train, as Dzhami "Jame" Ali and company cruised to an immediate 5-0 lead off the back of a successful B site post-plant in the first pistol round. Efforts from Simon "twist" Eliasson and Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora flipped the tables, and after consecutive successes, the Swedes shredded the steadily developing finances of their adversaries, creating space for an equaliser. Contrary to their dominant early stint, the defence was only able to add an additional two rounds to their initial half tally, concluding with a 7-8 deficit.

A pistol round ace from Alexey "qikert" Golubev on the T side reignited AVANGAR's chances of regaining momentum, but they were instantly doused by a successful second-round forcebuy from NiP. Following the early turbulence, the Swedes found footing that extended their score position to double digits, just three rounds short of closing their opponents' map pick. The AVANGAR offensive fiercely contested towards the latter stages of the map, nearly breaking the CT economy at a pivotal moment, but a shortfall in a messy B site post-plant meant map point for NiP. Shortly after, Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson ensured a 1-0 map record with a Krieg triple kill in a 2v4 situation.

Plopski's performance on Train ensured success for NiP

NiP's pick, Overpass, saw the Swedes commence on the defence. A pistol round victory was secured, and despite their momentum being upset by rifles down the line, the squad persisted to a convincing 6-1 early lead. AVANGAR were once more able to claw a round in their favour, but this proved to be the sole additional success they would produce over the entire remainder of their T half. A slow playstyle coupled with a cattish approach to breaches was exploited by NiP, who confidently ground their opponents into a 13-2 situation.

Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev served as his team's much-needed pick-me-up on the CT side, as the Azerbaijani player ensured the second pistol round with a 1v3 P2000 clutch. Inspired, AVANGAR proceeded to close out rounds, tripling their aggregate scoreline as a result, but a brisk B hit from NiP proved productive, cutting the CT's string short. Keeping things simple, the offense opted for another B hit, dispatching all defending CTs upon entry, securing map and series point off the back of this success. Faced with financial ruin, four pistols and a Scout were insufficient in stopping the NiP onslaught, as AVANGAR accepted elimination with a 0-2 series score.

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29th November 2019
Sweden
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Train
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Overpass
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 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 36 - 39 -3 92.1 1.05
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 36 - 34 +2 74.7 1.01
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 30 - 39 -9 68.5 0.91
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 27 - 38 -11 59.3 0.82
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 21 - 37 -16 50.6 0.66
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 48 - 32 +16 96.0 1.44
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 47 - 28 +19 85.6 1.38
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 33 - 29 +4 78.0 1.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 32 - 33 -1 79.8 1.09
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 27 - 28 -1 61.2 0.97
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
703
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
357
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
568
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Brazil CharlesManson 
Flukevangar exposed again worst team in top 10 pls remove
2019-11-29 18:31
nice job ninjas
2019-11-29 18:31
REZ playing good in 2019 wtf
2019-11-29 18:35
dont forget plopski underrated player
2019-11-29 18:36
#16
cry | 
Turkey IsNotFree 
he is inconsistent.top fragger or bottom fragger
2019-11-29 18:41
Accurate analysis
2019-11-29 19:48
#5
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
Fan of FaZe
2019-11-29 18:31
and pls remove vitality
2019-11-29 18:35
#14
NAF | 
India FosFate 
They're not even Top 10 anymore
2019-11-29 18:39
Bait under the bait
2019-11-29 19:06
#2
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
NICE
2019-11-29 18:31
#7
who | 
Other Unterzee 
nt
2019-11-29 18:32
#8
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
mobile is too hard surprised i got 2nd
2019-11-29 18:33
#9
who | 
Other Unterzee 
+1 I have done it two times tho
2019-11-29 18:34
AdreN beast
2019-11-29 18:31
#18
cry | 
Turkey IsNotFree 
he should be retire
2019-11-29 18:42
I don't know how Plopski and REZ just kills everyone
2019-11-29 18:32
#19
Slovakia pgb1 
Now rez will have 50 bad matches as usually
2019-11-29 18:42
#37
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Asia JackReacher 
lmao
2019-11-30 00:40
#38
Slovakia pgb1 
Lmao? Now 1 7 in 3rd map ez lose
2019-11-30 00:42
#41
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Asia JackReacher 
I laughed hard cause its true mens.
2019-12-01 00:29
#34
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Spain Chonita 
Very ez, they just... pew pew pew
2019-11-29 20:49
#13
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
R EZ , finally did something Also , -Adren when
2019-11-29 18:37
Major MVP xD
2019-11-29 18:41
#17
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG NiP
2019-11-29 18:41
#20
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Avangar huge fluke
2019-11-29 18:42
#21
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
survive?
2019-11-29 18:43
Even the jesus itself cant save avangar
2019-11-29 18:44
>save nice touch
2019-11-29 20:04
#25
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Avangar second majorfluke after Gambit?? Hmmm expected from cis
2019-11-29 19:18
Gambit kicked Zeus straight after Major and it destroyed them. Perhaps they would be as bad even if Zeus stayed, but we can't know that, so stfu.
2019-11-30 03:43
Sanji is not azerbaijani he is uzbekistani
2019-11-29 19:25
Nip fan for ages, I am happy they are back to solid top8 team play. They not on level of winning big tourneys yet, but lot of time they lose to tournament finalists or even winners.
2019-11-29 20:04
sadly they will start to suck once f0rest leave for dignitas :(((
2019-11-29 20:05
dignitas dosent exist anymore bro since 2014-2015
2019-11-29 20:07
finally rez stepped up
2019-11-29 20:07
#33
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Brazil parrud0www 
Avangar top fluke
2019-11-29 20:40
nice
2019-11-29 20:50
#36
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Estonia Saurise 
bot adren again LUL
2019-11-30 00:06
#40
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African Union mikecool 
expected
2019-11-30 10:40
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