f0rest powers NiP to victory over FaZe at BLAST Pro Series Global Final
The Ninjas went into the series by selecting Vertigo, a map both teams have only played once in the last three months, with both of them suffering one-sided defeats. The pick worked out for the Swedes, who eventually secured the match win over two maps in large thanks to Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's inspired performance. NiP will face the winner of the Astralis - Liquid game tomorrow for a place in the grand final, while FaZe will fight for their tournament life against the loser of said match.
Marcelo "coldzera" David's triple on the CT pistol got FaZe off to a good start on Vertigo, which was followed by the European mixture grabbing a 4-0 lead on the defense. NiP then showed why they picked the map, doing damage with their slow gun rounds, and taking a 5-4 lead. FaZe's counter was the double AWP, and it allowed them to take back the lead, but Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's 4K in the last round narrowed the gap again, leaving NiP just one round behind before the switch.
The Swedes pulled ahead after an A retake on the pistol, and looked strong on the defense, going up 14-10. With a 5v2 advantage in the next round, it seemed like NiP were going to cruise to the victory, but Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Helvijs "broky" Saukants turned it around and extended the battle on Vertigo. Eventually, NiP managed to lock down the approaches and take a 16-13 win on their map pick.
f0rest continued his strong map one form and bagged NiP the pistol round, helping them claim a 5-1 lead on the defensive side of Mirage. FaZe then found their footing, winning four out of six rounds, but just when they were supposed to capitalize on their success, they made a slip-up in an anti-force buy. NiP then grabbed hold of the match once again, finishing the half 10-5 up.
Winning the second pistol round was much-needed for NiKo and co., but Simon "twist" Eliasson spoiled their plans with a quad kill on B. The score was 12-5 in NiP's favor when FaZe won an eco-stack on A to get into the game. They managed to tie two rounds together, but losing a 4v3 advantage round and then a 1v2 clutch to twist spelled disaster, allowing NiP to claim the 16-7 map victory, 2-0 for the series.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||39 - 37||+2||80.0||1.04|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||35 - 39||-4||73.1||1.00|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||34 - 36||-2||69.9||0.98|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||30 - 41||-11||63.2||0.78|
|Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky||19 - 37||-18||50.4||0.65|