NIP beat OG to set up GET Dubai final against MOUZ
Ninjas in Pyjamas and MOUZ, the two highest-ranked teams at the event in Dubai, will fight for the title in the dream final.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, playing with academy in-game leader Erik "ztr" Gustafsson calling in the absence of Hampus "hampus" Poser, have booked their ticket to the GET Dubai grand final after defeating OG 2-0 on Overpass and Mirage. The Swedes, now used to playing with a dynamic squad that has seen many changes, continue to show great potential with Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin finding his place in the lineup.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and MOUZ, who beat Movistar Riders in their semi-final bout, will face off on Saturday at 18:30 in the single-elimination bracket's best-of-three final for the lion's share of the prize pool, $100,000.
OG, who were working with their brand new players Adam "NEOFRAG" Zouhar and Maciej "F1KU" Miklas, and who were in the absence of coach Casper "ruggah" Due, will not have much time to tune their play ahead of their next tournament, BLAST Premier Spring Final, which they will compete at in Lisbon, Portugal, starting June 15.
The semi-final series kicked off on Overpass, where Ninjas in Pyjamas got off to a flying start after winning the pistol round on the defense. A 1v3 by Brollan in the fifth round pushed his team up to a 5-0 start, but NEOFRAG then briefly popped off with several multi-kill rounds to get his team back in the half as OG went on to turn it around, 8-7.
The Swedes tied things up after the second pistol round, but gave up the forcebuy and lost three in a row. It was finally with guns in play that Ninjas in Pyjamas regained their stride as an imposing Brollan lead the charge to lock the map down with 34 kills in the 16-11 victory.
It was in Ninjas in Pyjamas’s hand to close the series out on Mirage, where a start on the CT side bore fruit despite a close 6-4 early on, as Fredrik "REZ" Sterner and company went on a tear late in the half stringing five consecutive rounds together to hit double digits by the switch.
Another pistol round going the way of Daniel "djL" Narancic’s men just about sealed the deal for Ninjas in Pyjamas, who crept to match point with ztr even taking out his knife to slice Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski in the only round the Ninjas lost on the attack. From there, the Swedes closed things out comfortably, 16-5, to advance to the grand final.
|OG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 40||-5||87.1||1.11|
|33 - 34||-1||70.0||0.92|
|29 - 33||-4||65.4||0.90|
|23 - 36||-13||55.3||0.76|
|19 - 34||-15||52.8||0.66|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|48 - 30||+18||97.7||1.52|
|39 - 28||+11||85.0||1.35|
|34 - 25||+9||80.8||1.16|
|23 - 23||0||63.7||1.02|
|33 - 34||-1||70.1||1.01|