NiP ease past ProGaming into semis
Ninjas in Pyjamas have earned themselves a spot in the DreamHack Winter semi-finals following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Progaming.TD.
A flying start from the Swedish team on de_mirage_csgo saw the Swedish team claim no fewer than the first eight rounds of the map, as ProGaming looked helpless. The next two rounds eventually went the Brazilians' way, but NiP had plenty of money to spend and were able to continue doing their usual strats, adding three more rounds to their tab to make it 11-2. ProGaming still won the last two rounds of the first half, but they knew they had a mountain to climb to overturn a seven-round deficit against the ESWC champions.
Things went from bad to worse right after, with NiP winning the pistol round of the second half in what was a perfect round from the Swedes as everyone stayed alive. An impressive eco round from ProGaming then caught NiP by surprise, but the Brazilian team's recovery was short-lived, as the Swedish team took four consecutive rounds to win the map 16-5.
Both teams then moved to de_inferno_se, which was the map that ProGaming.TD had picked. The Swedes began the brighter, but the Brazilians responded in convincing fashion right after, winning the second round thanks to another well-planned eco strategy and the following two rounds.
NiP then regained control of the game, claiming a whopping eight rounds in a row, and even though ProGaming put up some resistance in the 13th round to reduce the deficit to 9-4, the ESWC champions quickly picked themselves up and went into half time up 11-4.
ProGaming came out very strongly in the second half, winning the opening five rounds to narrow the gap to just two rounds. But then NiP proved why they were considered the better team and simply shut down both bombsites, with the Brazilians getting only one more round as the Swedish team ran out 16-10 winners.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
K - D
54 - 27
35 - 20
39 - 27
38 - 29
17 - 26
K - D
38 - 40
32 - 36
22 - 37
19 - 34
18 - 36
NiP have now progressed to the semi-finals at DreamHack Winter, in which they will face the winner of the match between mousesports and Copenhagen Wolves.