NiP to DH final with a 2-0 win vs mouz
NiP has clinched a spot in the grand final of DreamHack Winter 2012 after a 2-0 (16-14 de_dust2_se, 16-5 de_nuke_ve) win over mouz which saw them trail 0-9 to begin the series, only to go 32-10 after.
After a successful knife round to bein their semi-final on the easier terrorist side of de_dust2_se against NiP, mousesports were able to go on a run to score an early lead in the game.
The British-Norwegian mixture of players competing under the flag of mouz kept winning round after another, as NiP were simply getting outaimed all over the map early on in the game.
Watching live in the tournament area, even Emil "HeatoN" Christensen was getting worried as his ninjas fell down 0-9, but a close two-on-one win with Richard "Xizt" Landstrom put them onboard.
Next couple of rounds saw Adam "friberg" Friberg all of a sudden seemingly build a wall in the middle of the map, with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, whose by now rare KinzuV1 died prior to match start, chiming in with some kills as well.
f0rest was a beast despite his mouse issues
With mousesports' Sam "RattlesnK" Gawn getting louder and louder, and that is in the negative way as he was mostly complaining at his teammates, Lindberg clutched NiP their fifth round before the Swedes completed their six round run at 6-9.
mouz once again managed to win the pistol round in the second half, but NiP's second round buy brought them within seconds of a win thanks to Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's kills.
Lasse "stingeR" Midtstue was clearly unhappy with Gawn's feedback, as he, to put it nicely, asked Gawn to "shut up and play", right after his one-on-two win, which would be followed by a run of three rounds from the Swedes.
Still up 11-9, mouz's Preben "prb" Gammelsæter managed to win a one-on-three after plant using the oversized smoke grenade to his advantage. NiP seized control on the next round though, forcing mouz to save twice to even the game at 12.
mousesports finally struck back by winning the next round, but NiP instantly replied with an easy round, yet again forcing mouz to save. They weren't done yet though, as NiP ran out of time on round 28, tying the game at 14 each.
stingeR made RattlesnK quiet down and won some important clutch rounds for mouz
The undefeated Swedes prevailed once again though, as they won the final too rounds without much trouble, completing their comeback from a 0-9 deficit largely thanks to the topfragging Lindberg.
Second map de_nuke_ve started with Lindberg's one shot with a Desert Eagle on to Gawn outside, as him and Alesund combined for five kills to win NiP the pistol round.
Next four rounds went to NiP as well, as their upper hit ran over mouz on round four and they had no issues against the saving mouz squad in any of their three anti-eco rounds.
The challengers finally got onboard on round six, but NiP broke their money right after and went on a run of four rounds that saw James "Mx" Smale lose a one-on-one against Alesund.
A pair of AWP kills by Gawn allowed mouz to win the eleventh round, but NiP countered mouz's defense by rushing the upper site and getting the bomb planted before mousesports's defense could even settle in the site.
NiP and VeryGames return to the podium at DreamHack Winter
The ninjas went on to win all four remaining rounds of the half as well, with Alesund, who led everyone in scoring with 19 frags, clutching his team a one-on-two in the second to last round for a 13-2 lead.
Midstue won a one-on-one clutch on the terrorist pistol round for mouz, and NiP failed to capitalize on their second round force buy, allowing mousesports to cut their deficit to 13-5.
On fourth round mouz turned a three-on-five into a two-on-two, but Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson's two M4A4 frags gave NiP their fourteenth round. Next round started with mouz up four-on-three, but it still wasn't enough, as NiP clinched game point.
The series came to an abrupt yet long waited end, as Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg was peeked almost simultaneously by three mouz members under ladder, and he scored three kills to make it 16-5 and 2-0 overall.
K - D
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
50 - 30
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
50 - 33
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
33 - 29
Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren
32 - 24
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
34 - 36
DreamHack Winter 2012 final standings:
1. NiP / VeryGames - 150,000 SEK (~$22,600)
2. NiP / VeryGames - 80,000 SEK (~$12,000)
3-4. Lemondogs - 35,000 SEK (~$5,300)
3-4. mousesports - 35,000 SEK (~$5,300)
5-8. Team Dynamic
5-8. Copenhagen Wolves
5-8. Absolute Legends
No third place decider will take place at DreamHack Winter 2012, but the grand final, yet again between NiP and VeryGames, will begin at 16:00 in the tournament area before it will move to Dreamarena Extreme for the final two maps.