DreamHack Malmo: NiP Please the Home Crowd
Na'Vi vs Team EnVyUs A revitalized Na`Vi with a recovered GuardiaN had no trouble finishing off TyLoo in their quarterfinal matchup whereas the EnVyUs side had a Titan like kennyS' performance to bolster their way past Team Dignitas.
Na'Vi vs Team EnVyUsA revitalized Na`Vi with a recovered GuardiaN had no trouble finishing off TyLoo in their quarterfinal matchup whereas the EnVyUs side had a Titan like kennyS' performance to bolster their way past Team Dignitas. This best of 3 would be incredibly lopsided in favor of one of these teams. de_dust2, a map Natus Vincere had one of their greatest performances on when their lineup was still fresh.Kicking off on de_dust2, Natus Vincere had a chance to prove themselves as “The Kings of dust2.” They would ultimately crush EnVyUs with an 11-4 scoreline on CT. Many rounds were close and the major key rounds were won on AWP holds on short/cat by GuardiaN and a carry-like performance from seized. EnVyUs would never be able to regain composure, losing the map 16-7.Next up: de_inferno, a map that is considered to be one of EnVyUs’ best. What we didn’t expect was kennyS to not perform. With Natus Vincere starting on CT side again, it seemed EnVyUs could never get any opening entries, as Natus Vincere won the majority opening duels. Natus Vincere would eliminate the EnVyUs side after a 13-2 CT scoreline, and only dropping 3 more, winning the remaining 3 rounds needed to boost themselves to the grand final.[caption id="attachment_22618" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Na'Vi in the booth at DreamHack Malmo. [Image: @DreamHack[/caption]
NiP vs GODSENT
To the Swedish home crowd’s delight would be a duel of the two Swedish favorites. GODSENT was never expected to make it this far, but a cinderella run played in their favor and gave them easy matchups compared to that of the Ninjas. After seemingly “GODLIKE” performances from GODSENT’s twist, znajder, and Lekr0, they would need to face the Swedish beasts who have had their fair share on the throne along with Fnatic.Ninjas in Pyjamas started off the series with their pick on de_cobblestone. They had not played de_cobblestone in this tournament, so surely GODSENT wasn’t prepared. With GODSENT starting on CT side, the Ninjas side quickly used many executes on the B site and A split pushes from drop & mid to get off to a huge lead. GODSENT picked up 8 CT rounds playing unique angles and utilizing AWP setups. It did not faze the NiP side, as they would take a second pistol round on CT side and bolster their lead to 10-7, until GODSENT forced up an AK buy and took the following round to force an NiP eco. After boosting themselves up to a 14-11 scoreline, the NiP magic suddenly reappeared, as NiP won the next 5 rounds to win the map 14-16.De_train would be the next map pick, also considered a favorite map for both sides. For the first few rounds you wouldn’t have considered this to be true. NiP jumped up to a quick 6-0 lead on their T side, before GODSENT finally pulled out the double AWP setup. GODSENT pulled 6 rounds before NiP got one more round, only for GODSENT to win the remaining two to make the half 8-7 for GODSENT. With the CT side starting, NiP quickly won the pistol round with a clean sweep after a bomb plant situation from GODSENT went awry. In the ensuing 5 rounds after that, a lot of mix buys and ecos were stopped by NiP. With the score at 8-13, GODSENT were on the brink of elimination from Dreamhack, but stringing a bunch of rounds and breaking NiP’s economy suddenly led them to match point at 15-14, but the force the buy from NiP broke it to overtime. In the ensuing overtime, the first 2 rounds were supposed to be in favor of NiP. Somehow the GODSENT side pulled it off and won 2 rounds in the mr3 overtime for their T side. With the momentum in their favor going to CT side, they would take de_train off the back of those clutches 19-16, tying the series at 1-1.For the last map to decide the winner was de_mirage. Things started off hot, as GeT_RiGhT would clutch the pistol round for NiP in a 1v4 bomb plant situation. Right off the bat GODSENT returned the favor, as they won a 4v2 turned 1v2 situation thanks to Lekr0’s 2 juan deags to clutch another plant situation. After that, GODSENT regained the momentum early, as they went on a 8-1 run on their CT side, shutting down any NiP execute or after plant situation. A half eco buy from NiP somehow broke the run thanks to a YOLO f0rest play onto B site, to which the GODSENT side would be scattered across the map. This effectively set GODSENT on an eco, and gained momentum for NiP to bring the half from 9-1 to 9-6. Momentum and NiP magic raced NiP to the finish line, and multiple shutdowns won them the game 16-9, moving them onto the grand finals vs Natus Vincere.[caption id="attachment_22619" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The trophy awaiting the winners at DreamHack Malmo. [Image: @DreamHack][/caption]