The smoke defuse Xizt pulled off to rescue NIP from elimination in a near-impossible situation, setting them on the path towards the DreamHack Summer 2013 title, is where we start our journey with “Frags from the past”.
Going into the ~$30,000 tournament in Jönköping, Sweden, NIP were no longer the unstoppable force they were earlier in the year, as their 87-0 LAN streak was brought to an end and they showed some vulnerability online, but Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and co. were a big favorite for the trophy nonetheless.
In the group stage, Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen‘s Western Wolves handed NIP a shocking 16-2 defeat to set the Swedes up for a decider match against Publiclir.se, who pushed them to the limits and got to the brink of victory.
At 15-11, the underdogs were in a 5v2 situation against Adam “friberg” Friberg and Xizt and the match seemed done and dusted, but the in-game leader’s clutch saved NIP from elimination and allowed a comeback in overtime. The Swedes stepped their game up in the playoffs and went on to win the tournament over Epsilon in the final.
NiP down 11-15
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