NIP have bolstered their playoff chances with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over mousesports after coming back from an opening map defeat. Surprisingly, the two teams traded each other’s map picks of Inferno and Dust2 with 16-9 scorelines to leave a Mirage decider to settle the contest. There, Hampus “hampus” Poser came alive with a 2.04 impact rating to lead his team from 5-13 down to a 16-14 victory.
mousesports headed into the matchup with no pressure on their shoulders after being eliminated from the playoff running in their previous loss in the group. NIP, however, had a lot to play for to boost their playoff chances as they sat on a 2-1 record with three other teams at the start of the day.
“There was a lot on the line,” Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora said in a post-match interview. “We were playing mousesports, who didn’t have a lot to lose. I’m happy with the result, but we still have a lot to work on.”
NIP started the series in a sluggish fashion as mousesports came out of the gates strongly with a 5-1 lead. The Swedes hit back with a flurry of rounds to level the score at 6-6 before the Christopher “dexter” Nong-led squad closed out their defence for a three-round lead at the midway point. Despite picking up the crucial early rounds of the second half, NIP failed to shut down the mousesports offence moving forward as the European side cruised to a 16-9 map win, with Robin “ropz” Kool ending the game with a 1.73 rating.
Dust2 saw a 3-2 lead and economic advantage for mousesports swiftly flipped on its head as an unlikely full eco round with a Erik “ztr” Gustafsson quad kill put the Ninjas in a promising position on the CT side. mousesports kept NIP within reaching distance until the Swedes yet again picked up a pistol round, this time with Deagles in hand, to pull away from their opponents. A Fredrik “REZ” Sterner P250 4K in the second half pistol set NIP on a path to 15 rounds, but mousesports showed a brief sign of resistance as they secured a trio of successes. It wasn’t enough, though, as hampus and co. closed out Dust2 16-9 to level the series.
Mirage played host to the decider, where the trio of ropz, David “frozen” Čerňanský and Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand ran riot in the first half for a 10-5 lead, extending it further to 13-5 as they began T side brightly. NIP eventually stabilised to turn the tide of the map with a colossal streak to restore parity, spearheaded by consistent multi-kills from hampus. The Swedes continued their phenomenal comeback and dominantly shut down their opposition to snatch the win from the jaws of mousesports after a 30-round contest.