Ninjas in Pyjamas have progressed to the grand final of the FACEIT League Stage 1 finals after beating Virtus.pro 2-1 (16-6 on de_inferno, 5-16 on de_overpass and 16-14 on de_cache).
The first map of the series was de_inferno, where NiP got off to a tremendous start as they took a commanding a 12-3 lead after playing on the Terrorist side. In the second half, Virtus.pro gave a better account of themselves and strung a few rounds together, but it did not take long before NiP picked up four rounds to seal a comfortable 16-6 victory.
Both teams then moved on to de_overpass, which is traditionally a very strong map for Virtus.pro. The Polish team managed to live up to the billing and cruised to a seven-round lead at the end of the first half.
The first two rounds of the second half also went Virtus.pro's way, which forced NiP to on a force buy in the third round. Luckily for the Swedish team, the move paid off, but Virtus.pro quickly got back on their feet and sealed a 16-5 victory to level the series on one map.
|NiP and Virtus.pro played out a three-map thriller (photo hltv.org)|
It all came down to de_cache, which was neck-and-neck between the two teams as neither side could stamp their authority on the game. Virtus.pro ended up taking a one-round lead going into the second half, and for a while it seemed that the Polish team would claim victory as they were just two rounds away from victory. However, NiP picked themselves up in the dying stages of the match and overturned the deficit to seal passage to the grand final of the tournament.