StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 - NiP and G2 Esports to finals
NiP and G2 Esports were able to best Cloud9 and Team Dignitas respectively, earning the teams a spot in the Grand final of StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2.
An incredibly exciting matchup has emerged for the grand final of StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, with the Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2 Esports to battle it out in a best of three series for the Champions' bragging rights, as well as $150,000. Both teams managed to secure their respective Bo3 series in two consecutive maps.
First up were the Ninjas in Pyjamas where the team faced the American Cloud9. As outlined prior, the team managed to win with relative ease, requiring only two maps with stellar performances on both. The first map was de_Dust2, where the Swedish roster was able to land a solid initial T side (9:6), followed up by a strong CT side (7:3), landing the team a 16:9 win on the aim-heavy map. Up next was de_Cobblestone, where the Swedes stepped their game up another notch, taking the score lower than the previous map. The first half saw a dominant T side, where NiP amassed a heavy lead (11:4), shortly following up on the CT side with a (5:3) clean up, locking out their slot in the Grand final of the tournament.
The second semi-final between G2 and Team Dignitas saw closer map scores, making up an interesting series. The teams kicked off on de_Cobblestone, where the Frenchmen had a stellar T side performance, culminating in a strong lead moving into the second half (10:5). Dignitas were not about to flop over and give the map away, as the team was able to pick up eight rounds on the T side, however due to mistakes in the initial half; the team was unable to come back from the deficit and gave up the series to G2 with 16:13. The final map of the semi-finals was de_Dust2, where things were looking dire for G2 in the first half. The Frenchmen gave up a whopping 11 rounds on their T side, raising questions as to whether or not the series would go to three maps (4:11). The team didn't seem fazed by the deficit, instead focusing on effectively playing out rounds, which benefited them greatly, as they were able to pick up an astonishing twelve rounds to one, landing them a 16:12 finish and a spot in the Grand final against NiP.
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