NiP, OpTic triumphant at Europe Minor
NiP faced OpTic Gaming during the Europe Minor Championship on July 22. While OpTic Gaming has a strong showing, NiP proved to hold the competitive edge and shut out Optic during the finals.
Throughout the entire tournament, NiP were looked at as a strong contender for qualification. Beating both Sprout and ENCE during their road to the finals put NiP in position to succeed. The team was confident in their strategy, especially when defending as CTs.
During the semifinals, NiP and OpTic faced off for the first time. OpTic’s Jakob “JUGI” Hansen and Nicklas 'gade' Gade’s used strong aggression to force NIP into the lower bracket with a 2-1 series victory.
When it came time for the two teams to face each other once more in the finals, NiP was ready. The first game was held on Dust2 and saw NiP carry an 8-7 lead into the second half before taking over entirely. Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson finished the game with 28 kills. Lekr0’s uncontested dominance helped NiP to a 16-8 victory.
Game two was held on Nuke. The second game followed a similar narrative, with both Fredrick “REZ” Sterner and Dennis “dennis” Edman stepping up for the Ninjas. Their combined efforts along allowed NiP to take Nuke with little resistance, 16-7.
The Swedish team’s pair of map wins allotted them the grand prize of $30,000.
Though Optic was unable to defeat NIP a second time at the European Minor, the team will have a chance at revenge when both squads return to London for the FACEIT Major in September.
Astralis advance to Katowice Major semifinals over NiP
G2 eliminates Fnatic from Katowice major
Fnatic eliminate Grayhound Gaming to survive in Katowice
Fnatic loses again, one game from Katowice major elimination
HellRaisers and Team Spirit Earn Major Spots
TSM and Immortals secure big money investments
North emerge victorious at DreamHack Valencia
The LPL wins Rift Rivals for second year in a row
EG add another Dota Summit title
OWL Players Attend Olympic Discussions with Blizzard
Overwatch is free to play this July
AI bots are trying to beat Dota 2 pros
Houston Outlaws add official cosplayer to team
Registration opens for Aegis and Baby Roshan
Let's Do It Head to Dota Summit 9
Korea and Taiwan Meet Again at Rift Rivals
Exclusive rewards available to fans during OWL finals
London Spitfire head to OWL grand final
Na`Vi win Big at ESL One Cologne