Credit: Stephanie Lindgren, BLAST
Ninjas in Pyjamas are 1-0 up after Day 1 of the Road to Rio qualifier in Malta.
Against Astralis on Nuke, NIP put together two good series of round wins in both the first and second half to seal the win against Astralis. The Danes played their first match with Mikkel "MistR" Thomsen on the roster as a replacement for the injured Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke. The young Astralis talent had a rough time, but contributed with a couple of opening kills to try and help his teammates.
Down 10-5 at the break it was an uphill battle for Astralis in the second half, where NIP managed to seal the win 16-12. Hampus 'hampus' Poser looked very solid in his new role dropping 30 kills, while the new in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen made some great calls.
Ninjas in Pyjamas - Astralis 1-0 | IEM Road to Rio RMR (Group A)
(Nuke) 16-12 | Hampus 'hampus' Poser – 1.68 Rating / 30-15 K-D / 117.0 ADR