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NiP eliminate EG from BLAST Fall Groups 2022

The Scandinavian Ninjas proved the better roster today

Things are getting more and more intense at the ongoing BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2022 event, as the first to be eliminated from the single elimination bracket has already been found. Joining Complexity and leaving the event would either be NiP or Evil Geniuses as they met in a battle for survival. Whilst it was a tumultuous affair with both teams looking great in different periods of the Bo3-series, it was ultimately NiP to secure the victory and avoid elimination from the event.

The first map of the brawl took place on Nuke and was picked by Evil Geniuses. A close first half saw the two teams go to halftime with a close scoreline of 8-7, slightly favoring the Ninjas. Whilst the first half had been a close affair, the second half was anything but that. With "hampus" proving why he is considered one of the most impactful IGL's in CS:GO, the Scandinavian roster of NiP cruised through EG on their T-side. Failing to secure a single CT-sided round, EG had to see themselves bested on their own map pick of Nuke at the scoreline of 16-7.

Whilst the CT-side of EG on Nuke had been a poor one, to say the least, the North-American-based roster didn't fail to deliver on their CT-side of Overpass. Despite being the pick of NiP it was Evil Geniuses to come flying out of the gate and secure an instrumental 13-2 lead going into the second half of Overpass. Something spectacular was needed from the Ninjas in order to close out the brawl between themselves and EG in just two maps. Whilst they have been known to pull off some incredible comebacks in their time, a comeback from 13-2 on Overpass seemed too much to ask for, and it was. Despite NiP clawing back a handful of rounds, it was ultimately EG to close out Overpass at the scoreline of 16-7.

The third and final map of the Bo3-series between NiP and EG came to be Inferno. Known to be the ultimate third map in any great Bo3-series, it seemed the perfect place to find our victory in the brawl. A strong CT-sided half meant a 9-6 lead for the Ninjas going into the second half of the map. A lead that was instantly nullified by EG, following a strong CT-sided start. Going back and forth and trading rounds, the Scandinavians ultimately proved stronger as they secured the victory at the scoreline of 16-11.

NiP – Evil Geniuses 2-1 | BLAST Premier Fall Groups

16-7 (Nuke) | hampus – 1.63 Rating / 22-17 K-D / 115.2 ADR

7-16 (Overpass) | autimatic – 1.74 Rating / 26-14 K-D / 116.0 ADR

16-11 (Inferno) | es3tag – 1.27 Rating / 23-13 K-D / 84.0 ADR

MVP: Nicolas "plopski" Gonzalez Zamora - 1.17 Rating / 50-47 K-D / 85.8

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