Ninjas in Pyjamas were having an abysmal run at OMEGA League:
Europe Immortal Division and their last series against Team Liquid would decide
whether they would be the first team eliminated from the event.
Having lost each of their four-opening series, Ninjas in Pyjamas
were in a dangerous spot as they went into their final series at OMEGA League:
EU Immortal Division. A loss today against Team Liquid would mean that they
would become the first team eliminated from the event, but a win could see themselves
save their tournament lives – if only for a brief period. Liquid were also not
having a great run at the event, having lost their two opening series as well, and
they would be hoping to turn things around today.
As we went into game one of the series, things remained fairly
even between the two teams and remained that way up until around the 20-minute
mark, which is when Liquid begun to pull ahead for a brief period. However, one
fight changed all of that as NiP turned everything around, swinging the game in
their favour and closing it out to take the lead. In what was almost a mirrored
game two, Liquid were able to take a steady lead through the early game period,
keeping their opponents locked down and looking as though a game three would be
needed to decide the series victor.
But, once again, one team fight changed everything and suddenly
NiP turned the whole game on its head, running over Liquid at every turn – as the
team begun to crumble. It did not take long for NiP’s lineup to march up to the
high ground and force the GG call from Liquid as the Ancient was dying, giving
them a 2-0 victory.
The win for NiP, being their first and only one of the group
stages, will see them moving up to fifth place in the group for the time being,
with Liquid now sitting in last – although having two series left to play. To qualify
and avoid elimination, Liquid will have to win their last two series which are
against FlyToMoon and OG and August 28th and 29th respectively.
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