NiP have defeated G2 2-0 (Cache 16-7, Overpass 22-18) to take the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals title and the first-place prize of $130,000.
The grand final of SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals started on NiP‘s Cache, where the Swedes began as Terrorists and clinched a ridiculous pistol round, which saw all 10 players meet in middle.
G2 went on the offensive in the first gunround, but it backfired as they got caught off guard and left the B bombsite empty. NiP kept forcing G2 on ecos, winning all the gunrounds up until it was 9-0.
At that point the French-Belgian squad took a timeout and clinched three rounds in a row, as Richard “shox” Papillon saved a good 1v3 attempt by Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg and Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom put in five kills over two rounds.
NiP then took a timeout of their own and decided to forcebuy, which eventually went their way when G2 took a gamble and left the A bombsite open. The Swedes switched over at 12-3 and followed it up with a pistol round win, reaching match point.
Benrlitom found himself in a 1v2 in the following round and came out on top, as the two players couldn’t find the final blow. NiP eventually closed out the map however after three more rounds going the other way, at 16-7.
Overpass followed with G2 taking the first three rounds as Terrorists, all on the B bombsite. Adam “friberg” Friberg then defended the same one with a triple and Lindberg picked up four kills in the following round, equalizing the score at 3-3.
A 2v2 situation went the way of Papillon and company, and so did the following round, as NiP had to eco. Mikail “Maikelele” Bill stepped up to the plate with six kills over the next two rounds, and NiP clawed back to 6-6 and eventually went over to the offence at a comfortable 9-6.
Papillon put in a triple in the second pistol round, allowing G2 to claw back to 9-8, but they lost the following round as they kept four SMGs. The Frenchmen managed to defend a B attack and evened it out at 10-10. After an anti-eco, Benrlitom put in a quad-kill on long and made it 12-11.
However, the Swedish side managed to win a round with only deagles, and slowly retook the lead and reached match point at 15-12. G2 were able to climb back, partially due to a double from Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux in a crucial moment, and Overpass went to overtime.
The first half of overtime went back and forth, but NiP took the better of it thanks to Friberg‘s huge triple in the third round. The first couple of rounds were exchanged again on the other, as Benrlitom and Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro put in doubles while Lindberg closed out a 2v2. Friberg put in another huge triple in the last round, but G2 clawed back into the second overtime.
In the second it was all NiP however, coming out on top of crucial situations as CT, grabbing all three rounds and then closing out a 2v1 on the B bombsite as Terrorists, taking the championship at 22-18.
SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals standings:
1. NiP – $130,000 2. G2 – $50,000 3-4. dignitas – $25,000 3-4. Cloud9 – $25,000 5-8. Heroic – $10,000 5-8. FlipSid3 – $10,000 5-8. Astralis – $10,000 5-8. EnVyUs – $10,000 9-12. GODSENT – $4,500 9-12. VG.CyberZen – $4,500 9-12. FaZe – $4,500 9-12. TyLoo – $4,500 13-16. Natus Vincere – $3,000 13-16. MVP project – $3,000 13-16. HellRaisers – $3,000 13-16. Virtus.pro – $3,000