To much fervor and delight from the home crowd, Ninja in Pyjamas claims the DreamHack Masters Malmo trophy as they defeat Natus Vincere in straight sets in the Grand Final.
The Swedish team had been experiencing a drought of Counter Strike: Global Offensive major titles since winning the ESL One at Cologne in August 2014.
But here on home soil, they were able to defeat tournament favourites Na’Vi convincingly at the score of 16-14 each set, on de_dust and cobblestone, in that order. In addition, they only dropped one map in the playoff stages, in the semifinal against a startlingly competitive EnVyUs team.
Even then, Na’Vi could well have been the better team with returning star player’s Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs presence bolstering their ranks since a hand injury.
The Uktraine-based team managed to put up a fight against the home team, but it was Counter Strike veteran Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg who took center stage as he rolled back the years with 48 kills across the two maps, nearly eleven years after his first tournament win.
NiP’s win has not been the only upset that happeened in the tournament. Fnatic dropped out entirely due to Olof “olofm” Kajbjer’s injury, while Na’Vi themselves managed to stop the Tyloo hype and the DreamHack Cluj winner EnVyUs’s comeback.
Furthermore, NiP had saw of Virtus.Pro’s line of veterans in the quarter-finals.
With this grand final defeat, Na’Vi had now brought up the tally of their runners-up trophies from major events to seven within the last twelve months. But NiP has nothing to brag about there, since they only appeared in just three finals within the same period.