Ninjas in Pyjamas have won DreamHack Open Valencia following a 2-0 victory over Red Reserve (16-10 on de_Mirage and 16-2 on de_Cache).
NiP were in the midst of an indifferent year after failing to make the top four of each of their Premier tier tournament appearances since the turn of the calendar year, failing to qualify even for PGL Krakow.
However, the Swedes had started their weekend well, coming through the group stage unscathed and dropping just a map on de_Inferno against Team EnVyUs. Although the French team were the ones who drew first blood with the map win, NiP managed to equalize and then improve by beating their semi-final opponents on EnVyUs’s best map, de_Mirage.
But meeting Red Reserve in the grand final in Valencia, Spain, NiP seemed doomed to repeat their past mistakes of capitulating in vital moments as their compatriot opponents pulled off to 5-0 on CT; even when they nearly successfully execute a semi-buy Red’s Mikail “Maikelele” Bill managed to win it with a last-second defuse.
Still, thanks to that NiP soon secured their first round and followed it up with two more rounds, Richard “Xizt” Landstrom’s men allowed their opponents to string rounds together once again, but the Ninjas shrugged it off in the final stages of the half and reduced the gap to 6-9.
Finally getting their head in the game, Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg and his team quickly got to the lead for the first time after switching sides, losing a single round before continuously stopping their opponents’ T-side and finishing off the first map with a 16-10 scoreline.
On their best map de_Cache, Red Reserve started with two kills and a bomb plant, but Fredrik “REZ” Sterner managed to help NiP secure the round with a quad-kill and maintain their stride, keeping their pace even in gun rounds and close the first half with an 13-2. The next 3 rounds came easily for them to cover the series in straight sets, winning the grand prize and a $50,000 prize packet.