In their first offline match since the ELEAGUE Major qualifier, No. 8 Cloud9 defeated a game No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas squad that is now in the midst of an eight-match losing streak.
Taking care of business 16-14 on Overpass, Cloud9 played a very strategic game led by the in-game leadership of Jake “Stewie2K” Yip and his server leading +12 K/D differential. His ADR of 122 was mesmerizing as he hit shot after shot to which the Ninjas in Pyjamas had no answer.
The NiP began on the Terrorist side, winning the pistol round that saw Adam "friberg" Friberg and Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi win a clutch 2v3. The Swedes raced off to a 5-0 lead and fans and pundits at the MGM Grand were close to saying that this would be a route. However, Cloud9 was game and showed that they are one of the best teams in the world, staging a mini-comeback of three rounds.
Tyler “Sakdoodle” Latham tallied a triple kill when, when NiP attempted an A Bomb Site takeover in the 7th Round that rattled the Ninjas. But what really rattled Ninjas in Pyjamas was a Stewie2K quad kill that ended with a knife kill on Adam “friberg” Friberg after the team switch.
At one point NiP managed to win four rounds in a row, but it wasn’t enough as Cloud9 hung on and rained all over the NiP.
NiP will play TyLoo in the Group C Elimination Match at 12:50pm PST
Cloud9 will take on SK Gaming at 6:30pm PST in the Grou C Winners’ Match