Complexity 2-0’ed NiP in their opening BLAST Premier Spring Finals match. NiP recently had a roster change; so far, its not worked well for the Swedish team. The winner of this tournament secures a spot in the BLAST Premier Global Finals.
The Ninjas in Pyjamas have had quite a few roster changes recently. The organization signing Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz was big news as he is one of the best players in the world. But more recently, the team made yet another roster change. Moving Erik “ztr” Gustafsson down to the Young Ninjas roster meant NiP’s new roster is just a few days old.
NiP added Linus “LNZ” Holtäng as a stand-in for BLAST Spring Finals and IEM Cologne play-in matches. The Swedish organization’s first match was against Complexity. However, the match did not go as expected as NiP crashed to a 0-2 start.
Complexity’s T-side run helps secures Mirage
The first map of Mirage, Complexity’s map pick, started strong for NiP. The team won the first five rounds and it looked like the Ninjas were en route to a fantastic start. But then Complexity won nine of the next ten rounds, asserting dominance and breaking NiP’s run. Complexity’s performance also secured the first half firmly in their favor.
Not only did Complexity get a lead in the first half, the momentum of the game had shifted. When the score was 0-5, it seemed unlikely that Complexity would end up with a 9-6 lead, but yet here were.
Just like in the first half, NiP had a slow and steady start to the second half. NiP won a few rounds but then the roster faltered once Complexity got proper weapons and grenades. Ultimately, Complexity won Mirage with a 16-10 score. This was not a big surprise since Mirage is one of the better maps for the team. It was also Complexity’s map pick and all eyes were now on Ancient.
NiP picks Ancient, but loses
Ancient was NiP’s pick, but you wouldn’t believe it if you saw the final score. NiP’s T-side, the non-existent one, resulted in the Swedish roster going down 4-11 after the first half. Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke was in red-hot form as he not only topped the charts, but also had strategically important plays to help his team win crucial rounds. With a 105.9 ADR, k0nfig was a big reason for Complexity’s dominance on the newest map to join the active duty pool.
Over at NiP, Linus “LNZ” Holtäng was one of the top performers for the Ninjas in Pyjamas. Despite being a stand-in for a couple of events, LNZ did not let the novelty of the roster pull him back. The team’s performance, however, was let down due to the lack of synergy within the players. The second map was also Complexity’s first game on Ancient and a 16-9 victory was nothing short of impressive.
With this victory, Complexity will face Gambit esports in tomorrow’s match. The upper bracket semifinals match will be an interesting one to watch. Meanwhile, the Ninjas in Pyjamas are still working on their synergy and map pool. If they can get their house in order soon, they might make it through with an impressive lower bracket run.
The BLAST Premier Spring Finals is a $425,000 CS:GO tournament. The teams are competing for a spot at the BLAST Premier Global Finals later this year. In addition to this coveted spot, the tournament’s winner will also win $225,000.