The South American derby saw NiP pull ahead of MIBR in the upper bracket finals of the Six Invitational. NiP gets a one map advantage in the Grand finals, while MIBR will play against the winner of TSM & Team Liquid.

The Six Invitational 2021 is in its final stages and there are only four teams remaining for a shot at the $3 million tournament. Brazil has been extremely dominant at the tournament with three of the four remaining teams featuring players from Brazil. The Ninjas in Pyjamas and MIBR were up against each other in the South American derby for the Six Invitational 2021. The two teams met each other in the upper bracket finals for a slot and a one map advantage in the grand finals. It was an important match and NiP managed to defeat MIBR with a 2-1 score.

NiP-MIBR upper bracket match: A thrilling Bo3 series

The Bo5 match started with MIBR’s map pick on Consulate. The match was very close with both teams playing back and forth. NiP’s defense matched MIBR’s aggression, but MIBR’s defense proved to be a bit too much for João "Kamikaze" Gomes and co. The stakes were high and starting with a map win would set the tone for the upper bracket final. Despite the players’ best efforts, NiP’s endeavor proved unsuccessful, handing MIBR a 7-5 victory.

Coastline was a more comfortable map for NiP. The team’s fast-paced aggression works well on Coastline and the stark difference was visible in the playstyle. MIBR also made some questionable strategic decisions which gave NiP an easier post-plant time. Some reinforcements on MIBR’s defense proved detrimental to the team. MIBR’s players played for the late game often holding their grenades and canisters up until very late in the round. However, NiP’s aggression and especially some stellar performance by Julio towards the end of the map allowed NiP to tie the series at 1-1. 

NiP continued its momentum into Clubhouse which was a much more balanced map for both teams. MIBR’s grenade usage definitely improved in map 3 but NiP’s confidence was restored after the Coastline victory. The team’s confidence was evident in the way Kamikaze would push through his smoke to surprise MIBR. 

NiP continued its momentum from the second map and soon cruised to a 5-1 lead over MIBR. But MIBR's defense held strong and they quickly pulled the score back to a 5-5 score. NiP took the 11th round but MIBR's gym defense proved too strong, once again, as MIBR took the map to overtime. MIBR's defense was alrady impacting NiP's confidence on Clubhouse. The team was no longer making daring plays such as pushing through smokes to surprise the opponents.

As the pressure started building on NiP, the players started making minor mistakes. But overtime was a completely different meta as individual players turned up for NiP to secure the victory. With this victory, NiP is now the first team to qualify for the grand finals and a chance to redeem themselves after last year's runners-up finish.

NiP is now in the grand finals with a one map advantage

With this victory, the Ninjas are now in the grand finals of the $3 million tournament. The team has secured a one map lead in the grand finals which is a massive advantage. Meanwhile, MIBR falls to the lower bracket finals where the team will face the winner of TSM and Team Liquid. The Six Invitational is taking place on LAN at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, France. All matches are streamed live on Twitch.

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