NIP becomes the last participant in the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 playoffs. In the final match of the Legends stage, the Swedish team beat Copenhagen Flames with a score of 2: 1.
The fight began on the Nuke map, which became the choice of the Danish team. At the same time, Copenhagen Flames was able to show a confident attack, having received a minimal advantage over the side switching. In turn, the NIP attack turned out to be powerless in front of the opponent's defense, which issued a victory on his own choice and was one step closer to reaching the playoffs - 16:10.
Then the teams moved to the Inferno map. However, already in the first half the Copenhagen Flames players showed real defense, literally trampling on the attack of the Swedes and gaining a two-fold advantage in rounds. However, the change of sides had a positive effect on the NIP, which started a comeback. As a result, taking advantage of mistakes from Copenhagen Flames, the Swedes took their own pick and equalized the score in the series - 16:13.
Everything was decided on the Ancient map, which on paper was suitable for both teams. At the same time, NIP, having started in defense, got a slight advantage to the side switching, coming off by three rounds. It seemed that a confident start in the second half would allow the team to quickly deal with the rival. Copenhagen Flames, however, showed character to keep things going in overtime. Nevertheless, this streak remained with the NIP, which turned out to be more agile in the final rounds - 19:17.
After this defeat, Copenhagen Flames left PGL Major Stockholm 2021, finishing in 9th-11th place and earning $ 17,500.
PGL Major Stockholm 2021 runs from October 26 to November 7 in Sweden. 24 teams are competing for a prize pool of $ 2,000,000, as well as BLAST Premier and ESL Pro Tour points. The championship playoffs will take place at the Avicii Arena with spectators, while the early stages of the championship take place in a studio format.