NiP Gets Back-to-Back IEM Oakland Trophy


Swedish side Ninjas in Pyjamas defended their IEM Oakland title after beating FaZe Clan, 3-2, in a best-of-five grand final at the Oracle Arena in California, USA on November 20, Monday local time.

Going the full distance, NiP needed to go through five maps and 117 rounds of high-octane CS before making the big upset. In addition, their path wasn’t easy as they needed to beat SK in the semi-final and get to the top of their group stage against the likes of Astralis and Cloud9.

With Cobblestone, Inferno, Train, Overpass and Cache on the line, FaZe and NiP went neck-to-neck in a grueling series that tested everyone’s mental fortitude in a match that was filled with crazy clutches and nasty spraydowns.

Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg shone for NiP, getting a rating of 1.18 in the matchup, while Håvard “rain” Nygaard tried to carry the game for FaZe with 103 kills and a rating of 1.27.

Up-and-coming Swedish player Fredrik “REZ” Sterner was voted as the tournament MVP by multiple sites and renowned personalities, due to his significant contributions to the team’s win.

FaZe Clan is currently considered to be one of the best CS:GO teams in the world right now, boasting five superstars as well as winning multiple titles in 2017. Meanwhile, Ninjas in Pyjamas was considered to be the best team in the world in 2013 and 2014.

This is Ninjas in Pyjamas’ first significant title since they won Dreamhack Valencia back in July 2017.


Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.

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