So the Semi Finals are finally done, and once again Ninjas in Pyjamas have reached the Finals of an event. Will they prevail here, to show the CS:GO universe once and for all that they are as much a force to be reckoned with as they have been in the past? Or will they go down in red ruin before the implacable, lethal skills of the almost-invincible FaZe Clan? Let’s see whether they have a chance of winning the Finals of Intel Extreme Masters.
Incredible plays in the Semi Finals.
SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas played some incredible matches in the Semi finals. The first map, Overpass, was dominated by Ninjas in Pyjamas. They gave SK Gaming only 9 rounds as they crushed them. SK Gaming, however, made a comeback in Cache, and defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas, giving them only eight rounds. Inferno became the decider, and it was intensely contested. Both teams were just about equal in the first half, but the second half was completely dominated by the Ninjas. Ninjas in Pyjamas defeated the champions of EPICENTER 2017, which is why we’re seeing the NiPs in the Finals of Intel Extreme Masters today.
The Ninjas don’t faze FaZe Clan at Intel Extreme Masters.
The run-up to the Semi Final was another dominating win by FaZe Clan, as they crushed Cloud9 as they have crushed many hopeful teams in many events before this. FaZe didn’t give Cloud9 a chance to breathe, allowing them just four rounds in the first map, and decisively crushing them in the second one. Cloud9 simply didn’t have a chance.
But the Ninjas have been training in their dark temple – could FaZe compete with that?
It depends. The Intel Extreme Masters Grand Finals between Ninjas in Pyjamas and FaZe Clan will be a best of five series. SK Gaming defeated FaZe Clan in EPICENTER 2017 quite decisively, but the same SK Gaming have now lost to NiP. This gives NiP a chance against FaZe.
What do the stats say?
Both these teams have fought in eleven matches against each other as of August of this year. Out of those, FaZe have lost just two times to NiP. However, ten of those matches were online matches, and only one match was a LAN match, which was won by Ninjas in Pyjamas. This changes the odds massively. NiP do have a chance of winning the Intel Extreme Masters.
Let go through these teams’ best LAN maps. FaZe Clan’s most successful LAN map is Cache with a one hundred percent win-rate, followed by Inferno and Mirage. Ninjas in Pyjamas are really good in Nuke, Cache and Train. Both teams are equal in Overpass, with excellent win-rates. NiP have an additional advantage in Cobblestone, as FaZe have never been able to win Cobblestone in LAN matches, while Ninjas in Pyjamas have both experience and a better win-rate in playing this map.
It looks good for Ninjas in Pyjamas. Bet on them, on odds that are running at 1.25. Those are reasonable odds for a fairly sure return.
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