Immortals win DreamHack Summer 2016 after 2-0 victory over NiP

by Dennis Gonzales Jun 20 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Rikard Söderber / DreamHack

Despite the odds and the crowd being against them, Immortals have defeated home-soil heroes Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-13, and have been crowned the champions of DreamHack Summer 2016.

IMT came into the tournament as a strong contender, but betting people wouldn’t have put much down on them, especially considering their middling performance in the group stage. They lost their opening match 13-16 against SK Gaming on Train, but stayed alive by sweeping ENCE eSports 2-0 and moved on to face SK again. They took the rematch 2-1 to graduate from their group. The semifinals against GODSENT were a back and forth affair, but IMT took another 2-1 series and moved on to the Grand Finals.

On the other side of the bracket, NiP triumphed over Astralis, stealing victory from the Danes with a 16-14 scoreline in the deciding map and the Swedes moved on to the Grand Finals. Interestingly enough, this was the first time the two teams faced off in an official competitive match, even including the Immortals’ roster’s time with Tempo Storm.

The Grand Finals opened up on Cache with the teams trading blows to a 9-6 half in Immortals’ favor, partly thanks to NiP playing with little respect for the Brazilian squad. Only with some incredible plays were NiP able to turn certain rounds.

IMT won the second pistol round, and the Brazilians had all the momentum in the world, refusing to let NiP play their game. IMT ended the map 16-10.

Next up was Mirage, and NiP’s performance continued to wane, while IMT kept their momentum rolling, ending the first half at a whopping 12-3. IMT won the second pistol round, but that’s when NiP took a tactical pause and made a massive eight-round comeback. But it turned out they gave up too much in the first half, and IMT closed the map 16-13 to complete their sweep and win the championship.

felps was IMT’s key player in the tournament, averaging a 1.13 HLTV rating across 11 maps, followed closely by the twins hen1 and lucas1, who had 1.09 and 1.08 ratings respectively.

This is the team’s first LAN title under the Immortals organization.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.