The first team eliminated from ECS Season 8 has been decided as Ninjas in Pyjamas defeated AVANGAR. Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev’s squad couldn’t fend off the Swedish lineup in the elimination match which saw his squad fall 2-0.
The first map, Train, was a close affair with an 8-7 half converting into a 16-12 win for the Swedes. Things would go much worse in the second map of Overpass, however, as the Ninjas looked prepared for everything on their way to a 13-2 half on the CT-side. Although they’d give up four more rounds in the second half, it wouldn’t stop them from achieving 16 rounds and ending the series.
AVANGAR fell to Evil Geniuses in their opener 16-10 to be forced into the elimination match. NiP went up against a fiery Team Liquid and was handled with ease on the way to a 16-4 victory for the North American side.
NiP will now meet Evil Geniuses in the decider with one team moving into the playoffs and the other heading home.
The next elimination match is a Brazilian derby as MIBR take on Sharks. MIBR fell to fnatic on Inferno in their opening match 16-9 while Sharks took the best team in the world to overtime on Nuke. Astralis would come out victorious, but it’s doubtful that MIBR will be letting NUke through in the pick-ban stage.
fnatic was defeated by Astralis in the winner’s final and will therefore await the winner of the elimination match.