Ninjas in Pyjamas finally managed to win its controversial rematch against Anonymo, but Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski didn’t make it easy.
The controversy struck rematch between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Anonymo Esports which took place on May 18 witnessed a really close match between the two sides. Both Flashpoint and NIP were heavily criticised for the rematch, but the game still took place and Anonymo really stood up to the challenge. Leading the Polish lineup was the senior player Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski with 27 kills to his name and a K/D differential of +10, which consisted of a dazzling ace in the second pistol round. Anonymo were down by one round when Snax jumped into action, kicking into sixth gear to topple the NIP lineup with his impressive pistol skills.
We spoke internally about Flashpoint’s decision, and here is what we’ve settled on:
We will play.
There is always the possibility of Valve interfering, but if they won’t – We will play the match, FIGHT and deliver the show that this storyline needs.
— Mateusz Kowalczyk (@Sowekpl) May 18, 2021
Snax was feeling himself in the rematch against NIP where the Danish star AWPer Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz failed to put on a show for his side. The senior Polish AWPer was brilliant and the only player from Anonymo to register a positive K/D on Mirage.
Following a tight comeback during the middle of the first half, Anonymo were down by just a single round at the halftime mark. But Snax swung it around for his side instantly, by single-handedly winning the second pistol round. He went berserk with the USP-S clicking heads one after the other to dismiss all the 5 NIP players, securing a perfect ace and keeping the fight alive for his side.
Consequently, NiP requested a rematch that triggered a heated debate across the wider Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community. When the rematch did finally happen, over 70,000 viewers watched Ninjas in Pyjamas take down Anonymo in the upper bracket contest.
The Swedish team bagged the win, but Anonymo’s star Snax made his opponents sweat. The AWPer wiped out all five players with his USP-S in the first round of the second half.
Snax took away NiP’s one-round lead at 8-7 by patiently holding an angle in the connector and waiting for a mid push. The Polish player traded his two teammates by finishing off Hampus “hampus” Poser at mid and quickly changed positions after noticing an A-main take. From the stairs, Snax shot down NiP’s top gun Fredrik “REZ” Sterner mid-air and took cover behind jungle smoke.
The round of 16 of Flashpoint 3 started with NIP defeating Anonymo 2-1 in a best of 3 matchups. The match was Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz debut match for his team and he led his team to their first win in this tournament as well.
The map veto started with NIP removing Vertigo and Anonymo banning Dust2. The first map was picked up by NIP which was Overpass and Anonymo picked up Nuke. The last map left to be played was Mirage.
The first map started with Anonymo winning a clean pistol round by successfully getting a retake on the B site with the help of Paweł ‘innocent’ Mocek’s 4 USP kills. Although they could not enjoy the lead for a long time as NIP replied back quickly by winning the next round and then they went on to win the half 12-3 in their favor.
The second map was Nuke and with NIP starting on the CT side of the map they had the half under control with ‘device’ connecting some incredible shots and showing he still had his consistency with him. The first half ended 9-6 in their favor.
The second half saw some incredible plays coming out from Kacper ‘Kylar‘ Walukiewicz and he helped his team get back on the scoreboard and make a comeback in the second half and win the map 16-13.
The final map was Mirage and both the teams were battling head to head against each other and the rounds went back and forth. The half ended with NIP slightly edging over Anonymo 8-7.
The second half started with Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski getting an Ace in the pistol round and making things difficult for NIP. The momentum changed when ‘REZ’ was able to get some very important rounds for his team and then finish the map 16-14 and the series 2-1.
A three versus one situation looked dicey for Anonymo. Snax took matters into his own hands and picked off Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez and shut down Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz with a crisp USP one tap. Snax became unstoppable and hunted down the lone Ninja Erik “ztr” Gustafsson hiding behind boxes.
This crucial ace earned Anonymo its first round in the second half and a much-needed equalizer. From here, Anonymo gave NiP a tough time. The nail-biting competition continued for a full 30 rounds before ending in NiP’s favour. The Polish team came up short in its efforts and lost 16-14.
Despite the loss, Anonymo’s incredible showing was lauded by viewers and notable community members. The close scoreline confirmed that Anonymo is definitely a threat to top teams in Flashpoint 3 and should be watched out for. Especially with Snax and his deadly pistol and AWP skills, Anonymo is a force to be reckoned with.