- This is the fourth consecutive Impact title the team has won and the sixth overall
- Nigma absolutely dominated their opponents NaVi Javelins on Inferno and Nuke
- Ana “ANa” Dumbravă was by far Nigma’s MVP during the match
Nigma Galaxy defeated NaVi Javelins in a spectacularly one-sided match that saw the latter not being able to win even one round during the second map.
Nigma Win the Tournament
ESL Impact League Season 4 Finals concluded yesterday with the dominating victory of Nigma Galaxy over NaVi Javelins. This marks the fourth consecutive ESL Impact League finals that the team has won, adding it to the other two such victories the girls already have.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Ana “ANa” Dumbravă in a post-match interview. “We had a bad start, but we showed everyone we are capable of winning again, and I’m so proud of my team.” The team had experienced their first LAN defeat at the early stages of the tournament, losing 6-13 to FX Demons last week, but then quickly bounced back to dominate every next opponent during the rest of the event.
When Nigma and NaVi faced each other at the event’s finals after both teams had won their semi-finals without losing a map. This promised an interesting close final match of the event that would see two very balanced teams go up against one another. Unfortunately for viewers, things could not turn out to be further from the truth as Nigma ended up wiping the floor with their opponents.
Here’s How the Match Went
Nigma Galaxy was the first one to pick a map and they chose Inferno, which they are quite comfortable playing on. This allowed the team to run away with a stable 6-0 lead on the T-side before NaVi Javelins could react. ANa’s performance on the AWP was crucial for this strong start as the Romanian Counter-Strike player racked up a whopping 15 kills in the first half.
NaVi finally woke up and managed to string together four consecutive rounds to narrow the gap, but this was not enough, as Nigma soon once again took the lead in the closing of the first half. They kept said lead once the sides switched and quickly put even more distance between themselves and their opponents.
It was not until NaVi’s Wiktoria “vicu” Janicka found a 1vs3 to breathe some life into the team’s offense. Unfortunately for them, they only strung up two rounds together before Nigma retook the initiative to quickly gain the two extra rounds they needed to close out the match.
Perhaps NaVi hoped that their pick of Nuke as the second map would help them turn the tides of battle, but they couldn’t have been further from the truth. The Polish side started on the T-side but could not win even one round before the sides switched, allowing Nigma to score a flawless 12-0 half, a truly rare phenomenon in professional CS. Nothing short of a miracle could now save NaVi, but the team could not do much about it when the second half began. A short pistol round ensued with which Nigma wrapped up the map with a 13-0 score to win the match and the $50,000 first-place prize.