NIP and VP are matched up against each other in the DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 to be held on the 16th of April 2016 at 12:00 CET.
NIP and VP is themes classic matchup that one can expect. The vetoes for this match should be fairly straightforward. NIP should veto Overpass while VP should veto Dust2
It’s the map picks that will decide the course of the game. NIP’s second best map is Cache. However VP has a very decent map pool and Cache is definitely at the forefront of those maps. VP have had mixed results on Cache, but historically they are very comfortable on this map. NIP on the other hand seem to be unbeatable on Cache right now. Ranging from synchronised A split tactics to downright faking the opponents after continuously applying pressure at one point on the map, NIP have done it all.
Mirage is a map that NIP have significantly improved over the past couple of months. However they have not played on this map in recently. But considering the slump that Virtus Pro are in right now this map might mean a slight advantage to NIP. NIP have learnt their smokes on this map and they have been executing these smokes quite convincingly. Virtus Pro rely on a very mid centric approach on their CT side. They are well known to take control of mid which makes it very easy to call in early rotations and possible counter strats against the enemy team. Considering the form NIP is in right now (might not be the best but definitely seem better than Virtus Pro ).
My bet : Medium on NIP (going low makes sense , but I’m going medium and taking a risk; it’s up to you to size your bet here )