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Team Envy are the 2019 Paladins World Champions – Final placements and recap

Published: 18/Nov/2018 20:51 Updated: 19/Nov/2018 7:03

by Wyatt Donigan

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At the end of three days of fierce competition, two teams were left to contend for the second ever Paladins World Championship. 

Natus Vincere came into this series looking to win their second straight World Championship, but to do so, they needed to get through Team Envy who came in with a head full of steam. 

In the end, Na’Vi simply couldn’t manage to stand up against the might of Envy, as the North American fought hard to come away with a monumental win. 

Given how close these two No. 1 seeds are, it was no surprise that the opening game of the series was incredibly close. 

Both Envy and Na’Vi went back and forth on Splitstone Quarry before Na’Vi managed to finally take a narrow 4-3 win to strike first in the series. 

From then on, it was a true tug-of-war as neither team could get much of an edge for very long in the next few maps.

Team Envy moments after winning the 2019 Paladins World Championship.

Envy found their footing on Brightmarsh to tie the series, but then Na’Vi easily countered with a dominating 4-0 win on Jaguar Falls to take a 2-1 lead. 

Continuing the trend, Envy pulled even with Na’Vi after a big win on Ascension Peak to keep this series at an absolute stalemate. 

Na’Vi looked to be on their way to a 3-2 lead after reaching 99% when the game was tied 3-3 on Serpent Beach, but Envy stood their ground in a major way and somehow pulled off the impossible to put themselves on Championship point. 

With all the momentum in hand, Envy steamrolled Na’Vi on the final map, taking all four points without giving up a single one to take the series 4-2. 

Place Team Roster
1 Team Envy Tulky • RuBBu • rockmonkey • randomnoob • MrHaze
2 Natus Vincere Mutu • Faenex • spunkki • Creativs2 • Laizy
3/4 Fnatic UNBELIVABLE • Fisheko • Gerrah • bugzy • isbittenner
3/4 Spacestation Gaming RECHAO • frzgod • Mittow • Ar3z • ASPEXY
5/8 G2 Esports iDropBodies • Kusqt • Evulli • doesupz • Vex30
5/8 Kanga eSports Joelz • ausrhino • Ninim • kronicx • Koorland
5/8 Ninjas in Pyjamas Bird • DiGeDoG • Kowa • Kcruncy • Bonkar
5/8 Virtus.pro Shipa • PERDO • Saretz • Ninu • eLvenpath
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NiP Paladins champion isbittenner on emotional grand finals win

Published: 18/Nov/2019 1:36 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 21:53

by Scott Robertson

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Ninjas in Pyjamas claimed the Paladins World Championship over the Pittsburgh Knights in a near reverse sweep. After the finals, NiP player and Paladins champion Leander ‘isbittenner’ Aspestrand spoke to Melissa ‘TheBestTaco’ Posada and Dexerto on the Ninjas’ emotional win, and how they bounced back from a mid-season slump and two-game deficit in the finals.

Before the SMITE finals, the two best teams in Paladins squared off on Championship Sunday at Hi-Rez Expo. A dominant contender in Ninjas in Pyjamas met an underdog Pittsburgh Knights squad that had taken the long road through the lower bracket of the PWC qualifier.

But despite grabbing a 2-0 lead, the Knights couldn’t hold on as their adversaries borrowed some NiP magic from their CSGO division to win fourth straight games to raise the championship trophy.

Following the raising of the trophy, the young NiP damage star from Norway, isbittenner, could barely keep his emotions in check, telling TheBestTaco and Dexerto that he “would just go up in tears” when he’d try and think back on the hard-fought series.

NiP were forced to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the grand finals, but isbittener said that the roster was no stranger to having to reverse their fortunes themselves. They had a very strong Phase 1 of Paladins Premier League, but started off slow in Phase 2 with a collection of tough losses.

Isbittenner said he was really happy that the team was able to pull themselves out of that slump, and make their way to the championship finals. One of those tough losses during the PPL season was to Pittsburgh Knights, who they would meet in the grand finals.

When asked if they expected to meet the Knights again in the championship series, he responded,

“If you asked me two months ago? Never. But now? For sure, they’ve become a lot better.” He also said later in the interview that he expects the Knights roster to improve even more.

The NiP star praised the Knights’ ability to outdraft them, but credited the words of his coach and the energy of the crowd as being instrumental to gaining back momentum.

As the secondary drafter, isbittener said his leadership strength emerges pre-game, but his ability to be a playmaker during matches was instrumental to the Ninjas’ success as well.

As for the champion, he says that the immediate plan is for the team to go get “a nice dinner” and then go out and have fun to celebrate the title. As for next season, he says that NiP will take their time to “relax and re-group” after the long campaign, and come back strong for next season.