The first finalist of the ESL Pro League Season 15 has been decided, as ENCE managed to take down NIP. The Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer-led squad won in convincing 2-0 fashion.
The European mixture opened strong on their map pick, Nuke. They gathered a 7-0 lead after a successful pistol round before NIP could answer. But the Swedes only managed a couple of rounds as they headed into halftime 12-3 down.
A successful force buy in the second round of the half set the Ninjas up for a comeback but didn't manage to close the gap. Ence took the map 16-10.
Going into their pick, Ancient, NIP once again had a weak start. Down 5-0, they woke up to make it a closer scoreline, eventually tieing the map at 11-11.
But ENCE took over momentum again, reaching series point at 15-12. A desperate force buy win extended play to 30 rounds.
But a successful 1v1 clutch by Lotan "Spinx" Giladi sealed NIP's faith.
ENCE have secured a spot in the grand final, their first in an S-tier event since IEM Chicago 2019. They will face the winner of the Furia-FaZe Clan match.