A stellar performance from REZ helped NiP soar past BIG in two maps.

A 16-12 on Inferno followed a first map 16-10 on Dust 2 as NiP coasted through the Germans.

Where next for BIG?

BIG have been here and there for a while now and the player break should give them a chance to regroup and rethink, and possibly get back to being the team they used to be.

For NiP this is an encouraging win, but one must not get carried away – BIG are eminently beatable, and are not the scalp they would have been a year or so ago.

One thing that continues to be encouraging is the form of REZ, who since the introduction of device has been phenomenal. He’s always had the skill in patches, but he appears to be finding some consistency.

Elliott Griffiths covers a variety of esports from his home base in the United Kingdom. His greatest emphasis is on competitive Counter-Strike, but he has also covered all aspects of League of Legends esports across the game's various international regions.