NiP survive Swedish showdown

NiP move on to the playoffs of the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals after defeating fellow Swedish team fnatic 16-9 on Train.

Both fnatic and NiP managed to dismiss the North American threats marshalled against them in their Group B opening matches of the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals, defeating Cloud9 and Liquid respectively.

The two teams then moved into a best-of-one winners' match on Train, to determine the second team who would have smooth sailing into the playoffs of the $512,000 tournament after just two best-of-one games (G2 having been the first team to accomplish this feat).

Patient defense from fnatic got the ball rolling on the #3 ranked team's CT-side as they won the pistolround and survived both anti-ecos, however NiP quickly began to assert themselves early on and quickly equalised the score after winning the first gunround.


NiP continue their climb back into the elite with a best-of-one victory over fnatic

Robin "flusha" Rönnquist began to step up for his team by picking up multiple and crucial M4A4 kills across three rounds (including on a force buy), with fnatic inching ahead to a 6-4 lead as the first half went on. However, with both Adam "friberg" Friberg and Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi displaying some finesse, NiP took the lead by the half's end, and finished up 8-7 after a fairly successful T-side.

A chaotic second pistolround on the A-site went NiP's way, as well as the following anti-eco round, but fnatic then bought up P250's and got a number of kills to reset NiP's economy with flusha leading the way (and then picked up an anti-eco round with NiP choosing to save).

With the score at 10-9 for NiP, Richard "Xizt" Landström's men turned up the heat again and won two back-to-back CT-side rounds to extend the lead and force fnatic to buy up pistols. From here on out, NiP entered crunch mode and closed out the game against fnatic, winning 16-9.

Matchpage
9
16
11th May 2016
Sweden
9
Train
16

 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 22 - 16 +6 104.8 1.49
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 23 - 13 +10 79.9 1.33
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvipyth 21 - 17 +4 82.5 1.21
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 16 - 13 +3 60.9 1.19
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 16 - 19 -3 79.8 0.98
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 24 - 19 +5 118.5 1.43
Sweden John 'wenton' Erikssonwenton 14 - 17 -3 55.7 0.82
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 16 - 19 -3 63.9 0.80
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 11 - 21 -10 59.3 0.76
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 13 - 22 -9 62.8 0.69

The final match of the day at the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals is curiously a best-of-three game, and even more so is an incredibly crucial match as Luminosity and Astralis (the #1 and #4 ranked teams in the world) will fight in a Group A elimination match to see which titan goes home early.

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Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
732
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
GGWP gz NiP
2016-05-11 21:33
rofl so ez for THREAT's BOYS
2016-05-11 21:34
SwedenIsBetterThanRussiaAtCSGO*
2016-05-11 21:33
eeeee no?
2016-05-11 21:34
eeee yes?
2016-05-11 21:34
x10000000000 yes
2016-05-11 21:42
I agree with dennis, only team with russian people that is doing good is navi, and that only 2 of their players. not that many other people doing too great rn, and in general in history, swedes have been raping compared to russians
2016-05-11 22:18
raping, that's the word !
2016-05-11 22:57
#128
United States b8d 
at least both have history, something that canada is lacking
2016-05-11 23:26
Im not trying to make this a battle of the nationalities by no means. I 100%agree that Canadian cs is not good. But it's ok, I'll just get my hurt feeling checked by my free health care system
2016-05-11 23:30
#146
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United States 7hai 
You will have to wait a couple of months to get mediocre treatment though...
2016-05-12 11:07
who cares about your opinion? You are canadian...
2016-05-12 01:07
Pretty shit thing to say considering ur country is a shit show compared to mine
2016-05-12 03:58
No, your country is shit and nothing else. UA > canada, noscene US puppet. That's why you can't accept the fact that you're so bad at cs, envious retard.
2016-05-13 11:13
Didn't mean shitty at cs, I meant the status of ur country and how bad things are compared to Canada, I can definitely agree that Ukraine is better than Canada at cs, no doubt about it you gerbil fucking thunder cunt
2016-05-13 13:50
As I said before, your country is shit and nothing else, american slave. Of course Ukraine is better at cs than canada, this is the reason why you still cry canadian stupid kid.
2016-05-14 01:44
Thank u for repeating exactly what I said about how Ukraine is better at cs than Canada idiot. And at least I'm not Russia's bitch
2016-05-14 01:46
Finally you understand that canada is shit, Ukraine much better, dumbass. Of course u're not russian, typical canadian skunk from colony of USA. What a retard.
2016-05-14 14:29
WTF, im only agreeing that canada is worse at CS, everything else, u can go fuck urself, canada #1. we're no colony of USA, but u are russia's slave
2016-05-14 17:10
facepalm, you are slave of USA and u accept it, canada shitty colony country without power and opinion like mine, but also at csgo, so UA>canada and you know it's true. Russia's slave? WHAT? OMFG, look at my new goverment from JewSA top1 retard 2016, Ukraine frist country who want war with russia, goverment h8 russian by $$$ as fuck, mb you don't see ur media fakes about Ukraine, just tell me one country where russia committed a coup d'etat like JewSA, brainwasher.
2016-05-14 20:00
still ez for ence :)
2016-05-11 21:49
NIP IS BACK BOIZ WHAT UP NOW SWEDES??? WHOOOO
2016-05-11 21:33
"WHAT UP NOW SWEDES??? WHOOOO" that's what shaGuar shouted when they won vs. swedes.. quoting this here makes 0 sense, none whatsoever..
2016-05-11 22:44
I know what/when that was used. And I used it because the swedes won vs the swedes. WHAT UP NOW DECYFER?? WHOOOOOO
2016-05-11 22:50
iq35 confirmed on username.
2016-05-11 22:59
you guys must be new here. looking for IQ in HLTV hahaha
2016-05-11 23:04
on HLTV* also.. who is pronounced/sounds differently than wooh..
2016-05-12 00:11
I apologise for not being familiar with the spelling of murifat mating calls.
2016-05-12 15:26
retardo confirmed. im sorry there greeks like this, they deserve to be put up in a home...
2016-05-12 16:34
nice good job nip
2016-05-11 21:33
#4
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CIS sergioff 
1
2016-05-11 21:33
1
2016-05-11 21:33
yes
2016-05-11 21:33
#7
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Sweden Linken11 
gz
2016-05-11 21:33
#8
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Brazil NaScene 
Nice job NiP magic!
2016-05-11 21:33
ez for nip
2016-05-11 21:33
Lets go NiP
2016-05-11 21:33
#11
Respect | 
United Kingdom krazd 
xD
2016-05-11 21:33
#12
H1ber | 
Finland Dagyhy 
ye
2016-05-11 21:33
d
2016-05-11 21:33
1
2016-05-11 21:33
nice one guys. i like fnatic but wp nip
2016-05-11 21:33
das
2016-05-11 21:33
#17
Finland Tekh 
expected
2016-05-11 21:33
#18
NiKo | 
Europe silviuM 
a
2016-05-11 21:33
1
2016-05-11 21:33
#20
World asbi 
k
2016-05-11 21:33
1
2016-05-11 21:33
wow
2016-05-11 21:33
ez
2016-05-11 21:33
dfirtdt
2016-05-11 21:33
#25
Korea XigN 
1
2016-05-11 21:33
lol
2016-05-11 21:33
i'm failed..
2016-05-11 22:15
ez
2016-05-11 21:33
Shit was dank
2016-05-11 21:33
Feels really good seing NiP getting back to form! Been to long.
2016-05-11 21:33
ggwp
2016-05-11 21:33
*Swedistani showdown
2016-05-11 21:33
Gayland jelly?
2016-05-11 21:35
nah
2016-05-11 21:35
says Germanistan and Turkistan
2016-05-12 12:35
You have no idea where I am from hint: yesterday I had the Flag of Enceland
2016-05-12 12:35
ez ENCE top1
2016-05-12 12:36
n1
2016-05-11 21:33
#32
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Peru 2loro2 
first
2016-05-11 21:33
ez
2016-05-11 21:33
#35
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Poland whoareyou 
d
2016-05-11 21:33
expected!
2016-05-11 21:33
EZ GODBERG
2016-05-11 21:33
1st!
2016-05-11 21:33
oxi
2016-05-11 21:34
Ante geia re! Otan to egrapsa imoun prwtos! :P
2016-05-16 00:08
first?
2016-05-11 21:33
Gg nip, very well played
2016-05-11 21:33
#41
 | 
Sweden Swedz 
VÄLFÄRD
2016-05-11 21:33
#42
s1mple | 
Lithuania vodin 
OLOF EZ
2016-05-11 21:33
Adam 'friberg' Friberg23-13+1079.91.42
2016-05-11 21:33
#45
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Israel ZiinTotH 
Thank mr. friberg
2016-05-11 21:33
nt
2016-05-11 21:33
lol holy crap im the first post, JEALOUS? XD
2016-05-11 21:33
LOL!
2016-05-11 21:34
Yeah so jealous, how do I get to #47
2016-05-11 21:39
SUCK A DICK BRUH NIP WILL WIN
2016-05-11 21:33
sadly flusha had to play 1v9
2016-05-11 21:33
Great game, the score dosen't reflect the match tbh.
2016-05-11 21:33
Agreed. Without NiP's economy discipline this game could have been much closer score-wise.
2016-05-11 21:41
Really hope for a G2 vs NiP final gj NiP
2016-05-11 21:34
The proper el classico.
2016-05-11 21:34
I'm thinking fnatic-NiP BO3 final
2016-05-11 21:48
NiP win 16-9 and the Headline goes "NiP survive Swedish showdown" TOPKEK
2016-05-11 21:35
#62
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Germany 1criT 
Thought the same
2016-05-11 21:34
#80
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
+1
2016-05-11 21:40
+1 lol fnatic was rekt
2016-05-11 22:46
HLTV writers are fnatic fanboys, this is nothing new...Just look at the ranking, fnatic #3 lmfao xD
2016-05-11 22:51
wow fnatic really cant play without olof :D
2016-05-11 21:34
kek
2016-05-11 21:34
#59
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Sweden lagcats 
good job nip, beating the best team in the world isn't easy.
2016-05-11 21:34
3 PLACE XPXP
2016-05-11 21:35
"NiP continue their climb back into the elite with a best-of-one victory" I hope that was sarcasm! :D
2016-05-11 21:34
#103
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Estonia swag420weed 
Yes, because NiP is already top 2 in the world
2016-05-11 22:03
let's not get ahead of ourselves
2016-05-11 23:09
#65
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Poland Marcines 
expected, fnatic without olof dont exist
2016-05-11 21:35
is are fnatic suck now?~!!?
2016-05-11 21:35
Nice job!
2016-05-11 21:36
Magic
2016-05-11 21:36
told you one of these Swedish team gonna win
2016-05-11 21:37
#75
friberg | 
Brazil pokftw 
fribbe is a fckn god <3 <3
2016-05-11 21:38
friberg actually turned up for once. nice to see
2016-05-11 21:39
survive?
2016-05-11 21:39
ripnatic
2016-05-11 21:39
NiP survive Swedish showdown they convincingly won, it wasn't a double OT victory or a 16-14 etc.
2016-05-11 21:40
bingo. It should say 'NiP control match in Swedish showdown'
2016-05-11 21:42
or something like 'NiP trump (no pun intended) fnatic in Swedish showdown'. A verb like survive insinuates that the map was close and NiP won by the skin of their teeth, whereas in reality, if you watched the game then you'd probably know that NiP looked in control the whole time.
2016-05-11 21:55
ez NiP
2016-05-11 21:41
'survive' lol
2016-05-11 21:41
#85
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Romania Zadro 
16-9 'NiP survive'. Yeah... It should've been more like 'NiP barely survive the closest game against the all-time best cs team in the universe'. Fucking pathetic.
2016-05-11 21:41
howmuch? o w m u c h ?
2016-05-11 22:24
#112
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Romania Zadro 
...
2016-05-11 22:24
umad?
2016-05-11 22:25
#147
 | 
United States 7hai 
They don't understand sarcasm here. Just ignore them
2016-05-12 11:11
#155
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Romania Zadro 
I still wonder how he came to the conclusion that I'm mad because I lost my skins...
2016-05-12 16:09
#157
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United States 7hai 
Because he is a dumb bot which responds randomly to posts with that.
2016-05-12 17:14
16-9 "survive" hmmmm
2016-05-11 21:44
fnatic sucks without olof
2016-05-11 21:44
thank mr friberg
2016-05-11 21:44
gtr -kda wow oO
2016-05-11 21:46
Well, he did hold inside(no action) and went first a lot of times as t like he always does lately.
2016-05-11 21:50
#92
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Sweden Lindhan 
Nip ezzz skins, ez lyfe
2016-05-11 21:47
ez for NiP eSports
2016-05-11 21:48
#97
World hkzz 
Change that stupid-ass title, thanks
2016-05-11 21:51
howmuch? o w m u c h ?
2016-05-11 22:23
It is true? NiP didn't "survive" the match, they won convincingly. Title is stupid af.
2016-05-11 22:50
#102
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CIS chlenixon 
#newfnatic
2016-05-11 22:02
NiP will win next major for sure. Let's go ninjas!!
2016-05-11 22:09
lets hope so, it will be so great
2016-05-11 22:21
Agree bro! :)
2016-05-12 15:09
gogoninjas!
2016-05-11 22:44
Well group B is turning out to be expected, but that group A doe
2016-05-11 22:13
yes nip "survived" when winning 16-9.
2016-05-11 22:20
Survive? What? XD
2016-05-11 22:30
friberg on top? is this 2013?
2016-05-11 22:39
truth to be told, he wasn't on top on many occasions in 2013 either, partially due to his role I guess.
2016-05-11 23:11
gg, wp
2016-05-11 22:44
I am from
2016-05-11 23:43
F
2016-05-11 23:43
A
2016-05-11 23:43
I
2016-05-11 23:46
V
2016-05-11 23:45
E
2016-05-11 23:46
L
2016-05-11 23:46
I
2016-05-11 23:47
A
2016-05-11 23:47
AA
2016-05-11 23:48
no olofmeister, no party :>
2016-05-11 23:54
Congrats NiP. Good job m8s.
2016-05-12 00:15
"NiP survive Swedish showdown" clickbait?
2016-05-12 11:23
fnatic really needs olofmeister back
2016-05-12 12:34
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