markeloff: Knew exactly how NiP play

Yegor "markeloff" Markelov talked to us after the huge upset FlipSid3 delivered versus NiP to advance to the quarter-finals of ESL One Cologne 2016.

Earlier today FlipSid3 shocked the CS:GO community by sending home NiP following a close Overpass loss, a beating on Cache and a narrow Mirage victory, as the Swedes finished outside of the top eight for the first time in nine Majors.

We naturally grabbed one of the players, Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, who delivered a great performance on the last map, for our next interview, which goes in depth into the upset and more:

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Check out the list of interviews we have conducted so far at ESL One Cologne to see if you've missed any:

Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "I feel like I won an event"
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell: "Came in with fresh minds today"
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović: "nV match was a team effort"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "Confident playing T side [on Cobble]"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We wanted revenge for MLG"
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "I expect us and G2 through"
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "Tech pause was good for us"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "gla1ve is really good at adapting"
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1496
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Good
2016-07-07 20:08
#99
United Kingdom Rlax 
i am happy for Yegor
2016-07-08 04:02
markelove
2016-07-08 06:04
#5
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
NiP will be number 1 in CSGO:2, don't worry
2016-07-07 20:08
nt nip fanbois
2016-07-07 20:18
#77
autist | 
Poland rHin00 
bad b8
2016-07-07 20:57
ye just give them 3 4 months preparation adventage them first, maybe they could go 87-0 again vs no scene teams :-D
2016-07-08 00:42
ez
2016-07-07 20:08
go f3
2016-07-07 20:08
#8
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Iceland fatboislim 
ya
2016-07-07 20:08
COOL
2016-07-07 20:08
EZ 4 MARIKONGOD
2016-07-07 20:08
n1
2016-07-07 20:08
They play with their eyes closed washed up team cya l8r
2016-07-07 20:08
Jahwol
2016-07-07 20:08
#19
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_ 
1.6
2016-07-07 20:08
Nice name xD
2016-07-07 20:21
#54
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_ 
WTF all my life I used this nick name and never saw someone else with it.. wtfff
2016-07-07 20:22
How did you come up with it? :D
2016-07-07 20:22
#58
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_ 
I just came up with it.. when i was thinking of a nickname, u?
2016-07-07 20:23
There was this racing game Midnight Club (released like 15 yrs ago) and since the devs couldn't use real car brands they named a lamorghini- based car Zender. Back then I thought it was a cool name and decided to use it.
2016-07-07 20:27
now kiss
2016-07-07 20:38
baby zenderss incominggg
2016-07-07 20:47
#105
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Sweden yayer 
lol
2016-07-08 10:10
HAH! GAAAAAAAAY!
2016-07-08 11:21
#20
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CIS sergioff 
<3
2016-07-07 20:08
ez
2016-07-07 20:08
marklegod
2016-07-07 20:08
lol this spam...
2016-07-07 20:08
#26
shox | 
Poland dreamShow 
MARIK
2016-07-07 20:08
Hes just bullshitting at this point tbh.
2016-07-07 20:08
"We didn't practice" "We knew exactly how they play" :D
2016-07-08 10:06
ez
2016-07-07 20:08
#31
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United States TruthEmbargo 
of course he did
2016-07-07 20:09
#32
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China Ava1ondraGon 
<3
2016-07-07 20:09
#33
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Brazil diixon 
MARIK THE LEGEND IS BACK <3
2016-07-07 20:09
#41
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
A true legend indeed.
2016-07-07 20:15
#45
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Brazil diixon 
+1 1.6 old times.
2016-07-07 20:16
#47
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Old but gold :D
2016-07-07 20:17
#49
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Brazil diixon 
[G]old for sure. I hope he keeps playing well with AWP :D
2016-07-07 20:18
#53
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
I would love to see him more with the awp honestly.. He is so good when he is fired up!
2016-07-07 20:21
shoulve came to cloud9 get_right ;)
2016-07-07 20:09
#43
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Sweden Rexz 
NiP qualified atleast xD
2016-07-07 20:15
#36
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Israel reNkz 
nice knowledge
2016-07-07 20:10
hardworker boy
2016-07-07 20:10
Not that hard to know exactly how NiP play. Still to reliant on individual performances.
2016-07-07 20:12
#39
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Markelov! <3
2016-07-07 20:13
mark <3 Since 2010
2016-07-07 20:21
#40
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
well deserved! congratz!
2016-07-07 20:14
#42
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Israel ZiinTotH 
I liked F3 since long ago , I can't be mroe impressed by them! Also feel sad for nip , let's see what happens with their lineup (possible changes finally?)
2016-07-07 20:15
Godeloff
2016-07-07 20:16
#46
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Finland wrathh 
wow markeloff you're such a sherlock now tell me someone who doesn't know how NiP plays
2016-07-07 20:17
Hehe. I remember Flusha being asked about NiP when they were going uphill. He answered something like that it wont be long, because they played so heavy tactic based that rather sooner teams will learn what they do. Well, here it is :)
2016-07-07 20:19
he's very straight forward and honest, look how he answered when asked about sk . this guy wins hearts
2016-07-07 20:28
what he said about SK?
2016-07-08 01:10
Watch the video man
2016-07-08 17:16
You're 2 years late.
2016-07-07 20:38
I think that the interview was like 1 month old ?\
2016-07-07 20:39
With cheats is too easy
2016-07-07 20:22
f0rest uses cheat too, he had a bad rating because major is cheat free and he couldn't use his aimlock :)
2016-07-08 11:25
ez skins
2016-07-07 20:23
bullshit, he is a old schoold,.but are throw and troller, i know, i see much matches from this troll. bye
2016-07-07 20:27
#62
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Sweden hudgun 
legend
2016-07-07 20:27
That's not hard to know, NiP plays sloppily.
2016-07-07 20:31
markeloff <33333333
2016-07-07 20:30
great interview!
2016-07-07 20:33
#73
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
"coldzera is insane" by Yegor "markeloff" Markelov - 2016 What an honor receive such words from a CS legend like marik. <3 Played so good this series!
2016-07-07 20:50
#76
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Poland OvniDlix 
markeloff!!! <33333333
2016-07-07 20:56
#78
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Russia mairock 
ouuuuu yeeeeeah flipside in TOP8!
2016-07-07 20:58
#79
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Denmark clutchkongen 
and they said nip was back! LÆL!
2016-07-07 20:59
good interview
2016-07-07 21:00
congratz
2016-07-07 21:07
#83
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Brazil yxkz 
MarkeloffGOD!
2016-07-07 21:11
loff is the happiest man in CS, win or lose
2016-07-07 21:11
F1ck Y1u
2016-07-07 21:16
he knew they would play 3 times worse than they normally play ? sorry but NIP just played super super super SHIT.
2016-07-07 21:17
#87
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
Nice to see Markeloff is still such a funny guy.
2016-07-07 21:35
#88
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
vodka ninjas ez legends
2016-07-07 21:37
striker i don't like your interviews. something feels weird. i think you are not smooth enough
2016-07-07 22:01
NiP was even more shit than their 2015 slump. Their 'honeymoon' period is over and they back to tier2.
2016-07-07 23:16
#91
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Sweden Daquan 
flusha called it
2016-07-07 23:19
#92
cyx | 
Europe SeNSEI^ 
markeloff cute legend
2016-07-07 23:52
marik the sherlock. nip plays exactly the same as used to be since 2012 no wonder they wont win shit and now they cant pass group. trash tier team, wp f3 hope for a good match tomorrow.
2016-07-08 00:46
marik <3
2016-07-08 01:15
#97
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Argentina ZaraLarsson 
he is so happy!
2016-07-08 01:37
Thret was the problem &#128514;&#128514;&#128514; -Pyth + Thret
2016-07-08 01:51
markeLOVE <3
2016-07-08 06:15
#102
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Gj and congratz again, but today is another day! Good luck to my proud!!! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-07-08 06:21
Well deserved, funny guy ^_^
2016-07-08 07:09
#109
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Sweden X-rAy 
everyone knows how nip plays...they still think they are top team. they are not. only fnatic can save us now
2016-07-08 19:42
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