chopper: Didn't prepare for NiP at all

Vega Squadron pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever by eliminating NiP from the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier. To hear about the match and how they managed to defeat the Ninjas, HLTV.org talked with Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov.

After edging out CLG on day 1 and losing to Immortals and G2 in the following matches, Vega Squadron managed a massive upset by defeating NiP 16-2 on Cache.

After the match, we had a chance to talk with one of the standout players of the team - Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov - who revealed more about the game.

The match just finished but no way you could've expected it to go this way. What were your thoughts after seeing the draw and getting NiP, maybe the hardest opposition you could've drawn out?

After the first three days we knew that we did some mistakes and we knew that we were not playing our game. We made silly mistakes, we got six rounds against G2, we got eight rounds against Immortals but it wasn't like it seems, the games were closer. Coming into the match against NiP we just talked, we didn't change anything, we still wanted to play our own game and them to adapt to us, not the other side around.

How were you able to counter them so well, did you do anything special in terms of preparing for the match?

We didn't prepare for them at all, we didn't even know which map we would play. What we did was just sat at the computer and tried to play as simple as we could. That way we wouldn't make the game complicated for us and have bigger chances to make mistakes. 

Then what do you think is the biggest difference between the last games you lost and this one against NiP? What made you win here?

It's simple, everything we did worked so we didn't have to think about something new - how to play, what rounds to play. All we did worked so it was easy for us in that way.


Vega Squadron kept things simple against NiP 

How do you feel now, what do you think this win means for you as a team?

The experience that we gained from that match... we can still win big games against tier 1 teams. It gives us confidence, we know that if we play our game that we can win against anyone.

What do you think this mean with all the people that discredited the CIS Minor? Any words for them?

As Lk- said in his interview, if you look at the team list at the Major there are already three CIS teams there, and we are not done yet. Let's see how it ends.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#1
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Europe mlok401 
Ez Vegan Squad
2016-12-18 21:05
#38
XigN | 
Korea Blossom 
Vega #3 in world
2016-12-18 21:05
LUL didn't prepare and still win 16-2 xD
2016-12-18 21:05
#133
rain | 
United States Ablert 
LUL rekt rekt rekterionod
2016-12-18 21:51
#108
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United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
Who the fuck r u m8
2016-12-18 21:15
+1
2016-12-18 21:05
#60
JUGi | 
Denmark Khongen 
ouch NiP rekt by chopper
2016-12-18 21:05
#2
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Finland NeekeriPeek 
my favourite player
2016-12-18 21:05
my favourite player since yesterday*
2016-12-18 21:06
#76
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Finland NeekeriPeek 
today
2016-12-18 21:06
kk then i should ignore your comments xd
2016-12-18 21:07
#101
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Finland NeekeriPeek 
:D
2016-12-18 21:11
one of my fav players since Fluffy Gangsters
2016-12-18 22:01
"Didn't even have to call"
2016-12-18 21:05
#97
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Poland NoMoreGames 
spit so much xD
2016-12-18 21:09
#4
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
you dont need to, theyre shit xd
2016-12-18 21:05
HAHAHA
2016-12-18 21:05
LUL didn't prepare and still win 16-2 xD
2016-12-18 21:05
lol "As Lk- said in his interview, if you look at the team list at the Major there are already three CIS teams there, and we are not done yet. Let's see how it ends." Well said!
2016-12-18 21:07
#9
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
WTF
2016-12-18 21:05
That is because they are awful.
2016-12-18 21:05
jesus
2016-12-18 21:05
#13
Elvis | 
Libya sleksi 
lmao
2016-12-18 21:05
ez
2016-12-18 21:05
#15
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Jordan eyBois 
LOL
2016-12-18 21:05
#17
Latvia kjyy 
LMAO
2016-12-18 21:05
#18
broky | 
Latvia keshancs 
LOL
2016-12-18 21:05
#19
Snax | 
Saudi Arabia hobbit_ 
LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
#21
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Sweden kraken108 
rekt
2016-12-18 21:05
#25
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Slovakia Ganjamel 
LuL
2016-12-18 21:05
#26
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Poland cebulae 
lmaooo roastedd
2016-12-18 21:05
#28
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Russia Reph 
"Didn't prepare" LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
#29
Philippines Yeas 
rekting more :D:D:D
2016-12-18 21:05
WTFFFF
2016-12-18 21:05
#31
NiKo | 
CIS swikzie 
REKT
2016-12-18 21:05
#32
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
throw
2016-12-18 21:05
LOL SAVAGE
2016-12-18 21:05
SAVAGE
2016-12-18 21:05
LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
that headline RIP NIP?
2016-12-18 21:05
thats unexpected
2016-12-18 21:05
#39
Germany ynck 
PJSalt
2016-12-18 21:05
#41
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Korea 2814 
ROFL no chill
2016-12-18 21:05
#42
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Spain Alser 
LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
#43
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Ukraine ravenous150 
come on Leonid
2016-12-18 21:05
DIDNT PREPEARE HAHAHAHA
2016-12-18 21:05
#45
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
They prepared to go home and NiP still manage to lose.
2016-12-18 21:05
#46
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CIS fve94 
HAHAHAHAHA RIP NIP CYKA BLYAT
2016-12-18 21:05
just toggled
2016-12-18 21:05
EleGiggle
2016-12-18 21:05
LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
2016-12-18 21:05
LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
#51
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Czech Republic MrM4sl0 
sure xddddddddddd
2016-12-18 21:05
That's just mugging them off
2016-12-18 21:05
hahahahaha
2016-12-18 21:05
triggered LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
#56
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United States EmperorTrump 
too ez to waste time preparing LUL
2016-12-18 21:05
says it all really
2016-12-18 21:05
16-2 Not even prepared. RIP NIP
2016-12-18 21:05
BRUTAL, SAVAGE, REKT <3
2016-12-18 21:05
#61
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Finland MarcusXGod 
Adds some salt into the wound :D
2016-12-18 21:05
yeah right didn't prepare xD
2016-12-18 21:05
#65
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Armenia KKegham 
"We never practice Cache"- Markeloff 2016 Cologne 16-2 vs nip lul
2016-12-18 21:06
That is actually hilarious. best BM i've seen in weeks.
2016-12-18 21:06
thats amazing
2016-12-18 21:06
"Didn't even have to call" - JR 2k16
2016-12-18 21:06
lol settle down over there. "We didn't need to get ready for them we knew we had the EZ win" shut up.
2016-12-18 21:06
LMAO gl
2016-12-18 21:06
waiting for NiP to announce disbandment
2016-12-18 21:06
my name could finally be useless
2016-12-18 21:07
xd
2016-12-18 21:46
what a kick in the teeth
2016-12-18 21:06
#73
Relaxa | 
Brazil Didico 
BRUTAL
2016-12-18 21:06
vega GODron
2016-12-18 21:06
#77
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United Kingdom _ctravers 
F3: Didn't really practice Cache @ Cologne Vega: Didn't prepare for NiP at all both cis teams both 16-2'd nip both maps cache coincidence?????
2016-12-18 21:07
#78
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Indonesia de_insertion 
We didn't prepare for them at all, we didn't even know which map we would play. What we did was just sat at the computer and tried to play as simple as we could. That way we wouldn't make the game complicated for us and have bigger chances to make mistakes. LMFAO FIRST FLIPSID3 NOW VEGA SQUADRON LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SWEDISH BEST TEAM NUMBER ONE LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO WELL I THINK NIP SHOULD JUST DISBAND NOW some say brutal some say savage and some say rekt brutalism against nip stop it cis
2016-12-18 21:07
hahahaha
2016-12-18 21:07
Game is random as f*ck.
2016-12-18 21:07
Hahaha omg XD
2016-12-18 21:07
SAVAGE
2016-12-18 21:07
#85
valde | 
Brazil magute 
WADDUP NOW SWEDES?
2016-12-18 21:07
chopper: "I didn't even have to call"
2016-12-18 21:07
LUL stop it NIP is alredy death !
2016-12-18 21:08
#89
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France t3r4byt3 
chopper just casually shitting all over NiP
2016-12-18 21:08
analysts going on and on about Vega anti-stratting, watching demos and analyzing nip plays etc but really nothing XDXD
2016-12-18 21:08
get rekt NIP hahahaha
2016-12-18 21:08
#92
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Other kimbadim 
Oh shit
2016-12-18 21:09
Didnt even have to call
2016-12-18 21:09
swedish nubs got rekt by mr.chopper
2016-12-18 21:09
#95
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Belarus Starvoid 
rip nip
2016-12-18 21:09
This is going to be so embarrassing for swedes everywhere
2016-12-18 21:09
#98
ZywOo | 
Canada pain^ 
savage
2016-12-18 21:10
#99
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Finland jayss 
"we don't really care about this NiP team, I mean c'mon"
2016-12-18 21:10
rip
2016-12-18 21:11
#102
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Europe jesh 
lol swedes rekted by motorcycle xD
2016-12-18 21:11
#103
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Russia Nikosimus 
Savage..Hope he didn't mean that it was easy and just said they thought they'd play vs another team Nadeyus', on ne viebnulsya, a imel v vidu to, chto igra s nimi byla neozhidanna
2016-12-18 21:12
VEGA SQUADRON NO CHANCE MY FRIEND o wait
2016-12-18 21:12
#105
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Poland Astoner55 
Chopper: "I didn't even have to call"
2016-12-18 21:13
#110
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Poland mamba99999 
+1 haha
2016-12-18 21:15
#142
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Russia numanox 
>I didn't even have to call what is this? a new meme?
2016-12-18 22:33
#146
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Poland mamba99999 
kind of, google "flusha didn't have to call"
2016-12-18 22:37
#148
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Russia numanox 
ty
2016-12-18 22:41
"Didn't even have to call against them" Srsly NIP should be ashamed, they are lucky shit like this is tolerated in this world
2016-12-18 21:13
#115
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
they're paid around 10k $ each to perform and f0rest was playing final fantasy 15 two days ago. honestly they just gotta get the fuck off their horses and come down to earth. they literally vetoed their 2 best map and let their weakest map by far go through. it almost looked like a throw.
2016-12-18 21:17
Inb4 some murican businessman or NIP owner gives them all a good beating in the dark basement Fuck I'm probably watching too many movies But NIP definitely deserves some punishment for being so arrogant and cocky. Win one-two events and now think that you are the best ever, that you don't have to prepare for tier 2-3 teams? It doesn't work like this retards
2016-12-18 21:22
#128
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
OMFG YES , i thought i was the only one who noticed, they're SOOO FULL OF THEMSELVES. i get if you dont take serious some online league for a 100k $ lan final. HOW THE FUCK can you act so arrogantly in a major qualifier?!??!?
2016-12-18 21:31
And it's crazy how teams can still be so overconfident and arrogant after all these situations Remember fnatic in the last two majors? All that "we will lose today. okay bad 1st april joke", "didn't even have to call", "we can beat them 2-0 easily" and what happens? They get fucking stomped Being top 1 doesn't mean you can't fall down to top 10-20 really really quickly It's all so shaky in this game - didn't practice for one day, didn't prepare small bit and you can get beaten hard
2016-12-18 21:44
Of course they are full of themselves. It's NiP... every p12 swedistan fagbois favourite team! They sell xtrify gear and cookies and other shit. They dont even need to play anymore, everyone else takes care of everything for them
2016-12-20 01:02
The experience that we gained from that match... we can still win big games against tier 1 teams. It gives us confidence, we know that if we play our game that we can win against anyone. i arent think that
2016-12-18 21:16
"didn't really fell like a major qualifier, I didn't even had to call"
2016-12-18 21:17
inb4 they wont even get out of playoffs toplel
2016-12-18 21:17
#120
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Indonesia holyjoe 
2016-12-18 21:21
kek, just rub it in the wound, reminds me of markeloff interview at cologne
2016-12-18 21:22
#122
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Portugal mrsc 
so fuckin savage lmao
2016-12-18 21:22
BRUTAL SAVAGE REKT HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHA
2016-12-18 21:23
S A V A G E
2016-12-18 21:23
#126
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
what a fucking baller... what a statement to make hahaha n1
2016-12-18 21:25
#127
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
we don't even play cache (c)
2016-12-18 21:25
#129
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Hungary FHarbor 
top 3 my ass
2016-12-18 21:32
too soon
2016-12-18 21:48
#134
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Israel ZiinTotH 
Adding some injury to the salt This sentence is as fucked up as nip right now
2016-12-18 21:53
dnt pick cache against us motherfuckers - xizt (c) kappa
2016-12-18 22:04
#140
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African Union pepejerky 
LOL
2016-12-18 22:22
Rekt
2016-12-18 22:34
ez pz for CIS best team keppo
2016-12-18 22:37
it was nips lose, not vega win chopper said too loud words, hope envy will send them packing
2016-12-18 22:51
"The experience that we gained from that match... we can still win big games against tier 1 teams. It gives us confidence, we know that if we play our game that we can win against anyone." I think you are a little waaaay too hyped boy, gotta calm down a bit.
2016-12-18 22:54
#157
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Russia Liberast 
mir: I played on a gamepad against NiP
2016-12-19 00:17
KEK
2016-12-19 12:56
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2016-12-19 17:21
"we can still win big games against tier 1 teams" Cant be talking about NiP kek
2016-12-20 00:59
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