NiP advance to New Legends Stage over ViCi

NiP have defeated ViCi 2-1 to secure their place in the New Legends Stage at IEM Katowice (16-7 on Train, 13-16 on Inferno, and 16-10 on Mirage).

The first game of the 2-2 pool featured NiP and ViCi who kicked off the best-of-three series on Train. ViCi started the map on the CT-side and won the pistol as WingHei "Freeman" Cheung and ZhiHong "aumaN" Liu got double kills. NiP responded in the fourth round, with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Fredrik "REZ" Sterner opening up the B-site (3-1).

aumaN and WeiJie "zhokiNg" Zhong's double kills in the following round made it 4-1 in ViCi's favor. f0rest picked up a triple kill in the sixth round, initiating a four-round streak for NiP which gave them the lead (5-4). aumaN got an AUG quad kill in the tenth round to tie things up at 5-5 and ViCi secured two more to lead 7-5. NiP won the last three rounds of the half to finish it 8-7 ahead.

NiP are through to the next stage

f0rest played a crucial role in the second pistol as he picked up three kills in a 2vs3 post-plant. The Swedish squad had an impeccable CT-side campaign and earned eight match points after Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund clutched a 2vs4 in the 22nd round. The Ninjas closed out the map swiftly as REZ secured the victory with a triple kill (16-7).

Inferno started with ViCi winning the first three rounds without much trouble on the T-side. The Chinese team made it four in a row after aumaN and Andrew "Kaze" Khong clutched a 2vs4. NiP got on the scoreboard in the sixth round and followed it up with four more to tie the game at 5-5. f0rest's incredible ace gave the lead to NiP who went on to finish the first half 8-7 in front.

ViCi have gone out with a 2-3 record

ViCi came out on top in the second pistol round and reclaimed the lead after aumaN won a 1vs2 in the following round (9-8). NiP took their first round on the T-side during a force buy but ViCi extended their lead to 14-9 to respond. Lekr0 kept NiP in the game with a 1vs3 clutch in the 24th round but ViCi managed to finish it off in the 29th round by winning a 3vs3 post-plant on the B-site (16-13).

GeT_RiGhT won a 1vs2 and got a quad kill to kick off Mirage as the T-sided NiP took the pistol round victory. After losing the first weapon round, NiP hit back swiftly with a force buy to make it 3-1. ViCi weren't able to string together more than two rounds and the Swedes won the half 11-4.

ViCi managed to get the bomb down on the B-site in the second pistol round but NiP's successful retake extended their lead to 12-4 and the Swedish side won the map with a 16-10 final scoreline, taking the series 2-1 and punching their ticket to the New Legends Stage.

Sweden
Matchpage
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1
17th February 2019
16
Train
7
13
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
10
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 63 - 49 +14 85.6 1.27
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 55 - 48 +7 76.7 1.18
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 58 - 52 +6 78.1 1.15
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 54 - 53 +1 78.2 1.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 51 - 51 0 65.1 0.96
 ViCi K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' LiuaumaN 65 - 54 +11 86.3 1.12
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' KhongKaze 56 - 55 +1 82.8 1.10
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' CheungFreeman 60 - 60 0 81.5 1.09
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' ZhongzhokiNg 43 - 57 -14 68.1 0.83
China Zhuo 'advent' Liangadvent 28 - 56 -28 46.3 0.64
The New Challengers stage
3W - 0L
3W - 2L
2W - 3L
0W - 3L
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
437
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1515
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1486
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
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Luxembourg m16rdisbandpls 
lets go ninjas =f5 God is back
2019-02-17 16:13
I can smell the Diamond Trophy!
2019-02-17 16:12
#20
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Austria shaakeh 
completely expected tbh
2019-02-17 16:12
#32
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
Pick'em saved poggers 😂😂😂
2019-02-17 16:13
#109
tarik | 
Hungary EEver 
I got 5 points right now😅
2019-02-17 16:56
#34
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Turkey midgetim 
ez ninjas
2019-02-17 16:13
#10
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United States ShawnM 
gg
2019-02-17 16:12
#24
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Sweden ConaN007 
GONINJAS
2019-02-17 16:12
#143
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Czech Republic nolifewassup 
GONINJAS
2019-02-17 19:23
#28
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-02-17 16:12
ez4nip
2019-02-17 16:13
NIP <3
2019-02-17 16:13
#2
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Denmark TurboHenning 
Ez for NiP!
2019-02-17 16:12
ez
2019-02-17 16:12
#4
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World dammo 
Thank you Mr f0rEZt for saving my pickem
2019-02-17 16:12
#5
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Panama beeg 
Congrats NiP!
2019-02-17 16:12
nice
2019-02-17 16:12
ez
2019-02-17 16:12
ez
2019-02-17 16:12
OMG YES JUST ONE MORE TEAM
2019-02-17 16:12
#12
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United Kingdom babystig 
fOrest GOAT
2019-02-17 16:12
ez win ez life
2019-02-17 16:12
i feel bad for VICI
2019-02-17 16:12
yeah, they played well, nothing to feel bad about. they should be proud, they were lowest seeded, and thus got all the hardest matches. still, they managed to pull out two wins and make a couple of good bo3s.
2019-02-17 18:23
#15
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United States TheeEngie 
Saving my pickem one win at a time thanks Mr. nip
2019-02-17 16:12
R EZ
2019-02-17 16:12
#17
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Lithuania MRmobis 
Calculated by dennis
2019-02-17 16:12
#18
Kvik | 
Europe zmjtvca 
POG
2019-02-17 16:12
Tihi
2019-02-17 16:12
#22
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France kNRD^ 
Ninja In Aug.
2019-02-17 16:13
Xd nt every single team holding ct 2-3 augs
2019-02-17 17:39
f0rest has a total of 3 aug kills whole tournament nt
2019-02-17 17:55
F0rest don’t need scopes
2019-02-17 20:29
#23
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Europe Skraj 
Lmao NiP almost lost to a random Chinese team
2019-02-17 16:12
> 16-7 and 16-10 wins > Almost lost
2019-02-17 16:14
They dropped a map lmao
2019-02-17 18:12
so what lol
2019-02-18 01:42
they dropped bc they played like shit and lost both pistol rounds, they couldve closed inferno but classic nip happened. They played better than vici the entire match.
2019-02-18 03:55
actualy smart +1
2019-02-19 19:04
brain is everything my friend
2019-02-20 01:56
I agree
2019-02-20 15:25
#25
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Denmark danishwarrior 
ez 4 f0rest
2019-02-17 16:12
#26
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
gg wp goninjas
2019-02-17 16:12
EZ for the swedes The GOAT f0rest as his best ps R EZ
2019-02-17 16:12
#44
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Brazil potatoBRaln 
Also denn ez
2019-02-17 16:14
#29
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
Pick'em saved poggers 😂😂😂
2019-02-17 16:12
#30
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Panama Cyain10 
Nice try by vici
2019-02-17 16:13
-advent for sure, take dd.
2019-02-17 16:13
#126
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China AssassinZzl 
Advent is IGL.
2019-02-17 17:40
#35
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India L1nu5 
ez
2019-02-17 16:13
EZ NiP
2019-02-17 16:13
wp vici
2019-02-17 16:13
#39
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
Long awaited, Welcome back NiP. NOW PLEASE BE LEGEND
2019-02-17 16:13
Nip not nip without friberg & xizt
2019-02-17 16:14
#91
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Israel asafborger 
lol both suck
2019-02-17 16:32
[X] doubt
2019-02-17 18:13
Struggling but delivering after all which is far more than some other can say... Thanks Fnatic for releasing Lekro :) #GONiP
2019-02-17 16:14
gg NiP Feels bad for Vici, they 100% deserved top 8 here
2019-02-17 16:14
Gg
2019-02-17 16:14
letsssssssssss go
2019-02-17 16:14
#47
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Europe R2D2s 
Thanks Mr. NIP for pick'em save :D
2019-02-17 16:14
+1
2019-02-17 16:16
#48
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India Bob__ 
Gg
2019-02-17 16:15
#49
nex | 
Germany JDKiwnl 
<3
2019-02-17 16:15
Already well done vici congratulations to nip
2019-02-17 16:15
#51
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Sweden ThorinEk 
Pick'ems saved for 99% of players
2019-02-17 16:15
#62
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
True. :D
2019-02-17 16:18
+1111
2019-02-17 16:45
#54
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Taiwan SCVready 
Congratz NIP! Huge respect to ViCi guys! You guys played so well.
2019-02-17 16:16
Godright and Forest coming into form saved my pickems... That's all I can say, they literally showed up.
2019-02-17 16:16
f0 is back!
2019-02-17 16:16
#64
L.K.S | 
Turkey ebru 
Against VG? LMAO!
2019-02-17 16:19
yes
2019-02-17 16:26
WP ViCi . Good to see more good Asian teams :) .
2019-02-17 16:17
#58
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Indonesia Exodd 
Another point for my pickem
2019-02-17 16:17
#59
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Russia Nikosimus 
f0rest is just the best thing CS has ever seen, GOAT.
2019-02-17 16:17
Well Played ViCi without coach U guys did well
2019-02-17 16:18
<3 NIP :)
2019-02-17 16:18
#63
friberg | 
Sweden fremos 
NiP WP!!
2019-02-17 16:18
#65
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
PICK 'EMS SAVED! <3
2019-02-17 16:19
#66
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
ViCi should've lost 0-3 and Vitality should've won 3-0, fucking ridiculous.
2019-02-17 16:19
0/8
2019-02-17 18:15
gratz to ninjas wp vici could have done better
2019-02-17 16:20
#70
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
VG DON'T CRY
2019-02-17 16:20
Good job ViCi and go get a good coach plz.
2019-02-17 16:22
So Happy for Nip. Equally sad for vici.
2019-02-17 16:23
#74
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Argentina BuscoNombre 
F0rest i love you <3
2019-02-17 16:23
#75
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Taiwan idoleat 
WP VICI. THANKS NIP SAVES MY PICK'EM.
2019-02-17 16:24
#76
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Spain en0shima 
#EZ4NiP
2019-02-17 16:24
f0rest is still one of the best players out there
2019-02-17 16:25
#80
f0rest | 
Sweden S3bluen 
f0rest and Gtr are living legends
2019-02-17 16:26
#81
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Germany pr9ud 
Now C9 needs to play out of their mind for my pickem. But glad to see Nip advance though it doesnt look that confident. Hope with some days rest they can come up with a better Game
2019-02-17 16:27
#82
shox | 
India iejesus 
LEGEND forest and GTR Justice has been done! Gg
2019-02-17 16:27
#83
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World smash143 
Honestly I'm amazed vici got this far, they had probably the hardest run possible.
2019-02-17 16:27
They deserved it more than nip tbh...
2019-02-17 18:16
f0rest is absolutely G.O.A.T <3
2019-02-17 16:28
Ezzz
2019-02-17 16:28
#87
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World dammo 
lol look at all ViCi's opponents. tbh it's unfair for them
2019-02-17 16:28
#88
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Maldives eseinwald 
f0rEZt dennEZ R EZ
2019-02-17 16:28
#90
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China ForsakenSouls 
f0rest's stats in this tournament really makes one hard to believe that this guy is already 30. He is just so damn good.
2019-02-17 16:29
Yes because we all know 30 year olds got one foot in the grave and elite athletes in other, physically demanding, sports are actually robots.
2019-02-18 08:22
#92
NAF | 
Korea kagurafly 
GOAT F0REST
2019-02-17 16:33
gj vici
2019-02-17 16:35
lucky
2019-02-17 16:35
#95
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Asia yosefbavi 
Ez pZ vici
2019-02-17 16:38
#99
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Brazil xpn :) 
Nip <3
2019-02-17 16:40
#100
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Russia fan_of_n0rth 
thanks NIP nice save me pickem
2019-02-17 16:43
#101
shox | 
Czech Republic Jostra 
Thanks NIP , faith in pickem's restored !
2019-02-17 16:44
Pickem is saved
2019-02-17 16:46
I'm really sad for Gordon Freeman. Now i'll wait for him the new half-life. Or maybe not.
2019-02-17 16:53
#108
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Vietnam rollofocker 
NiP NiP NiP now get_right is legend again xD
2019-02-17 16:54
#111
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
thanks for saving my pick em
2019-02-17 16:58
#114
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El Salvador Sp1x 
Good showing from ViCi having to play Fnatic, NRG, C9, Vitality, and NiP. Hopefully we see them next major.
2019-02-17 17:00
NiP magic
2019-02-17 17:00
#116
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
1.6
2019-02-17 17:01
#117
s1mple | 
Turkey pxlen 
expected
2019-02-17 17:06
Ez pickem
2019-02-17 17:08
congratz to NiP and I can see how happy Mouz&North&Optic etc. are xD and huge respect to ViCi and I believe they will be back one day !
2019-02-17 17:15
#120
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Portugal bhyeera 
I wish f0rest could keep going like that, but the rest has to keep up, that would be a dangerous NiP... Sometimes I feel like they’re not even trying their hardest, bah
2019-02-17 17:19
#122
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Poland topkek233 
pick' em saved - thx mr forest
2019-02-17 17:28
#123
twist | 
Sweden theoce 
thx nip
2019-02-17 17:26
#125
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG WP NiP
2019-02-17 17:40
#127
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Congratz NiP
2019-02-17 17:41
#128
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China AssassinZzl 
VG need a coach. advent both VG’s coach and IGL. He was really tired. And NiP is really legendary especially Forest and GeT_RighT. Congratulation!
2019-02-17 17:47
#129
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Brazil ^7|1 
ez for the GOAT
2019-02-17 17:53
f0rest GOAT.
2019-02-17 18:01
Ez for the GOAT Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg <3
2019-02-17 18:01
So proud of my boys f0rest played amazingly incredible
2019-02-17 18:19
Well played ViCi! Proud of you boys!
2019-02-17 18:30
WP NIP!
2019-02-17 18:38
#141
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Albania Fleeperi 
WE HAVE GOT SH*T TEAM in LEGENDS STAGE EVERYONE
2019-02-17 18:45
#142
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Myanmar xdcc 
Replace names, keep skill and people would be mad
2019-02-17 18:51
-dennis +flusha.
2019-02-17 19:42
#146
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Brazil Collee 
Ez for FPS goat
2019-02-17 22:23
#150
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Vietnam taburo1312 
Forest was born "1998":-)) not "1988" ! NIP will champions with "Young Player" Forest ,Get_Right,Dennis, @@
2019-02-19 07:25
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