NiP secure playoff spot over Vitality

NiP have punched their ticket to the New Champions Stage at IEM Katowice after defeating Vitality 2-1 (16-7 on Cache, 8-16 on Overpass, and 16-7 on Mirage).

The second game in the 2-2 pool in the New Legends Stage featured NiP and Vitality who kicked off their best-of-three series on Cache. The CT-sided Swedes won the pistol round but Vitality hit back swiftly as Cédric "RpK" Guipouy clutched a 1vs3 to tie the game at 1-1.

NiP dominated the half after that point, making it 7-2 with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's quad kill in the ninth round. Vitality trailed 11-4 at halftime and clung on to the map thanks to Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut's quad kill in the second pistol round. But unfortunately for the French team, they were only able to pick up two more rounds as NiP won the map 16-7 after going on a five-round streak.

NiP have earned Legends status

Fredrik "REZ" Sterner got a triple kill in the pistol round on Overpass to put his T-sided team ahead. ZywOo responded with three kills in the first weapon round and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt tied the game at 2-2 with a quad kill in the fourth round. Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's opening kills gave the seventh round victory to NiP who trailed 4-3.

Vitality responded by taking the following round and reset NiP’s economy. ZywOo showcased his skills with the AWP and led Vitality to a 11-4 advantage at halftime. The French youngster picked up three kills in the second pistol to make it 12-4 and Vitality went on to take the map victory with a 16-8 final scoreline.

Vitality are out after a disappointing final map

NiP had an impressive start on the CT-side on Mirage where they secured the pistol and first gun round victories to lead 3-0. GeT_RiGhT clutched a 1vs2, making it 5-0. Alex "ALEX" McMeekin and NBK- won a 2vs5 in the tenth round to get Vitality on the scoreboard (9-1).

Dennis "dennis" Edman defused the bomb in the last second in the following round as NiP reached double digits and reset Vitality. The Swedish team ended the half 14-1 ahead thanks to their rock solid defense. The French squad won the first six rounds in the second half but NiP finished it off 16-8 with two rounds wins on the B-site. The Swedes' 2-1 series victory secured them a place in the playoffs at the Major as they knocked out Vitality.

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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 54 - 40 +14 86.2 1.26
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 51 - 45 +6 83.3 1.19
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 51 - 46 +5 70.9 1.09
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 49 - 41 +8 71.8 1.08
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 42 - 44 -2 74.1 1.01
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 53 - 51 +2 79.6 1.13
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 52 - 51 +1 75.7 1.07
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 43 - 50 -7 77.7 0.93
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 38 - 49 -11 63.2 0.85
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 30 - 47 -17 54.4 0.80
The New Legends stage
3W - 0L
3W - 2L
2W - 2L
2W - 3L
0W - 3L
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1635
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1594
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
ez for lekr0, dennis, get_right, f0rest, rez, pita, fifflaren, xizt, friberg, maikelele, allu, pyth, draken, natu, threat, heaton, and nip.
2019-02-24 19:05
#7
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for NiP, sorry to Vitality
2019-02-24 19:05
R EZ
2019-02-24 19:05
NIP will win this major <3
2019-02-24 19:05
#20
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Sweden xodec 
Ez
2019-02-24 19:06
#43
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Austria shaakeh 
I'm sad but glad at the same time that NiP and GeT_RiGhT made it
2019-02-24 19:07
#74
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Spain JustNo 
ZyWho?
2019-02-24 19:12
#94
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Brazil m4ri 
zywoo onliner confirmed
2019-02-24 19:16
#96
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Spain JustNo 
Onlinetares top 1
2019-02-24 19:16
#98
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Brazil m4ri 
LMFAO
2019-02-24 19:17
Too ez
2019-02-24 19:09
My kings are legend again im so proud
2019-02-24 19:06
+1 :)
2019-02-24 19:19
um..... First game face to Astralis. Good luck..
2019-02-25 05:29
#169
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United States Samsquanch_ 
If you didn’t realize, nip has beaten Astralis before Astralis is losing speed No smoke glitch radar for gla1ve and xyphx Nip has been gaining momentum I’d say the best shot they’ve ever had is right now
2019-02-26 13:40
#12
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Norway evennikk 
Ez
2019-02-24 19:05
Nice to see them back to business
2019-02-24 19:10
#83
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-02-24 19:14
#85
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
F5
2019-02-24 19:14
Hell yeah!
2019-02-24 19:18
16-player roster new meta
2019-02-24 19:19
LETS GO NIP! IM CRYING RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 how did we even lose to m16r LOL #GoNINJAS
2019-02-24 19:05
#28
Turkey HuCa 
Hm maybe because they are better?
2019-02-24 19:06
0/8
2019-02-24 19:06
#86
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
+1
2019-02-24 19:14
#149
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Europe b8police 
Nice flair lul
2019-02-24 20:57
#150
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
Hahahhah
2019-02-24 20:58
R EZ
2019-02-24 19:05
#4
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Luxembourg m16rdisbandpls 
ninjas are back, lets goooo, rip france cs
2019-02-24 19:05
Finally! GO NINJAS!
2019-02-24 19:05
#GoNinjas
2019-02-24 19:05
Nice
2019-02-24 19:05
#9
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Finland Tanelisaatana 
#EZ4NIP
2019-02-24 19:05
#10
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Poland crouzzz 
NIP LEGENDS FINALLY!!
2019-02-24 19:05
EZ
2019-02-24 19:05
#15
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Serbia whoa!! 
GoodJob
2019-02-24 19:05
#16
tarik | 
Indonesia ranggav 
Legends are back bois!!
2019-02-24 19:05
nt
2019-02-24 19:05
Oh shiiiit
2019-02-24 19:09
W O K E
2019-02-24 19:58
ez pickem
2019-02-24 19:05
#22
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Sweden fxzo 
THEY DID IT BOISSSSS OMG LETS GOOOLLLL
2019-02-24 19:06
#23
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Denmark danishwarrior 
Amazing!
2019-02-24 19:06
Gz boiss
2019-02-24 19:06
Really deserved !
2019-02-24 19:06
#26
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Pakistan Dark_GoNiNjaS 
LETSSS GOOOO #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:06
#29
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Sweden Donger89 
So happy
2019-02-24 19:06
#30
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Europe b7ack0ut 
SO EZ
2019-02-24 19:06
#31
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
2019-02-24 19:06
#32
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Switzerland meme_jesus 
NINJAAAAS
2019-02-24 19:06
#33
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China s0lo 
Ninjas back to Legends!!!
2019-02-24 19:06
#35
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Panama Cyain10 
Unexpected
2019-02-24 19:06
EZ4LEKRO
2019-02-24 19:06
HELL YESSSS! <3 #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:07
#38
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Gratz Nip, gj
2019-02-24 19:06
LEEETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:07
Amazing job boys! <3 #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:07
#41
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Pakistan d1ckweed 
LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS! LET'S GO NINJAS!
2019-02-24 19:07
#44
HeatoN | 
Russia XyetoN 
Yas! Finally! So happy for forp and gtr and saved pickem :D
2019-02-24 19:07
LETS GOOOOOOOOO NINJAAAAS
2019-02-24 19:08
What year is it
2019-02-24 19:08
WE BACK!!!! LETS GO NINJAS
2019-02-24 19:08
gg 16:7 cache 16:7 mirage
2019-02-24 19:08
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES LEGENDS
2019-02-24 19:08
#50
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Sweden Ivorn 
Dennis for once played nice
2019-02-24 19:08
#82
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China ForsakenSouls 
If he really managed to overcome his own demons which held him back for so long, NIP will become one of the top5 teams in the world and there may be some Ninjas' magic in playoff
2019-02-24 19:14
#89
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Sweden Ivorn 
Yea agreed
2019-02-24 19:14
Maybe. But dennis is so fucking unstable - he really HAVE to be on point for that to happen.
2019-02-24 21:05
#51
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China ForsakenSouls 
With fnatic dennis and fnatic Lekr0 back online, they stand a chance against any team. I am so fcking happy they made it. Let's see if they can go further.
2019-02-24 19:08
#87
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United States AproximateCS 
Now I'm hoping olof plays like fnatic today lmao
2019-02-24 19:14
Well at least they made it to playoff and olof looked decent in those maps. Faze still need to figure out their issues on T side though. GL in playoff
2019-02-25 11:16
#52
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United Kingdom munt_ 
👋👋france
2019-02-24 19:08
alex trash bot xaxaxa
2019-02-24 19:08
#54
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Go ninjas Good fucking game wp Lets go
2019-02-24 19:08
-RpK +Lucky
2019-02-24 19:08
#56
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Asia ElemeNt4ffff 
Nip astralia Qfinal Astralis against black cat
2019-02-24 19:09
#57
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Lithuania Fastum2K 
gg wp
2019-02-24 19:09
Legends baby!!!
2019-02-24 19:09
#61
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
ZyWhooooooooooooooo?
2019-02-24 19:09
just kick alex already and bring amanek
2019-02-24 19:09
#64
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United Kingdom babystig 
congrats!!!
2019-02-24 19:10
#65
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Brazil Nickzim 
Nice to see the ninjas back to the top after so long.
2019-02-24 19:10
Happy right now, hopefully we will win major
2019-02-24 19:10
#67
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Finland Smoonah 
pickums saved
2019-02-24 19:10
#68
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Finally,i've been waiting soooo long to this happened
2019-02-24 19:11
#76
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Russia Sur10n 
3 years my dude, 3 LONG FUCKIN YEARS!!!!
2019-02-24 19:13
#79
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
BibleThump,i'm so happy brudda!
2019-02-24 19:13
#69
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
think its time for RpK to retire again, guy is so out of touch with the current skill level required to stay at the top.
2019-02-24 19:11
#70
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United Kingdom NiP-dTm- 
gg! So happy for the Ninjas :D
2019-02-24 19:11
#71
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Russia Sur10n 
#GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:12
#72
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Sweden Iekr0 
GRATZ MA BOIS
2019-02-24 19:12
#73
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Russia Nikosimus 
I've waited 3 fcking years and have been heartbroken so many times just to cry now! Spodek, get ready for Ninjas! #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:12
#75
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Philippines summerheat 
My picekem saved
2019-02-24 19:12
#77
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Sweden ZooN 
awesome!!!
2019-02-24 19:13
#80
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North America AlanSmith 
LEGENDS NEVER DIE #GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:13
So much deserved
2019-02-24 19:14
#84
World csgo 
ez for NiP
2019-02-24 19:14
Nice... When all NiP plays good they are very good team.
2019-02-24 19:14
SO HAPPY FOR THEM! <3 ALSO SO HAPPY TO SEE GET_RIGHT THIS HAPPY!! HE REALLY DESERVED THIS, JUST LIKE REST OF THE TEAM <3
2019-02-24 19:15
#GONINJAS
2019-02-24 19:15
<3
2019-02-24 19:15
Zywhotality cya
2019-02-24 19:15
#95
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Indonesia rareguy 
NIP fans finally got out from their caves to congrats NiP after three years! :D Nice to see you back, GTR.
2019-02-24 19:16
Nice to see lekr0 fragging again. Also rez was beast throughout this legends stage same as f0rp
2019-02-24 19:17
REAL OG'S
2019-02-24 19:17
I like nip fans. A true fans btw
2019-02-24 19:18
NBK's eyeglasses axaxaxaxaxa wtf dude lmao
2019-02-24 19:19
pretty fucking shit
2019-02-24 19:20
Finally.... I've been waiting for this moment for so long... Good job guys, I am very very happy for you , I love you guys ! Good luck in the playoffs !
2019-02-24 19:21
#118
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
+1
2019-02-24 19:31
#112
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG NiP
2019-02-24 19:24
Ez 4 Olof's son
2019-02-24 19:25
So ez for lengends nip slip<3 Rip bugatte you Will never win a major
2019-02-24 19:26
So happy for the Bois ;)
2019-02-24 19:27
#122
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Italy Er1cz 
Finally nip is back <3
2019-02-24 19:37
#123
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India BCaddict 
Well deserved <3
2019-02-24 19:39
#124
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United States Acidrush666 
EZ for NiP!!!
2019-02-24 19:39
#125
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World Nydhogg 
French CS on suicide watch
2019-02-24 19:41
#126
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2019-02-24 19:43
N
2019-02-24 19:44
#128
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Sweden ZaraOnFire 
GOD DENNIS IS BACK!!!
2019-02-24 19:44
Finally the ninjas return
2019-02-24 19:46
#130
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
The nip fans who stayed loyal to NIP deserve it so much, after those knockouts by flipsid3 and vega squadron,... what a roller coaster <3
2019-02-24 19:46
+ 1 , the truth, get_right, f0rest and NiP team overall are my reason that I still follow the cs scene
2019-02-24 19:55
#162
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China Maltose 
just keep believing
2019-02-25 03:27
She are deserve!
2019-02-24 19:46
#132
Dosia | 
Greenland Grobiz 
IT FEELS LIKE I'M PLAYING A GAME I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY
2019-02-24 19:48
WP NiP. Im sad but at the same time its good To see real legends back in the business.
2019-02-24 19:52
#134
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African Union mikecool 
GG's. Expected.
2019-02-24 19:53
#136
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
1.6
2019-02-24 19:56
nbk and alex played like shit the whole tournament.. you can t have too much inconstient / bad players in a top team..
2019-02-24 20:02
ur a moron, nbk is 2nd carry
2019-02-25 23:06
0/8 bait
2019-02-26 17:45
#140
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United States kobraky95 
LETS GO BOIS <3 GG!
2019-02-24 20:01
EZ 4 R EZ
2019-02-24 20:19
#142
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Vietnam rollofocker 
gg NiP <3 next year Vitality!
2019-02-24 20:21
wp
2019-02-24 20:27
Im very pleased, finally they are in the major playoff again. Feels like a lifetime ago, im so happy xizt gpt kicked after all thease years.
2019-02-24 20:29
#145
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World madman112 
So basically when FaZe beats C9, the playoffbracket will look like this: Astralis-NiP NaVi-FaZe MiBR-RNG Liquid-ENCE Good for Astralis, they don't have to meet ENCE until the grandfinals.
2019-02-24 20:32
#153
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Sweden b0ncenz 
how do u know the playoff bracket? is it the same seeding as the groupstage?
2019-02-24 21:13
#158
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World madman112 
I checked the raitings from ESLs twitter and the seeding was #1 Best rated 3-0 team #2 2nd rated 3-0 team #3 best rated 3-1 Etc.
2019-02-24 22:44
GO NINJAS!
2019-02-24 20:31
lol
2019-02-24 20:48
Deserved af
2019-02-24 20:53
#151
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
rpk curse
2019-02-24 21:00
LETS GOOOOO GET RIGHT must be so happy right now
2019-02-24 21:25
#155
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Slovakia kulZY 
Give mvp to rez ..!
2019-02-24 21:27
#157
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Portugal Diogohj27 
-RPK +BODDY
2019-02-24 22:17
#159
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United States Kuyajarsol 
Really wish both of these teams made it :(
2019-02-24 23:06
almost 3 years since last time nip got legend status
2019-02-24 23:29
#161
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Iceland masterbai 
goninjas
2019-02-25 02:41
so happy that vitality lost, this NBK cunt got his mouth shut after bragging like an arrogant dickhead (when he said in an interview that he outplayed gob b blablabla acting as if he was above everyone while he gets carried by a 18yo which has no pro experience)
2019-02-25 07:13
true haha
2019-02-26 17:46
Good job NIP 👍👍👍
2019-02-25 13:26
#167
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Paraguay badspoken 
Dude I'm really glad NiP finally made it to the playoffs after a long time!
2019-02-25 14:01
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