Plopski: "I would be really happy if we could make it to the playoffs and play in front of a huge crowd"

We talked to NIP's newest addition, 17-year-old Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora, ahead of ESL One Cologne to discuss his Big Event debut with the team.

NIP have been going through a rough patch, dropping from #6 to #14 in the rankings since mid-May. Two playoff runs at StarSeries i-League Season 7 and IEM Sydney seemed promising earlier in the season, but a series of mixed results prompted the team to undergo changes.

Plopski will make his debut with NiP this week at ESL One Cologne

We talked to the new Ninja, Plopski, who is taking Dennis "⁠dennis⁠" Edman's place in the starting lineup, about several topics, including his ascent through the ranks up to being signed by one of the world's top sides, his hopes for NIP's run at ESL One Cologne, not being able to play the upcoming StarLadder Major in Berlin, and learning from a player like Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund, among other topics.

How has the preparation with NiP been so far? What have you been practicing? What roles are you going to be taking over on the team?

The preparation with NiP so far has been great. We have practiced almost every day since I joined the team and I have already learned a lot of things. My role depends on the map and the tactic we are doing.

Regarding the Major, do you have any thoughts on the roster lock that won’t allow you to attend the event in Berlin with your new team?

It sucks that I am not allowed to play the Major because it's the biggest tournament and I would really like to play it, but those are the rules and I qualified to the Minor with Ancient, so I cannot play with NiP.

You started to get more and more experience as you joined better teams. From playing locally with x6tence to attending DreamHack Opens with x6tence Galaxy and Ancient... Now it is completely different with NiP. How are you feeling about playing an event like ESL One Cologne?

To be playing a big event is going to be amazing. I remember when I was younger, watching tournaments, and I always dreamt of playing a big tournament. To play in front of a crowd would be super amazing, too. Even just playing locally with x6tence was a great experience for me, and playing DreamHack Opens with Galaxy and Ancient was amazing as well, so I am really looking forward to Cologne!

GeT_RiGhT could be spending his last few months on the active roster, what is it you want to learn from him before he departs?

Actually, I have learned a lot already from him during his career. How to handle different situations in the game, being in clutch moments... I have followed him and NiP since I was 10 years old, and I have watched almost every game they have played. You learn a lot from that. Now, being on the team, I will learn even more since I will be in the server with him.

You’re facing Vitality in the first match, what do you think your chances are against them?

They are a good team and have been performing really well lately, so it is going to be a tough match, but I still think we have a pretty good chance of beating them.

Any goals for ESL One Cologne? Teamwise or personal?

My goals for ESL One Cologne would be, of course, to win the tournament, but I would be really happy if we could make it to the playoffs and play in front of a huge crowd, as I have never played in front of a crowd like that before.

JW said that it’s important that you’re in a place where you feel safe to grow. With the expected roster change after the Major, and not being able to play the Major itself, etc., do you think there could be some bumps on the road that could affect your career?

NiP feels like a good and safe place for me to grow as my teammates are very experienced and I feel like I can learn a lot from them to become better as a player.

How about the Swedish scene in general, what are your thoughts on how it is currently developing? Do you think it will once again be able to become the strongest in the world?

I think that the Swedish scene is developing really well right now with NiP, fnatic, Ancient, and Chaos being good teams. There have been some roster changes, but I think that with time Swedish CS will be at the top again. We have a lot of good players in Sweden and there are also a lot of new up and coming talents that are starting to show up thanks to the Swedish Pro League on FACEIT. SPL and the Swedish national league have helped the local scene a lot because you get a chance to prove yourself while also getting experience against other Swedish players and teams.

Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1572
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
471
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
#2
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United Kingdom VOSSKi
nice
2019-07-01 17:16
No
2019-07-01 17:16
Go buddy
2019-07-01 17:16
#9
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Czech Republic KLothbrok
Not gonna happen :C
2019-07-01 17:17
#10
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Sweden changrai
Big dogc big stick 😎
2019-07-01 17:17
Gl Plopski!
2019-07-01 17:17
nice
2019-07-01 17:17
Imagine the pressure he will have playing on that stage with players like f0rest and gtr.
2019-07-01 17:18
6 replies
#30
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
+1, but i think he will manage to keep it toguether
2019-07-01 17:37
#32
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Sweden deadvein
He is calm like a cucumber
2019-07-01 17:43
I understand forest but gtr has been trash for the past 2 years so no real pressure on that point.
2019-07-01 19:48
3 replies
#74
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Romania Xyst
Is like being on a porno set with Lisa Ann.
2019-07-01 20:10
2 replies
Nah, more like playinga real football match as a pro player with maradona on ur team. Sure he was insanely good but he'd do shit against young professional players so no real pressure other than giving a good impression
2019-07-01 20:13
1 reply
#77
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
+1 best explanation i´ve ever seen ;) becouse thats exactly what it is...but Gt kan surprise from game to game so lets hope he does this turnament
2019-07-01 20:24
gl Plopski
2019-07-01 17:19
GL.
2019-07-01 17:20
#17
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
Ploploplo.....Gl in Cologne
2019-07-01 17:22
He looks like Walter White's son
2019-07-01 17:24
12 replies
he looks south american and ww does not
2019-07-01 17:29
8 replies
What does South American look like?
2019-07-01 18:59
6 replies
+1 SA is a pretty big place
2019-07-01 19:35
1 reply
Argentina Brasil Chile and Uruguay are white , definitely whiter than U.S. Then Venezuela is like 40% white. Then is all majority brown but Colombia has like 30% blacks. One thing i want to leave very clear , we are white by U.S standars if they weren't so fucking autistic , but U.S is brown by pretty much every standar , including brown south american countries , it really is just U.S Americans who think U.S is white and like....3 European countries.
2019-07-01 19:37
native american or iberian mixed with native american more precise, to me plopski has an argentinian look
2019-07-01 20:28
3 replies
Of all the countries you could've named , you picked Argentina , the one south american country that literally exterminated all of its black and native american population before the 19th century. I honestly think most U.S Americans look like Freakazoid or Nifty , you seem to think you're white.
2019-07-01 20:30
2 replies
i dont know why youre acting offended, im just speaking from my own experience
2019-07-01 22:00
1 reply
same
2019-07-02 11:21
So? He still looks like his disabled annoying bitch ass son.
2019-07-01 22:45
+1 lul xD Flynn from BB
2019-07-01 19:14
“Just give up and die!”
2019-07-01 19:35
#96
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Sweden shonk
lool true
2019-07-02 04:47
Where is your Spain part?
2019-07-01 17:27
No. Happy is French and you won’t make the playoffs.
2019-07-01 17:27
HAHAHHAHHAHAHAAH this plopski guy thinking NiP is really good atm some one need to tell him this is not 2014 /2015 anymore. you dont gonna see the crowd Plopski, hmm tbh you gonna see the crowd but from the hotel xDDDDDDDDDDDD rekt /dab/ POGGERS [sorry to much in twitch ]
2019-07-01 17:28
8 replies
haHAA
2019-07-01 17:36
#31
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
if i was you...maybe go to school and try to learn how to read between the lines. "There have been some roster changes, but I think that with time Swedish CS will be at the top again" Nip is not a bad team, they have had some bad results lately but with time will be better...
2019-07-01 17:41
5 replies
Just look at his flag, he probably even used google translate to read the interview... Albanians have worse english than Russians
2019-07-01 17:51
nt israel
2019-07-01 17:59
3 replies
#45
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
hahaha even more reason for you to go to school...learn the flags aswell hahahaha naaaab
2019-07-01 18:04
2 replies
you got jabaited =DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-07-01 18:05
1 reply
#47
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
you tooooo hahahaha
2019-07-01 18:05
what an animal u are
2019-07-01 18:26
nice
2019-07-01 17:33
#26
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Indonesia JoSuaLB
GL plopski
2019-07-01 17:36
N1
2019-07-01 17:36
Yeah, would be good for you, but not gonna happen.
2019-07-01 17:37
#33
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Sweden deadvein
NiP to the Final, mark my words!
2019-07-01 17:44
3 replies
#37
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Sweden Lingon
Dont get your hopes up too much
2019-07-01 17:54
2 replies
#44
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Sweden deadvein
Why not? I love getting disappointed by NiP
2019-07-01 18:00
1 reply
Loyal fans always hope for the best :)
2019-07-02 05:38
sorry kid, it's not gonna happen. maybe next year...
2019-07-01 17:48
#35
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United States Sh00ze
good luck yung blood, tap like f0rest if you want to be the cs goat 8)
2019-07-01 17:46
Delusional kid
2019-07-01 17:57
2 replies
and what u wanted him to say ? "im a poor bot russian "
2019-07-01 18:27
1 reply
He is from Sweden I believe
2019-07-01 21:41
Dont worry, NiP wont make it
2019-07-01 17:58
keenZy: "I would be really happy if NiP could make it to the playoffs and play in front of a huge crowd"
2019-07-01 18:09
Swedish-Spanish monster GL
2019-07-01 18:17
#50
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Israel SOEZ4NIK0
Swedish people be like : WE WILL RISE AGAIN
2019-07-01 18:20
We will come back stronger
2019-07-01 18:25
#59
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Argentina epov.boris
Ez for Pupi Zanetti
2019-07-01 18:28
I am SO f*cking happy that Plopski finally got a chance in NIP/Swedish team. Hopefully it will be Nawwks time soon to play in one of the 2 teams. Lets go bro.
2019-07-01 19:05
1 reply
i agree. Nip needs nawwk and nawwk needs Nip to leverage his career. one completes the other.
2019-07-01 20:41
Sorry but Zywoo > plopski But s1mple << zywoo too
2019-07-01 19:08
2 replies
#90
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Spain BlaNcoW
Nowadays, only s1mple is better than Zywoo
2019-07-01 23:16
s1mple > zywoo
2019-07-02 05:46
Plopski - new, next f0rest
2019-07-01 19:16
let's go Ploploplo go and destroy them all! you got it!
2019-07-01 19:56
I see that this HLTV reporter dont know that SPL and Swedish National League is the same thing
2019-07-01 20:53
2 replies
It is actually Plopski who does make that distinction in his answer though?
2019-07-02 08:34
#106
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
Spl = Swedish Pro League (Faceit) Swedisch National League = "Svenska Elitserien" With Heaton and Potti as comentators secsgo.se/ 2 different leagues
2019-07-02 23:41
Keep dreaming boi 😎
2019-07-01 22:47
i cri
2019-07-01 22:56
#89
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Spain BlaNcoW
MI NIÑOOOOO
2019-07-01 23:15
Rez won oakland plopski now win cologne😀😀😀
2019-07-02 00:08
#93
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Japan Misteear
#GONINJAS
2019-07-02 00:49
Plopski >> Bro lan
2019-07-02 09:27
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Finland 0lter
who wouldnt be happy lmao
2019-07-02 14:18
I would be happy too. GL young talent.
2019-07-03 19:02
you did it boooi!
2019-07-03 20:37
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