NiP beat Heretics to retain ESL Pro League spot

NiP live to fight another season in the ESL Pro League after defeating Heretics 2-1 in the relegation stage.

As the match came to an end, the Swedish players certainly breathed a sigh of relief. Relegation to ESEA MDL at a time when things seem to be so unstable for them outside the server and questions remain about Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's future would have been nothing short of devastating. It took them three maps and almost four hours to beat a stern Heretics side, but in the end they got what they wanted and held on to their Pro League spot, exacting revenge on the French team for the pre-relegation stage defeat.

The Ninjas will now turn their attention to the StarLadder Major, where they will be playing with Maikil "Golden" Selim as a stand-in. They lie in wait in the New Legends Stage, kicking off August 28.

The first map of the series was Nuke, where NiP were in control for the vast majority of the game. After keeping Heretics in check in the first half, taking eight rounds on the Terrorist side, the Swedes assembled a watertight defense and prevented their opponents from stringing rounds together to lock down the map at 16-10.

Plopski shines as NiP beat Heretics in a hard-fought series

Next up was Inferno, where Heretics had run out 16-14 winners in Thursday's pre-relegation game between the two sides. NiP got off to a slow start to the game and found themselves down 1-5 despite winning the pistol round, but improved towards the final stages of the half to reduce the gap to three rounds. After switching sides, the Swedes tried to overcome the deficit, but the Frenchmen held strong on the defense to force a third map.

Dust2, which had also been the decider in the previous series, saw a dominant Terrorist side from NiP, who cruised to a 10-5 lead. It looked like the Swedes had the game under control, but Heretics responded in kind in the second half to pile the pressure on their opponents. But all of a sudden, a lost anti-eco as the Frenchmen were about to equalise the score swung the tide back in the favour of NiP, who put together a string of rounds to lock down the map.

Matchpage
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18th August 2019
Sweden
10
Nuke
16
16
Inferno
12
11
Dust2
16
 Heretics K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Bryan 'Maka' CandaMaka 56 - 57 -1 77.0 1.03
France Jérémy 'jeyN' NguyenjeyN 55 - 53 +2 75.7 1.02
Belgium David 'Davidp' PrinsDavidp 52 - 49 +3 67.5 0.99
France Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN 46 - 58 -12 64.0 0.91
France Gaëtan 'JiNKZ' JaminJiNKZ 38 - 58 -20 54.0 0.80
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 79 - 47 +32 110.9 1.66
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 63 - 47 +16 79.2 1.19
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 45 - 48 -3 61.9 0.98
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 48 - 56 -8 66.9 0.92
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 39 - 49 -10 59.8 0.88

With NiP coming out on top, the team list for ESL Pro League Season 10 Europe is now complete. The tournament will kick off on October 8, featuring the following 16 teams:

Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
498
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#1
s1mple | 
Finland shoarma 
gz
2019-08-18 19:21
#7
hecker | 
World heck9r 
EZ
2019-08-18 19:21
Kick JiNKZ already
2019-08-18 19:31
still qualify after losing three bo3 in a row, fcking undeserved
2019-08-18 19:46
#71
shox | 
France DrKira 
+1
2019-08-18 20:25
#80
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
was a loss/loss anyway both team don't deserve a spot in EPL
2019-08-18 20:53
Than also fnatic, Windigo, HellRaisers, BIG and Aristocracy need to get out there. But still all of these team have potential Top 3 in NA Pro League
2019-08-18 21:23
#88
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North America onionmesh 
+1 OMEGALUL only TL good NA team, NRG is alrightish rn but C9 could be good. Barely any NA comp now since all good players split up to alright teams
2019-08-18 21:40
This is a farm team. Jeyn will get picked up soon hopefully
2019-08-18 20:21
#17
twist | 
Poland Gervush 
flag checks out
2019-08-18 19:23
Plopski God
2019-08-18 19:24
imagine if nip would play without POGski at the major.... oh wait
2019-08-18 19:42
I forgot about that, damn
2019-08-18 20:11
rez worse than gtr lol
2019-08-18 19:26
Sure but no
2019-08-18 20:11
#2
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Poland MrLegionista 
nice
2019-08-18 19:21
#41
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
undeserved they lost to heretics 2 days ago and to windigo, then to sprout.. still werent eliminated
2019-08-18 19:37
#50
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Indonesia rareguy 
if NiP's undeserved, then Heretics also undeserved. Why can't they win versus the unstable, just-changed-roster, rarely-plays team that they had already beat in the same exact fucking series on the same goddamn tournament?
2019-08-18 19:49
Windigo and sprout both advanced as well so what are you whining about?
2019-08-18 20:12
#64
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
NiP threw 3 games while their opponents had odds such as 17 and still advanced :) Guess nip need that money to win in court vs fiffy
2019-08-18 20:16
Omegalul They doing this because of Betway sponsorship I think Betway pays nip to lose a game internally
2019-08-19 13:06
#3
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Romania silksz12 
nip 0-3 at major
2019-08-18 19:21
#86
jks | 
Italy f8nt 
+1 mens
2019-08-18 21:28
NiP - ENCE in the final. 3-1 NiP. EZ.
2019-08-18 23:45
ez
2019-08-18 19:21
Yes
2019-08-18 19:21
easy for NiP legends tbh
2019-08-18 19:21
#8
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Estonia Mrkruvi 
very nais
2019-08-18 19:21
(A)lways In Playoffs
2019-08-18 19:21
LIP? AIP?
2019-08-18 19:22
aids
2019-08-18 19:34
#11
Twistzz | 
Netherlands Xexer 
I was scared
2019-08-18 19:22
#23
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Sweden crittaN 
+1
2019-08-18 19:25
#98
 | 
Finland ceresje 
+1
2019-08-19 06:06
#113
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Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:00
#12
 | 
Sweden godname 
good
2019-08-18 19:22
Ohh shet, i was right?
2019-08-18 19:22
#14
 | 
Russia Glihhh 
Nt heretics :/
2019-08-18 19:22
#15
twist | 
Poland Gervush 
WASTED SPOT
2019-08-18 19:22
#16
 | 
Denmark ghostan11 
LUL aristocracy hr and big in pro league
2019-08-18 19:23
#18
 | 
India Noobdian1 
Close
2019-08-18 19:24
#19
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GG
2019-08-18 19:24
WASTED STOP
2019-08-18 19:24
+1
2019-08-18 19:31
#22
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
WP NiP
2019-08-18 19:24
plopski stepping up big
2019-08-18 19:28
Carried by plopski
2019-08-18 19:30
nip belongs in the mdl smh
2019-08-18 19:30
#53
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
why tho. mdl more matches i dont want more of nip
2019-08-18 19:52
good point actually, epl much faster. 3 matches and theyre gone))
2019-08-18 19:53
And Heratics in PL?
2019-08-18 20:13
yes
2019-08-18 20:22
They both lost to the same teams, and won one game each vs each other, NIP more decisively. Clearly not objective
2019-08-18 20:42
Nice
2019-08-18 19:31
REZ lol Plopski carrying oldfagz
2019-08-18 19:31
#32
 | 
Russia prjk 
gj
2019-08-18 19:32
Players shouldve throwed just to stick it to nip management. Fuck I hate this org so much after fiffs story.
2019-08-18 19:32
#35
 | 
Canada thelegend27 
undeserved
2019-08-18 19:34
#36
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
So close :( Hopefully next time Heretics <3
2019-08-18 19:35
#37
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
when will -REZ happen?
2019-08-18 19:35
#38
 | 
Europe Cr3eP_70 
Not bad. That's unfortunate that we don't have a people's vote so we can throw the garbage out, like BIG or Aristocracy, and bring average teams like Spirit or Ence to the proleague...
2019-08-18 19:36
#44
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Spirit lost to heretics in this tourney nt tho
2019-08-18 19:39
when people vote VP will join to EPL lulz
2019-08-19 00:04
#39
 | 
Denmark Ch4nz9 
Gonna be a good event :)
2019-08-18 19:36
#40
Lox | 
Russia Tsarevich 
kick jinkz and add kio heretics can become a solid team nt tho
2019-08-18 19:37
jinkz and logan
2019-08-18 21:33
So ez
2019-08-18 19:38
I think NIP will be lucky to get a win at the major this time around, it's looking pretty grim
2019-08-18 19:38
#52
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
they should be happy with 1-3 in groups to maintain challenger spot for next major
2019-08-18 19:50
They are legend, you can’t go straight from legend to minors, so they are guaranteed at next major
2019-08-18 20:14
#63
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
nope, they changed it since faceit major. thats where the 2 minor playins spots come from. if you go 0-3 you lose it (last major BIG&NRG, faceit major mousesports and Winstrike)
2019-08-18 20:16
You are right! I forgot
2019-08-18 20:20
Struggle against some tier5 team, LUL.
2019-08-18 19:43
#51
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
true heretics really disappointing performance
2019-08-18 19:50
logan was in form last week faak
2019-08-18 19:48
poor rez, hes in a slump ):
2019-08-18 19:49
#115
 | 
Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:00
#54
 | 
Indonesia rareguy 
heretics: ok let's stack b nip: *nervous* ok I have a good feeling that b site is weak
2019-08-18 19:53
Shame that this shit team made it to "pro"-league, they lost to so many bad teams so many times they should be in MDL
2019-08-18 20:13
All the teams they lost to in the relegation also advanced (except Heratics).
2019-08-18 20:15
#65
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
rez so bad kick this noob and get friberg hes pretty good
2019-08-18 20:17
Plopski decided to play next proleague cycle...
2019-08-18 20:18
Unexpected
2019-08-18 20:24
#72
shox | 
France DrKira 
undeserved
2019-08-18 20:25
It’s time for this line-up to leave NIP and fine a new identity, a new home. New goals, new challenges and most important of all, a fair and stabile organisation.
2019-08-18 20:28
Lucky as always they don't deserve
2019-08-18 20:30
GODSKI
2019-08-18 20:42
#77
 | 
Serbia Freeman021 
Golden stand in for who?
2019-08-18 20:43
#79
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
plebski
2019-08-18 20:44
#105
 | 
Serbia Freeman021 
why?
2019-08-19 14:59
Bc plopski played at minor With ancident they didnot qualify
2019-08-19 15:05
#110
 | 
Serbia Freeman021 
Ty
2019-08-19 19:52
#78
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
unexpected
2019-08-18 20:44
undeserved
2019-08-18 21:03
Undeserved Lost 1000000 matches and win 1
2019-08-18 21:18
ez for my bois
2019-08-18 21:26
#93
 | 
Sweden 2Unluko 
ONE LOVE
2019-08-18 23:39
#85
EliGE | 
United States DervGuy 
Damn they had to sweat hard for this lmao
2019-08-18 21:27
NIP WILL WIN STARLADDER MAJOR!
2019-08-18 21:44
Nope plopski Will not be there
2019-08-19 15:06
#90
 | 
Sweden Akoulad 
Underserved
2019-08-18 21:55
Edit:
2019-08-18 21:59
#92
 | 
Sweden 2Unluko 
Luko
2019-08-18 23:39
#96
 | 
United States @FyreCS 
What is happening with Rez’s form wtf?
2019-08-19 00:13
Maybe happend something or just he didnt train well
2019-08-19 15:06
#97
Thailand fsjp 
Baguettes are whining and crying like they gonna do something special in season 10 lol
2019-08-19 02:09
#99
 | 
Indonesia youdelusional 
Lol nip, how low you've fallen..
2019-08-19 06:56
REZ not playing well..
2019-08-19 07:12
I hope plopski got paid his salary and entitlement(s)...
2019-08-19 08:07
probably not, there are some roumors about fifflaren not getting price money from a turnament back in 2013
2019-08-19 10:58
Omg this org is fucking idiots like dog shit
2019-08-19 15:07
But it's not the same owner since 3 years
2019-08-19 21:10
ok
2019-08-20 23:00
Save forest
2019-08-19 13:08
#116
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Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:01
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