nawwk: "This is the time to really show what I can do"

Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson discusses joining NiP, his role in the team and becoming a more consistent player.

The Swedish AWPer was on Tuesday unveiled as the Ninjas' newest member on a permanent transfer from GamerLegion, replacing Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg after the 31-year-old decided to get the old NiP gang back together over in Dignitas.

To say that nawwk has big shoes to fill is a gross understatement. After barely scraping by in the depths of Europe's second tier during his time with x6tence Galaxy and GamerLegion — he has yet to attend a Big Event —, the 22-year-old now finds himself assuming a central role in a legendary team such as NiP following the departure of one of the most decorated players, not only in Counter-Strike, but in all of esports.

nawwk will play his first game for NiP at the end of the month

But nothing seems to faze him, even though he acknowledges that he will have more eyes on him than ever. "It brings a lot of pressure, but I think that can be turned into something good that helps you perform," he told HLTV.org prior to his unveiling. "I feel like this is the time to really show what I can do. I know that I’m much better than what I showed in the second half of last year."

In his defense, GamerLegion has had identity issues from day one. When Dennis "⁠dennis⁠" Edman replaced veteran in-game leader Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans just four months into the project, it became evident that it was only a matter of time before they became an all-Swedish roster (it eventually happened two months later). In 2019, 16 different players represented GamerLegion, seven of them in a stand-in capacity.

While digging up some of nawwk's old interviews, I came across one in which he professed his admiration for Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev's consistency, which was one of the main factors that saw the Ukrainian named the second-best player of 2019. Last year, nawwk tended to veer between peaks and troughs, ending 67.5% of the maps that he played with above-average ratings - a percentage that drops to 58.8% if we only look at LAN games. Can 2020 be the year in which he can show his talent more regularly?

"Consistency has been a problem for me, especially lately," he admitted. "But there have been a lot of factors involved. The last six months were a trainwreck; we changed players all the time, which honestly caused some motivational issues and forced us to play as a mix, which was no fun. But I don't want to evade blame, I still could have performed better.

"This year I will work much harder to prove a point. I cannot wait to start playing with these really talented players. I am sure I will learn a lot from them. And with THREAT as a coach, he will switch things up and also help me to become a better and more consistent player."

In NiP, nawwk will reunite with his former teammate Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora hoping to replicate the magic that in 2018 saw x6tence Galaxy reach the semi-finals of DreamHack Open Winter. In Jönköping, the Swedes beat Complexity and LDLC, two teams who were inside the top 20 in the world rankings at the time, although neither victory caused as big a stir as when André "⁠BARBARR⁠" Möller said that he believed Plopski to be better than Brollan. Those comments were at the time met with bemusement by the community and JW, but all that is in the past: three of the players who made ranking of the top 20 players of 2019, including Brollan himself, predicted the 17-year-old to make the cut this year.

"Reuniting with Plopski is going to be great," nawwk said. "We have been good friends for a long time now, and he is the best teammate I have ever played with. It is basically the icing on the cake in terms of joining NiP."

The presence of a familiar face will be extremely important for nawwk, who will have to adapt his game to suit the needs of the team. He will be NiP's secondary AWPer behind Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson, a decision that has left many fans perplexed and worried, and rightly so. In 2019, the AWP made up 52% of nawwk's total kills, while he barely touched the M4A1 (5%), the M4A4 (0.5%) or the two scoped rifles, the infamous SG (4.7%) and the AUG (3.1%).

"I think we will switch things up depending on the maps," nawwk explained. "But twist will be the main AWPer and I will transition into some kind of secondary AWPer/hybrid. It's something I kind of wanted to become but was too afraid to try.

"I know some people will question the decision, but I think this will turn out great. Of course it will take a little bit of time to get used to the new role, but I will work hard and do my absolute best."

nawwk will make his debut for NiP at the BLAST Premier Spring Series, kicking off January 31. The Swedes have been drawn into Group A, alongside FaZe, Liquid and MIBR, with the top two sides automatically advancing to the Spring Finals.

Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
664
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
706
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden André 'BARBARR' Möller
André 'BARBARR' Möller
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
876
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1298
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1745
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1223
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
#1
STYKO | 
Norway AdNiB
ez 4 NiP, 2# major incoming
2020-01-22 15:11
I don't think so but let's hope
2020-01-22 15:12
Spooky
2020-01-22 15:15
YEKINDARisUnderrated, is YEKINDAR underrated? Or is YEKINDARisUnderrated underrateted? Or are both YEKINDARisUnderrated and YEKINDAR underrated?
2020-01-22 15:32
underrated* heck
2020-01-22 15:33
#48
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Indonesia lumayan
+111111
2020-01-22 16:07
#95
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Egypt Zykleee
He is obv vegi
2020-01-25 19:14
#6
ropz | 
United States DV19
Yes the core of NIP will indeed go to the Major again
2020-01-22 15:13
They have bad igl
2020-01-22 16:05
let nawwk be main awp twist isnt as good as him
2020-01-22 15:14
Twist main awp...
2020-01-22 15:14
#19
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Sweden FL4XY
twist like read before you comment mens
2020-01-22 15:19
+1 but the weird thing is that nawwk wanted to try out a new role, even though he's better than twist at awping
2020-01-22 16:00
#101
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Indonesia lumayan
Loool u drunk hahhaha, u compare twist god to tier 2 player?
2020-01-30 00:36
twist god at whiffing shots
2020-01-30 17:52
#105
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Indonesia lumayan
Flair checks out
2020-01-31 00:28
Can't say which is more trash, nip or dignitas
2020-01-22 15:11
NAVI for shure
2020-01-22 15:13
LMAO
2020-01-22 15:18
#20
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Sweden raveN4s[A]
xDDD
2020-01-22 15:19
At least we won more than once against mousesports
2020-01-22 15:19
Only against Mousesports though:D kinda expected with s2mple in Team though...
2020-01-22 15:23
ok zywh0 fanboy
2020-01-22 15:27
nawwk > s2mple
2020-01-22 15:34
Haha s0mple fanboy mocking a Zywoo fan funny.
2020-01-22 15:54
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxa +1
2020-01-22 15:34
#34
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France Strasbourg
xaxaxaxaxa
2020-01-22 15:36
#79
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Sweden ConaN007
Kek
2020-01-23 06:01
#80
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Finland N1ggers
+1 kek
2020-01-23 07:09
#88
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
hahahahahaha reckt
2020-01-23 17:50
#8
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Switzerland x676
The time was 1 year ago but NIP slow as usual. Lets see how much time they waste now until they bring hampus to igl.
2020-01-22 15:14
#53
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Spain N0Love
-twist or -lekr0 for him?
2020-01-22 16:37
#81
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Finland N1ggers
-twist Naawk awp
2020-01-23 07:09
Hampus isnt even igl in gamerlegion
2020-01-22 17:43
Hampus really caught my eye in Red Reserve, but since then, he fell off tremendously.
2020-01-22 18:01
#9
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Romania Obuz8
lol good luck in dead team shouldve stayed in GL
2020-01-22 15:14
Ok shithead
2020-01-22 20:38
Obviously
2020-01-22 15:14
Nawwk secondary awper, kek
2020-01-22 15:15
Dead team already
2020-01-22 15:16
#16
Zeus | 
Ukraine Gigska
+1
2020-01-22 15:17
Lol
2020-01-22 16:07
#17
jks | 
France teror
No beard no win
2020-01-22 15:17
+ no beard, no major. not even minor
2020-01-22 16:02
So he was throwing on gamerlegion then
2020-01-22 15:21
no IGL no wins
2020-01-22 15:21
they need Hampus in NiP
2020-01-22 16:02
for sure. Lekr0 is bad
2020-01-22 16:03
So, this lead us to Rez as team captain? I mean, he's the one with the most time at NiP (2017 if not mistaken..)
2020-01-22 15:21
#82
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Sweden Lackson
I feel so fucking saad for Rez, a greate player that never got the chance to show it cuz nip if fqn retarded, when he started in nip he was on fire but then he had to adapt after retarded teammates and never had the chance to live through his true potencial. Best one in nip for sure.
2020-01-23 09:23
+1 Although I think that plopski will help him a lot... hopefully
2020-01-23 16:21
+1 True Rez has potential be better than most top 10 players.
2020-01-24 09:03
#102
JW | 
Sweden w0nfig1
rez overrated , 0 gamesense
2020-01-30 00:38
#25
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Sweden TomPony
NiP dead. GO DIGNITAS!
2020-01-22 15:22
with bots like rez and lekro nothing
2020-01-22 15:24
#36
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Sweden deadvein
nt guardian
2020-01-22 15:42
NiP dead Plopski deserved better
2020-01-22 15:34
#35
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Ukraine KICK_ZEUS
"I will transition into some kind of secondary AWPer/hybrid." Then what the fuck was the point of this transfer, nawwks's been the main awper on every team he's been on and it has looked good so far.
2020-01-22 15:41
he will show u that he can make potato with ketchup
2020-01-22 15:47
x6tence Galaxy again?
2020-01-22 15:53
#40
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Sweden godname
no one cares about nip anymore
2020-01-22 15:56
nice
2020-01-22 16:03
#49
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Indonesia lumayan
so you mean, its time to show "nothing" then?
2020-01-22 16:08
#50
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Hungary Shiron212
I have high hopes for this guy, let's see what he can do
2020-01-22 16:16
#54
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Sweden Fizze
+1
2020-01-22 16:37
#51
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Russia kami_kira
dude literally trashtalked against me on fucking retake server but i wish him the best dont be toxic bro
2020-01-22 16:18
Will see, good luck.
2020-01-22 17:50
-Nip +Girlfriend
2020-01-22 18:24
Nawwk is underrated, i see high hopes to this dude.
2020-01-22 18:47
nawk for top2 hltv 2020 (zywoo top1 again)
2020-01-22 19:26
who is it ?
2020-01-22 20:19
Nawk has potential to be a super good player. He can AWP and rifle to a good level
2020-01-22 20:38
I wouldn't be surprised if this young NiP team will be worse than dig.
2020-01-23 01:55
welcome nawwk
2020-01-23 02:26
This guy was so close to join fnatic
2020-01-23 02:33
we are watching nawwk
2020-01-23 02:58
great potential!
2020-01-23 09:24
who? why he acting like he is the next coldzera this idiot wont save nip
2020-01-23 12:06
Nawwk joining NIP will make the team a real thing!
2020-01-23 13:41
indeed
2020-01-23 15:59
#89
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South America Rezilient
Moving to main awp soon
2020-01-23 23:00
which is not much. now sit down swede cuck.
2020-01-23 23:02
#96
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
says the slocockian guy
2020-01-25 20:43
wow. you really showed me. very pathetic effort xD
2020-01-26 02:55
#99
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
good! dont mess with the swede cuck!
2020-01-26 11:49
Too bad that botski and botwist won't let nip do shit as they're playing rn. 2 awpers in team wtf and no igl. Even if they play well nip has no igl so not much potential anyway.
2020-01-24 02:34
Why he look like hitler youth fuhrer
2020-01-25 16:17
he looks like a trans user from nigeria
2020-01-26 02:59
#100
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Poland Czari10
nawwk cant wait for his aimbot and wallhack as he now jow joined a t1 team welcome to the hack world nawwk
2020-01-27 13:56
#103
JW | 
Sweden w0nfig1
sorry but u can't do anything with rez
2020-01-30 00:39
tier 3 player LUL XAXAXAXAEXWAOIDKAW ?
2020-01-31 15:45
why so many hate comments????
2020-01-31 15:46
KEKW
2020-01-31 19:56
too bad
2020-02-01 03:26
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