Lekr0: "In recent practice we've had nawwk as the main AWP"

We spoke to Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson during the media day at BLAST Premier Spring to discuss the addition of Tim "nawwk" Jonasson and the team's opening match against FaZe.

BLAST Premier Spring is kicking off in less than 24 hours, featuring an opening series between FaZe and NiP, followed by an Americas face-off involving Liquid and MIBR. The top two teams from Group A will advance to the Spring Finals in Moscow, where $750,000 will be on the line in addition to a direct invite to the $1,500,000 BLAST Premier Global Final.

Lekr0 has confidence in the new iteration of NiP

During Group A's media day in London, we caught up with NiP's in-game leader, Lekr0, who gave us valuable insight into the team's comfort levels coming into BLAST Premier Spring, as well as first-hand information on the team's role setup with the addition of nawwk, who was recruited from GamerLegion. Lekr0 also shared his feelings about parting ways with Counter-Strike legends Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, both of whom are plying their trade for Dignitas.

The period coming into the BLAST Premier Spring Series must have been a busy one for you, considering the recent adjustments. What was the NiP camp up to in this time?

During the break, we sat down together and talked about the player change and how it went through. It didn't take that long, so a lot of the time was focused on having a break because it was a lot towards the end of the year, so I'm really happy that we got some time to just rest and focus on the player change afterward.

Would you say the team is comfortable coming into the tournament or are there still adjustments that are needed?

I think we're really comfortable. Of course, there wasn't as much time as you'd hope for, but I think we're really confident going into the tournament.

Could you give some insight as to why the team felt nawwk was the optimal choice for the team?

We had different players we were looking at but just based on talent and who everyone thought would fit the team best, we decided to go for nawwk. I think it was a good decision, and now that we've started practicing things have looked really good. I'm really happy with the choice we made.

From what we know, nawwk will be taking on the role of secondary AWPer in the team, while twist assumes the main sniping role. Why did the team decide on this arrangement?

In recent practice we've had nawwk as the main AWP instead and twist has been the secondary AWPer, but on the T side there's not that much room to always have an AWPer. On the CT side we play a lot of double AWP setups, and stuff like that, so I don't think it will affect the game much.

Plopski and nawwk used to play together during their x6tence Galaxy days. Did you make a conscious effort to pair them up where possible considering they already had a dynamic established?

Yeah, since they have played together it has been really nice to see that they have good synergy. We haven't paired them together on every site, but we have put them together on several sites because we know that they're really comfortable around each other and it's really nice when they exchange ideas.

You're the second-longest standing member of NiP. Talk about the experience of parting ways with GeT_RiGhT and f0rest, both of whom must have played a significant role in your development as a player.

It was really tough parting ways with them. I think they had a lot of impact on me, both inside and outside of the game, I had bonded a lot with them. It was sad when we were parting with each player, yeah, it was really tough.

Of course, life goes on, and we have to focus on the present, but I'm really happy for them as well, and I'm happy that they can play together again. I'm really happy for their sake and I still feel confident in our team, so I'm happy as well.

In tomorrow's match you will be facing FaZe. How are you approaching that series?

Tomorrow against FaZe we're just going to play our game. We have practiced a lot and figured out things on some maps that are really good, we're going to use them. I think everyone is feeling very confident going into the game. I'm not exactly sure how much FaZe has changed during the break, but you can always expect new things from all teams at the beginning of the year, so we'll see tomorrow.

Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
543
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.09
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1617
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1644
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
nice xaxaxaxaxa
2020-01-30 22:18
Twist robbed from role
2020-01-30 22:19
#5
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Poland SportMode 
Lekr0 XD
2020-01-30 22:19
he should be kicked cuz bad and bring forest back
2020-01-30 23:16
#56
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Indonesia lumayan 
Bad? He is better than zywoo lol
2020-01-31 00:32
#64
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Spain N0Love 
I'm shit on Maths bro help me out what does 0/8 equal to?
2020-01-31 02:13
#71
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Brazil fthata 
LeL
2020-01-31 03:44
#86
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Indonesia lumayan 
yes u are shit
2020-02-01 01:56
Twist gonna get kicked for an actual igl probably
2020-01-30 23:57
nt
2020-01-30 22:20
#19
floppy | 
United States Frotha 
Twist whiffmeister anyway
2020-01-30 22:28
#57
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Indonesia lumayan 
Flair checks out
2020-01-31 00:32
bad name
2020-01-30 23:17
#2
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United States Bonger 
yes
2020-01-30 22:18
#6
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Poland SportMode 
nt
2020-01-30 22:19
RESPECT Bonger
2020-01-30 22:20
#16
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United States Bonger 
thank men
2020-01-30 22:24
Bad for NiP, ez win for LIQUID
2020-01-31 00:05
#15
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United States Bonger 
unlucky mens
2020-01-30 22:24
whats the reason of keeping twist then
2020-01-30 22:19
#41
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United States BLaCkKobRa 
There was no reason to keep him when he was awping aswell. Hes just bad. But i guess they can play double awp setup
2020-01-30 23:07
two awp meta is working and now stfu
2020-01-30 23:36
nt twist
2020-01-30 23:36
#48
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Canada SureThingM8 
+1
2020-01-30 23:39
#8
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Poland SportMode 
1st !!!
2020-01-30 22:19
#12
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Europe Velurom 
This is how it should be.
2020-01-30 22:20
#13
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Switzerland SNXWe 
this is gg guys
2020-01-30 22:22
that's actually makes sense to make nawwk main awper, since twist never been full time awper
2020-01-30 22:23
Wtf are you saying? He was main awp in lgb, he was main awp for YEARS in ancient-every iteration of godsent then in red reserve, and now in nip. What makes you say this?
2020-01-30 22:35
He wasn't main awper in his last team fnatic
2020-01-30 22:45
So like 5-6 years main awp vs a couple of months as t-side awper and secondary ct side awp in fnatic made you say "twist never been full time awper" ?
2020-01-30 23:06
#37
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Are you drunk?
2020-01-30 23:03
#30
2020-01-30 23:07
#42
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
#39
2020-01-30 23:08
#66
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
#14
2020-01-31 02:53
#68
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Nt prokda
2020-01-31 02:57
#69
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
nt adolf
2020-01-31 02:59
nice cuz twist sucks so much ffs
2020-01-30 22:26
Well no shit, it's his role
2020-01-30 22:27
#20
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United Kingdom mrwhitey998 
NiP who?!
2020-01-30 22:30
#36
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Sweden Zupr 
flair does'nt check out
2020-01-30 23:00
#82
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United Kingdom mrwhitey998 
:D
2020-01-31 19:14
Now kick twist
2020-01-30 22:31
#22
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Nip top 2. Dignitas top 1 ofc
2020-01-30 22:32
#23
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World breezy0 
that's good for them i guess
2020-01-30 22:33
#24
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Japan Fanta_machine 
Rip twist
2020-01-30 22:33
Lekr0 REZ Plopski nawwk olofmeister
2020-01-30 22:35
more like washedupmeister
2020-01-31 13:28
#27
Quake | 
Uzbekistan s1v9mple 
Obviously. Twist is garbage.
2020-01-30 22:39
#28
Ex6TenZ | 
Chile Zzalb 
just make twist an hybrid/support player like in fnatic, so REZ can shine a little bit more
2020-01-30 22:40
#31
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Sweden axelious 
+1
2020-01-30 22:50
Everyone who picked twist as main AWP: ok lol nice mens)))
2020-01-30 22:55
fvcking lateeeee
2020-01-30 22:58
Bot
2020-01-30 22:59
Who to support? Dignitas or NiP? Hard question. I will support both but Who will be my favourite team now, Idk.
2020-01-30 23:04
#43
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United States BLaCkKobRa 
Depends if u take it a bit more serious or not. Dignitas is cool if u dont expect much cause at this point they do it for the hype, fun and nostalgie. Nip has more serious intentions getting far. They are the new generation
2020-01-30 23:09
#49
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Sweden swedz4 
+1
2020-01-30 23:40
#51
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Spain Chonita 
+1
2020-01-30 23:42
Nips lineup is pretty trash though i honestly think even Digs gonna destroy them
2020-01-31 09:41
#75
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United States BLaCkKobRa 
lol what ever u say.
2020-01-31 12:26
Agreed
2020-01-31 13:56
-twist +literally any good swedish rifler and you got yourself a good team
2020-01-30 23:42
-twist+hampus\grux
2020-01-31 00:10
#70
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Spain N0Love 
Wasnt grux like super shady and linked to vac banned accounts or something like that
2020-01-31 03:02
#55
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Switzerland x676 
As it should be
2020-01-31 00:12
#58
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United States jay_320 
You put Olof back on this team somehow. You have a chance to make this team legit if he still has any of that 2015/16/17 form left. And the story line.
2020-01-31 00:42
#59
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Ukraine KICK_ZEUS 
thank the gods no more bot twist with awp
2020-01-31 00:57
Lekr0's primary is DEagle
2020-01-31 01:23
#61
flusha | 
Europe Telsek 
nawwk the best
2020-01-31 01:25
No shit lol. Picking up sniper to not let him play with awp?
2020-01-31 01:38
I said this in another thread, with GamerLegion falling apart, expect a roster move for hampus to replace twist.. maybe in a month or 2, they gotta give twist a chance to prove that he can fit in as a rifler
2020-01-31 01:51
#67
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
he can - 100%
2020-01-31 02:54
#65
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Brazil Gunzel 
NIP tier 3 Who cars
2020-01-31 02:37
#72
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United States tylertempo 
There's no point in Twist being on the team. -Twist +olof when he gets kicked from faze
2020-01-31 04:44
Isnt twist the igl?
2020-01-31 19:15
#85
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United States tylertempo 
lekr0
2020-02-01 01:06
#76
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Chile strong221 
nip whitout f0rest PepeLaugh
2020-01-31 13:03
#79
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Denmark Sundive 
Very happy for nawwk. I've been impressed by him since the x6tence Galaxy roster. Definitely an improvement over twist.
2020-01-31 16:09
agreed
2020-01-31 17:40
#81
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Sweden flippig 
why even keep twist omegalul
2020-01-31 17:42
Barely touch the awp lul
2020-01-31 19:16
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