FaZe hammer NiP in BLAST Premier opener

FaZe are off to a dream start at BLAST Premier Spring Series following a convincing victory over the new NIP line-up.

It was awfully deflating way to start the year for NIP. The Swedish team, who are still trying to adjust to life without Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg, gave a disappointing account of themselves as they were outsmarted and outfought by FaZe in this one-sided encounter. After ending 2019 with a last-place finish in Riffa, the European mixture is looking like a title contender once again, and fans of the team will have been pleased with the performance of youngster Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants, who at times looked like a superstar.

The bleak performance shows that NIP still have a lot of work ahead before they can call themselves a tier-one team again. They were simply taken apart by their ruthless opponents, and the defeat could have been even heavier had it not been for some key individual rounds from their players.

FaZe move on to Group A's upper bracket final

A 1v2 clutch from Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson in the pistol round of Overpass gave NIP an early lead, but it wouldn't last as FaZe replied immediately after wreaking havoc with a couple of Scouts in hand. Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's charges used that early momentum and constantly shut down the Swedish offense, going into the break with 11 rounds in the bag - ten of those won by kills.

More misery was to come for NIP, who surrendered a two-man advantage in the pistol round and saw their opponents quickly hit map point. An ace from Lekr0 restored some confidence in the Swedish players but it did not alter the course of the map as FaZe wasted no time to lay the game to rest.

It was more of the same on Mirage, as FaZe were on the front foot from the offset, pinning NIP's players against the ropes. Things were starting to look ugly for the Swedes, but they tightened up their defense in the dying stages of the half to cut the deficit to three rounds.

FaZe showed no signs of slowing down and further added to their lead following a strong start to the second half. Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner still came huge with a quad-kill to give NIP their first round of the half, but FaZe remained in control and quickly wrapped things up.

Matchpage
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31st January 2020
Sweden
16
Overpass
7
16
Mirage
8
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 25 +21 103.5 1.59
47 - 22 +25 93.8 1.56
38 - 29 +9 98.1 1.41
34 - 25 +9 78.9 1.21
31 - 26 +5 59.0 1.05
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
29 - 42 -13 67.1 0.80
28 - 38 -10 70.2 0.77
24 - 39 -15 57.7 0.70
20 - 37 -17 53.1 0.69
26 - 40 -14 69.0 0.67
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
271
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1160
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
881
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1639
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
ez4g2
2020-01-31 18:54
16 replies
gg
2020-01-31 18:55
8 replies
#21
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Brazil _FaZeUP
GG ez for the best team ever
2020-01-31 18:57
7 replies
Hammer ahahahaha
2020-01-31 19:00
#43
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North America ProudNAfan
Coldzera outdated
2020-01-31 19:09
5 replies
Absolutely not. Just a bad T SIDE on Mirage.
2020-01-31 20:15
#71
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Brazil _FaZeUP
almost got olof stats... dude, show some respect to the best ever
2020-01-31 20:54
3 replies
0/8
2020-01-31 22:26
0/8
2020-02-01 04:41
0/8
2020-02-01 06:10
Wp faze
2020-01-31 18:56
G2 ISNT IN THIS TOURNAMENT OMEGALUL SILLY G2 FAN THEY ARENT IN THE BIG TOURNEYS YET U LITTLE FISHY FISH
2020-01-31 19:21
4 replies
hltv.org/events/5138/blast-premier-sprin.. ... Group C - G2 Also they are going to be in EPL S11 and IEM Katowice lols
2020-01-31 19:23
nt paper house flag checks out
2020-01-31 19:32
1 reply
+1 rekt lmaooo
2020-01-31 19:39
lul they are
2020-01-31 22:27
gg
2020-01-31 19:41
ez
2020-01-31 18:54
#3
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Canada Herodionus
EZ PZ
2020-01-31 18:55
#4
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Finland IFK
ggs
2020-01-31 18:55
#6
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Portugal Kptan
hi
2020-01-31 18:55
ez #FaZeUp
2020-01-31 18:55
#8
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India X3pHyR
#8 Impressed I made it in the top 10
2020-01-31 18:55
GOD BROKY
2020-01-31 18:55
1 reply
+1
2020-01-31 19:10
When you do so bad that HLTV makes your defeat sound like a porn title, time to disband
2020-01-31 18:55
3 replies
#27
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Brazil zzzzzzznt
+1 lul
2020-01-31 18:59
LOL
2020-01-31 19:17
Underrated lmao.
2020-02-01 01:16
#11
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Sweden Lingon
If NIP looses to MIBR it's a real problem
2020-01-31 18:55
5 replies
#37
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Armenia TiBoN29
+1
2020-01-31 19:04
#46
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United States stotte
You say that like Liquid can't come up bunk. I'm not really sold on them right now. I think MIBR could surprise
2020-01-31 19:15
3 replies
#48
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Sweden Lingon
Ok i hope not
2020-01-31 19:16
1 reply
#55
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Sweden Fizze
+1
2020-01-31 19:29
If C9 could win MiBR (even if it was online) then Liquid should take them even if most of the players under perform.
2020-01-31 19:50
eZaF
2020-01-31 18:55
If f0rest played this game he would be the only one with positive k/d and rating. Dead weight team.
2020-01-31 18:56
6 replies
As always
2020-01-31 19:01
+1
2020-01-31 19:03
+1
2020-01-31 19:09
#66
jks | 
New Zealand ^Roo^
Exactly at least now forest can lose games with his friends instead of with nip
2020-01-31 20:01
1 reply
hahaha +1
2020-02-01 04:42
#86
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India _Jazz_
True
2020-02-01 05:33
#14
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United States Zenoth
2020-01-31 18:56
Maybe it's an off day but it felt like Plopski isn't ready for T1 cs. He did so many mistakes :(
2020-01-31 18:56
4 replies
Possibly true, he has been in Nip for a good while now and has been underwhelming. Same with Twist atm
2020-01-31 19:02
2 replies
You're kidding, twist is the issue just like he is in any other team he's been, he stays for 6 months and then gets kicked
2020-02-01 04:43
#90
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
well, plopski has played better than rez all along and rez is still safe. Look at rez stats latest 7 month and compare to plopski. i think his bad performance(plopski) is becouse of the role he has. He was entry in his other teams, now idk wtf he is. Allways far behind the team for some reason. But i guess the coach knows best. You bring in an agresive player and tell him to play defensive. You bring an awper and tell him to rifler, wtf, and while we see GL with 2 igl´s, nip has none
2020-02-01 14:30
#47
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United States stotte
hltv.org/player/14218/Plopski Plopski has not been doing that bad on NiP outside of this one match. Stop having such a knee jerk reaction
2020-01-31 19:16
ez faze
2020-01-31 18:56
Give it sometime. This is their first lan. If not then gg
2020-01-31 18:57
Expected sadly
2020-01-31 18:57
GachiBASS
2020-01-31 18:58
FAZE CLEN ERA ATURATE OR SURTATE
2020-01-31 18:58
cold is the IGL now?
2020-01-31 18:58
1 reply
2nd
2020-01-31 19:01
#25
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Brazil Gaiolero
COME TO BRAZIL
2020-01-31 18:58
Nipples rip
2020-01-31 18:59
ez af
2020-01-31 18:59
Nip is new, it will take some time to accomplish something and dignitas will fail always
2020-01-31 19:00
3 replies
True. NiP has potential, but it's still a long way. They have to stay together.
2020-01-31 19:03
2 replies
mens whats that name lmao
2020-01-31 19:05
1 reply
Hahahaha sorry mens
2020-01-31 19:14
H A M M E R
2020-01-31 19:03
#39
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Russia SunFlame
Good for FaZe, but let's see how will they show themselves against t1 teams.
2020-01-31 19:05
#40
N1K3RR | 
Finland sAA_
ez
2020-01-31 19:05
They will be crushed by Liquid when they meet each other
2020-01-31 19:06
'Kick broky' they say fkn noobs
2020-01-31 19:21
6 replies
yhea when the team was formed I said He would be the best player on the team or 2nd, especially if he plays as an awper cause both niko and olof aren't suited for it
2020-02-01 04:44
5 replies
NiKo is all around player, give him any weapon and he will get kills. Same with s1mple, and zywoo.
2020-02-01 13:59
4 replies
If you think niko is on s2mple's level or Zywoo's level, you're lacking brain cells
2020-02-03 10:38
3 replies
i said all around player, i didnt say he was better than s1mple and zywoo cuz he is not. But he can play with every weapon in the game easy. u are the one lacking barin cells since u cant read...
2020-02-03 12:15
2 replies
he's not an all-round player, that's why you're retarded.
2020-02-09 19:33
1 reply
his pistols are insane, he can play awp, rifling we dont need to even mention that...ur an idiot if u think that he is not good with all weapons in game
2020-02-09 19:55
#53
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Brazil 1DrK
Broky showing up thats very good. With NiKo, Cold and Olof around he has a lot of room to improve and become a star player in the future.
2020-01-31 19:24
#54
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Panama FUN4ENCE
NiP without forest xaxaxaxaxa
2020-01-31 19:26
god broky
2020-01-31 19:30
broky is like cold cold is like taco kkkkkk
2020-01-31 19:31
Expected. this nip squad wont stand a chance in the t1 world
2020-01-31 19:31
HLTV is overreacting too much....i was expecting two 16-0 after reading their post. After just one match NIP is tier 5, Faze is the next major winner and Broky is a God.... They must have been drunk while writing this shit.
2020-01-31 19:33
Imagine thinking NiP will be good now LOL!
2020-01-31 19:41
Faze dont hammer nip. Nip hammers nip 😂😂😂 Lets see if faze can take a map vs real teams lmao 👀😂
2020-01-31 20:07
Funny to think Rez is the senior NIP member now. They lost all the experience, this current NIP lineup is more Tier 2-3. They are all too inexperienced to carry the brand to victory
2020-01-31 20:11
this is going down in the history books of nip, scoreline wasnt as close but it definitely looked just as brutal as 32-2
2020-01-31 20:30
gg wp NiKo #1 2020
2020-01-31 20:59
Pounded. Hard.
2020-01-31 21:54
Ez GOATzera
2020-01-31 22:40
It will take time nip nt
2020-01-31 23:38
#80
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
BROKY GOD
2020-02-01 01:57
#81
JK | 
Asia flipflop
that's NiP without f0rest
2020-02-01 04:39
#87
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India _Jazz_
Broky played really good. Others are superstar already.
2020-02-01 05:36
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