fnatic-NiP clash headlines Pro League play-in

The two Swedish rosters will be joined by FaZe, forZe, Vitality, and OG to determine which three teams will advance to the second group stage of ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe, where Natus Vincere, Astralis, and mousesports already await.

The first group stage of ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe saw Astralis claim the top spot in Group A with a 4-1 overall record, earning themselves a direct ticket to the second group stage. There, they are joined by the winners of Group B and C, Natus Vincere and mousesports, while the teams who placed second and third in each group will participate in a play-in to determine which three sides will join the aforementioned trio in the second group stage.

FaZe and forZe will be the first two teams to clash for a spot in the second stage, with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company taking on the Russian roster at 14:25 on Saturday. A Swedish derby between fnatic and NiP will then unfold at 18:00 , the first time the two teams have clashed since the quarter-finals of DreamHack Masters Malmö six months ago, where Maikil "Golden" Selim's men prevailed in a three-map series.

fnatic will look to grab their second win over NiP on Saturday

The final play-in match, which is scheduled for 22:00 , will see Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt up against his former squad Vitality for the first time since he joined OG, with the winner moving on to the second group stage.

The second group stage will play out in similar fashion to the first, with all six teams playing one another in a single best-of-three series as part of a round-robin group. The group winner will advance directly to the best-of-five grand finals, while the second and third place teams will play in a decider match to determine the other finalist.

The schedule for the three play-in series, which will play out on Saturday, looks as follows:

14:25 Europe FaZe vs. Russia forZe
18:00 Sweden fnatic vs. Sweden NiP
22:00 France Vitality vs. Europe OG

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1728
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
654
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1227
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Finland plastic_fan_47 
Lets go fnatic
2020-04-04 05:14
#6
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Australia MercAm 
+1
2020-04-04 05:14
Forze fnatic OG
2020-04-04 06:41
Faze ain't that badd my brother.
2020-04-04 06:43
NiP fix: AleksiB valde Kjaerbye Lekr0 twist
2020-04-04 08:02
You think NiP is buying Valde and Aleksib?
2020-04-04 08:41
have NIP ever made a big money buy in the history of the organisation in GO
2020-04-04 10:10
no and they wouldn't now , why aleksib... they would have to change their comms
2020-04-04 10:22
#70
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
i dont see NIP going international. They have to much pride in their own players(all swedish cs pros) .
2020-04-04 10:57
like they had with allu in the roster? nothing better than spewing retarded shit as facts lmao
2020-04-04 14:26
#108
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
for how long? until they found a new player who is swedish and is decent enough to play for them.
2020-04-04 14:27
hltv.org/stats/teams/lineups/4411/NiP?st.. only the second longest standing NIP lineup but who cares about facts right?
2020-04-04 14:30
#110
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
i forgot to tell u that scandinavian languages are similiar and they can understand each other. They didnt talk in english thats for sure. Its same here in Balkan we all understand each other.
2020-04-04 14:33
And what does that have to do with anything? You claimed they're too proud in having a full Swedish lineup. How about you just admit to being retarded instead of making up more and more excuses to justify your bullshit?
2020-04-04 14:37
#113
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
its 1 player who can speak their language u twat. All International teams speak english
2020-04-04 14:43
"They have to much pride in their own players(all swedish cs pros)" >> "(all swedish cs pros)" You're either retarded or fucking retarded. Not much I can do here.
2020-04-04 14:49
The problem is, Finnish people are not Scandinavian. They are just considered part of the Nordic region. The Finnish language is very different from Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish.
2020-04-04 14:55
For anyone attending a Finnish-language primary school in Finland, it is mandatory to learn Swedish in seventh, eighth and ninth grade. Even in high school and in universities, Swedish is mandatory. Similarly, those attending a Swedish-language school in Finland must learn third-grade Finnish. This is because both Finnish and Swedish are official languages ​​in Finland.
2020-04-04 15:19
#122
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Greece CMi_ 
a lot of finnish people talk swedish tho
2020-04-04 16:31
Check their rosters in other eSports. I think it's possible, but I doubt they can afford big buyouts.
2020-04-04 15:33
Not the worst team, even though without an awp I would trust - but 100% not under the banner of nip.
2020-04-04 11:02
twist? Why him? They can buy allu/cadiaN/ZOREE/ottond instead of twist
2020-04-04 12:00
allu isnt an Option if you plan the long therm he has to retire in 1-2 years.
2020-04-04 13:56
That's why I named also 3 AWPers, who are a way more better than twist
2020-04-04 14:40
I don't know why, but a few days ago, there was a completely different news about changes in the fnatic team esporttalk.org/t/headline-fnatic-new-ast..
2020-04-04 14:55
+1
2020-04-04 06:11
Fan Faze Vit
2020-04-04 09:05
This clash is far from being what it once was... A match between Fnatic and Dignitas would be a way more hyped. That current NiP roster have only a bunch of newbies.
2020-04-04 12:22
#95
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Sweden flippig 
+999
2020-04-04 13:47
wow
2020-04-04 05:14
NBK's revenge?
2020-04-04 05:15
ha
2020-04-04 06:14
#42
pinto | 
Brazil GrilO_O 
Hell yeah
2020-04-04 07:39
Lol, he will bot frag and they will lose.
2020-04-04 09:13
#73
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
lol. Thats shox ur talking about. And OG is gonna win it, all players are trash except zywoo. Zywoo >mantu and everybody else NBK > shox ISSA > RPK Valde > that new kid misuta (isnt even worth mentioning) Aleksib is by far better caller but not better frager than apex
2020-04-04 11:03
If zywoo has a good day, shox plays like he did lately and misutaa steps up vitality should be able to win...if they dont step up it should be pretty easy for og to just outstrat them imo But u never know what a player like zywoo can do
2020-04-04 13:44
#99
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
thats the sad part , OG dont even need to step up to win it beacuse they got better strats. They expect zywoo to have 30+ kills but they dont care about that cuz rest of the team is trash. They will just try to avoid aim duels vs him and his position. Yesterday when faze beat og, they didnt beat them cuz of strats, its cuz OG tought that they can out aim faze wich ended up pretty bad cuz faze are aim heavy team and its hard to beat that.
2020-04-04 13:53
#81
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Europe EnceIsSoBad 
No chance for OG against zywoo
2020-04-04 12:16
#5
valde | 
Sweden meistr0 
2 Nice matches and 1 OK match. Nice :)
2020-04-04 05:14
#8
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Australia MercAm 
The faze v forze match the OK 1???
2020-04-04 05:15
#9
valde | 
Sweden meistr0 
No. Fnc-NIP. Cuz Fnatic will win 2-0 quickly.
2020-04-04 05:15
#10
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Australia MercAm 
Then what ya reckon the faze v forze match will be
2020-04-04 05:16
#12
valde | 
Sweden meistr0 
Hard one...Probably FaZe 2-1, but not sure.
2020-04-04 05:17
#37
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New Zealand rOtten_97 
I think forZe will take it 2-0, second map will be double overtime
2020-04-04 07:04
What are you drinking
2020-04-04 10:14
#76
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 184 
Rakija
2020-04-04 11:27
RAKIA correcting people?
2020-04-04 11:29
#85
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 184 
100%
2020-04-04 12:31
I dunno m8, seems like plopski is an onliner. Might put up a fight
2020-04-04 05:20
#74
jks | 
Serbia bakedcs 
Plopski is the next Brehze don't even @ me
2020-04-04 11:09
#123
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Greece CMi_ 
brehze is a very bad example lol maybe u mean onlinetares
2020-04-04 16:35
#124
jks | 
Serbia bakedcs 
Brehze is a very good example cause i don't think Plopski is an onliner
2020-04-04 16:48
His LAN to ONLINE stats disagree
2020-04-04 17:24
Wtf? Are you autist?
2020-04-04 06:56
#55
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Sweden frizzahh 
0/8
2020-04-04 09:12
#97
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Sweden flippig 
0/8
2020-04-04 13:48
#87
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Haha, funny
2020-04-04 13:11
#7
God | 
Russia amc20 
Faze v Forze lol
2020-04-04 05:14
LET'S GO NIP!!
2020-04-04 05:17
This format is sick, the final group is gonna be filled with great CS. An ultimate group of death
2020-04-04 05:19
+1 banger matches incoming.
2020-04-04 06:51
Sadly online but still nice
2020-04-04 13:45
+1
2020-04-04 14:03
noice
2020-04-04 05:22
#16
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Japan boysdontcry 
Ez for Faze, Fnatic and OG
2020-04-04 05:22
#18
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Finland Slyp3 
I think the same. Vitality is not the same without Alex, tho forze is underrated
2020-04-04 05:24
#31
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Indonesia kenztar12 
Im a faze fan but i believe forze gonna play it with a close map
2020-04-04 06:38
Vitality the same level with misutaa tbh
2020-04-04 08:40
Meh...problem is if their individuals dont rek everyone, then apex has a problem calling...i see them winning if zywoo&co have a good day
2020-04-04 13:46
I think his calling has been fine so far dont really see much of a difference. Alex called some great matches sure but the sample size of apex is small and they still look decent tactically
2020-04-04 17:48
#132
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Finland Slyp3 
They are def not on the same level
2020-04-04 20:22
Based on what? Did you not watch Katowice? What did they do at Katowice that they havent shown in pro league? They were going downhill. With apex leading shox looks better and they have more overall skill. Just need to get comfortable in roles.
2020-04-04 21:25
Ez Fnatic if ban Vertigo
2020-04-04 05:22
FZ vs FZ xD
2020-04-04 05:25
#20
blameF | 
Canada hilsen 
I like the title Nohte
2020-04-04 05:34
I don’t know why, but i feel like Faze are going to SOMEHOW fuck this up.
2020-04-04 05:35
FaZe is that kind of team that if you expect more, the more likely they are going to fuck it up.
2020-04-04 05:41
#25
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Indonesia youdelusional 
Lmao true. I was excited at first but then remembered, faze love to disappoint. But they didn't disappoint last night, so yeah fingerscrossed
2020-04-04 05:47
Ye one hour left, fingerscrossed :D
2020-04-04 13:28
#38
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New Zealand rOtten_97 
I mean, forZe is a great team. I wouldn't be surprised if faze looses 2-0
2020-04-04 07:05
Yeah i think if forze has a good day and some faze individual goes missing it can go forzes way real fast
2020-04-04 13:47
#22
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Denmark ghostan11 
shouldnt it be will look to grab? admin
2020-04-04 05:36
the swedish classico is back! PogChamp
2020-04-04 05:44
Ez for forze and OG will be winner in this fight screen it ladies.
2020-04-04 05:52
#29
NEO | 
Sweden 444SEN 
fnatic will look grab their second win over NiP on Saturday
2020-04-04 06:16
#30
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Australia Dredd_6 
Fnatic with the 2-0... ez -1.5 betting prediction
2020-04-04 06:20
Likely.
2020-04-04 06:56
OG vs vitality, that was spicy.
2020-04-04 07:07
#40
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Slovakia EvErisT 
again DERBY <3
2020-04-04 07:13
#41
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Croatia Netkov 
forZe, fnatic, Vitality
2020-04-04 07:39
NBK revenge Pog
2020-04-04 07:40
#44
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Romania SkipLD 
Zywoo -20kd
2020-04-04 07:55
#45
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Sweden Lingon 
Even tho I think Fnatic is going to win it hopefully will be a great match 2-1 probably
2020-04-04 07:57
NiP will put up a fight
2020-04-04 08:23
Nbk vs Vitality. Swedish derby. Big storylines
2020-04-04 08:39
Ez for fnatic and vitality
2020-04-04 08:44
It should be: Faze Fnatic Vitality But there have been surprising result in this series so we will see.
2020-04-04 08:58
wait what? overdogs should win? wtf? what are you smoking?
2020-04-04 12:18
NBK vs Vitality Let’s go!! #DreamOG
2020-04-04 09:09
#57
f0rest | 
Czech Republic rusteDD 
Whi cares? Neither nip or fnatic are the same. Their rosters changed dramatically. Thers no og nip player anymore. It was always betwren the players not orgs...
2020-04-04 09:31
fnatic still has the legendary 3 man core of flusha jw and krimz
2020-04-04 18:24
3 in vs 7 gone Also the teams used to be among the best in the world. Thats why it was el classico. Now its just a t3 match...
2020-04-04 22:24
#58
nex | 
Germany LighT1337 
ForZe NiP Vitality
2020-04-04 09:35
Tight
2020-04-04 17:59
You jusr had to loose to ence, didnt you..
2020-04-04 09:41
#60
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
I have this feeling in the guts that FaZe will lose this match smh
2020-04-04 09:45
Faze/Fnatic/V
2020-04-04 09:48
#62
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Russia _VaLT_ 
Wait what?So the second group stage will be one group of 10 teams,the best team advance to the grand finals,but 2nd and 3rd to play against each other for the second grand final spot?
2020-04-04 09:48
#66
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
I Still don't get it :/
2020-04-04 10:25
One group of six teams. Astralis, Na`Vi, mousesports, and the three winners of the matches at the end.
2020-04-04 10:57
#83
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Ukraine mAngOnice 
Oh But What about NA Group? What Will happen to them???
2020-04-04 12:18
I guess they jave same system cause its online...they have to keep it regional ibguess
2020-04-04 13:50
#129
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Russia _VaLT_ 
thats very strange...
2020-04-04 18:21
NA group has a different format, 4 teams go from the group stage to playoffs. Top 2 teams (Liquid and EG) go to the upper bracket final, 3rd and 4th place teams (FURIA and MIBR) go to lower bracket final.
2020-04-05 00:57
#136
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Ukraine mAngOnice 
Oh thanks
2020-04-05 12:00
#67
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New Zealand rOtten_97 
Fnatic forZe OG
2020-04-04 10:27
Fnatic 2-1 Faze 2-0 OG 2-1
2020-04-04 10:46
Ez for fnatic tbh
2020-04-04 10:48
#75
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Moldova ri4ard 
I hope that NiP will win this match
2020-04-04 11:24
Fnatic FaZe OG
2020-04-04 11:30
#79
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Serbia nocturn1 
ez fnc
2020-04-04 11:36
#86
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Poland friendlySeb 
FaZe > forZe fnatic > NiP OG > Vitality
2020-04-04 12:44
#88
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Sweden Goudi 
lets go NIP
2020-04-04 13:15
#89
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Italy Er1cz 
Go NiP!!
2020-04-04 13:27
#91
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Germany ToiletShitter 
Vitality - OG looks more interesting NIP is just 5 randoms. OG is meme team with NBK against his former team.
2020-04-04 13:41
#102
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Russia Nikosimus 
FaZe NiP Hard but OG
2020-04-04 14:12
#103
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Serbia DjapeZ 
Nip have chance only if Mister Plop and rEZ go 30+ bombs each map
2020-04-04 14:13
Nice lets go boys
2020-04-04 14:13
Do NiP supporters still exist? The only likable players are Lekr0 and Rez and even then their pretty quiet...
2020-04-04 14:18
#106
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Iraq DuncanAK 
and of course faze gets the easiest opponent
2020-04-04 14:19
ApEx IGL OMEGALUL
2020-04-04 16:15
#121
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Sweden deadvein 
watch out for plopski
2020-04-04 16:22
hope og destroys vitality and nbk can get his revenge
2020-04-04 18:19
Why is the t2 clash in the title of the news item? Vitality vs OG will be far more interesting.
2020-04-04 18:55
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