Vitality foil hampus' debut in one-sided victory over NiP

Vitality beat NiP 2-0 in Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser's debut to earn their first DreamHack Masters Spring points.

NiP’s DreamHack Masters Spring opener marked hampus’s first official match with the team since taking over in-game leadership from Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson, who was placed on the bench and transfer-listed. The Swedes did well in the pistol rounds, winning three out of four, but were unable to put forth a strong showing on either of the maps played as Vitality were in control of proceedings during the entirety of the match, sailing to a 2-0 victory.

hampus got three kills in his first round with NiP as the Swedish side took a 1-0 lead on the attacking side of Vertigo, but a triple by Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon on the following round thwarted NiP's efforts earlly on tying it up 1-1. Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner and company were able to win a forcebuy of their own to keep it tight early on, but unable to sustain momentum, it was Vitality who set the pace of the half, going on to win all but one round to make it 12-3.

NiP kept their hopes alive winning the CT side pistol round as well as the anti-eco, although they were unable to bag the crucial first gun round. The Swedes denied Vitality match point when down 5-14, but another triple by shox rounded out by a 1vs2 clutch by Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut put the French team one round away from winning the Ninjas’ map pick, which they were able to do two rounds later, 16-7.

Vitality picked up their first DreamHack Masters Spring win against NiP

NiP were once again able to take a pistol round, this time on the CT side of Dust2, as REZ took out three with USP headshots, but they were unable to follow it up. Despite giving up the two following rounds, NiP didn’t let Vitality run away, winning the first gun round to keep it a close 2-3 before tying it up with a successful B retake in the sixth round. Just like on Vertigo, however, the French team then took control of the half, running away with a large lead, ending 11-4.

Vitality finally won their first pistol round of the match and the anti-eco that followed without giving up a bomb plant and only losing two players. NiP then lost the first buy round, once again without planting, as Vitality hit map and series point at 15-4. hampus then found himself in a 1vs3 afterplant situation on A, but was unable to convert on the disadvantageous situation as Vitality emerged victorious, 16-4.

 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 47 - 19 +28 106.9 1.77
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 34 - 22 +12 87.1 1.49
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 39 - 23 +16 93.0 1.45
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 33 - 23 +10 75.3 1.30
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 27 - 21 +6 71.1 1.18
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk 26 - 37 -11 66.5 0.76
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 18 - 37 -19 61.9 0.68
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus 22 - 34 -12 67.6 0.67
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 21 - 35 -14 60.5 0.67
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 21 - 37 -16 62.0 0.67
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.29
Maps played:
667
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1699
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
LEKRO WAS THE PROBLEM LUL Shox top 1 btw
2020-05-28 15:50
Lets kick one of our highest rated players who is also calling xaxaxa
2020-05-28 15:51
#28
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France SpooceCooke 
WTF did they even kick him for?
2020-05-28 15:55
idk
2020-05-28 16:00
#73
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Finland 5way 
swedish brain 0iq
2020-05-28 16:59
Ez throw by nip org, now they disband soon
2020-05-28 17:11
ok forsaken
2020-05-28 17:38
Thanks, Mr.Msl
2020-05-28 20:52
threat thinks that hampus is the better igl and wants them to be prepared for when coaches arent allowed to talk the whole game again.
2020-05-29 07:52
#116
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France SpooceCooke 
Hmmm fair enough, so they were relying on their coach a lot... Perhaps that explains why they were doing so well as opposed to Lekro igling
2020-05-29 12:09
#42
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Canada SoldatHeero 
ya I was surprised when I saw that Lekro is a solid player he is pretty consistent and smart
2020-05-28 16:06
This year shox and rpk had more impact in Vitality's win than zywoo
2020-05-28 15:55
Shox top fragging after ages .. Nip deserved this for kicking Lekr0
2020-05-28 16:00
Shox has been looking sharp since the launch of Valorant lol. Seems like he's got his crisp aim back after playing that game.
2020-05-28 16:12
Playing a slower paced game=better aim in fast paced game
2020-05-28 18:17
Apparently
2020-05-28 19:01
Could be a focus think. f0rest back in the days when he was the best, he always played quake 3 as warm up before a cs-game.
2020-05-28 19:03
well Vitality put itself together in the last couple of games but yes Lekr0 move was a little surprising especially NiP was on the rise prior to DreamHack. Nonetheless I have very little info on what is going on in the background etc to judge over a decision made by one of the longest standing esport organisations .
2020-05-28 16:40
F for Lekr0
2020-05-28 15:49
#3
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Romania Xyst 
Lekro is laughing now
2020-05-28 15:49
+1 lol
2020-05-28 15:51
#26
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Denmark KING_VITO 
+1 hahaha
2020-05-28 15:54
#100
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El Salvador _Engel_ 
++1 ha ha true
2020-05-28 21:13
#36
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Lithuania aikaz45 
Horrable kick. Lekro was igl and pretty great overall player
2020-05-28 16:00
+1
2020-05-28 17:13
#5
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Sweden axelious 
Sad, hopefully it will turn to the better!
2020-05-28 15:49
Its gonna get worst. The only thing NiP had for them was firepower. I think even Lekr0 fans agree but he wasn't a true IGL. He stepped up to the team and pretty much sacrificed his career. But he was still good, one of the best. The scoreboard usually looked like: 1. F0rest 2. REZ 3. Lekr0 4. Plopski/Dennis 5. GTR And keep in mind he was still leading the team, and honestly he did a pretty good job at it. You would watch them play and the team worked pretty well. GTR got information and caught the other team off guard. And you had a pretty good AWPer in F0rest. And Pistol rounds were almost a guarantee with Dennis and F0rest. And REZ was a godly entry. And even with all this Lekr0 still made a name for himself, and kicked ass. -Dennis + Plopski - GTR + Twist You had a young gun star in Plopski and a dedicated AWPer (F0rest never wanted to be the main AWPer) Plopski still shines, and often would top frag. Still even through all this you could see the lack of a true IGL. Thats been NiPs problem for a long time, a REAL IGL. Last time they had one was Xizt, and that was over 2 years ago. What I'm trying to say it that NiP relied on individual brilliance. They, on paper, were just 5 fraggers. When F0rest left they added another young gun star, and the individualism in the team went up even further. This team has always been a team that wasn't as structured as others. Even when they had the real IGL in Xizt, he had a loose calling, so even then it was still lacking structure. Now without Lekr0, you have Hampus. He has a structured calling system, which hasn't been seen since Fifflaren. And you have all these guys who have played with loose calling, or sometimes no calling at all. From as far as I can see, NiP can only go down from here unless they do another huge roster move. I'll compare them to other Swedish teams. Fnatic isn't a team built on star players, that is why Xizts stint with Fnatic didn't work out. It was polar opposite. They are a structured and organized team but with pillars of skill, like Brollan. Thats why they are a top team, they are very organized team because of golden but they still have players who can hold their own against the best, like Brollan, Krimz, and JW. Dignitas, who is honestly toned of a team to classify, but they are a team built on experience. I like to think of them as a team better than Vitality but with a worst carry if that makes sense. They are a semi-structured team, they have great teamwork and communication but are built around guys like Hallzerk and F0rest getting openings. NiP is none of this, I don't see them improving any time soon.
2020-05-28 16:11
#71
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Portugal CrappyJayPee 
Dude, how long did it take for you to write this =) And I read it all and I agee with every bit you said. Nip ain't going far. If someone were to leave the team, it should be twist, for a real IGL like hampus. Not Lekr0....
2020-05-28 16:57
I'd say about 20 minutes
2020-05-28 22:37
#80
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Egypt Zykleee 
tldr
2020-05-28 17:21
Nip bad Fnatic good Dig also kinda good
2020-05-28 20:15
i agree with you. and i think player should be bench is Twist, Lekr0 have a good performance if he play in another role, not igl
2020-05-28 17:21
Not too often you see good posts like this on HLTV. I agree, and couldn't have put it better myself.
2020-05-28 17:46
#89
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Sweden axelious 
I mean it's still really early and I would've been surprised if they were on top form. Vitality has been getting better and better and they seem to be really Good now. Hampus has been making a name for himself and deserves a shot at big swedish org. Sure, they are not that top tier team. But except for Twist they are all young guns and could possibly become that team in the future. Sure removing Lekro was a wierd move. But from what you're saying I could actually understand NiPs move even better. Sad for Lekro though.
2020-05-28 18:44
Truth is Lekr0 sacrificed himself to IGL for NiP and he gets kicked for it. He wasnt even the worst performer there whilst he was IGL... only reason he took on the IGL role was because Denis didnt want to do it although that was the reason NiP bought him in. Lekr0 got screwed by trying to help NiP and I feel for him. Reminds me of ENCE and well they went to shit after kicking their IGL.
2020-05-28 19:12
#96
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Sweden axelious 
Yea, I'm not happy about it, but it is what it is. I'm not ready to doom this roster yet though.
2020-05-28 19:42
As I said in the post, signing hampus of all people is very strange, his IGL style is completely different from anything NiP had since Fifflaren, and none of these guys have ever played with Fiff in their lives. I just find it strange. And I'm not just saying this out of spite because I'm a Lekr0 fan haha. I think everyone agrees that Lekr0 is better than Hampus individually, that isn't really a debate. And IGL style will hella hurt them short term, you could only hope it works long term. REZ, Plopski, Twist, and Nawwk would have too pretty much change their play styles due to the new way the team will operate, and as far as I can see it should hurt all of them.
2020-05-28 22:50
#108
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Sweden axelious 
Yea, NiP must have brought Hampus in to expect him doing something else then just so what Threat tells him too. The point is that Hampus is supposed to bring something to the team. Plopski and Rez are sick aimers though, Nawwk is really good too. It really is too early to say anything about this team and what impact Hampus will have. But it's obvious that it Will take some time for them to "recover"
2020-05-28 22:59
I can understand both sides but from my point of view this was just bad. I think that, eventhough twist does perform on occasion, it would be a better move to kick him instead of Lekro. You could have a more experienced player in the team and with him being igl for as long as he was i think that its nice to have a second voice that may just make that one call that will save the round. I think it would also be good for nawwk to be main awp because he is obviously very talented and i think that he may just become that next swedish awp. I have been first introduced to competitive cs in 2015. A time where Nip were struggling so hard and they just kept rolling downhill but i still followed through with them because atleast they tried to fix it but now they just broke a running machine. Its like they were on there way up the mountain and suddenly they fell into a ravine and just got stuck. I think it is way to early to judge them just like with alex and misutaa in vitality where to my understanding people to this day think that it was a really bad move but vitality has really been going uphill as of late and i just hope that it will be the same with nip and hampus.
2020-05-28 23:20
#113
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Sweden axelious 
Yea I agree! Time Will tell!
2020-05-29 07:50
Hardly ever comment on This site . Good guessing and speculation get you a bit on the way. :) A New system with structure and mid round calling will come from this. It is not a Quick fix. I would say it will take 6-12 months to get Threats system into the team and for hampus to work his mid round calling magic.
2020-05-29 09:05
#6
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Kazakhstan k4harman 
rip nip. worst move ever to kick lekro, when they are playing very good. deserved.
2020-05-28 15:50
#24
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CIS EzforEnCCe 
+1
2020-05-28 15:54
Lekr0 rn -> PepeLaugh
2020-05-28 15:50
good job nip
2020-05-28 15:50
#9
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Poland SebL 
NiP need more time with new IGL. This roster will be great.
2020-05-28 15:50
They just need Lekr0 back, they don't need more time They're a bunch of okay players, but without a good IGL they're going nowhere None of them is top tier material individually
2020-05-28 15:52
they're all individually better than every vitality player except zywoo though so with a good team structure they can do good things
2020-05-28 16:06
Dignitas are all individually better than every vitality player except Zywoo lmao. That doesn't mean they are going to be a top team. Vitality is a bad team with a god carry.
2020-05-28 16:18
hm no only forest amd hallzerk even in 2015 get right friberg and xizt were clearly worse than apex/shox nip are not just "okay" players
2020-05-28 16:20
#72
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Portugal CrappyJayPee 
K, ya dumb
2020-05-28 16:57
facts are dumb
2020-05-28 17:08
#82
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Portugal CrappyJayPee 
Karens also consider what they say as "facts"
2020-05-28 17:28
think about it
2020-05-28 17:28
I do, and vitality fucking suck. I'm not even trying to be mean. In the DIG vs Vitality game, the DIG guys won almost every dual against the Vitality guys except Zywoo.
2020-05-28 22:35
Fact is that GeT_RiGhT and Forest may just be 2 of the best players to ever touch cs and im not saying apex or shox are bad but GTR didnt get 2 Nr1s in a row in 2013/2014 he also got ranked higher than shox and apex in 2015 and ranked higher than apex in 2016 a year where Nip was not good so eventhough facts are dumb they are true
2020-05-28 23:26
They're better individually than 4 bots wow that's impressive lmao And btw, they're probably indeed better but they really really didn't show it today, if you get raped by shox in 2020 I'd say that's pretty worrying Cuz yeah they were lost but they also kept losing aim duels
2020-05-28 16:39
#48
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Sweden wyv0 
Actually they are top tier individually
2020-05-28 16:08
No they're not, not even close, maybe in a year or in a few years, but right now, they're not
2020-05-28 16:34
lekr0 epik movement
2020-05-28 15:50
#11
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
was ez
2020-05-28 15:50
+1
2020-05-28 15:58
Hey we did relatively well in RtR so lets make a roster change.....and get smashed next time, smh
2020-05-28 15:50
+111
2020-05-28 15:53
#57
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Portugal dracø 
+1, one of the dumbest moves
2020-05-28 16:23
Shox back? Best game since a few years of him;o
2020-05-28 15:50
#58
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France enzo991314 
+1
2020-05-28 16:27
Shox was brilliant
2020-05-28 15:50
#15
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
karma for kicking god Lekr0
2020-05-28 15:51
#16
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Korea LastUtopia 
Lekro was the problem. LUL
2020-05-28 15:51
NO LEKRO NO WIN
2020-05-28 15:52
lekro was the problem ? clowns
2020-05-28 15:52
#22
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
should have kicked Twist instead of Lekro and we would`ve been good.
2020-05-28 15:53
#25
World Kobs 
shox is becoming a beast with the awp
2020-05-28 15:54
#32
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Belgium Ipufobanned 
He has always been a beast with the awp though
2020-05-28 15:57
True
2020-05-28 16:28
There were actually times in the last couple months where I thought it might be smarter to just have shox main AWP and Zywoo on the rifle because Zywoo was missing a lot of AWP shots, but incredible with the rifle and shox is more than capable with the AWP.
2020-05-28 16:41
#27
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Romania ViolentJ 
farming stats day for vitality
2020-05-28 15:55
#31
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo 
Hampus Will destroy plopski stats, what a dumb move from nip
2020-05-28 15:56
LEKR0 BENCHED AND DISRESPECTED FOR THIS ROFL F TO LEKR0 GREAT PERSONALITY ALSO GREAT AND SMART PLAYER. NIP DIDNT DESERVE YOU. Imagine keeping twist in the team while kicking ur smartest player with second highest rated xd
2020-05-28 15:58
#75
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Indonesia en1lykS 
+1 Laughs in Lekr0 😂
2020-05-28 17:03
#35
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Europe Skraj 
Give them 6-12 months, they just added a new player.
2020-05-28 15:59
Yes. Better start to play valorant right now.
2020-05-28 16:07
HAMPUS maybe decent player but he definitely bad IGL
2020-05-28 16:03
#40
apEX | 
France MarcoXY 
Nice match
2020-05-28 16:03
#41
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United States clockworkk 
xdnip
2020-05-28 16:05
HAMPUS' DEBUT
2020-05-28 16:06
#44
Estonia rYm 
Lerk0 hello
2020-05-28 16:06
NIP is dead
2020-05-28 16:06
laughing in lekr0
2020-05-28 16:09
#50
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
Lekr0 had a good system, where he made specially Plopski comfortable and Plopski himself could carry NiP over the line. I didn't see that today by far.
2020-05-28 16:09
They deserve it.
2020-05-28 16:11
This team doesnt look like they should represent NiP. Rip in pepperoni
2020-05-28 16:12
-lekr0 was the foul
2020-05-28 16:29
ez
2020-05-28 16:35
#63
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United Kingdom TC10 
Stupid roster move during good form
2020-05-28 16:37
too easy for shoxiejesus
2020-05-28 16:44
Pleasure to watch shox pop off What a ct side on vertigo
2020-05-28 16:49
#69
shox | 
India iejesus 
OH YES BABY
2020-05-28 16:49
I think the " it will take time " factor is just an excuse"..if the IGL is decent most good teams can atleast put up a fight even if they lose . Did Navi or any other tier 1 team look this bad after a change.?...I see them shuffling more players in due course of time, once they see the bad results. ..RIP NIP
2020-05-28 16:49
#74
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Indonesia en1lykS 
>Kick Lekr0 >Bring hampus >ez lose for NiP 👌🏻
2020-05-28 17:02
#78
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Finland BlackMatter 
Nip going ence, wp. Still wondering how many times changing a functioning roster have been a good idea?
2020-05-28 17:11
Greed to be even better leads to downfall for most ex -functioning rosters
2020-05-28 17:34
NiP won three out of four pistol rounds and still only got to 11 rounds total? Ouch.
2020-05-28 18:42
New NIP - Ence 2.0 for kicking IGL
2020-05-28 19:04
Threat is such a bot for kicking lekro
2020-05-28 19:14
"It’s in our DNA to be a team that contests for the big trophies, and we want to get back there." i see.......
2020-05-28 19:22
#101
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Estonia RopzTop1 
No Lekr0 no win
2020-05-28 21:19
#102
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
What waste of time. 1.5 maps of time.
2020-05-28 21:32
Try a new IGL? Why not. But havnt ENCE/Faze teached the cs teams anything? You dont kick a good IGL. They should have kept lekro or taken the opportunity to create a 6 man roster. And i dont buy the "he was not a real IGL". Bullshit. Lekro was a pretty good igl and good fragger. Hampus is not a magical fairty igl in comparison. Lekro has been calling a top team for a pretty long time now. Ofcourse he is a REAL igl.
2020-05-28 21:50
#105
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Surprise surprise... Kicking lekr0 was a bad call, NiP are going to have a rocky recovery from this.
2020-05-28 22:36
#109
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Sweden rawrxdd 
nip omegalul
2020-05-28 23:02
lost their main and igl too , hard to watch NIP game . lekr0 the best player on NIP and they bench (kick him) . that's will be greatefull karma if you kick igl .
2020-05-28 23:41
#117
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Macau bushed 
why did NIP kicked Lekr0?
2020-06-09 00:35
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