NiP move on to DreamHack Masters Spring playoffs over ENCE

NiP have secured a berth in the DreamHack Masters Spring playoffs with a narrow victory over ENCE.

The Swedish side salvaged their future in the tournament, securing third place in Group D and a ticket in the playoffs after all, despite starting their debut showing with Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser on the wrong foot with two straightforward losses to Vitality and Natus Vincere.

The opposite was the case for ENCE, who got off well in the group stage after beating Natus Vincere 2-0 in their opening match after the return of Elias "⁠Jamppi⁠" Olkkonen to the starting roster, but ended up in last place and eliminated after a loss to Vitality put them in the do-or-die match against NiP.

With the final match of Group D finished, Natus Vincere have secured first place in the group and set up a meeting against G2 in the upper bracket semi-finals, while Vitality and NiP will play in the first round of the lower bracket against Heroic and Astralis, respectively.

Plopski and nawwk put in stellar performances

ENCE picked Train to start the series but quickly found themselves struggling on the offense as they had to work hard for just a few rounds on the board. NiP got off well with Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson and Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora pulling the weight, and at first the Finns looked competitive when Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli and Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi put up a 1v2 clutch each on the B bombsite in the opening few gunrounds, but soon the Swedes took control to secure an 11-4 half.

ENCE were able to soften the blow with a pistol round win and soon they reset their opponents' economy, which eventually helped them claw back to double digits as Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo added another 1v2 to the Finns' tally. The clutches started going the other way, though, with NiP turning around a 2v4 and a 1v2 starring Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson, to close out the opening map 16-11.

ENCE looked to answer on Inferno with a stellar start on the defense, which went unanswered for the first six rounds, in part thanks to Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila's heroics in a 2v4 retake situation against pistols. It wasn't until they were down 1-8 that the Swedes found a recipe for success, with 1v2 clutches from nawwk and twist helping NiP climb back.

With just one round separating the two teams at halftime, ENCE ran away with the first three rounds of the second half on the back of Jamppi's pistol round triple, but soon the two teams were within touching distance again once NiP got a hold of rifles. Despite losing an anti-halfbuy later on, Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers's squad persevered and managed to take the map to overtime, where they sealed the deal 19-17.

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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk 59 - 33 +26 93.3 1.51
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 57 - 36 +21 93.2 1.42
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 44 - 41 +3 86.9 1.14
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus 38 - 38 0 62.7 1.01
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 32 - 38 -6 57.9 0.92
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 38 - 42 -4 72.1 1.00
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 39 - 44 -5 67.1 0.94
Finland Elias 'Jamppi' OlkkonenJamppi 37 - 51 -14 69.6 0.89
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 36 - 48 -12 65.3 0.85
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 36 - 46 -10 60.7 0.74

Group D's final standings look as follows:

Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
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
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1150
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Elias 'Jamppi' Olkkonen
Elias 'Jamppi' Olkkonen
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
459
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
677
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
gg so ez
2020-05-30 16:29
#7
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India mr_magician 
ez indeed!!
2020-05-30 16:30
#23
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Europe daisakusen 
lol
2020-05-30 16:40
firepowence Finland Elias 'Jamppi' Olkkonen 37 - 51 -14 69.6 0.89
2020-05-30 16:49
Bai ence
2020-05-30 16:30
#36
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Europe chespiZ 
Hampus top 3, 2021
2020-05-30 17:09
#43
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Netherlands Moonshine27x 
hampus still a solid tier 100 player
2020-05-30 17:26
#61
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Iceland Cirros_V2 
+1 and 50iq roster change
2020-05-30 19:20
#3
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Australia aussie_billy 
fun match!
2020-05-30 16:30
nawwwwk!
2020-05-30 16:30
#65
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Spain N0Love 
The haaaawk
2020-05-30 20:47
#5
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Italy Er1cz 
gg
2020-05-30 16:30
6
2020-05-30 16:30
#8
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Italy IT_CS_BEST_CS 
unlucko vitality
2020-05-30 16:30
#9
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Ukraine McSwell 
EZ4ENCE KKKKKKK
2020-05-30 16:30
#11
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Sweden GM_Highlander 
THANK U ALLU :DDDDDDD
2020-05-30 16:31
even cheater can't save ENCE KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-05-30 16:31
fuck off
2020-05-30 16:39
He's clearly a cheater, saw navi-enze and it was ridiculous
2020-05-30 17:06
omegalul, if he is better than s0mple means he is hacker? ok
2020-05-30 21:58
No , he is hacker coz he is a haker . And he have VAC on hes first account.
2020-05-31 00:00
Well, I know him to the extent that I can say that he would never cheat in a competitive environment. You clearly don't understand the case if that's your clear-cut opinion. It's not his first acc, not even really his acc in the sense that he bought it to give it away so get your facts straight before you spout bullshit even-tho I do understand the avg. IQ is quite low there so maybe you really just can't help it..
2020-05-31 10:53
Nice whiffs allu xaxaxaxa fak((
2020-05-30 16:31
#14
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Sweden Fizze 
NAWWK INSANE
2020-05-30 16:32
#15
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Europe tete4761 
NAvi first place, completely undeserved :///
2020-05-30 16:33
Cry in africa
2020-05-30 16:34
#17
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Europe tete4761 
You braindead BoVI fan
2020-05-30 16:35
Navi Defeated 2nd and 3rd place, they deserved it
2020-05-30 16:36
#28
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India Noobdian 
Lost to ence 🤣🤣
2020-05-30 16:45
Nip fan Malding After Getting destroyed on their map pick
2020-05-30 16:46
#39
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India Noobdian 
It's because of the roster change Lmao NiP with Lekr0 would have destroyed navi completely
2020-05-30 17:16
Like they did in Katowice?
2020-05-30 17:17
liKe ThEy DiD in KaToWiCe? We all know NaVi today is so much fucking worse than the one in Kato And we know that the NiP today was so much fucking better than the one in Kato, New coach came in and revamped the team
2020-05-30 20:51
#67
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India Noobdian 
+1
2020-05-30 21:45
Does this mean anything against it? The guy said Lekro With Nip would destroy Navi, and I hve said like they did in Kato which had Lekro, and no old nip was way better
2020-05-30 22:47
#19
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Ukraine McSwell 
1st place with 2 another teams which NaVi won both, so cry more
2020-05-30 16:35
#21
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Europe tete4761 
They had so much luck against Vita, they should`ve been out
2020-05-30 16:37
#18
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Belgium Ipufobanned 
bot allu made vitality go lower bracket kick allu
2020-05-30 16:35
#24
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Russia ToughGuy 
thx NIP!
2020-05-30 16:40
#25
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Europe Skraj 
twist worse than an igl, not ideal
2020-05-30 16:42
#42
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New Zealand rOtten_97 
Not every game you perform 100%. Give him some slack
2020-05-30 17:22
#27
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Sweden FL4XY 
of course i miss the match they win
2020-05-30 16:43
#50
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Netherlands Rasierer 
I feel that
2020-05-30 17:57
#51
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Bulgaria cuddleslut 
same hahaha
2020-05-30 18:05
Navi tops yet again gg
2020-05-30 16:45
#68
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India Noobdian 
CIS RtR
2020-05-30 21:46
#30
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Europe EnceIsSoBad 
losing to hampus :DDD
2020-05-30 16:45
Imagine losing to post malone knock off lul
2020-05-30 16:47
#34
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
"EnCe iS BaCk, To eAsY FoR EnCe, JaMpPi wIlL CaRrY Us, WhErE Is nOw aLeKsIb aNd oG?" Ahahahhahah, eat this, ENCE fangrills. They lost against NiP without Lekr0 - what a shame!
2020-05-30 17:02
#37
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Finland 5way 
allu missed every single shot in this game :DDD
2020-05-30 17:11
#38
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Lithuania SiTyGas 
still had a better game than jamppi :DDD
2020-05-30 17:12
undeserved, ence beat navi xaxaxaxaxa
2020-05-30 17:29
#45
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Poland SebL 
NiP are looking so good rn. ENCE lacks a support player a lot now.
2020-05-30 17:31
#52
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Bulgaria cuddleslut 
good? GOOD?
2020-05-30 18:05
#54
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Poland SebL 
Yes. With some time they are going to become TOP Tier team.
2020-05-30 18:07
#55
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Bulgaria cuddleslut 
0/8
2020-05-30 18:08
#56
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Poland SebL 
It's not a bait.
2020-05-30 18:11
Nah current nip is equal to red reverse + old eplison + old godsent
2020-05-31 07:18
#78
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Poland SebL 
What are you even comparing? That's just whole another level of team.
2020-05-31 12:20
With navi on 14 or 15 in nuke nip woke up and starting getting a handful of good rounds in, and it clearly continued into this game against ence... so yes, nip are starting to look good rn.
2020-05-30 20:16
#69
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India Noobdian 
Yeah 😊
2020-05-30 21:46
#47
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United Kingdom whatacliche 
Expected. Worst version of NiP > ENCE
2020-05-30 17:51
#70
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India Noobdian 
XD
2020-05-30 21:47
#49
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Europe EnceIsSoBad 
Ence looked so good against NaVi but now they are pure shit. Fluke is real
2020-05-30 17:56
#53
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Turkey qmsnn 
Vitality should win against navi but they lost many change in dust2.now navi group leader,sucks.if so navi is now 4th.14-9 to 14-16,o poor ence.
2020-05-30 18:10
I do not like it when teams go to playoffs after losing more than they win in groups.
2020-05-30 18:46
Thats embarrassing,lol wheres ence fans,tney again disappeared,after win vs navi,there was too many, fucking plastic finns
2020-05-30 18:57
+1 hahahaha
2020-05-30 19:16
GG
2020-05-30 19:16
MEMENCE IN ACTION
2020-05-30 19:59
Expected
2020-05-30 23:44
Is hampus building the team around nawwk?
2020-05-31 00:07
#79
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Australia aussie_billy 
ence losing to hampus wtf fins?
2020-05-31 13:49
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