NIP release twist

The Swedish player's stint with the Ninjas has officially come to an end.

Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson has been released from his contract with NIP, the Swedish player announced on Tuesday. The 26-year-old had been benched ahead of BLAST Premier Spring Groups, in which the team fielded Young Ninjas member Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson as a stand-in and managed to beat Astralis and BIG to qualify for the Spring Final.

twist joined NIP from fnatic in September 2019 as an AWPer, but he transitioned to a rifling role halfway through 2020 as Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson took over sniping duties. His removal from the starting lineup came after a dismal run of form that saw him finish all tournaments in the last six months with below-average numbers.

twist is officially a free agent

"We've decided to release twist from his contract, so he can find a new home, given all the hard work he's done here," NIP Chief Operating Officer Jonas Gundersen wrote on Twitter.

On Twitter, twist said that he's uncertain about his future, but stressed that he is "eager" to compete again. Other than NIP and fnatic, he has also played for teams like SK, LGB and GODSENT in the past.

NIP are yet to announce whether ztr will take twist's spot permanently. The Swedish team will return to action next week, in the Play-in stage of IEM Katowice.

Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1431
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
717
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
91
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
#1
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United Arab Emirates rehzy
unexpected
2021-02-09 19:08
12 replies
very nice!
2021-02-09 19:08
5 replies
see! u really r miserable
2021-02-09 19:50
4 replies
I am straightforward
2021-02-09 19:50
3 replies
ok mens. ill keep a check
2021-02-09 19:52
1 reply
#156
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Other syrso
Twists nip slip
2021-02-11 08:30
Straightforward miserable 24/7?
2021-02-09 22:36
expected
2021-02-09 20:22
1 reply
#98
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Sweden fantaoskar
lolw
2021-02-09 21:21
Wellcome to Valorent my dear friend Astralis best team in da world, only team to have 4 major titles #Tothethestairs Wearefriendly Weareloyal wearethegreatest wearedanes wearesuperior
2021-02-10 06:32
3 replies
#136
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Sweden EssoNr
ga*
2021-02-10 09:47
really good that you didnt put on weight in this pandemic
2021-02-10 13:42
just die already
2021-02-18 01:12
#2
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India OOFmiester
Too soon
2021-02-09 19:08
11 replies
His removal from the starting lineup came after a dismal run of form that saw him finish all tournaments in the last six months with below-average numbers. Haven't followed NiP that closesly but that seems pretty damning.
2021-02-09 19:10
10 replies
-twist should have been done before -lekr0
2021-02-09 19:17
8 replies
#53
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United States kami917
+1000000
2021-02-09 19:31
#78
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Norway JakkeJ
Hmm, Lekro is a free agent right now as North has ceased operations. And Lekro without IGL duties isn't a bad player!
2021-02-09 20:27
6 replies
idk he if he still a good fragger but as a igl he is a very good fragger. idk where he goes tho. maybe fpx?
2021-02-09 21:52
5 replies
maybe faze now that niko is gone
2021-02-09 23:49
4 replies
no karrigan is better and it is basically guaranteed. imo FaZe might be the next dynasty if karrigan is as advertised and whole team will be motivated
2021-02-09 23:50
3 replies
maybe but broky needs to be a lot better at t side awping
2021-02-09 23:53
2 replies
idk how he plays t side currently, but it will be interesting how t side works as 100% karrigan 1st entry and rain 2nd. After that who will be the lurker baiting (cold? maybe twistzz?) is broky in the entry pack or just baiting behind in awp. also realistically I dont think its that big of an issue as it can be solved.
2021-02-09 23:55
1 reply
he has very little impact on T sides as far as i can tell. His ct sides are good
2021-02-10 00:09
sure but trhe new addition isnt performing better and neither is he adding as much ingame knowledge
2021-02-09 19:32
RIP NIP TWIST
2021-02-09 19:08
FINALLYYYY
2021-02-09 19:08
5 replies
never understood the decision to get him in the first place. worst buy of a player for nip ever. finally they came to their senses. i‘m glad threat was overruled and twist got kicked. he once was a good player, like 3/4 years ago. nip should have bought golden when they had the chance. golden (igl), plopski, naawk, lekr0, hampus would be a sick roster. and yeah: get rid of rez. not a star player. he had one good tournament in his career and that was in 2018. c‘mon, nip!
2021-02-10 00:03
4 replies
You would get golden as igl and keep hampus over rez?
2021-02-10 06:37
2 replies
rather -lekro +rez hampus has great game sense, can be 2nd/mid-round caller. saw an interview where a coach says that its too annoying playing against hampus cos of all the shenanigans he brings. they have enough firepower, all they need is to activate properly via good calls
2021-02-10 10:05
you need someone with balls and experience in this squad. the current squad is too green. the only one with balls is hampus. no one is really stepping up and taking responsibility. there is no backbone. regarding rez: to me it seems his hair and instagram are more important to him, than playing on a high level. he is average. and sometimes peaks. same thing with lekr0, but at least he has more experience and balls.
2021-02-10 10:24
Totally agree
2021-02-10 11:30
wow
2021-02-09 19:08
f
2021-02-09 19:08
good move
2021-02-09 19:08
rip
2021-02-09 19:08
Valorant? xd
2021-02-09 19:08
1 reply
yes
2021-02-09 19:09
#13
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United States urm@m
washed up rip
2021-02-09 19:09
Good decision
2021-02-09 19:09
noob
2021-02-09 19:09
KEK
2021-02-09 19:09
Try new game bra.
2021-02-09 19:09
#18
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Czech Republic forseti12
rip
2021-02-09 19:10
aww, so quick but now he can join flusha's team instead of auti
2021-02-09 19:10
2 replies
There is no flusha's team
2021-02-09 22:23
1 reply
yet
2021-02-10 16:28
#20
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Europe Vallon4
Poor twist... Good luck, man.
2021-02-09 19:10
#22
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Greece hekzy
Krimz is soon going to be the only LGB player left in the game. What an amazing team.
2021-02-09 19:11
6 replies
Lgb was insane
2021-02-09 19:22
1 reply
Krimz=D olof=D dennis=D twist=D The trolls, rolling over pros
2021-02-09 19:23
Thanks for making me realize that. I remember them at the Katowice major, they were seemingly coming out of nowhere and just playing insane
2021-02-09 20:21
2 replies
#128
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Greece hekzy
Yes and they weren't just random cracked kids that disappeared. The entire team, with the exception of cype, was going to change the history of CSGO.
2021-02-10 01:21
They already had decent showings before that, they were in the playoffs back at dhw 2013. They suprassed their expectations but still..
2021-02-11 04:29
Uh
2021-02-09 20:57
#23
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Russia dUUUt
gl in valorant
2021-02-09 19:11
ok
2021-02-09 19:12
#25
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Jordan Zereeni
sad
2021-02-09 19:12
#26
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Sweden axelious
Nice, time to form a team with Flusha
2021-02-09 19:12
5 replies
he's gonna move to valorant
2021-02-09 19:13
2 replies
#33
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Sweden axelious
No way
2021-02-09 19:15
1 reply
100%
2021-02-09 19:15
#30
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United States Phamous3k
Not many orgs signing high salary players though. Well, not a whole team of high end players.
2021-02-09 19:14
1 reply
#35
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Sweden axelious
Yea, we're on the horizon of this pandemic though
2021-02-09 19:15
oh no not again.... XDXDXD
2021-02-09 19:12
rip
2021-02-09 19:12
ok
2021-02-09 19:15
sign him
2021-02-09 19:15
GL simon <3
2021-02-09 19:15
pls nip dont replace twist with ztr, you could get a much better player
2021-02-09 19:15
15 replies
ztr has shown great potential though , whats wrong with him ?
2021-02-09 19:18
13 replies
i guess i shouldnt speak too soon, we'll see how he does in their upcoming matches
2021-02-09 19:20
12 replies
I’m just curious, but which player/s would u like to see in NiP that u think is better than ztr ?
2021-02-09 20:38
11 replies
Lekr0
2021-02-09 20:44
10 replies
#130
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Finland Kujis
bad bait
2021-02-10 02:56
9 replies
???? NiP was better b4 hampus replaced him tho. Wdym. They actually could play Vertigo and Mirage unlike now. Losing to DIG on Vertigo,where as with Lekr0 they won 16:4 i believe.
2021-02-10 07:14
8 replies
#135
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Finland Kujis
What does being good on Vertigo have to do with anything? And Mirage unlike now? They literally beat big on it a few days ago. Their map pool is way better now than with Lekr0
2021-02-10 09:44
7 replies
Yeah,and the next day they got destroyed on the same Vertigo 16:2 lmao. I'm NiP fan but you have to admit they were better with Lekr0 than with hampus. I really think that hampus should've replaced twist and release Lekr0 from igl role cause without that he'd be even better. But that's just my opinion. They literally pick Overpass and lose on it. Yes they have won aswell but why'd you pick a map where you have 40% winrate. Their ONLY map with above 50% winrate is inferno. If you say that's improvement from Lekr0 you're just delusional.
2021-02-10 09:54
6 replies
#142
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Finland Kujis
Yes because Vertigo is quite literally their shitties map, no idea why they didn't ban it but that has nothing to do with anything. + They have only played 6 maps together with this lineup and won 4 of those (Against #1 and #4), so i really wouldn't be crying about maps. If it makes me delusional that i can see this team has way more potential and perform better than with Lekr0 then yes i am delusional.
2021-02-10 11:42
5 replies
RN it's their worst map. At the start of last year they could win anyone on it. They won on it against astralis twice. Yes,rn i think it's not a bad idea to keep ztr. But at the same time i wanted to see how this NiP team would've been if instead of Lekr0 they kicked twist when they got hampus. IMO they'd be fighting for top5 considering their pretty good results last few months with Lekr0.
2021-02-10 18:03
4 replies
#148
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Finland Kujis
Aren't they fighting for top5 now? Or are you calling it a fluke? It was ztr's debut games and he performed fairly well and they won 2 top 5 teams, im fairly sure with time theyll be competing for more than just top 5.
2021-02-10 18:40
3 replies
You can't tell from 3 bo3 yet. 2 of which were against same team and in one they lost miserably on first map of vertigo. I really hope they go for top5 but you can't say anything rn. Have they got potential? Hell yea,but potential isn't everything. I have been w/NiP since i started playing in late 2014 so trust me i've seen them get good form and then drop it off so i won't get my hopes up too high.
2021-02-10 20:01
2 replies
#151
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Finland Kujis
It's the best they've looked since 2016, and that includes the time with Lekr0.
2021-02-10 20:12
1 reply
What? Just cause they got 2 wins? You've to be kidding me :D
2021-02-10 22:10
ZTR is only 17 years old and hes already competing in tier 1 cs. I would say its good to cultivate younger players so they can become beasts in the future. Look at Brollan, he started competing at 15 (in tier 2 cs) and now hes one of the best players in tier 1 cs
2021-02-09 22:23
twist flooosha +3
2021-02-09 19:16
-niko +twist
2021-02-09 19:16
Welcome to dignitas replacing HARRE
2021-02-09 19:18
1 reply
#82
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Argentina fxzo
Well if he wants to be a rifler then yes but if he wants to AWP they already have hallzerk
2021-02-09 20:42
VaLULrant inc
2021-02-09 19:22
twist to VALORANT lul
2021-02-09 19:24
-Twist +Lekr0 the dream
2021-02-09 19:25
Sad :( All the best to Twist! Hope he comes back with a twist ;)
2021-02-09 19:26
incoming valurant
2021-02-09 19:26
#52
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Hungary szia
no more nip twist :(
2021-02-09 19:30
so this means hes going to Valorant for easy money
2021-02-09 19:33
Well, since orgs are leaving csgo and most not willing to pay high salaries, his only option is to leave to Valorant.
2021-02-09 19:33
Didnt someone just got benched from nip? Wasnt it twist? why is this news?
2021-02-09 19:36
4 replies
Yes but they were trying ztr
2021-02-09 19:39
twist was benched at that time, NiP didn't RELEASE him. hltv.org/news/31129/nip-bench-twist now, he is released.
2021-02-09 19:39
2 replies
ok ty
2021-02-09 19:42
1 reply
you're welcome mens!!!
2021-02-09 19:45
Good luck twist, I like him very much, I hope he will find his form again with a good team!
2021-02-09 19:40
Twist still very good, good luck man!
2021-02-09 19:44
next: twist moves to VALORANT
2021-02-09 19:46
but why dont they put him in young ninjas and elevate them with his experience
2021-02-09 19:48
i will always love the old LGB lineup with him twist krimz olof dennis cype
2021-02-09 19:55
1 reply
LGB is one of my fav team so far.
2021-02-09 20:18
"i wish you nothing" D:
2021-02-09 19:57
valorant
2021-02-09 20:05
gl in valo
2021-02-09 20:12
Bye Friberg hi Twist
2021-02-09 20:16
Flusha = free Twist = free Lekr0 = free Grux = free Hope there will be a Org signing soon.
2021-02-09 20:24
5 replies
Lekr0 to NiP maybe?
2021-02-09 20:45
1 reply
If NiP, then Young Nip, to guide the youngsters and maby as stand-in. Thats what im thinking 🤔
2021-02-09 21:46
#96
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Canada firtlast
lidl esports
2021-02-09 21:17
1 reply
+Anomaly as 5th axaxax
2021-02-09 23:49
not enough firepower
2021-02-09 21:49
#79
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Norway PeteZz
What a twist this is for NIP.
2021-02-09 20:29
twisted fate
2021-02-09 20:40
#83
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Asia Blitzer
what about dignitas? -h4rre +twist?
2021-02-09 20:43
#84
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Europe Gigska
Val0rant no doubt
2021-02-09 20:43
He has the talent to compete with the best, but I think he got bored with his role.
2021-02-09 20:47
#88
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Sweden dogtown
Twist fkd up when he was at his peak and chose to play with his friends instead or nip or fnatic. Too bad he didn't have someone there to give him some good advice at the time.
2021-02-09 20:48
1 reply
2 iq career
2021-02-09 21:31
#89
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Poland SebL
I think he is going to keep playing, but on a much lower level, he isn't good enough even for T3 atm. it seems like. I wish him all the best.
2021-02-09 20:52
expected
2021-02-09 21:01
#92
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Serbia kraxy
anlak1 for nip
2021-02-09 21:01
They dont teach how to write in sweden?
2021-02-09 21:08
OMEGALUL
2021-02-09 21:07
great move
2021-02-09 21:12
#97
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Canada firtlast
come to NA and play Valoronté!
2021-02-09 21:17
good thing, that nip twist started to really hurt
2021-02-09 21:37
expected
2021-02-09 21:40
#105
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Canada free_ropz
Valorant calling
2021-02-09 22:01
#106
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Latvia CVJMZ
Competetion kek
2021-02-09 22:02
Faze Twist? Twist Twistzz Coldzera Rain Broky
2021-02-09 22:22
2 replies
#114
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Chile cristiaan
no
2021-02-09 22:55
#125
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CIS dimolio
broky awp
2021-02-10 00:14
tbh good choice no offense twist
2021-02-09 22:22
GL&HF
2021-02-09 22:23
#113
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Chile cristiaan
GL
2021-02-09 22:54
#115
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United States xiquo
should retire.
2021-02-09 23:06
#122
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United States broken1i
Sheesh, first liquid now NIP. Kid can't catch a break.
2021-02-10 00:03
#124
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CIS dimolio
twist lekr0 Kjaerbye sunny flusha
2021-02-10 00:15
HE WAS IN LOVE WITH A BOY/GIRL FROM THE OFFICE
2021-02-10 00:58
Great player but time to give space for younger talents,GL(Y)
2021-02-10 01:02
RIP twist
2021-02-10 02:10
F for the FPL baiter
2021-02-10 07:13
nip release twist - is that some kind of fetish?
2021-02-10 11:05
#143
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Brazil serjolaum
good luck
2021-02-10 12:20
rip
2021-02-10 15:36
deserved, perennially overrated player, bang average, hope he retires and finds something productive to do with his time
2021-02-10 19:11
#152
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Sweden flippig
time to retire, maybe can find valorant team
2021-02-10 20:47
Finally , he could only have impact with awp, and nip decided to move him from that xd. I remember when everyone was all over his dick in 2015/2016 after showing up some potential in lgb. As expected he turned out to not be that good.
2021-02-11 04:32
omg!
2021-02-15 14:42
#159
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CIS dimolio
twist was a problem in fnatic and nip.
2021-02-18 01:24
#160
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Finland apeee
Is he piece of suNny and flusha's team? What do you think guys?
2021-02-23 14:37
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