LNZ joins Young Ninjas

The 18-year-old will make his first appearance for the team later on Tuesday.

NIP have announced that their academy roster, Young Ninjas, is once again complete following the addition of Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng. The Swedish player will fill the void left by Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson, who has been playing for the organisation's main team since Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson was benched, at the beginning of the month.

LNZ has spent most of his career playing for British teams, including CeX, Wind and Rain and nerdRage. He competed in ESEA Advanced Season 34 with Lilmix and in Svenska Elitserien Fall 2020 with Prima alongside ztr and fnatic's Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson.

LNZ is the newest member of NIP's academy team

“We’ll invest heavily in this and work hard to equip young Swedish talents with everything they need in order to develop further," NIP COO Jonas Gundersen told HLTV.org. "Sweden has an incredibly rich history of having the very best talent within the FPS genre of games. We feel that it’s a part of our DNA to help rekindle that so we can keep being a world dominating nation".

LNZ joins Young Ninjas ahead of the team's first match in Svenska Elitserien Spring 202, against the new Lemondogs roster. Later this week, the squad will be competing in the Esportal Nordic Invitational against teams like Lilmix, Astralis Talent and Singularity.

With LNZ's signing, Young Ninjas now have:

Sweden Linus "⁠nilo⁠" Bergman
Sweden Tim "⁠Mann3n⁠" Isak
Sweden Love "⁠phzy⁠" Smidebrant
Sweden Anton "⁠Sapec⁠" Palmgren
Sweden Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng

Sweden Frederik "⁠JAEGARN⁠" Andersson (coach)

Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
73
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
24
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Anton 'Sapec' Palmgren
Anton 'Sapec' Palmgren
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
63
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1431
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
60
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Linus 'nilo' Bergman
Linus 'nilo' Bergman
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
52
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.72
Sweden Tim 'Mann3n' Isak
Tim 'Mann3n' Isak
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
48
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.74
#1
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Finland ManLikeRopz
Good luck
2021-02-23 18:51
Alright
2021-02-23 18:51
pog
2021-02-23 18:51
nice
2021-02-23 18:51
#6
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Asia Blitzer
swedish tier 987654321 is strong today
2021-02-23 18:51
3 replies
#23
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Croatia DNM_ii
This is a development team.
2021-02-23 19:10
still better than tyloo
2021-02-23 19:34
+111😂😂
2021-02-23 23:51
coolio
2021-02-23 18:51
#9
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Sweden Lingon
So ZTR to NIP confirmed for long term
2021-02-23 18:52
1 reply
most likely yes. he had a good run though so it's a good call after all.
2021-02-24 00:13
NiP churning out talent
2021-02-23 18:52
#15
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Europe robo1234
He looks quite feeble for a ninja. What fighting style does he use?
2021-02-23 18:57
they say UKCS never leaves you
2021-02-23 18:57
GL
2021-02-23 18:58
#18
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Sweden Nappev
Nip probably keeping ztr. Cool! Happy about the future and maybe one day youll see me on a news article like this )))) look for Enton
2021-02-23 18:58
1 reply
+1
2021-02-23 19:08
Nice, dont think original NiP roster will be better now then with twist tbh, sure they played good first week but dont think it will work now either
2021-02-23 19:34
1 reply
They need a better coach, because it is so fucking chaotic! Everything they do, both CT and T. They win most of the time because they win duels and 1 guy is hitting mad shit. But they are so bad vs aggressive teams like vitality and furia, feels like threat doesnt know how to prepare the team for the aggressive teams at all.
2021-02-24 00:51
Hope this doesnt mean ztr is actually joining nip.. Or what the hell, I dont even care anymore, keep hampus, sign the child and keep on disgracing the nip name. Im over it.
2021-02-23 19:35
7 replies
100% they need a new coach, threat hasnt done anything good for nip in a long time. Same with fnatic, the swedish coaches has 0 impact.
2021-02-24 00:52
6 replies
You have no idea what you are talking about. Look at threats impact in 2016. Took nip from decline into 4 t1 wins. When he joined this second time nip looked refreshed. Its more like he needs more capable players that can do his plays. But its somewhat his fault. He got an idea stuck in his mind that he needed "young" player that he could mold this time around. That was the misstake.
2021-02-24 01:01
3 replies
The problem is that threat hasnt evolved since 2016 and the rest of the coaches have evolved alot. They looked refreshed for a short period when threat rejoined, but it was only a honeymoon period. They have some really good players, but it looks so chaotic when they play. Exactly the same with fnatic
2021-02-24 12:12
2 replies
You are talking out of your ass, I see that it is pointless to continue talking with you about this.
2021-02-24 13:10
1 reply
Maybe if you had played the game you could understand what I'm talking about.
2021-03-10 15:32
koskaa are you high?
2021-02-24 07:25
1 reply
It is the coaches job to prepare the team for different teams, and I havent seen nip being even close to beating either vitality or furia even once. The players either dont follow his system whatsoever(which I kinda doubt), or his system is shit.
2021-02-24 12:06
Age?
2021-02-23 19:50
The legend JAEGARN long time no see.
2021-02-23 19:51
ztr to nip? wtf xd
2021-02-23 19:54
#32
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Russia Slavaa
so ztr stays in nip? that sucks
2021-02-23 19:59
7 replies
He's good, but they wont do well because threat is not a good coach for this team.
2021-02-24 00:53
6 replies
#41
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Russia Slavaa
sorry man, but imo he is not good enough
2021-02-24 01:08
5 replies
100% agree. IF he was a great talent he would pull up huge numbers. But he isn't. He wont grow into the team either. so im pretty sure he wont get "better" over time
2021-02-24 01:33
3 replies
#47
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Sweden axelious
Look at Misutaa, he wasn't really a big fragger for Vitality when joining. Doing like 0.6 - 0.9 ratings. Now though, he really perform some games and is a really good player. ztr has been alot better than Misutaa were when joining. Give him time
2021-02-24 10:34
why would he have huge numbers just because he's a talent? Not all players have the same roles... He's not there to be the start player, that is supposed to be nawwk and rez. ztr is playing lots of anchor and support, why would he put up huge numbers? Everything you fucking silvers care about is high numbers...
2021-02-24 12:21
1 reply
lmao. i ain't silver i can tell you that. I just don't think he is goods enough to play in the A team A T M. Maybe in the future. That's my opinion.
2021-02-24 16:27
in what way is he not good enough?
2021-02-24 12:21
king
2021-02-23 20:01
#44
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Poland SebL
I have no idea who is he, but maybe it's another talent scouted by NIP, hopefully, GL to him and Ninjas.
2021-02-24 08:47
#45
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Finland SininenMF
ez for nilo22
2021-02-24 09:40
should have stayed on counterpoint EU smh
2021-03-01 18:32
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