hampus heroics rescue win as NIP outlast mousesports in ESL Pro League

The Swedes fought tooth and nail to pull off a comeback on Mirage.

NIP have bolstered their playoff chances with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over mousesports after coming back from an opening map defeat. Surprisingly, the two teams traded each other’s map picks of Inferno and Dust2 with 16-9 scorelines to leave a Mirage decider to settle the contest. There, Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser came alive with a 2.04 impact rating to lead his team from 5-13 down to a 16-14 victory.

mousesports headed into the matchup with no pressure on their shoulders after being eliminated from the playoff running in their previous loss in the group. NIP, however, had a lot to play for to boost their playoff chances as they sat on a 2-1 record with three other teams at the start of the day.

"There was a lot on the line," Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora said in a post-match interview. "We were playing mousesports, who didn't have a lot to lose. I'm happy with the result, but we still have a lot to work on."

nawwk and co. will be hugely thankful for hampus' massive Mirage impact

NIP started the series in a sluggish fashion as mousesports came out of the gates strongly with a 5-1 lead. The Swedes hit back with a flurry of rounds to level the score at 6-6 before the Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong-led squad closed out their defence for a three-round lead at the midway point. Despite picking up the crucial early rounds of the second half, NIP failed to shut down the mousesports offence moving forward as the European side cruised to a 16-9 map win, with Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool ending the game with a 1.73 rating.

Dust2 saw a 3-2 lead and economic advantage for mousesports swiftly flipped on its head as an unlikely full eco round with a Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson quad kill put the Ninjas in a promising position on the CT side. mousesports kept NIP within reaching distance until the Swedes yet again picked up a pistol round, this time with Deagles in hand, to pull away from their opponents. A Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner P250 4K in the second half pistol set NIP on a path to 15 rounds, but mousesports showed a brief sign of resistance as they secured a trio of successes. It wasn’t enough, though, as hampus and co. closed out Dust2 16-9 to level the series.

Mirage played host to the decider, where the trio of ropz, David "⁠frozen⁠" Čerňanský and Frederik "⁠acoR⁠" Gyldstrand ran riot in the first half for a 10-5 lead, extending it further to 13-5 as they began T side brightly. NIP eventually stabilised to turn the tide of the map with a colossal streak to restore parity, spearheaded by consistent multi-kills from hampus. The Swedes continued their phenomenal comeback and dominantly shut down their opposition to snatch the win from the jaws of mousesports after a 30-round contest.

Sweden
Matchpage
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1
17th March 2021
9
Inferno
16
16
Dust2
9
16
Mirage
14
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 63 +5 87.1 1.18
49 - 55 -6 71.7 0.98
51 - 57 -6 75.8 0.95
42 - 51 -9 61.5 0.95
46 - 53 -7 59.1 0.89
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
78 - 51 +27 97.1 1.44
62 - 51 +11 76.5 1.15
49 - 52 -3 78.5 1.07
51 - 54 -3 77.3 1.03
37 - 49 -12 51.0 0.80
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
111
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1136
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
994
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
931
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Portugal beatje
hampus goat
2021-03-17 19:30
19 replies
#3
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
Save ropz
2021-03-17 19:30
7 replies
#14
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Portugal beatje
-coldzera -rain +frozen +ropz
2021-03-17 19:32
5 replies
-flamie -perfecto +ropz +frozen
2021-03-17 20:07
4 replies
-amanek -jackzzz +ropz +frozen XD
2021-03-17 23:40
3 replies
bringing these 2 team will make all the difference, especially cuz they are so young they cant waste their prime in a gamble like mouses
2021-03-18 00:04
G2 needs an awper
2021-03-18 06:48
1 reply
There s no better awper than NiKo available unless they can get maka or one of the cis rising stars ( sh1ro, xsepower etx. )
2021-03-20 17:10
Ropz to OG pls
2021-03-18 06:49
#17
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United States Shr3y
I am sorry but is bymas getting worst roles to play? Why is he ALWAYS bottom?
2021-03-17 19:33
4 replies
actually not the worst roles to play. Dexter is actually doing the worst roles. imo.
2021-03-17 19:45
1 reply
#69
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Indonesia lumayan
truth spoken!!!
2021-03-18 04:02
#56
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Sweden Nappev
Yes and how do you even ”thise are the best roles imo” running in first will always be the worst role
2021-03-17 22:47
No he's just a bot
2021-03-18 09:55
i was so wrong thinking +dexter was a good move...
2021-03-17 19:33
5 replies
#30
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United States Shr3y
Wdym, he is playing ok for igl, he just came all the way from Australia give him some time ffs
2021-03-17 19:47
4 replies
+1 HLTV shitters give no grace
2021-03-17 21:16
+1 sadly people on HLTV with 0 skill and 0 knowledge about playing in a team thinks that you just switch a player or 2 and in 2 weeks they are either the best team in the world or they have to swap again. People dont realise that switching players, and especially igls can take a couple of months, especially if they have different leading styles from the last igl.
2021-03-17 22:57
2 replies
#70
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Indonesia lumayan
dudeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee +1
2021-03-18 04:03
Yep that's right. Each region has different styles to approach csgo. So it's not an easy thing to do to merge your ideas to a new team.
2021-03-18 06:52
#2
kopper | 
Denmark Lyck_
goat
2021-03-17 19:30
sad for mouz((
2021-03-17 19:30
Poor ropz
2021-03-17 19:30
#6
ropz | 
India icle
pain
2021-03-17 19:30
#7
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Sweden Stephano123
goat nip
2021-03-17 19:30
#8
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Georgia no_scene
bymas out soon
2021-03-17 19:31
2 replies
u mean aurimas pipiras?
2021-03-17 21:29
1 reply
#48
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Georgia no_scene
i mean "country god?" bymas
2021-03-17 21:32
poor ropzicle
2021-03-17 19:31
#10
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Sweden Elda_ANKA
NiP <3
2021-03-17 19:31
#11
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Mouz haven't been bad this EPL, have had pretty close maps. Let Dexter adopt to EU meta first, they only need Frozen, Ropz and Acor in great form and consistency to be a top team. Give the roster some time, it has potential and needs some ironing out. Only problem is Bymas who doesn't seem to have improved since his Faze stint but the talent is there.
2021-03-17 19:31
9 replies
Thats right
2021-03-17 19:33
+1
2021-03-17 19:38
#31
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Sweden tjevy
+1
2021-03-17 19:48
+1 Excellent analysis.
2021-03-17 20:08
+1 Actual good reply on this thread.
2021-03-17 20:38
#49
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Netherlands jen5on
They actually should have won a lot of those close maps and potentially series with it. So with a little bit of finetuning and adepting this lineup may actually get great results in the near furure.
2021-03-17 21:37
+1 Bymas has the least experience in the pro scene so he will still need time to develop and get used to playing different styles probably. The guy hasnt even been in the pro scene for a year, and he's already had 3 different IGLs, and just recently got a primary spot in mouse. This community is full of toxic kids that will never know what its like to play for anything except kd-ratio.
2021-03-17 23:05
1 reply
#80
acoR | 
Estonia pj4
+1
2021-03-18 11:05
+1111111111
2021-03-18 06:53
#12
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Canada wanderofus
So so so so so much pain Burn the house to kill the mouse I guess
2021-03-17 19:32
1 reply
#32
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Sweden deadvein
cry is free xaxaxa
2021-03-17 19:51
SAVE ROPZ
2021-03-17 19:32
3 replies
please just stfu... dexter hasnt even been in mouse a month and you fucking kids are already complaining that they arent winning... This team has 3 pretty new members, but you low IQ shitkids think that they should disband because they arent top 5 yet. Just fuck all the way of!
2021-03-17 23:11
2 replies
Trash team, they will keep bombing out of events.
2021-03-17 23:12
1 reply
They will probably lose alot for another month or so, but they have a shitload of potential
2021-03-17 23:15
#15
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Brazil hugoooo
13-5 to keep zero points, imagine the tilt
2021-03-17 19:32
#SAVEMOUZPLS
2021-03-17 19:33
ez
2021-03-17 19:35
#21
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Canada firtlast
hampus on heroic wtf
2021-03-17 19:36
#22
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Sweden HaasF1Team
hampus wtf
2021-03-17 19:37
save ropz mens, one of the most talented rifflers in the world struggling in tier2 team
2021-03-17 19:39
3 replies
please just stfu... dexter hasnt even been in mouse a month and you fucking kids are already complaining that they arent winning... This team has 3 pretty new members, but you low IQ shitkids think that they should disband because they arent top 5 yet. Just fuck all the way of!
2021-03-17 23:11
2 replies
#81
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Denmark ghostan11
0/8
2021-03-18 12:48
1 reply
0/8
2021-03-18 21:13
#25
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Israel ZiinTotH
poor ropz, gg
2021-03-17 19:39
#26
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Europe tsken
NiP is just lucky! They are actually just playing like bots. :/ Also I feel so bad for Ropz - He is such a great player!
2021-03-17 19:43
3 replies
#33
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Sweden deadvein
NT plastic FaZe fan
2021-03-17 19:52
1 reply
#40
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Europe tsken
Learning a new term and just put it in whenever you get the chance NT ;) This time you failed though :P
2021-03-17 20:22
okay
2021-03-17 19:54
I now finally know who the fuck hampus is
2021-03-17 19:44
Hampus🥵 no GODJ no WIN
2021-03-17 19:44
Ropz new s1mple
2021-03-17 19:59
#38
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
What a game from Hampus! GGs and lets hope we see NIP play like this going forward
2021-03-17 20:08
2 replies
#39
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Finland Kujis
Lets not hope that mens, 2 rounds off from losing to fucking mousesports.
2021-03-17 20:14
1 reply
#46
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
It was planned ofc. They wanted to entertain us
2021-03-17 21:17
Ok ropz is more in need to be rescued than ever.
2021-03-17 20:28
What did i kiss
2021-03-17 20:30
Ropz man poor dude
2021-03-17 20:42
#50
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Germany HSV_isses
Since when is Hampus the Owner of Heroic?
2021-03-17 21:44
Ropzsports
2021-03-17 22:13
#52
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Europe x1fy
save ropzen
2021-03-17 22:13
2.0 Rating - cant be more fake definitely
2021-03-17 22:15
Dead team #freeropz Hopefully, the mouz fans who want woxic to be sent from the team are now happy. XDD
2021-03-17 22:19
Ropzsports
2021-03-17 22:24
#65
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African Union mikecool
Rip mouz I actually want them to win one series at least. You can see them trying but things just aren't working out at the moment. They need more time to adjust.
2021-03-18 00:01
-Bymas +Pawling
2021-03-18 01:42
Sad for ropz, feel like he is genuine top 5 in the world material but he's wasting away in mouz
2021-03-18 02:42
hampus is looking so good, if not him NIP would lose Mirage for sure. NIP is showing a little bit of life left in them, I think they will still need some roster changes if they want to be good with this lineup, but with some changes I could see them being TOP 5 team. As for mousesports I would expect changes right after this tournament, I don't remember when was the last time I saw mousesports look that bad.
2021-03-18 07:56
3 replies
I agree, even though I love watching ZTR I just think he's not done developing and isn't really ready for T1 cs yet (he will be, don't get me wrong). Send him back to YN or loan him out. Then break the bank getting Brollan or Krimz and GG.
2021-03-18 09:50
2 replies
This team has got such a huge problems that I doubt that KRIMZ or Brollan would fix it.
2021-03-18 12:54
1 reply
I disagree. My biggest issue is that there's no longer swedish talent enough for two top-15 teams and gathering the best 5-6 swedish players could actually become a top 5 team imo
2021-03-18 14:23
#76
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CIS Laggy
Save Ropz ffs
2021-03-18 09:13
#79
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Netherlands EFR89
Free ropz <3
2021-03-18 10:17
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