NIP outlast Complexity in three-map thriller to book semi-final spot in ESL Pro League

The Swedes' defensive setups proved to be the decisive factor in this action-packed quarter-final.

NIP are through to the ESL Pro League 13 semi-finals following a three-map marathon match over Complexity. The international squad struck first blood in the series in a highly-contested Mirage (19-17), where Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev’s AWP was the difference-maker in overtime. The Swedish side hit back on Overpass (16-14) after turning around a huge deficit with an outstanding defensive showing and picked up where they left off on Inferno to run away with the map 16-9.

"Ever since our performance coach came to the team, he’s helped us a lot to be mentally prepared for games and be at 100%," Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora said in regards to their mental fortitude. "He’s helped us inside the games to not tilt and make sure we all help each other. Even though we were down 8-12 on Overpass, it still felt like we could win it".

A red-hot Gambit on a tournament unbeaten streak await NIP in the semi-finals in a first encounter between the two teams, which will commence on Saturday at 15:30

NIP's strong CT sides pushed them across the line

Complexity opened their pick of Mirage with a 3-0 score before NIP got guns in hand to take the lead by one round. However, Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke would not allow the deficit to grow and pieced together a 3K with an entry onto the A site to help propel his team ahead. NIP secured two additional rounds to stay hot on their opponent’s heels, but Complexity claimed the final rounds of the half.

The trio of Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser, Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson and Plopski stepped up on the T side with a high damage output to push the match to overtime from an 8-12 position, but proceedings failed to go in their favour. poizon hit a higher gear in overtime and picked apart the Swedes with his pinpoint accurate AWP to spearhead his team to victory, with a 1v3 wrapping up the map 19-17.

A team ace saw Complexity stamp their authority on the early stages of Overpass as the defenders overwhelmingly shut down NIP with a water-tight defence. Down 1-9, the Swedes regrouped to break down the CT resistance and add three rounds to their tally, but the momentary success was subdued as the international side responded with two swift rounds for an 11-4 lead. Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and co. had burned through their fuel by the time they swapped to the offence and couldn’t find more than three rounds as NIP one-upped their opponents with a near-impenetrable 12-3 defence to force a decider map.

NIP carried over their momentum on Inferno as they stormed to a 7-2 lead on the CT side. Complexity managed to find their footing in the tail end of the half to trade three rounds apiece and salvage a 5-10 scoreline after what looked to be headed towards a halftime blowout. Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage won a crucial 1v2 in the second half pistol but a follow-up was shut down by hampus' men, who secured a trio of rounds for a 13-6 advantage. The score difference proved too much for Complexity as NIP powered on to end the series 16-9 off the back of a nawwk triple kill to eliminate blameF’s team from the event.

Matchpage
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9th April 2021
Sweden
19
Mirage
17
14
Overpass
16
9
Inferno
16
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 66 -8 73.8 1.01
66 - 72 -6 75.5 1.00
60 - 61 -1 73.4 0.99
57 - 63 -6 69.2 0.89
51 - 65 -14 63.9 0.88
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 61 +11 90.0 1.21
71 - 51 +20 72.7 1.20
70 - 61 +9 90.2 1.20
61 - 64 -3 76.2 1.06
50 - 55 -5 59.0 0.99
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1146
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
793
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
632
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
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Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Extremely easy for the god player ZTR.
2021-04-09 20:00
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OK | 
Peru TheJuan
Nice
2021-04-09 20:00
3 replies
wtf baitzera again f5
2021-04-09 20:01
2 replies
#11
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Peru TheJuan
axaxa mad cuz too slow
2021-04-09 20:01
1 reply
i give ur chance
2021-04-09 20:03
lul
2021-04-09 20:01
#4
i am | 
Europe Tier1
great
2021-04-09 20:01
sad
2021-04-09 20:01
#6
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Sweden Elda_ANKA
#GONINJAS
2021-04-09 20:01
1 reply
swedes too stronk
2021-04-09 23:48
#8
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Sweden Fizze
#GONINJAS
2021-04-09 20:01
Gg to both teams
2021-04-09 20:01
Wow
2021-04-09 20:01
complexity t3 confirmed
2021-04-09 20:01
1 reply
#24
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Sweden hilebard
t3 going top 6 in a tournament containing all teams in the world? lol
2021-04-10 07:32
#13
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Korea hanj3
EZ4NIP
2021-04-09 20:02
how
2021-04-09 20:02
#15
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Indonesia dannt
I HATE YOU
2021-04-09 20:03
2021-04-09 20:03
#18
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Russia mshkoda
Nice for Gambit, after defeating Navi and Virtus Pro i felt like Complexity is a cryptonite for CIS teams and afraid of them) Overall a great match, I love these northern European teams who play not from aim, but from structure and understanding of tactics
2021-04-09 20:15
3 replies
#25
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Sweden hilebard
I think you mean danish, not northern european. Swedish tactics are quite bad rn, we mostly play for aim unfortunately
2021-04-10 07:33
2 replies
#26
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Czech Republic JameS_19
It depends. Fnatic is not about tactics, fnatic is about aim, and surprising opponents with their timings and explosive plays. But team that has threat as a coach must have good playbook...
2021-04-10 08:47
#29
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Russia mshkoda
Comparing with Navi, Complexity nowadays NIP's tactics are also great
2021-04-10 12:09
#19
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United States narizon
nip always so unpredictable but good for them
2021-04-09 20:43
nice man, i bet 500 points on nip map 2 xD
2021-04-09 23:04
#21
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Sweden axelious
So glad for this! Hopefully they can give Gambit a challenge!
2021-04-09 23:13
1 reply
if challenge means to show up, then sure they can challenge.
2021-04-10 10:09
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South Africa Ston3Cold
Have to say, since poizon returned to Complexity, they really have been on a roll as of late. I'm not a huge fan of the Juggernaut, however, I'll give them credit for their past few matches' performance.
2021-04-10 01:13
man why they choke wtf i thought they had it ez so i stopped watching the game and then it turns out they fucking lost IS THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE WE ARE FROM BULGARIA?
2021-04-10 10:08
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