NIP move past FunPlus Phoenix in Flashpoint 3

The Ninjas march on in the upper bracket of the RMR tournament.

NIP are through to the upper bracket semi-finals in Flashpoint 3 with a 2-0 victory over FunPlus Phoenix. After the drama of the first-round series against Anonymo, the Ninjas produced a fine display against an opponent that was punished for their shallow map pool and that lost all pistol rounds. FunPlus Phoenix still attempted to respond on Inferno but squandered a map point in regulation and ended up losing the game in overtime.

"I think we are improving a lot every day and in every practice," Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner said after the match when asked to give an assessment of his team. "I'd put us in the top 10. In the near future, we can go much higher."

NIP will still need to sharpen their act as they are on a collision course against the in-form G2, who will enter Sunday's series in high spirits following a 2-1 victory over world No.3 Heroic. As for FunPlus Phoenix, they will fight for survival on Friday against Vitality.

NIP will return to action only on Sunday

The Swedish team went all guns blazing right from the off, cruising to an 8-0 lead on the T side of Mirage, their map pick. FunPlus Phoenix, who were chasing their first win on this map since October, tightened up and put some rounds together, with NIP picking up two late rounds to end the half on double digits.

The Ninjas showed no signs of slowing down after switching to the CT side, but FunPlus Phoenix opened up the floodgates once they had money to work with. They took the game to their opponents and enjoyed a spell of dominance, falling short in the end as NIP locked down the map with nothing but Desert Eagles after REZ had put the team on map point with a stellar quad-kill on the A site.

Inferno witnessed a strong start from NIP, who twice picked up a four-round lead, before FunPlus Phoenix took control of proceedings. The international team ended the half up by three, with Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen and Luka "⁠emi⁠" Vuković both making valuable contributions.

A trio of frags by Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser in the pistol round kick-started a dominant period from the Ninjas, who went on a 6-0 run. FPX then finally found their footing in the half and even managed to hit map point, but the Ninjas stormed back to take the game to overtime, in which they would wrap things up after a chaotic second half.

Flashpoint 3Best of 3
Matchpage
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2
20th May 2021
Sweden
12
Mirage
16
17
Inferno
19
 FunPlus Phoenix K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 42 +12 94.7 1.32
42 - 40 +2 83.5 1.10
54 - 45 +9 73.1 1.04
41 - 36 +5 66.5 1.00
36 - 48 -12 67.4 0.85
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 41 +9 86.0 1.26
44 - 43 +1 77.1 1.06
45 - 49 -4 83.1 1.03
36 - 44 -8 47.8 0.82
34 - 50 -16 67.2 0.77
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
578
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1001
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1129
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Rip :(
2021-05-21 01:19
EZ NIP
2021-05-21 01:19
#3
LUq | 
Poland legitb
sad
2021-05-21 01:19
Unlucky, the 10th thrown round on Inferno perhaps was one too many.
2021-05-21 01:20
1 reply
#16
sdy | 
Germany Attii
Learn english!!! ;(
2021-05-21 01:26
EZ
2021-05-21 01:21
well deserved NiP ! go get 'em RMR points !
2021-05-21 01:21
device top1
2021-05-21 01:21
3 replies
🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 carried 1.06 rating
2021-05-21 11:57
2 replies
fLaG cHeCkS oUt
2021-05-21 14:18
1 reply
name is so pure. kekw
2021-05-21 17:17
no krystal no win unluko
2021-05-21 01:23
Both teams did some good stuff. Entertaining match!
2021-05-21 01:23
#13
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Finland Kujis
Expected. Asylum patients thought 2-0 for FPX? Nice one
2021-05-21 01:24
1 reply
KEKW
2021-05-21 16:36
GODski
2021-05-21 01:27
When does the replay happen? 🤣
2021-05-21 01:29
1 reply
No replay man cuz nip won
2021-05-21 05:55
lol
2021-05-21 01:29
#23
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Russia z0rgh
Dev40ce without Astralis carry strugling even against tier 2
2021-05-21 01:32
5 replies
#42
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Indonesia lukerey
Astralis without device struggled against french mix
2021-05-21 03:07
#64
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Portugal jsousa941
i wouldnt say struggling but ok, id think a struggling player would get 20+ kills per map ...
2021-05-21 06:54
2 replies
#87
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Austria SplasJ
If u watched him play you wouldn't say he was good. He whiffed so often
2021-05-21 09:12
1 reply
#183
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Portugal jsousa941
ik he whiffed
2021-05-22 00:57
Anonymo fake fan xD
2021-05-21 07:36
Average team carried by rez. They will be rekted by any team that is able to close 4v2..
2021-05-21 01:33
#26
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Portugal dracø
Device looking average, sure it's early to say, but if this keeps up he will be out of the top 5 for the 1st time since 2015
2021-05-21 01:37
1 reply
+1 lets hope it gets better when they have played together for a longer time
2021-05-21 11:02
FPX lost this match what a joke team
2021-05-21 01:39
#29
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Poland Mixi997
40%
2021-05-21 01:50
Dev1ce top 1 soon
2021-05-21 01:54
ec0vice barely positive against t4 mix 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡
2021-05-21 01:54
5 replies
Haters gonna hate
2021-05-21 02:12
3 replies
baiters gonna bait
2021-05-21 03:47
2 replies
Oops there goes gravity
2021-05-21 04:49
1 reply
#65
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Romania decis1ve
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
2021-05-21 07:21
#128
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Turkey devpreeh
cry
2021-05-21 11:45
#32
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Slovakia Pribi
dont mind me, I just came here for some salt
2021-05-21 01:54
1 reply
I was thinking of going to the shop for some salt, but then I remembered HLTV giving it out for free on NiP games.
2021-05-21 17:57
#33
device | 
Sweden unu_
Imagine 5 man stacking A on Inferno CT pistol and still lose the round when they push it LUL
2021-05-21 02:00
2 replies
#57
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Pakistan LoOuU2
kkkkkk
2021-05-21 05:51
#100
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Spain N0Love
Not only that, they popflashed mid, had NiP all blinded and still couldnt kill them, then forgot boiler exists and got rekt
2021-05-21 09:55
FPX got better stats kekw
2021-05-21 02:05
3 replies
#46
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Finland suomiye
stats =/ wins
2021-05-21 03:27
#88
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Austria SplasJ
They also played better they just didn't win a single pistol and threw men advantages a ton
2021-05-21 09:13
1 reply
#127
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Turkey devpreeh
nt latvia
2021-05-21 11:44
#38
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Argentina Frannnnnnn
FPX was clearly playing with 40% loss, pls replay
2021-05-21 02:29
I'm happy to see NIP wins cause kids rage so much =D
2021-05-21 03:25
5 replies
+1 LUL #43
2021-05-21 03:26
2 replies
#126
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Turkey devpreeh
i see u everywhere with the same mindset as me my brother
2021-05-21 11:44
1 reply
i see a smart man
2021-05-21 16:20
#124
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Turkey devpreeh
+1 this solely is a reason to be nip fan ill change my flair even to trigger kids XD
2021-05-21 11:44
1 reply
200IQ
2021-05-21 14:35
#51
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Sweden crindz
Plopski, REZ and device <3!
2021-05-21 03:58
Well played NiP ; REZ & Plopski
2021-05-21 04:50
I heard fpx had packet loss.
2021-05-21 05:59
1 reply
#110
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India Ad1_KaM
I heard yes more mr. nice guy had brain loss.
2021-05-21 10:42
THIS MATCH SHOULD BE REPLAYED, PLAYING CONDITIONS WERE UNACCEPTABLE
2021-05-21 06:44
Is device finally had good "debut"? Or we need another match with his debut?.
2021-05-21 08:03
5 replies
Flag
2021-05-21 08:23
#123
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Turkey devpreeh
axaxaxaxxaxa
2021-05-21 11:43
Could I just scrape some salt off that cheek my guy? I need some to season my fish mens))
2021-05-21 18:01
2 replies
Are you not waiting for device debut? lol.
2021-05-21 20:15
1 reply
Couldnt give a shit about device I came for the salt.
2021-05-21 20:32
#80
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Sweden shaboom
”Rematch” bla bla. That shit is old kids. Move on in life! Good Job to nip. Great to see you guys perform well <3
2021-05-21 08:40
#92
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Poland Brazek2004
gj nip best org ever <3
2021-05-21 09:21
#93
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Brunei cyLoL
FPP had 40% loss better remade match for fair
2021-05-21 09:29
1 reply
#122
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Turkey devpreeh
+1
2021-05-21 11:42
Nip so lucky
2021-05-21 09:50
1 reply
#121
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Turkey devpreeh
xD
2021-05-21 11:42
Very nice job))
2021-05-21 09:53
Sadge hoped for 3 map game at least
2021-05-21 10:31
#111
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Nigeria disesion
ztr only -8, top1 2022 inc 🤡
2021-05-21 10:49
gg wp
2021-05-21 11:11
#117
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Netherlands EFR89
NIP should not even have played this match. They should be in lower bracket....
2021-05-21 11:33
2 replies
#120
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Turkey devpreeh
axaxaxa
2021-05-21 11:42
No Anonymo is where they belong.
2021-05-21 18:02
#EZ4NIP #Dontmatterifweloose #wejustcryandgetanotherchance #SwedishCSsucks #disbandbeforeuknowit
2021-05-21 11:37
1 reply
<3 Get better soon Astralis
2021-05-21 12:40
ez4NIP
2021-05-21 11:52
#132
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Lithuania 7000won
Way too close...
2021-05-21 12:08
#134
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Poland EviT
Seems like they didn't have any loss this time
2021-05-21 12:50
1 reply
No but Anonymo has a loss :)
2021-05-21 18:07
i would love to see f0rest back to nip before retire and play with devv could be sick imo
2021-05-21 12:56
1 reply
#149
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Serbia hltvmens
+1
2021-05-21 14:37
#136
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes
Win = no problem Lost=replay xD
2021-05-21 13:02
2 replies
When I wake up in the morning and I think its gonna be a shit day. I remember that people still care about NiP vs Anonymo and It makes me happy again.
2021-05-21 18:04
1 reply
#180
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes
Me, i dont care.. this is just another meme like 7-1 , bntet polish player and others. Anyways good that you are happy
2021-05-21 20:59
All packet loss jokes aside, excited to see if NiP can take this forward and upset some bigger teams with Dev1ce on board
2021-05-21 13:27
1 reply
Anonymo lost their packet containing a place in the major. xxxDDD
2021-05-21 18:05
#150
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Hungary benig8888
Lets go Nip
2021-05-21 14:37
#151
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Russia Orkhon321
of course they will, otherwise they just play again until they Won ez Logic
2021-05-21 14:41
NiP will be a hated team from now on.
2021-05-21 17:58
1 reply
No I think I may start following their matches for my daily intake of salt.
2021-05-21 18:06
go rematch
2021-05-21 18:02
2 replies
Go cry
2021-05-21 18:06
+1
2021-05-21 19:11
shame
2021-05-21 18:41
6
2021-05-21 19:12
ok
2021-05-21 20:00
Ez
2021-05-21 20:42
#181
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Poland SebL
ztr has to go, can't they see it by now? FPX is a really good team, I'm actually really surprised they lost it, but if they would win atleast one pistol in the series it could've been completely different story, unlucky for them.
2021-05-21 23:11
1 reply
Ztr still has his contract with young ninjas. So he isn't permanent for the moment. But you are really underestimate him. He is still a young player with growing potential. Just by the last game so was he doing more than good to help the team and he also contributed with a few important clutches. And if he was performing so bad that he would need to get an replacement the team would still struggle to find a player capable of filling in his role. Ztr is also IGL on some maps sharing that with Hampus. So if they had let him go they would lose a part time igl and an important overall player. (Btw he is IGL on overpass and thier last result there was 16-3, so don't come talk shit about him.)
2021-05-22 00:31
Cant fucking wait for astralis to stomp snakevice.
2021-05-22 09:52
Nip don't need a replay this time
2021-05-22 10:02
Carried by Rez again exepcted from top 10 ak abusers
2021-05-22 10:42
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