LNZ to play for NIP in IEM Summer as ztr returns to academy team

The 18-year-old Young Ninjas member has been promoted to the main roster as NIP continue their search for the right composition.

NIP have announced that academy team member Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng will step into the main roster for the upcoming IEM Summer tournament, replacing Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson, who is set to return to Young Ninjas. The Swedish side made the change shortly following their successful journey at Flashpoint 3, where they finished in second place to mousesports in their first official showing with Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz.

Head coach Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers has explained that while ztr has made a great contribution to the team's recent successes, he believes that the 17-year-old needs more time to develop in the academy team, without "the pressure of having to deliver on the highest level."

LNZ has been promoted from the academy team

"Erik [ztr] has contributed enormously to our recent success with great communication and energy, helping us to recover in dire moments," THREAT has stated. "However, I believe he needs some more time to develop as a player, which is why we’ve decided to let him play with Young Ninjas. This opens up an opportunity for LNZ, a gifted player who has been on the rise in Young Ninjas, to try his fortune on the main roster."

With LNZ stepping into the roster, NIP continue their search for the right roster composition, which currently features "a four-man core with a rotating slot filled from Young Ninjas." They have been utilizing that concept for the past four months, having promoted ztr to the main roster as a replacement for Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson in early February, just a few weeks after the secondary team was formed.

LNZ joined the team to fill the void left by ztr and Young Ninjas have been steadily climbing the ranks in the meantime, reaching a 35th peak ranking in late May on the back of third place at BLAST Rising and successful qualification for Elisa Invitational Summer, with the 18-year-old averaging a 1.04 rating.

NIP's lineup for IEM Summer, which is set to kick off on June 3 with the Swedish squad set to face OG in the first round of Group B, will be:

Sweden Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner
Sweden Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora
Sweden Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser
Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz
Sweden Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng

Sweden Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers (coach)

Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1461
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1168
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
143
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1684
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
815
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1144
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
160
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
0.98 kid
2021-06-01 19:02
25 replies
You think the plan is for him to be the star player?
2021-06-01 19:06
18 replies
He is young ninjas igl so stupid if they want a star player
2021-06-01 19:13
9 replies
their best player as while igling
2021-06-01 19:31
8 replies
If their best player is a 0.98 guy they can disband already.
2021-06-01 20:37
1 reply
almost top 30 in hltv rankings...
2021-06-01 22:06
#250
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Albania Maltin
Nilo is a far better aimer and frager, and he is only 16
2021-06-01 20:50
5 replies
Nilo has no clue how to do what they need.
2021-06-01 21:07
3 replies
#295
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Albania Maltin
Its amazing how some people can jump into conclusions. How do you know that? P.s. there is a long way for Nilo to come out, but based from what I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of their games) i can say that he 1. Has aim and spray, 2. He is the player who has improved the most until now
2021-06-01 22:36
2 replies
Actually my bad ,for some reason i was thinking about phzy
2021-06-02 01:08
1 reply
yeah, can agree on phzy
2021-06-02 09:56
+1 Nilo propably their main fragger right now, however ZTR will be a nice addition to young ninjas! They are still young guys and have alot of experience to build.
2021-06-02 08:34
I don't see him doing any better than ztr tbh
2021-06-01 19:14
#198
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Denmark Yikesslol
The plan is for him to perform, ztr had 0.85 rating. You think it isn't about perfomance?
2021-06-01 19:53
6 replies
Its not about performance. Its about giving the academyplayers a shot at Tier 1 games. Since they are academyplayers, they probably have contracts, and if they perform well, they might be able to sell them aswell. NiP is really business-oriented. They are trying to do both. ztr didnt play shit as most people say, because he had the worst roles on the team aswell. They might want to give the IGL to LNZ and let hampus roam free, idk, its weird what NiP is doing.
2021-06-02 13:40
5 replies
#342
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Denmark Yikesslol
Yes, you can give them shots at tier 1 WHILE switching if the performance isn't there, ztr definantly wasn't ready for tier 1 yet, he even tweeted that himself. He just needs more time and could evolve into a great player. NiP simply can not be slacking so much on a player in these rmr tournaments, they need wins and results.
2021-06-02 13:43
1 reply
True, i agree with you. He wasnt ready, but is LNZ ready? Is phzy? Mann3n? I highly doubt that. Also, coming second first tournament with device, is not bad. He did contribute to that. It wasnt like 4v5 and that the other players absolutely killed it. REZ was good and device was godlike. Plopski wasnt super good, and neither was Hampus. We forget that this is a team-oriented esport, it doesnt work unless all 5 contribute.
2021-06-03 15:46
#348
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Japan 1maxztar
ztr was also igl so really makes no sense
2021-06-02 21:13
2 replies
ztr was IGL yes, for a short period of time, on some maps, not all, which they later removed and his rating went up, and he had more impact.
2021-06-03 15:37
1 reply
#355
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Japan 1maxztar
in young ninjas*
2021-06-03 16:21
Poor devve
2021-06-01 19:33
1 reply
+1 kekw
2021-06-02 05:19
Most of that is from his first recorded teams. He has a much higher ceiling than ZTR. ZTR has historically been negative, whereas LNZ has had some really strong showings, and has improved a fair amount from where he started.
2021-06-01 19:37
nooby
2021-06-01 20:26
#263
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United Kingdom novaseer
remember HLTV previews only show rating 1.0 which doesn't account for a lot of factors
2021-06-01 21:06
still better than ztr
2021-06-01 23:44
#3
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United Kingdom KhT
interesting
2021-06-01 19:02
ahahahahaha
2021-06-01 19:01
Pog
2021-06-01 19:01
#6
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Russia Evil_DaviD1
C'MON, SIGN KRIMZ FFS NIP!!!
2021-06-01 19:04
9 replies
+1
2021-06-01 19:13
haha will never happen lol
2021-06-01 19:14
this is not a signing tho
2021-06-01 19:14
4 replies
Well, you cannot sign a player that is already signed. But there won't be a difference with ztr. Maybe if only a little bit.
2021-06-01 19:18
3 replies
Idk why they didn't take mann3n or nilo, they always take the igl???
2021-06-01 19:18
2 replies
Maybe hampus and Threat are teaching them about all of this stuff?
2021-06-01 19:20
1 reply
They take the IGL because his understanding of the game is usually higher than in a entryfragger,
2021-06-01 19:56
if NiP wants to put the final nail in the coffin, they could sign krimz
2021-06-01 19:50
What? Buying Krimz? Why? Hes only playing esportal(scandinavian Faceit) farming elo against bots. Fnatic is a tragedy at the moment, and the trio of Krimz, JW and Golden (especially Golden holy shit he is bad.) is a huge part of that problem. I seriously dont get why everyone is so crazy about krimz, he doesnt seem motivated anymore. Also, fnatic is the 3rd highest rated team in Sweden right now. And honestly, Young Ninjas is not that far behind.. hahah.
2021-06-03 15:52
kinda doesnt make sense to me
2021-06-01 19:01
30 replies
#43
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France ilian_87
It couldn't make more sens lmao
2021-06-01 19:04
29 replies
+1 ztr hasnt been the best lately
2021-06-01 19:05
integrating another academy team player into the roster 2 days before a t1 event, just after they got a second place finish in flashpoint 3 with ztr? literally makes z~e~r~o sense, no matter how ztr performed he knows his place in the roster already
2021-06-01 19:06
25 replies
+1
2021-06-01 19:07
#100
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Serbia CoIe47
+1
2021-06-01 19:12
+1
2021-06-01 19:12
+1
2021-06-01 19:13
#125
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Czech Republic Noxar
+1 And this won't "Help ztr mature without pressure" He basically got fired, that will only hurt his self confidence. How exactly will he improve by playing against some tier 4 players? If anything he'll develop bad habits, play in a way which would simply not work in Tier 1.
2021-06-01 19:18
8 replies
+10
2021-06-01 20:35
#243
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Finland Kujis
"Got fired", he never was in the squad as a permanent player anyway. He knew he would get replaced eventually, he's not a bitch and knows what the org is doing.
2021-06-01 20:40
6 replies
#248
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Czech Republic Noxar
Was he not signed to NiP proper? Fair enough then, but I highly doubt we'll see him again in main NiP roster.
2021-06-01 20:45
5 replies
#251
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Finland Kujis
Nah, he was a stand-in. I have hopes he will return in a few years, ofc right now NiP are looking for someone that can perform at the major tho.
2021-06-01 20:50
4 replies
And that someone is LNZ or what? They're replacing one academy player with another, it's not like they just signed brollan or krimz.
2021-06-01 21:48
3 replies
#288
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Finland Kujis
"looking for". Are you implying that you can know how a player performs, just by comparing him to another academy player?
2021-06-01 22:22
2 replies
No I'm not implying that, but that move seems weird regardless. Obviously, ztr's been underperforming lately, but he's neither the only nor the biggest problem to address. They did quite good at Flashpoint 3, yeah, because dev1ce was hardcarrying them mostly.
2021-06-01 22:31
1 reply
#296
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Finland Kujis
They don't lose RMR points and they can test a new player, i think it's quite a good move. Tbf he is the biggest problem, having under 0.9 rating and performing maybe once per 6 maps is not good at all. They did well at Flashpoint because everyone did their part, devve obviously with his awp but R EZ, Hampus and Plopski performed to their expectations, ztr did decent enough for us to finish second but with a better 5th we could have and would have done better.
2021-06-01 22:38
+2 so its not spam :)
2021-06-01 19:20
Do you really think an another online event is important for any team at the moment ? All eyes and attentions are on RMRs and the major in november. So nip are right to try new things with their academy players and to get time to ztr to take some rest after those last intense months for him. And because of points deduction, he will for sure play both RMR
2021-06-01 19:25
1 reply
while you got a good point there i can add that no matter how oversaturated the scene is currently, there's a good chance that LANs will return very soon and events like IEM Summer determine who gets invited there and who does not, so i dont think teams will go too easy on those events.
2021-06-01 20:22
+1
2021-06-01 19:27
I totally agree with you. This is a stupid move, seems like they've been monitoring HLTV threads and just making decisions out of popular demand. THREATs argument is beyond ridiculous.
2021-06-01 19:29
We don't really know what's happening behind the curtains so it's hard to judge. You're right that from our perspective things looked pretty good for NIP but I'm sure Threat had really good justification for this swap
2021-06-01 19:31
The timing is bad but the swap is reasonable. ZTR isn't really improving, and definitely needs more time to work on gamesense/awareness/timings. He has his moments, but they're wildly inconsistent. LNZ isn't a star on paper, but they need someone who can have consistent output while also potentially putting up numbers (but not being required to frag out) and improving as a player. LNZ has only improved as he's been playing, whereas ZTR has stayed roughly the same regardless of opponent level (which is to say: not very well).
2021-06-01 19:50
1 reply
True and as mentioned LNZ to try his luck while they search for the 5th. This is by no means the solid 5th player. I hope they get some opportunities/offers from other teams for the stable 5th man. es3tag, dupreeh, krimz, brollan, forrest.
2021-06-02 00:09
#213
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Austria faklaf
+1
2021-06-01 20:01
#320
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Canada fedezera
+1
2021-06-02 01:31
+Over 9k
2021-06-02 14:59
#359
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United States brub
+1
2021-06-05 04:19
whats ur sens
2021-06-01 20:27
1 reply
1.8
2021-06-01 20:43
#8
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Canada dT1346
welp ztr.... unlucky
2021-06-01 19:01
poggers
2021-06-01 19:01
Interesting, LNZ have been a beast in the academy team
2021-06-01 19:02
5 replies
0.98 rating?
2021-06-01 19:08
4 replies
1.04 last 3 months with 132 maps played, that's a shitload and it means he's gonna be very sharp from playing so many officials ztr only had like a 1.00 rating (over whole "career") before he joined
2021-06-01 19:25
#161
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Sweden Svahn
Oh idiots and their rating arguments. Just let the fucking kid play first
2021-06-01 19:34
Look at his actual statistics. The rating includes his first teams. He's actually pretty decent from a lower tier perspective, and definitely has room to grow.
2021-06-01 19:52
its good lol
2021-06-01 20:27
cool
2021-06-01 19:02
Rip ztr
2021-06-01 19:02
1 reply
I guess fnatic is buying him...
2021-06-01 21:13
#13
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Ireland cawley2
wtf is going on rn #
2021-06-01 19:02
#14
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Indonesia lukerey
NiP hear u, HLTV. Congrats...
2021-06-01 19:02
1 reply
#70
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Indonesia lumayan
Lolllll, and ztr will never open hltv again
2021-06-01 19:06
#15
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Brazil UZeftG0D
NIP cold?
2021-06-01 19:02
9 replies
#58
ropz | 
Spain Nepomu
Yeah surely he speaks Swedish
2021-06-01 19:05
3 replies
#72
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Canada YankeeM
+1
2021-06-01 19:06
Lol
2021-06-01 19:32
Nope he Make Devve Cry again..
2021-06-01 19:44
#75
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Sweden deadvein
xaxaxaxa
2021-06-01 19:07
#193
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Lithuania disesion
he would be too cold in sweden
2021-06-01 19:51
3 replies
we have same weather in the summers as rest of europe
2021-06-02 02:53
2 replies
Europe is a big place, so no, not in the matters of temeperature at least. On the GOOD summer days perhaps we can match that of northern Poland/Germany but if you think about the coastal/mediterranean/Black Sea countries (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Monaco, Cyprus, Malta) then we don't get even close, except 2018 when the country was on fire :D
2021-06-02 10:08
#358
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Lithuania disesion
it was a joke about coldzera being cold cold is cold get it
2021-06-04 17:20
Ok, expected.
2021-06-01 19:02
1 reply
no it was not, it was uncalled for
2021-06-01 20:27
wtf, rip the hype in NiP :( I was so happy to see him cheer among the cold-faced others in the team.
2021-06-01 19:02
1 reply
+1
2021-06-01 23:44
Rotating the cheerleader role I see.
2021-06-01 19:02
LMAOO DEMOTED
2021-06-01 19:02
nice
2021-06-01 19:02
lmao
2021-06-01 19:02
1.04 rating, not gonna be better than ztr
2021-06-01 19:02
5 replies
He will. It may not be by a lot but ZTR was rarely positive, whereas LNZ has put up some really promising performances. ZTR is like Pronax/Golden/Karrigan levels of performance without being an IGL, it's not tenable at Tier 1.
2021-06-01 19:55
3 replies
ztr was IGL on some maps tho
2021-06-01 22:00
2 replies
He was, and then Hampus took back full duties with ztr being secondary. It didn't really change much.
2021-06-01 22:05
He didn't call single map on flashpoint
2021-06-01 23:25
eh
2021-06-01 20:27
expected
2021-06-01 19:02
lmao they are gonna keep rotating out academy members when they get washed. Just move device to the academy team
2021-06-01 19:02
3 replies
How is 17 year old washed
2021-06-01 19:03
1 reply
#48
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Lithuania M0rkiz
Tbh device would just destroy academy team. Better send him back to Astralis academy aka team #200.
2021-06-01 19:04
Nip read all these -ztr threads
2021-06-01 19:03
pog
2021-06-01 19:03
#28
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Poland Roxin
Unexpected
2021-06-01 19:03
Just get Xizt wtf
2021-06-01 19:03
7 replies
0/8 xizt retired already
2021-06-01 19:03
2 replies
0/8 XIZT is the GOAT
2021-06-01 19:05
0/8 Xizt is the best!
2021-06-01 19:40
bahahahahaahahaahahahahahahaha
2021-06-01 19:05
hes so bad
2021-06-01 20:27
1 reply
2021-06-01 20:50
yes he can maintain the nip magic - never in playoffs
2021-06-01 21:18
#30
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Czech Republic Poloolpp
lol
2021-06-01 19:03
#31
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Poland Yomenik
wtf
2021-06-01 19:03
#32
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Peru SuperGOD
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk omegawho?
2021-06-01 19:03
WHO TF
2021-06-01 19:03
1.04 OK SWEDEN CS
2021-06-01 19:03
huh
2021-06-01 19:03
1.04 talent let's go
2021-06-01 19:05
cmon mens why! either keep qtr or get a proven player, not these t2 no namers
2021-06-01 19:03
#41
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Chile nachooww
bruh
2021-06-01 19:03
nip is broke because of dev1ce transfer xd
2021-06-01 19:04
Hahahah Good trade
2021-06-01 19:04
Well that's sound like 6 man roster with extra steps
2021-06-01 19:04
Finally
2021-06-01 19:04
gg
2021-06-01 19:05
Rip
2021-06-01 19:05
WTF ZTR GOD
2021-06-01 19:05
4 replies
unbelievable mens((
2021-06-01 19:07
1 reply
+1 mens(( GODZTR will comeback stornger! 💪😎👍
2021-06-01 19:13
yeah he did good stuff
2021-06-01 20:28
+1
2021-06-01 23:45
Exciting :) Hope he does well!
2021-06-01 19:05
#56
ztr | 
United States Outback
i think ztr had a higher rating when he was in young ninjas then LNZ. I guess we'll see, maybe he will be nuts.
2021-06-01 19:05
1 reply
He didn't.
2021-06-01 19:57
hahahaa
2021-06-01 19:05
WHAT
2021-06-01 19:05
poor guy, gl to him
2021-06-01 19:05
#61
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Chile cristiaan
loool
2021-06-01 19:05
GG NIP
2021-06-01 19:05
took em long enough
2021-06-01 19:06
lets goooo
2021-06-01 19:06
RIP ZTR
2021-06-01 19:06
Oh remove ztr to add another 0.98 rating player playing vs tier 5 N1
2021-06-01 19:06
#76
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Sweden Viilzy
Get f0rest
2021-06-01 19:07
No! :(((((
2021-06-01 19:07
good luck to LNZ, I hope ztr isn't too disappointed its a good management imo
2021-06-01 19:07
#81
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Spain Nepomu
They don’t have money at all lol at least sign forest or lekro
2021-06-01 19:08
2 replies
why tf should lekr0 go back to the team that kicked him for hampus lmao?
2021-06-01 19:12
1 reply
Well I mean I’d rather play in a top team than for dig
2021-06-01 19:13
#85
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Austria young1e
ztr will get 1.40 rating in Young Ninjas now.
2021-06-01 19:08
????? why
2021-06-01 19:08
Such a shame, i felt ZTR was working great for the team. Hope we don't see too many roster changes over the next year :/
2021-06-01 19:08
Why..? Is LNZ more promising or something??
2021-06-01 19:08
#90
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Very interesting... I'm looking forward to seeing what LNZ can do for NiP. ^^
2021-06-01 19:09
Better than ztr ig
2021-06-01 19:09
#92
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Poland rotu_
sad for ztr,u could see how hyped he was getting in their last matches,and how happy he was with the team ://
2021-06-01 19:09
1 reply
what did he expect with cryvice and 40% brain packet loss?
2021-06-01 19:25
Yeeeees this is what i wanted
2021-06-01 19:09
#95
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Albania gamer97
just bring back f0rest
2021-06-01 19:10
Wow replaced a noob with another noob pog Another .8 rating player incoming So much pog Pog poggers pog
2021-06-01 19:10
lmao I guess threat listened to all the -ztr... but we expected +krimz not LNZ... maybe he will be better than ztr lets see..
2021-06-01 19:10
so your excuse is that he is 17 years old and needs time to develop but you bring in an 18 year old from the same academy team, same shit gonna happen again no?
2021-06-01 19:10
Nice they are trying something new
2021-06-01 19:11
Come on NiP stop putting these kids in ur line-up and get my man Nawwk back in
2021-06-01 19:12
NiP once again shooting themselves in the foot expected from their brick of a ceo
2021-06-01 19:12
Twitch chat bullied ztr to nip academy. lmao
2021-06-01 19:12
#106
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Spain elskio
An Academy team player is not good enough -> replace him to another Academy player wtf 200iq
2021-06-01 19:13
#107
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Bulgaria goshyy
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-06-01 19:12
wtf, they just played a grand final. Why would they bench him too soon?
2021-06-01 19:13
1 reply
they prob got him so he could show that he was good but couldn't preform so he is gone
2021-06-01 19:17
I personally would've loved to see Mann3n instead but this'll be interesting
2021-06-01 19:13
As soon as ztr just got used to nip playstyle and on a decent form, nip kick him out
2021-06-01 19:14
1 reply
he didnt get used to their play style, he was shid
2021-06-01 19:40
#119
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Estonia qoznyyy
gonna be -pyth/-maikelele/-allu etc aka changing the 5th all over again
2021-06-01 19:15
good luck!
2021-06-01 19:17
#124
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Pakistan LoOuU2
NiP bruh. As #64 rightly summed it, Wtf bruh? Just play with Nawwk at this point
2021-06-01 19:19
expected... ztr was not performing that good
2021-06-01 19:20
this is even worse than letting f0rest and lekr0 go xd
2021-06-01 19:21
#132
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Sweden pawn73
haa
2021-06-01 19:21
switched bot for bot
2021-06-01 19:21
-bot +bot
2021-06-01 19:22
wtf bro?
2021-06-01 19:22
If nip could get Krimz or Brollan, they would be top3 ez
2021-06-01 19:22
2 replies
NiP: *has 3 entries / aggressive players on the team + a somewhat active awper* random not so smart finnish dude: "hey let's add another entry fragger"
2021-06-01 19:25
1 reply
KRIMZ has always been a high output support though, or at least he's played that role in the past. He's pretty versatile.
2021-06-01 19:59
sad to see ztr go, kid deserved more time imo I have a feeling that this kid is a downrage + what the fuck is up with NiP getting all these guys who's names are 3 letters
2021-06-01 19:23
I laughed way too hard at that title for no reason
2021-06-01 19:23
Imagine people had told s1mple with 16 "You need time to spend on a lower-tier level"... You get only the best when you challenging the best. And NIP coach fits perfect to NIP cuz they are full of idiots.
2021-06-01 19:24
5 replies
I disagree, if you are gold nova on MM and just play agianst legendary eagles you won't develop that much and you could lose your confidence. Young Ninjas is a top 50 team, they will practice against good opponents too
2021-06-01 19:28
4 replies
We talk here about players on pro-level not fucking MM ranks... I thought you would figure it out
2021-06-01 19:30
2 replies
skill gap is similar but game intelligence is quite different.
2021-06-01 19:34
1 reply
You must be retarded to think t1 and t2 gap is same as gold nova to LEM XD
2021-06-01 19:53
This is so fucking wrong. Ignoring the shit MM take, if you take a lower skilled player and force them to play higher skilled players they will improve if they have any actual potential. Some will improve faster than others, but it's how you actually get better. That said: pugging won't improve you the same way growing in a team will.
2021-06-01 20:03
Just buy brollan ffs
2021-06-01 19:25
3 replies
#175
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Sweden flippig
0/8
2021-06-01 19:42
1 reply
Why? Brollan is wasting his talent with old washed up uncles
2021-06-01 19:45
#272
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Sweden randigdot
he will cost to big$ he still have 3 years
2021-06-01 21:34
Do they lack letters in sweden or what
2021-06-01 19:26
1 reply
Ztr -> lnz
2021-06-01 19:26
#149
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Russia INNESOR
HAHAHAHA jezaz lol
2021-06-01 19:29
Ztr gave his best and NIP placed second in a stacked rmr tournament, still was not enough for NIP management and that will send the wrong message to young ninjas about getting a permanent spot in the main roster. No matter how well you do you can always be demoted and thats gotta hurt ztr´s confidence going forward with NIP.
2021-06-01 19:31
1 reply
#273
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Sweden randigdot
or its fire them up to do the best and put the most hours in
2021-06-01 21:37
Not really an upgrade
2021-06-01 19:31
???? ztr is better!!! and ztr is terrible olof it's better than both
2021-06-01 19:33
Bring OLOF
2021-06-01 19:35
ztr is rlly bad so this cant be worse
2021-06-01 19:35
Wtf why dont they take nawwk on the rifle back aigan has to be personal issues i guess.
2021-06-01 19:35
F for ZTR
2021-06-01 19:38
#168
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Goes from an academy team to playing with one of the best players of all time. GL
2021-06-01 19:39
So basically NIP play without cheerleader now? xD
2021-06-01 19:40
Wtf why not nilo? best NIP Academy player by far
2021-06-01 19:40
1 reply
nilo inconsistent, but yeah he has gotten a lot better
2021-06-01 19:42
-bot +bot Very nice NiP!
2021-06-01 19:41
feels bad for ztr because he seems nice but that change was inevitable tbh
2021-06-01 19:44
well I guess they might as well go yolo and give him a shot
2021-06-01 19:45
THE SOLUTION IS CALLED OLOFMEISTER WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ANNOUNCE IT ALREADY, WE KNOW YOU HAVE THE CONTRACT ALL BUT SIGNED ALREADY.
2021-06-01 19:47
3 replies
#194 Hampus doesnt want to call
2021-06-01 19:52
2 replies
Then kick hampus and have lnz as IGL, they got hampus to igl. Either way add olofm.
2021-06-01 19:54
1 reply
Olof will play in faze for now (cold is leaving)
2021-06-01 20:05
gl
2021-06-01 19:50
Better buy out brollan...
2021-06-01 19:50
2 replies
They need IGL tho Sweden dont have any good experienced IGLs now :(
2021-06-01 19:51
1 reply
hampus is igl ztr was calling only on 2 maps
2021-06-03 14:51
+f0restiZiNzaNE~
2021-06-01 19:50
This is very bad move
2021-06-01 19:54
1 reply
#209
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Sweden pawn73
nt pawn
2021-06-01 20:00
#205
REZ | 
Sweden zoltes
NiP you are trash
2021-06-01 19:58
#207
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Brazil SecondKS
WHY NOT PHZY?
2021-06-01 19:59
#208
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United States _salmoN
LNZ was hard carrying in the 6 OT Young Ninjas/K23 mirage game lol, he's pretty good mens
2021-06-01 20:00
that sounds like an awful move....... -ztr, yeah fine......but why him instead? you need to replace ztr for firepower, here you're getting roughtly the same firepower and maybe losing communication and energy in the team.
2021-06-01 20:00
#211
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Poland RoDaK
Unexpected tbh
2021-06-01 20:00
ztr has improved so much already in his time in the team, imagine a few more months; they are coming off a 2nd place finish in an RMR event makes no sense to switch it up.
2021-06-01 20:01
2 replies
yes i think NiP wont get better with this change and it will massively affect Young Ninjas that were TOP30 material, maybe even more. I think the will go downfall with this change
2021-06-01 20:11
1 reply
yeah seems bad on paper but we'll see
2021-06-01 20:37
He is even worse than ztr
2021-06-01 20:08
-plopski +sapec when?
2021-06-01 20:10
1 reply
#232
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Albania Maltin
1. Sapec doesnt stand a chance of being promoted. If they go for another young ninja it would be Nilo 2. Plopski is a decent player. Recently he wasn’t performing up to the level but the team is trying to find the right composition since there has been two new players on the team (device and ztr). Therefore no chance og going-plopski
2021-06-01 20:31
#220
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Morocco bobby_j
lol ZTR was always overenthusiastic in matches because he was afraid of this day
2021-06-01 20:13
KEKW changing ztr on the worst player from academy
2021-06-01 20:32
#234
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Europe BARAO555
if hes going to be bad theory of 3 letter nicks are true
2021-06-01 20:33
2 replies
rez bad? b1t? nbk?
2021-06-01 20:44
1 reply
rez has ‘ez’ in his name so it doesnt count
2021-06-01 21:05
#235
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United States Rayduh
Nice ztr still has a job
2021-06-01 20:35
#240
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Finland Noukiya
Downgrade tbh atleast ztr was solid in clutch situations lnz usually is bottomfragging 90% of the time would much rather have seen mann3n or phyz
2021-06-01 20:38
1 reply
He was the hype man for them :(
2021-06-01 22:05
he's an IGL? no way his team mates will respect him, he doesnt have the big dick energy...
2021-06-01 20:38
Device TwoFaced Toledo
2021-06-01 20:39
Insolvenz Lenz kkkkkk
2021-06-01 20:43
gl LNZ
2021-06-01 20:48
#253
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Estonia Eduzera
FAK
2021-06-01 20:50
Ah, shit. Another one with Z in their nickname. Casters pronounciations is gonna continue bugging me. I would like to hear Semler and Bardolf refer to "ZZ top".
2021-06-01 20:52
wtf
2021-06-01 20:55
Then if LNZ didn't deliver them a championship, he will going to get replaced by ZTR again or new player? lmao
2021-06-01 20:57
1 reply
They are clearly stalling until the right player present himself while at the same time hoping they maybe just might luck out with one of the mini ninjas players slotting in perfectly. Im still in confusion over #258
2021-06-01 21:04
GL
2021-06-01 20:59
Hmm again? If they havent found the right fifth yet then why dont they just use nawwk? He is way better then both ztr and lnz and I would be VERY surprised if he didnt want to play. So that leads me to believe that they dont want him? Why wouldnt they want nawwk I dont get it, there isnt a better player avalible and he is already on their team it makes so much sense, it must be that they dont want him.
2021-06-01 21:01
2 replies
NIP org is on some next level psychedelics
2021-06-01 21:04
1 reply
Its hard to look at their situation and understanding how nawwk isnt on the team right?
2021-06-01 21:05
#265
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Lets see if he is better
2021-06-01 21:08
get nawwk to rifle
2021-06-01 21:30
The decision to suspend him was right. The solution not at all. Don't tell me there is not better swedish player than guy with 1.04 rating vs T3 teams... Also just by the quick look on stats this LNZ guy is SUPER inconsistent.
2021-06-01 21:50
LN EZ
2021-06-01 21:54
i tak jebac nip
2021-06-01 22:03
#279
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Estonia FrispeN
Very weird decision. This lineup had a lot of potential. LNZ is pretty much the same a talent that needs to develope. In the same time nawwk is crushing in FPL. yeye he is sniper but he can rifel very nicely too.
2021-06-01 22:05
1 reply
I know right.. He came into the team as a rifler. Did very well. Far better player then both ztr and lnz. He is young (just like threat likes em), and even better he is allready on the team.. And I se no reason why nawwk would'nt come back and play.. So that must leave it with nip not wanting him back for some unknown reason..
2021-06-02 00:40
That is a huge downgrade just because ztr had so much impact hyping up the rest Really sad to see him go back
2021-06-01 22:08
6 replies
+1 ztr may not be that good but he is the best Young Ninja
2021-06-01 22:22
hahahah having impact hyping up the rest XDDD That was also about the only thing he was useful for
2021-06-01 22:25
2 replies
Well you can’t deny the fact that this guy is a real game changer in terms of morale He’s had a huge impact on those comebacks they’ve made
2021-06-01 22:26
1 reply
Dont even go there
2021-06-01 22:28
I think they can get another player who can deliver 10 frags per game and screams yeah when they win a round if that is all you think they need.
2021-06-02 00:37
1 reply
He had some real impactful rounds aswell, even tho he was not fragging at all And im not sure that LNZ will do better, 1:1 trade in terms of experience
2021-06-02 01:28
#285
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Sweden aggEcs
I honestly don’t think they should make quick changes. They should stick with ztr and he will surely develop the more he plays. LNZ will also be nervous and will feel pressure to fit in a tier 1 team, I don’t think that LNZ will bring more than what ztr did.
2021-06-01 22:09
Ffs you can get f0rest who still delivers but choose to pick this no namers kids with 0.90 rating, so dumb NiP
2021-06-01 22:22
1 reply
I think Dignitas want to keep f0rest so his buyout would be too high for NIP after device purchase. Academy team switch is free
2021-06-02 09:14
Why not just pickup up a good player rather than a young player that can’t even hold their own in t4
2021-06-01 22:44
Just get Brollan and thats it bro, fnatic is dead anyways... and he stills 18 y/o lol
2021-06-01 22:48
3 replies
Brollan signed a contract til 2023 I believe Kinda hard for him to get bought rn.
2021-06-01 23:23
Sad to say, but yea ; fnatic is death.. Such a legendary organisation destroyed by new generation players - puggers 😔 Brollan signed contract last month I think.. Would be cool to see him in NiP 🙂
2021-06-01 23:25
1 reply
fnatic was dead the second flusha decided to leave for good. Not that they would be world beaters all the sudden with flusha, but now that he's gone they'll never be the same.
2021-06-02 01:54
#300
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France Uexo
pros of having an academy team
2021-06-01 23:05
#306
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Australia Caveman_
Love it how they can’t afford new roster players so they have to transfer academy roster players
2021-06-01 23:36
#310
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Iceland caverat
wat nip no brain
2021-06-01 23:55
#311
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United States Jeebur
Why the IGL?
2021-06-01 23:56
2 replies
hampus is IGL
2021-06-02 01:26
1 reply
#349
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United States Jeebur
LNZ Young Ninjas IGL
2021-06-03 05:19
WHO?
2021-06-02 01:52
why not nilo?
2021-06-02 02:11
NOOOOOOO
2021-06-02 04:54
This is to get Young Ninjas to top 30, if ztr can get back to actually fragging.
2021-06-02 05:26
#331
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Indonesia LosD
if they want win now mode just use nawwk instead
2021-06-02 06:05
Poor ztr NIP orga care so much about HLTV forum
2021-06-02 09:14
get f0rest
2021-06-02 09:20
#337
suNny | 
Ireland GOTU
Cmon NIP. Do +HEAP pls!
2021-06-02 10:00
bot for bot
2021-06-02 11:00
expected
2021-06-02 11:45
Wtf ztr only 17 years old. :D Thought he was my age. Has enough time to develop then. gl to both
2021-06-02 14:05
check shroud stats. LNZ = next eclipse IGL tho, GL sweds
2021-06-02 15:53
very good of NiP to actually utilize their academy team. hltv morons bitching about signing krimz what's the use of a secondary team if you're not going to use them.
2021-06-02 17:20
1 reply
+1
2021-06-03 15:48
#347
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Hungary benig8888
He will be better Than ztr
2021-06-02 18:29
Wtf? Ztr was playing well, and NIP was performing well as well. So this guy is playing well but we think he needs more time, get him out... wtf??? Why change? If it aint broken dont change it lmao...
2021-06-03 17:23
#357
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Argentina marce1g
ztr was playing well imo.
2021-06-03 21:04
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