NIP to field LNZ in BLAST Premier Spring Final, IEM Cologne Play-In

The Swedish youngster will continue playing with the team, at least until the player break.

Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng will be NIP's fifth player in the final stretch of the current tournament season, HLTV.org has confirmed. This means that he will get the chance to play with the team on LAN as the Ninjas are slated to compete in the Play-In stage of IEM Cologne, which will be held in a studio environment next month.

LNZ, who made his debut for NIP in IEM Summer after being promoted from the academy roster, will also take to the server in the BLAST Premier Spring Final, which will kick off Tuesday. The Swedish team will take on Complexity in the first round of the double-elimination playoffs at 18:30 .

LNZ will remain in the starting lineup, at least for now

"We've happily decided to give LNZ the chance to prove himself until the summer break," Jonas Gundersen, NIP's Chief Operating Officer (COO) told HLTV.org. "He's blended in really well already and is transferring the firepower and work ethic that we saw and loved in Young Ninjas right into the first team.

"We obviously haven't been doing things the traditional way for a while and are setting a new standard as we go along, but we get smarter every day and still think we are on the right path to finding out how a truly sustainable performance setup looks like in CS:GO."

The decision to bring LNZ into the first team at the expense of Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson was met with some criticism, especially because it came just days after a second-place finish in Flashpoint 3 — the closest NIP had come to winning a title in almost two years.

The Ninjas were unable to rise to the same heights in IEM Summer, securing only a top-eight finish, but there were still positives to take from that tournament run, which saw the team beat then-world No.2 Heroic in the group's lower bracket semi-finals.

In last week's HLTV Confirmed, NIP's in-game leader, Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser, admitted that these changes — which are decided by the organisation and coach Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers — can lead to some confusion on the server, but he stressed that he will make do with what he has. "It's not the best, but I'll have to manage," he said, adding that he would prefer his team to be a close-knit group like Gambit.

According to Gundersen, a decision regarding the team's fifth player slot will not be made before the player break, which will begin on July 19 and run through August 15. At this stage it's all up in the air, but he urged fans to continue to trust the process.

"We're trying to find a sustainable fifth while constantly exploring the boundaries of how much change can be done to the core of those five, resulting in the right balance between results, high-performance pressure and player recovery," the NIP COO said. "That's the balance I am trying to get to.

"I've got massive respect for the players for being open-minded to all of this, and I can't wait for them to lift a trophy as a testament to their hard work."

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:
1179
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
154
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
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Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
171
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.64
nice
2021-06-15 14:50
1 reply
LINUS
2021-06-15 23:11
Nice
2021-06-15 14:50
4 replies
+1 let's go Linus
2021-06-15 14:52
3 replies
good for every team but NiP
2021-06-15 14:53
2 replies
hehe
2021-06-15 15:06
bc of?
2021-06-15 15:32
ok
2021-06-15 14:50
gl
2021-06-15 14:51
WHO ELSE?! ZTR? LUL
2021-06-15 14:51
4 replies
It would make sense for them to keep ztr as it would damage their rmr points if they kept LNZ or some other player in the next rmr event.
2021-06-15 15:26
3 replies
but who cares about teams RMR points and who cares about NiP? xd
2021-06-15 15:44
2 replies
I do
2021-06-15 16:33
1 reply
I see
2021-06-15 16:35
Expected
2021-06-15 14:51
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Spain IMV_
Expected tbh
2021-06-15 14:52
#13
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Spain Nepomu
Expected
2021-06-15 14:53
He's obviously better than ztr, even if they got trashed by VP.
2021-06-15 14:54
8 replies
lol ok
2021-06-15 14:54
Idk, he looked much better at first, but vs VP he looked worse than ztr
2021-06-15 15:01
2 replies
Everyone got destroyed by VP, I'd say Plopski should get way more flak than LNZ considering how long he has been on this team for while it was LNZ's first tier 1 event. He showed promise against Heroic so I'd say there's plenty of potential.
2021-06-15 15:04
The entire team had like a few hours to prep with LNZ before the IEM summer, so based of that he performed suprisingly good.
2021-06-15 15:46
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Sweden wyv0
Wtf are you talking about, ztr obviously made NiP better. LNZ made NiP into an absolute dogshit team
2021-06-15 19:59
3 replies
ztr was a cheerleader who bottomfragged every game. LNZ can actually hold himself well and has the highest rating on his team despite losing coL's pick. Not his fault NiP is being inconsistent AGAIN.
2021-06-15 20:16
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Sweden wyv0
LNZ too focused on solo play, It's making NiP so uncertain, they were more consistent with ztr playing in a way they could play off of.
2021-06-15 20:36
1 reply
+1 ztr take bitch role entry try to gain info every round with lnz have more fire power but less info
2021-06-15 21:25
ztr back for pro league????
2021-06-15 14:54
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Estonia nokkiii
Holtang looks like a cool name for WoW character
2021-06-15 14:56
2 replies
yes but what about Linus?
2021-06-15 14:59
Probably evaliutaing him during blast and cologne and then make decision
2021-06-15 15:02
i thought they were the same dudes wth
2021-06-15 15:13
Soon Olofmeister will join FeelsGoodMan
2021-06-15 15:24
I love mr linus
2021-06-15 15:29
ztr > nip
2021-06-15 15:29
wasnt ztr also blending to the team well only to end with 0.85 rating and 27,6% >1 rated maps?
2021-06-15 15:32
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Sweden wyv0
Who the fuck cares, NiP with ztr >>> NiP without ztr Final >>>> losing to everyone and looking like a silver team You literally got the proof better stats meant dogshit team
2021-06-15 19:57
rip nip
2021-06-15 15:33
NiP its time to go all in and get brollan
2021-06-15 15:34
Good for him. The kid is good.
2021-06-15 15:35
1 reply
+1
2021-06-15 17:45
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Myanmar dexzzz
nice
2021-06-15 16:09
thanks nip to ruining my fantasy, annonsing last obvious player last hour before event starts
2021-06-15 16:28
1 reply
cry
2021-06-15 18:09
-lnz +nawwkk ez major
2021-06-15 17:13
Can't wait for the next stupid NIP rant on twitter
2021-06-15 18:08
Well this meen if they keep playing him they have zero chance at major in Stockholm - go by Brolan or Krimz and youll be a major winner contender.
2021-06-15 18:35
#69
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Albania Elmmedin1
-LNZ +nawwk and then u will see the results
2021-06-15 19:01
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Sweden wyv0
Terrible decision
2021-06-15 19:54
Reaching finals with ztr on tier1 tournament and change him for LNZ is 400 iq move
2021-06-15 20:42
1 reply
+1 I have a feeling that ztr was everything for this team
2021-06-16 00:01
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Poland Saudarkar
Next Cristiano Ronaldo?xDDDDD
2021-06-16 18:00
dev40ce testing academy players to see which he can bait well consistently.
2021-06-18 09:49
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