NIP take down BIG to progress in BLAST Premier Spring Final lower bracket

Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner and Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng were the driving force for the Swedish side in the elimination series.

NIP live to see another day in the BLAST Premier Spring Final after beating BIG 2-0 (Dust2 16-10, Inferno 16-12) in the lower bracket semi-final. Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers's men await the winner of Complexity and G2 in the next round on Saturday at 18:30 .

Despite getting dismantled by Natus Vincere on Dust2 in the upper semi-finals, BIG decided to stick to their guns and select the map against NIP, with Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's troops still boasting a 76% win rate over 25 times played in the previous three months. The two teams could barely be separated at halftime, but a lacklustre defence saw Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz and company overrun BIG to strike first blood in the series before putting up a stellar defence of their own on Inferno to close the series out.

"I feel very confident. If you get the chance and don’t feel confident, you will not make it." LNZ’s post-match words reflected his performance in the series, with the 18-year-old posting a 1.30 average rating across the two maps, second only to a razor-sharp REZ (1.45).

NIP continue their lower bracket run

The German squad started brightly on the offence on Dust2, comfortably racking up a 5-1 lead off the back of a number of tabseN multi-kills. However, NIP quickly regrouped to get a foothold in the half as the Swedes shut down their opponents across the map, with a LNZ 3K crucially securing the eighth round for a one-round advantage at the side switch.

The two teams traded two rounds apiece to kick off the second half before an Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş ace tied up the score at 10-10, but the Swedes went on to hit a higher gear to overwhelm BIG’s defence for a 16-10 win.

A three-round streak that started BIG’s CT side was replied to in kind by NIP, who briefly prevented their opponents from pulling too far ahead. Their efforts proved futile, though, as tabseN and XANTARES made sure to keep their team in front with a 128 ADR each to power BIG to a 10-5 half, with Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne not too far behind them.

NIP needed a stellar defence to turn proceedings around, and they did just that. Spearheaded by an on-point REZ and a now awoken device, the Swedish side comprehensively shut out BIG round after round to rapidly approach series point, with seven consecutive successes wrapping up the map.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
0
18th June 2021
Germany
16
Dust2
10
16
Inferno
12
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 34 +18 96.6 1.45
43 - 28 +15 85.4 1.30
36 - 27 +9 72.7 1.18
32 - 33 -1 66.4 0.94
22 - 40 -18 60.9 0.81
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 35 +10 87.1 1.17
38 - 39 -1 86.3 1.09
29 - 32 -3 60.2 0.94
24 - 40 -16 60.6 0.75
25 - 40 -15 51.1 0.72
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1462
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.68
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1727
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1699
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
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Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1159
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
R EZ = GGEZ
2021-06-18 18:14
5 replies
Nt jermans hahaha
2021-06-18 18:15
This comment won't age well tomorrow , oh no no no
2021-06-18 18:42
3 replies
will see
2021-06-18 19:00
2 replies
Great effort from REZ I'll give you that , but it's hard to win with dev40%ce performance , nt
2021-06-19 23:32
1 reply
well true gg
2021-06-20 03:15
Big tier5
2021-06-18 18:14
4 replies
#14
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Russia 29Shamil11
bug should disband
2021-06-18 18:28
2 replies
Bug lmao can't beat washed up chokevice
2021-06-18 22:42
1 reply
#52
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Russia 29Shamil11
yes++
2021-06-18 22:57
#44
ztr | 
Germany saluxus
big > cold
2021-06-18 21:10
#3
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Russia flennyiwnl
bug
2021-06-18 18:14
#4
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Croatia Esketite
Respect
2021-06-18 18:14
#5
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Sweden AFCHannes
Ez
2021-06-18 18:14
#7
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Spain MCMXCVI
ez4nip
2021-06-18 18:16
#8
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United States irony_irony
r ez :) gl against col nip
2021-06-18 18:16
#9
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Finland Kujis
Bulk REZ = #1 2021
2021-06-18 18:18
#11
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Chile StfanoLELE
LNZ going huge, way better than ztr Told everyone in this site that the other guy had to be kicked ffs
2021-06-18 18:22
1 reply
#25
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Nigeria disesion
you are smart
2021-06-18 19:08
R EZ
2021-06-18 18:22
VERY NICE! GO NINJAS
2021-06-18 18:23
Let’s go device! Getting better every day)
2021-06-18 18:28
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Great performance by LZR specially . NiP's success is tied to their 5th performing well cause they are already dragging a deadweight in Plopski atm. He is just not clicking at all since Device joined.
2021-06-18 18:29
4 replies
Well put!
2021-06-18 19:01
#35
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Norway JakkeJ
Who TF is LZR
2021-06-18 20:04
1 reply
#37
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Pakistan LoOuU2
LNZ's older brother, the one who was playing on his account today
2021-06-18 20:08
#56
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Europe Filip11122
plopski doesnt have very good aim, at least from what i can tell from all the games ive watched.
2021-06-19 00:36
Feeling bad for xantares
2021-06-18 18:42
#19
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China HEIDASHUAi
LNZ is good
2021-06-18 18:54
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha BIG loser hahahahahahahaha
2021-06-18 19:00
xavantes 1v9
2021-06-18 19:02
NT Xantares
2021-06-18 19:02
BIG XD
2021-06-18 19:13
#27
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United States BigDudley
Big performance Top 10 = 5% Wtf = 95%
2021-06-18 19:24
ByeBye xantares
2021-06-18 19:30
23 replies
Lol what do you mean?
2021-06-18 19:34
22 replies
He should and will be kicked now FaveN in
2021-06-18 19:42
21 replies
Lmao shut up with your biased German ass he top fragged top adr, top rating and only positive kd in BIG xD if there’s anyone that should be kicked its botziaN.
2021-06-18 19:44
20 replies
a german roster would make the other better i think, dont forget they were at the ESL one cologne 2018 finals with a full german roster.
2021-06-18 19:46
3 replies
LUL remember smooya?
2021-06-19 10:20
2 replies
Smooooooooooooooyyaaaaaaa
2021-06-19 12:20
fuck my Life XD i only tought about nex and gob B XD
2021-06-19 13:20
The few better stats mean a shit, xantares gets put in place by the team to get these but it goes for the lack of better comms and teamplay and at this point it's obvious that it's just not worth. FaveN and all German roster would be big improvement for them
2021-06-18 19:48
7 replies
Your thought process is completely senseless, this exact team was the #1 team on hltv and here xantares is doing everything in his power to keep them in the top 10 but tizian has obviously been underperforming and you say the comms language is the problem. They need firepower and support, not german.
2021-06-18 21:48
6 replies
no u dont understand how the game works obviously. read my post again and look their games how they setup. staying at the top is much harder than reaching the top, you have to be innovative and reinvent yourself constantly which is why they need teamplay and comms even more now.
2021-06-18 21:50
5 replies
Ok, I'm past strategy. k1to and tiziaN both have not been delivering. You're going to take out xantares and replace him with anyone but it's not going to be easy for them to adapt and meet the damage output he has provided. You cannot expect an IGL to be consistent and you cannot expect the awper to be retaking or taking bombsites. That's where the consistent xantares comes in and where the language of the comms is not as crucial as you might think.
2021-06-18 21:56
4 replies
Dude you cant have a team where everyone has 30 kills at the end of the game. In every team there is someone that "isnt delivering". For you in your MM games it might be very important to just click heads and win but thats not how top tier cs matches work. tizian and k1to are very good support players and when K1to gets to play better positions he can carry too. When you look at the old faze you can also see what happens when nobody wants to play the shit positions.
2021-06-20 00:11
3 replies
Idk, I dont think it's normal that big are losing this hard if there is no problem with the support. The frags are obviously there from tabsen and xantares with the crazy awper in syrson. But to me it just seems that if they were great support players, we would see better results both from them and from BIG in general.
2021-06-20 22:56
2 replies
They are not losing hard at all If you look at where they started in 2019 and where they are now (a solid top 10 team). The only problem they have is that teams know really good how they play because they where so inovative in 2020 so the only one you could blame a little bit on this team is tabsen for not changing fast enough.
2021-06-20 23:53
1 reply
Ok I guess we will see on LAN.
2021-06-21 10:16
#38
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Comms are far more important than anything else. They speak English just for one guy. Domestic roster is the way to go.
2021-06-18 20:10
7 replies
I thought he speaks fluent German.. aren't you just a bit racist?
2021-06-18 20:46
6 replies
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yea ye speaks fluent German, that's why on their mic up clips from Blast they are always taking in English. Don't speak out of your own ass and throw accusations if you haven't heard their comms
2021-06-18 20:52
5 replies
The insinuation (not accusation) was not directed at you but the comments above. And they do speak in German in-game.
2021-06-19 00:17
4 replies
#55
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i fail to see how this "insinuation" or whatever the fancy word it is was directed at other comments when you replied to my specific comment and wrote "you" specifically , dont try to bullshit me now and be careful with your words next time. Again , you need to get your facts check cause they DO NOT speak German in-game and sole reason for it is Xantares. Dont talk what you dont know about
2021-06-19 00:26
3 replies
First: BIG IS STILL IN TOP 10 BEATING TEAMS LIKE G2 AND ASTRALIS so I guess they are still at the top. They speak german ingame. Not all the time but they speak german and Im sure Xantares can understand them since he is living in Berlin for more than a year now and when you watch his streams he is literally swearing in german xD. I dont know if you considered this but you cant just switch the main language in a team from one day to the next. Please check your Facts next time you comment on hltv and dont behave like a toxic child.
2021-06-20 00:19
Pakistan seems fun
2021-06-20 00:48
1 reply
#65
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Spain doesnt seem fun
2021-06-20 00:54
xantares deserves a better team
2021-06-18 19:39
#36
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United States Rayduh
I don't understand why syrsoN isn't even good anymore. He used to be top 8 in 2020
2021-06-18 20:04
3 replies
A lot of awpers start out really good and then get balanced out once the other teams study them and figure out their play style. Even simple would get avoided by liquid and shit
2021-06-18 20:46
2 replies
#51
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United States Rayduh
Sh1ro will soon have no impact imo
2021-06-18 22:43
Yes guardian n kenny feel that too. And woxic. But poor xcurate
2021-06-19 12:32
bi...g.... who ?
2021-06-18 20:46
#43
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
fick dom smaka
2021-06-18 21:05
Impressive how NiP consistently gets blessed in the seedings, always facing off against the worst possible teams, lul
2021-06-18 22:05
Everybody wins when Freya is at that desk.
2021-06-18 22:09
#53
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Brazil hugoooo
XANTARES should replace rain or olof tbh
2021-06-18 23:20
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