NIP through to IEM Winter semi-finals over GODSENT

The Swedes rallied in the decider, Ancient, after trading map picks with GODSENT.

NIP have survived the first round of the IEM Winter playoffs, ending GODSENT’s cinderella story in the quarter-finals to secure a spot in the semis, where they will now face the top seed in Group A, G2, who qualified directly to the second round of the bracket.

The Swedes kicked the series off with a 16-10 win on GODSENT’s map, Nuke, setting up a possible sweep going into Overpass, but a lackluster terrorist side saw the Brazilians smash their way back into the series with a resounding 16-8 win on NIP's pick.

After NIP claimed victory on Ancient, 16-8, it was Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser and Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz who ended up the highest-rated players in the series, as well as on Nuke and Ancient, with the Swedish in-game leader averaging a 1.22 rating and the Danish AWPer following close behind with a 1.20.

NIP will face G2 for a spot in the grand final

NIP and GODSENT went at it on Nuke to kick things off, with the Nordic team’s Danes, device and Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen, putting in work on the defense to get the Ninjas in the lead early on despite giving up the pistol round. Solid defenses ended up in NIP hitting double digits, closing the first half out 11-4.

After a slow start on the attack Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo and company won five of the first six rounds on the defense to hit double digits, threatening a dominating side before the Swedish-Danish squad kicked into overdrive with hampus putting on a display with four multi-kill rounds in a row to lead his team to a 16-10 victory.

Going into NIP’s map pick of Overpass it was actually GODSENT who were able to assert their will early on, getting off to a flying start on the defense with all five players firing on all cylinders to take a commanding 13-2 lead by half time.

NIP won the crucial second pistol round, on the CT side, to stay alive in the map and keep their hopes of winning the series in two maps alive, slowly but surely adding rounds to the scoreboard while threatening a comeback in the early stages of the second half. But as NIP did on Nuke, it was now GODSENT who found the key on the attack to win four consecutive rounds, making it 16-8, and tie the series up.

GODSENT’s playoff run ended in the quarter-finals

It was NIP on the CT side who took the first pistol round on Ancient, but GODSENT hit right back hitting the B site effectively in their second-round half buy. Neither team was able to take control, however, and for the first time in the series the two teams started neck and neck until a device-powered NIP took six of the final seven rounds to lead 10-5.

Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers’s men took the second pistol round to inch closer to victory, following it up twice ahead of the first proper gun round, 13-5. GODSENT won a critical gun round to stay in the series, but NIP won a pistol buy after losing several rounds in a row to make it 14-8, maiming the CT economy after which they hit match point. NIP then closed out the map 16-8 to bag the series and earn a spot in the semi-finals.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
1
5th December 2021
16
Nuke
10
8
Overpass
16
16
Ancient
8
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 50 +12 88.3 1.22
64 - 50 +14 90.7 1.20
46 - 46 0 66.9 1.01
44 - 51 -7 72.8 0.98
42 - 53 -11 63.1 0.90
 GODSENT K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 54 -2 80.7 1.14
54 - 49 +5 78.9 1.05
50 - 50 0 74.3 1.00
47 - 53 -6 77.4 0.99
41 - 53 -12 59.4 0.78
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1330
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1221
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
device too strong
2021-12-05 19:25
19 replies
hampus*
2021-12-05 20:07
10 replies
Dev +14 Hampus +12 Device too strong
2021-12-05 20:30
9 replies
Average HLTV user judging a game by stats and K/D
2021-12-05 20:46
6 replies
#44
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United States BigDudley
+1 they don’t know any better 🥺
2021-12-05 20:56
+1 Going positive is a lot easier wielding the most powerful gun in the game compared to being a rifling igl
2021-12-05 21:39
2 replies
indeed
2021-12-05 21:39
Was rifling more than usual
2021-12-05 21:39
Well to be fair s1mple fans have been doing it for years...
2021-12-06 11:45
1 reply
True true , but there is the highlight plays effect as well
2021-12-06 13:43
ofc device should be better rated, since he plays awp Easy Kills and such. Hampus is carrying nip almost every game doe.
2021-12-06 00:46
1 reply
+1
2021-12-06 13:44
Can Taco be considered washed up now? EDIT: pls and ty
2021-12-05 20:47
7 replies
#45
s1mple | 
Romania OMW
Wasn't he in the last 1-2 years?
2021-12-05 20:59
?lol
2021-12-05 21:05
#68
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Sweden sn1pie
he might be washed, but he is the least washed out of the brazilian era team cold washed fallen washed fer washed af taco still good, better igl than fallen rn fnx washed
2021-12-06 02:14
4 replies
#69
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New Zealand Iuca5
he gets 0.8 rating even in his teams wins he knows hes washed aswell and just gets info for his team
2021-12-06 04:44
3 replies
The difference between him and the rest imho is that he plays like he knows he isnt what he used to be compared to the players of today and so he plays his spots and roles differently. Its much better to be a low rated player that has a lot of experience and enables your teammates than it is to be a low rated player that thinks he is the star he once was. Its why Shox does so well on Vit imho, he adjusts his play because he knows how to make the most of what he has to offer.
2021-12-06 05:20
2 replies
+1
2021-12-06 09:17
#75
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New Zealand Iuca5
+1 good way of putting it
2021-12-06 13:31
sadge Great showing from Godsent though, can't wait to see what they can do after staying in EU
2021-12-05 19:28
8 replies
Good to see at least one Brazilian team performing at a T1 level, they are always a great region to have around
2021-12-05 20:21
7 replies
Lol. Furia 5-8th at the major. U got no clue huh?
2021-12-05 21:35
6 replies
You got a point there, but godsent hasn't completed a year with this roster and got a on-line title, a spot at the mahor challengers and a quarter final spot at this IEM, furia has some good years competing
2021-12-05 22:20
5 replies
Idk, did u even read hes comment and my reply?:) ofc its really good by Godsent, my issue is "at least one braz team performing at T1 level". That line is totally wrong.
2021-12-05 22:32
? Furia started playing in NA in the end of 2018 and in less then 1 year they achieved a spot at IEM katowice major, Semifinal of dreamhack , final of ECS beating Astralis 2 times, MDL NA title undefeated + MDL global challenge title. Its funny how godsent is following the same path than Furia. Both started their path with a 0-3 on challengers stage and have had surprising campaigns on their first non - major tier 1 events. Brazil coming strong into 2022
2021-12-05 23:07
3 replies
i think that furia has been in a bit of a down period much like Liquid, though not nearly as bad. the expectations for the team is much higher than godsent. i also think that they overperformed at the major and i would like to see if they can manage to keep the form going unlike a team like RNG/100T/Extemum who were never as good as the top8 major suggested.
2021-12-06 05:23
Is that comment for me? Dont understand. My agrument is that Furi delivers in T1, more than any other braz-team.
2021-12-12 00:35
1 reply
I was answering marcelo.
2021-12-14 04:09
good
2021-12-05 19:26
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
EZ TAG
2021-12-05 19:26
nice
2021-12-05 19:26
Remove TACO and become tier 1
2021-12-05 19:26
4 replies
you have chosen: death by brazil
2021-12-05 19:27
1 reply
#24
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Brazil hvgar94
Are we wrong?
2021-12-05 19:53
Taco is their IGL , the one who made this project possible in first and handpicked the players. He isnt going anywhere soon unless he wants to .
2021-12-05 19:33
Russian brain kekw
2021-12-05 20:19
#7
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
-REZ needed
2021-12-05 19:27
#9
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Croatia Esketite
common nip W
2021-12-05 19:27
#10
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CIS sat1mo
nt godsent, proud of you
2021-12-05 19:28
gg, was fun to watch
2021-12-05 19:28
At least they showed from this tournament Godsent is around top 15 or so in CSGO. Hopefully they get more consistent.
2021-12-05 19:29
3 replies
+1
2021-12-05 20:20
They still lack an awper.
2021-12-06 00:04
1 reply
the thing is they have 5 secondary awpers who can use it so they should be fine with what they have,
2021-12-06 00:05
Homesent kkkk
2021-12-05 19:30
#14
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Brazil Anarchybr
NT GODSENT <3 REZ is fucking amazing
2021-12-05 19:30
gg ez
2021-12-05 19:31
3 replies
2-1 "ez"
2021-12-05 20:20
2 replies
gg ez
2021-12-05 20:20
gg ez
2021-12-06 01:51
Great
2021-12-05 19:33
#17
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Georgia Megobari
bye, godsent
2021-12-05 19:33
Daddy vice spanking them kids
2021-12-05 19:37
HOMESENT
2021-12-05 19:44
Es3tag should learn Swedish
2021-12-05 19:46
when is the semi finals??
2021-12-05 19:48
wooooo NiP won tier3 team
2021-12-05 19:54
3 replies
Nip is tier2
2021-12-05 20:21
2 replies
i know, its big achievement for them reaching semis
2021-12-05 20:22
nt fallen fan lol, stop saying tier 2 because you got 0-2'd last night :)
2021-12-05 20:36
GGWP Godsent! It's amazing how far they have come. Keep grinding!
2021-12-05 20:01
2 replies
+1
2021-12-05 20:21
#48
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2021-12-05 21:19
#26
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Brazil Elakk
R ez
2021-12-05 20:04
great run from godsent wp
2021-12-05 20:05
32-14 against G2 gl whiners
2021-12-05 20:06
#38
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India aR__
Amazing by TACO ngl, I didn't even think they could do get onto a playoffs at S tier event. I did think they could put up a fight but damn they are better than I thought. Never judge a book by its cover, damn true. TACO did it with MIBR he does it again with GODSENT. +Respect
2021-12-05 20:25
1 reply
#58
LNZ | 
Hungary ubyyy
yep, good performance from all the godsent players, especially from TACO, he was wery good!
2021-12-05 22:26
Love and Hate Hampus playstyle
2021-12-05 20:40
NT Taco, hope the young players can continue to grow, maybe will be more consistent in t1-t2
2021-12-05 21:16
#49
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Poland Natalija
gj NiP!
2021-12-05 21:19
#54
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Poland sosiad
nt :(
2021-12-05 21:46
#55
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Sweden Akoulad
NiP always getting easiest opponents
2021-12-05 21:51
4 replies
#65
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Europe dupontz
Yea, like in the major when they go 2-0 and get NaVi and lower seeded G2 got Entropiq. And after NiP get Gambit. And in QF they got runner-up G2.
2021-12-06 00:06
2 replies
+1
2021-12-06 13:26
#80
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Sweden Akoulad
they lose against best teams, and lose against weaker than the best.... clowns in pyjamas
2021-12-06 22:32
That's straight lie xD
2021-12-06 22:14
#56
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Sweden Deveez
Hampus is just a good igl
2021-12-05 21:57
Nt godsent
2021-12-05 23:12
Amazing.
2021-12-05 23:46
LULtag
2021-12-06 22:12
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