NIP top ESL Pro League Group A with victory over LFO

The Australians are out of playoff contention after suffering their fourth defeat.

NIP have secured their fourth victory in ESL Pro League, taking out Looking For Org in two maps and thus securing first place in Group A as they would win any potential tiebreakers with fnatic or Entropiq, the two teams that could reach four wins in the final match day on Sunday.

The Swedes securing the top spot comes at the perfect time, as the maimed G2 who played the first three ESL Pro League group matches with François "⁠AMANEK⁠" Delaunay as a substitute will be back in full force with in-game leader Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen as the Finn returns from the sidelines.

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This last loss for Looking For Org has now put the Australians out of playoff contention, although even before going into the fourth match day against NIP, Mike "⁠ap0c⁠" Aliferis and company were already facing slim odds as even with a victory against Daniel "⁠djL⁠" Narancic’s men they would have needed another victory just to wish for a miraculous three-way tie with MOUZ and fnatic.

Plopski had another good day in Dusseldorf

NIP kicked the series off by defusing the bomb in a 2vs2 retake in the first pistol round, after which the Swedes went on a 10-0 tear before Looking For Org managed to successfully take, plant and defend the A site on a pistol buy. The momentum didn’t shift, however, and Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser and company took a 13-2 lead at the half with the Swedish in-game leader ending the half with 19 frags and 129.3 ADR.

Looking For Org put up a bit of a fight on the CT side to cover up the one-sided half, but with only a couple of rounds needed to seal the deal NIP went on to take the series lead 16-7, setting up the possibility of a quick victory on their map pick.

The Australian squad once again showed more proficiency on the defense, however, and made the first half of Overpass a competitive affair despite losing the pistol round, winning 7 rounds in a row to take a 9-6 lead at the half.

After the switch things went back the way of NIP, however, as they won the seven first rounds to retake the lead before a Euan "⁠sterling⁠" Moore 1vs2 put LFO on the board. That crucial clutch put the Aussies right back in the game as they went on a seven round streak to hit match point, closing the map out two rounds later in the thirtieth round with overtime looming.

Momentum didn’t transfer to Ancient, however, one of the more CT-sided maps in the pool, as NIP won a second round forcebuy on the attack to put the early pressure on. The round streaks continued to come and this time the Swedes put in 11 in a row before LFO could close out the half winning the last three before the switch. Too little too late, as two crucial kills by hampus in the second pistol round put the Ninjas en route to victory, going on to close the map out 16-5.

Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora put up the best numbers for NIP by the end of it all as he continues to show a renewed good form, ending the series with a 1.26 rating despite a quiet showing on Ancient, where Love "⁠phzy⁠" Smidebrant and hampus took over with ratings in the 1.60s.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
1
12th March 2022
16
Nuke
7
14
Overpass
16
16
Ancient
5
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 46 +12 92.2 1.26
54 - 43 +11 82.6 1.23
53 - 42 +11 73.8 1.21
50 - 38 +12 71.4 1.13
45 - 40 +5 66.1 1.05
 Looking For Org K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 49 +1 69.5 1.02
43 - 56 -13 71.2 0.93
45 - 47 -2 62.9 0.88
38 - 55 -17 72.1 0.84
33 - 53 -20 49.9 0.70
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1326
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
New Zealand Euan 'sterling' Moore
Euan 'sterling' Moore
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.59
France François 'AMANEK' Delaunay
François 'AMANEK' Delaunay
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
422
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
Australia Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Age:
34
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
988
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Daniel 'djL' Narancic
Daniel 'djL' Narancic
Age:
28
Team:
#1
jks | 
Yugoslavia embru
1
2022-03-12 15:49
3 replies
too ez for NIP
2022-03-12 15:49
2 replies
Would lose to g2 anyway
2022-03-12 15:52
1 reply
#16
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Meh G2 looking bad this tourny
2022-03-12 18:27
nt lfo
2022-03-12 15:49
#3
NAF | 
Finland tpsa
nice
2022-03-12 15:49
#5
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Hampus is the best IGL
2022-03-12 15:50
hampus mvp
2022-03-12 15:52
too ez for godski
2022-03-12 15:56
#9
 | 
Poland szuleek
#BENTHELEGEND
2022-03-12 15:56
#10
 | 
Serbia Jnordz
NiP to str0nk. Bye bye G2 Airport
2022-03-12 16:04
losing a map LUL
2022-03-12 17:10
#12
 | 
China RADNIKEY
GJ for a map
2022-03-12 17:26
#13
 | 
Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2022-03-12 17:32
While device is still depressive and therefor not able to play, his team trys its best to perform as well as they possibly can. So far it seems like a big waste of money signing him, but who knows maybe he'll man up soon enough and stops letting his teammates down.
2022-03-12 17:34
1 reply
#19
 | 
United States Illusi0n1g
Yeah good take brother. I feel bad for NiP too. It would be a dream of mine to play with such talent and be out with mental problems but if he really is going through something i can relate. On February 3rd I was hospitalized for 4days after being bed ridden for 6 years.
2022-03-12 19:52
Swedish cs is back !
2022-03-12 17:48
#17
 | 
China HEIDASHUAi
gj lfo
2022-03-12 19:09
#18
 | 
Germany Juaniquser
Wow LFO put a really good fight sterling very amazing player
2022-03-12 19:10
#20
rain | 
Poland SebL
This NIP roster just seems to have such a good chemistry together, their firepower is low compared to top teams, so are their strats and quite frankly hampus doesn't seem like that good of a mid rounder, but they just have such a good chemistry together, it's really nice to watch. I think those LFO guys also have the same, they played together for a long time and they build good chemistry, but the EU scene is just a couple of levels above in everything else, but still, taking a map of NIP, you've got to be really proud of yourself, GG boys!
2022-03-12 23:14
Does anyone know what the million dollar buy is “depressed” about? Not a doctor, but wouldn’t he be depressed last month too? But good stand in phzy
2022-03-13 00:06
2 replies
"but wouldn’t he be depressed last month too?" wtf does this sentence even mean
2022-03-13 18:08
1 reply
Try telling your boss you’re suddenly depressed this month. Embarrassing
2022-03-13 19:50
#22
 | 
Finland AliSabid
nt ben and co!
2022-03-13 01:39
In two maps?
2022-03-13 03:19
"NIP have secured their fourth victory in ESL Pro League, taking out Looking For Org in two maps" What?? The score was 2:1
2022-03-13 11:54
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