Brollan: "I feel like this is my home, playing with Swedes again"

NIP are now 2-0 after their first day with their new signing, Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin, whom we caught up with following their final best-of-one match.

NIP are cementing their positions as one of the favorite teams vying for a Legends spot at the PGL Antwerp Major's Europe RMR B, as they won their two opening best-of-ones soundly against Endpoint, 16-8, and Bad News Eagles, 16-11, both times on Ancient.

Brollan sealed his first two caps for NIP with victories

We sat down with the Swedish squad's brand new signing, Brollan, as NIP ready themselves to get into the best-of-threes. We asked him about his adaptation, what made him make the jump from fnatic to NIP, his first sensations in the team and how the first day of play at the RMR went.

We haven't spoken since you transferred to NIP. What was that like, making what must have been a big decision for you. What made you take the next step in your career?

In general, I think that our performance in the whole of 2021 was not good enough. We saw that easily on the rankings and in our results. I want to be in a top team, I want to fight for titles, and I didn't see any future in that fnatic squad.

It wasn't a home for me, that lineup, compared to others with like JW and stuff. But I think that the reason I changed is to find myself again because I feel like I lost myself as a person and a player. It wasn't that fun to play in that fnatic squad.

When I saw fnatic bring in the UK guys I thought it could maybe be dangerous because it could split the team into groups, the Swedish side, the British side. Were there any problems in that regard?

Not really because in the past Swedish squads we also had groups, like me and Golden, when we had flusha and them, we were one of the groups, and flusha, KRIMZ and JW were the other group. In some situations I thought they were my best friends, we played for three years together. It wasn't a problem at all,

I just think that personalities between the Swedes and the UK guys were kind of different. Then it was maybe the UK guys and me and KRIMZ, but it was nothing personal against them, we were just good friends and that's going to happen if you play together for a long time.

Jumping into NIP, how has that been. How's the adjustment?

I'm feeling really good at the moment, it's really fun to have a new playing structure. In the first days I saw that I really need to work with stuff because NIP and fnatic play in such different ways, with so many different things, things I didn't even think about when I was in fnatic.

I was struggling a bit in practice on the first day, but when the time came it went well for me. I started to get a better level in practice and I think es3tag is doing a good job with the AWP. Everybody else, too, but I knew them all from before and they've been very welcoming.

You and Plopski were the big names of the new generation of Swedes a couple of years ago and now you're finally on the same team together. What's that like?

It's really fun to play with Plopski, finally. We talked and joked around about playing with each other, and I think it's really nice to play with him because I met him like five years ago in Master League — we were grinding it together and we were just dominating everyone. It's really fun to play with him now and it was one of my goals, to actually play with him. So yeah, it's really nice.

First day over for you guys, 2-0. How much do you love Ancient? Run me through the day.

When it comes to Majors I'm really nervous because my past Majors have been so rough. From Katowice, to Berlin, to Stockholm, so it was really nice to actually go 2-0 today. That was a goal for everyone, but I knew in the back of my head what happened before and it's really rough.

I'm really happy that we got to play Ancient because we really like to play it. hampus is doing a great job as an in-game leader and the B site suits me and Plopski very well. We like to come up with ideas and stuff, it's very nice to play Ancient in that regard.

That last map against Bad News Eagles got a bit close in the end. It started 13-2 and they made a little comeback until you stopped it 16-11. How was that T side? I saw DjL call a few timeouts almost back-to-back. How was it?

We knew that we made so many mistakes. We weren't staying alive when we should, we didn't play off of each other at all, and they had a really bad economy during half of the CT side, but it was really nice to close it out. We said after the match that we didn't play that well on the T side, so we're going to work on it after this.

You mentioned es3tag on the AWP, but it hasn't always been his main role. He played it at different points, but it's not someone you maybe think of as a main AWPer. Is this a long term thing?

Yeah, of course. At the moment it's just us five. That's all I can say about it, really.

Up 2-0, are you feeling good about your chances now?

Yeah, for me, I really don't like best-of-ones, so it's really nice to play best-of-threes from now on. This day was very important for me to actually see that I can play BO1s, it's very nice. Now I'm looking forward to the BO3s and hopefully we can go 3-0.

If you had to pick the best thing or the most surprising thing of joining NIP, what would it be?

I feel like this is my home, playing with Swedes again.

Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
#1
Techno | 
Germany Rxpev
lol
2022-04-21 20:28
13 replies
THEY KICKED SMOOYA FOR NO REASON HAHAHAHAHHAHA
2022-04-21 21:26
12 replies
#54
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Cveta
He was bad + no one liked him. That’s two pretty good reasons.
2022-04-21 22:53
11 replies
Acting like Smooya is bad is stupid but yeah no one wants to play with him.
2022-04-22 00:24
He played pretty good. He wasn't great at Katowice but yeah no wonders, first big event+LAN for him in a long time, also bad atmosphere and they wanted to kick him regardless. At least they played a mile better with him than without him
2022-04-22 00:26
6 replies
I wish he could finally grow up and work on his attitude. Such a waste of talent. Could've been among the best just like s1mple, but no... rather be a lil puss, an absolute douchebag and stay on the bench/no team. It's so genuinely sad.
2022-04-22 01:40
4 replies
i guess you dont follow anything thats happening, watch and read his interviews and watch his streams. he was even watching fnaticgames and supporting them even after being kicked. he has grown and is playing for his team not his stats. he is completely different why hate your own country best player for no reason? :(
2022-04-22 07:40
3 replies
#87
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Cveta
No bro what are you talking about? Fnatic had a meeting regarding what went wrong after Katowice and the team did not like Smooya tilting after he died and krimz thought Smooya couldn’t take the criticism either. Also Smooya seems to be super annoying during comms saying stupid shit to people he barely knows.
2022-04-22 08:33
1 reply
#91
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CIS nt_Roma
This
2022-04-22 09:44
If you know just a bit about CS, you would also be able to see, that his individual decision making is really bad. He takes waaay to many risks for no reason.
2022-05-03 20:41
#88
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Cveta
2022-04-22 08:34
0/8
2022-04-22 03:24
2 replies
#86
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Cveta
Smooya has always been shit on LAN against competent opponents. Katowice just proves nothing has changed. hltv.org/stats/players/11271/smooya?star.. hltv.org/stats/players/11271/smooya?star.. hltv.org/stats/players/11271/smooya?star..
2022-04-22 08:31
1 reply
#90
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Mongolia Kkura
Doubt they could have qualified for Katowice without Smooya
2022-04-22 08:51
#2
f0rest | 
Romania CSm1n
welcome home
2022-04-21 20:28
ytye
2022-04-21 20:29
#4
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Denmark Zorrondo
holy based
2022-04-21 20:29
FNATIC LUL
2022-04-21 20:30
#6
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Europe XAXAXAXA27
Bodied Britishers
2022-04-21 20:30
<3
2022-04-21 20:30
Ok
2022-04-21 20:31
#9
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Denmark slacking
es3tag: 'am I a joke to you'
2022-04-21 20:31
2 replies
Among Us hahaha
2022-04-21 20:46
1 reply
#109
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Turkey zane_
LMAO good one!
2022-04-23 21:36
es3tag btfo
2022-04-21 20:31
1 reply
Don't sorry Krimz soon to join NIP then they bring devve with psychologist for him ez clap
2022-04-21 20:33
bri'ish trashed as always, sadly
2022-04-21 20:33
rscista!
2022-04-21 20:35
naaaw<3
2022-04-21 20:36
es3tag be like: am I a joke to you?
2022-04-21 20:36
2 replies
xD
2022-04-21 20:36
haha :D
2022-04-21 21:28
NIP can finally start winning IEM events again
2022-04-21 20:36
1 reply
it's been 6 months since they won one
2022-04-21 21:29
UK CS - Brollan
2022-04-21 20:37
expected
2022-04-21 20:41
#23
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Asia ILHY
hahahaha if swedish cs died he will be useless
2022-04-21 20:44
15 replies
Seems totally plausible that the most successful country in the whole CS franchise would just cease to exist. (jk)
2022-04-21 21:00
11 replies
Lmao did you forget about Denmark?
2022-04-22 01:45
9 replies
Denmark isn't even close to Sweden when it comes to dominating the CS franchise (and neither is any other country). Between 2000 and 2012 in 1,6 alone Sweden won as many medals as Poland, Denmark, Germany and Ukraine (the other four countries in the top 5 most medals) combined. Let that sink in for a moment.
2022-04-22 01:57
8 replies
are you kidding? from 2000 to 2012? thats10 years ago. using the 1,6-card? lol. swedish cs isnt dominating anything. in my opinion cis cs is the top of the pops right now, followed by international teams.
2022-04-22 10:40
7 replies
Started counting a little bit on liquidpedia yesterday on their a-tier event list for CS GO but gave up after a while. The trend also transferred over to CS GO. Why wouldn't you use 1.6 btw? I said the CS franchise which is 1.6, Source, GO. CIS is a region, not a country. I'm 100% correct in that Sweden has dominated the CS franchise even though the scene isn't as prevelent now.
2022-04-22 14:50
6 replies
you are entitled to have that opinion. i just say that you are meassuring apples with bananas. you cant compare 1.6 with todays cs:go. its like comparing Pele and Messi. It cant be done. you are living in denial and in a fairytale. i know cis is a region. i just stated an opinion.
2022-04-22 15:50
5 replies
Sweden is the country with most medals in CS GO aswell. That Sweden is the most succesful country in the CS franchise isn't an opinion it's a fact btw.
2022-04-22 15:59
4 replies
thats properbly true. carried by the fnatic-era, i guess. i still claim that you are living in the past.
2022-04-22 16:26
3 replies
The swedish scene always bounces back.
2022-04-22 17:34
2 replies
not without help from the other side of Øresund
2022-04-22 18:20
The swedish scene always bounces back. COPIUM
2022-04-28 17:12
Sweden time is over. Flusha aka senior_vac aka senior_tax was the golden generation. Now you get 1-2 players that are interesting for big teams
2022-04-22 07:13
if the swedish CS dies the CS dies together
2022-04-21 22:02
2 replies
#72
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Russia w1ndcast
+111111111
2022-04-22 03:04
nope...and swedish cs wont be missed. you are living in the shadow of ghosts like olofmeister and forest. move on, my friend.
2022-04-22 10:44
brollan sounds childish
2022-04-21 20:45
5 replies
How
2022-04-21 21:12
2 replies
Weah weah I only play with these guys. It is his job not his holidays.
2022-04-22 07:14
1 reply
You don't seem to understand how impactful team chemistry is.
2022-04-22 10:15
i mean he's still technically a teenager much like 75% of this site.
2022-04-22 18:25
1 reply
yeah you're right
2022-04-22 18:29
#25
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Argentina damik1ng
Estag, isn't he danish? Maybe he could say: play with vikings again... hehe
2022-04-21 20:46
1 reply
When unalive?
2022-04-22 00:53
“at the moment it’s just us five.” So no devve?
2022-04-21 20:54
1 reply
Yup
2022-04-21 21:04
Jonathar 10year him pls
2022-04-21 21:00
Welcome home!!
2022-04-21 21:01
#37
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Canada flame7
weak minded, unprofessional kid.
2022-04-21 21:23
6 replies
#61
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Sweden GGrowler
how lmao
2022-04-22 00:54
5 replies
#76
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Canada flame7
the moment he felt uncomfortable in his team he gave up and started looking elsewhere, instead of being a professional salaried player and do his best to make it work... Ofc I could be totally wrong here, but that's the vibe I get from his answers... I get the feeling he gave up before the project even started... (and evidence *time* back my gut feeling) I'm afraid that if it's the case, Brollan won't go far ( or further ) in his profressional career. anyways... best of luck to NiP, I like the guys and I hope they make it deep in Antwerp.
2022-04-22 06:44
4 replies
Not really, but i see your point. The thing is Fnatic was doomed since long before Brollan transfer was even rumored. He did try to work with the team but the differences were wayy too much. Mixing languages and countries sometimes doesn't work in CS.
2022-04-22 07:00
naa bro did you watch and follow fnatic? it was dead and would never ever be stable tier 1 team. and also he has always said that it is easier and he feels way better for him to play with swedes, nothing wrong in that fnatic promised him that everything is going to be okay, but then changed the whole roster and made constant changes, brollan just wanted stable and good team.
2022-04-22 07:46
+1, it totally sounds like he just didn't give a fuck and waited to jump ship - not very encouraging for future contracts
2022-04-28 02:07
1 reply
I don't think NIP will drop him unless he is washed then they would keep him for as long as they can
2022-04-28 06:01
brollan <3
2022-04-21 21:30
Everyone would have done the same, who doesn't wanna play with a way better team and also with your friends? He signed a new contract with fnatic because they convinced him that he saw a future with that team. But then months later they changed the whole team. He was prbly considering signing for nip instead of fnatic.
2022-04-21 21:37
If I was a top cs player I'd want to play with swedes too.
2022-04-21 22:02
Wow weird to see Xenophobic Swedes.
2022-04-21 22:03
2 replies
ROFL.. go cry a river
2022-04-21 22:14
1 reply
Device does this job for us
2022-04-22 07:20
#47
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Iceland suriel666
hahah just no one likes brits
2022-04-21 22:07
1 reply
I do, but one need to know they're joking a lot in all kinds of weird ways
2022-04-21 22:15
"Yeah, of course. At the moment it's just us five. That's all I can say about it, really." Device is coming back instead of Es3tag or they find a new AWPer, sorry Es3tag :/
2022-04-21 22:13
4 replies
i want devve to come back as much as the next guy, but he hasn't tweeted anything since jan 20th this year, the chances of him coming back are slimmer than an anorexic fashion model
2022-04-21 22:26
#56
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Sweden gNeJS
Actually hope they drop pl0pski instead of es3tag in that case. Es3 is good support player and feels very devoted to being a good teammate. I dont thin pl0pski is a bad teammate in any way but support aint his natural role.
2022-04-22 00:12
2 replies
every analyst and not braindead person wants -plopski but yeah hltv experts
2022-04-22 01:57
How about drop both and get krimz in. Would be so huge, I hope u are reading this nip manager
2022-04-22 02:40
He was right tho, playing with washed ALEX leadership is no fucking future for team
2022-04-21 22:50
#55
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Finland dianimo
to move upwards in your career you have to be respectful, professional and adaptable. Brollan managed to be none of those and still got a move than benefits his career 😂
2022-04-21 23:20
First kassad, then woxic, now brollan..I wouldn't be surprised if after this krimz or poizon left that shitty environment as well.
2022-04-22 00:22
good for him and ofcourse he mentions GOAT JW
2022-04-22 02:02
Based brollan
2022-04-22 02:37
Once they start losing the games, I'm sure it would be different for sure. 😂
2022-04-22 02:38
#71
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Netherlands dabadpad
NiP needs diversity.. WOKE up nip.. kekw
2022-04-22 02:48
#73
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Russia w1ndcast
welcome home Ludvig
2022-04-22 03:05
he is sweden #1 player right now
2022-04-22 07:03
1 reply
#94
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Sweden tristanx
tied with rez i'd say
2022-04-22 10:26
Did he have 3 years contract with Fnatic?
2022-04-22 10:36
Based Brollan
2022-04-22 13:28
You and Plopski were the big names of the new generation of Swedes a couple of years ago and now you're finally on the same team together. What's that like? It's really fun to play with Plopski, finally. We talked and joked around about playing with each other, and I think it's really nice to play with him because I met him like five years ago in Master League — we were grinding it together and we were just dominating everyone. It's really fun to play with him now and it was one of my goals, to actually play with him. So yeah, it's really nice. I feel bad, this is probably gonna be hello and bye when devve comes back
2022-04-27 05:16
1 reply
#112
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Sweden deadvein
devve to cph flames
2022-04-28 02:10
#115
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Scotland Ludax
Brollan when hes happy: 😐 Brollan when hes mad: 😐 Brollan when hes very serious about winning the round: 😐 Brollan when he finds out he won the lottery: 😐 Brollan when he gets a knife: 😐
2022-04-30 08:40
#116
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Denmark _Caesar_
Had 1 taste of uk cs and ran away lmaoo
2022-05-03 20:38
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