NiP reached EPL's top-4. The thing is they didn't even train with their sniper!
So, ESL Pro League S15 is coming to its end. For the second time in the season, we don't see a single playoff win for any Eastern European team. However, we saw NIP entering the semi-finals. And what's crazier about that — the guys didn't even train with each other before the playoffs.
On March 24 NiP have announced the signing of Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin from fnatiс. According to HLTV, the transfer fee is around €600,000. Brollan can't play in the Pro League play-off because of tournament restrictions, that's why Love "phzy" Smidebrant continues playing as AWPer for NiP. However, the team started preparations for the RMR event. And of course, they trained with Brollan, not phzy.
We have been practicing with Brollan for the RMR. But we gonna use a couple of days here before our quarterfinals to practice with phzy to get back on track with the things we had before. We'll see how it goes.
Lack of practice is probably the main reason why NiP had such a tough match against Liquid (16:14, 14:16, 16:12), but phzy played well and gained a 1.13 rating. Smidebrant will go back to Academy roster, but he assures everyone that these months in NiP gave him an enormous confidence boost.
I've already played some matches with Young Ninjas between the group stage and the playoffs. It's a great confidence boost to play with the main squad. It helps me to find my player identity. And coming back to Academy will help me as well.
Of course, I'm very motivated to play again in a top-tier team. I will always do my best to reach my goals.
Brollan came to NiP because he didn't want to play in international roster
Fnatic veteran Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson commented on Brollan's transfer and changes in his team's roster before EPL. Previously Fnatic's CEO said the same thing: Ludvig disliked the idea of having an international roster.
I'm kinda sad, but the transfer is totally understandable. I don't think he felt comfortable with Fnatic roster going international.
The hardest part is not knowing but expecting to have a stable roster. I feel bad for ALEX and keita, they are handling all of the strats. It’s kinda hard when you bring new guys and then shit happens there, and you have to pick up a stand-in. We can’t do certain strats and have to shift roles in the team. It’s kinda hard in that way but I was always eager to compete. Of course, it hurts a bit when you don’t know what to expect.
Before joining NiP Brollan played with Hampus "hampus" Poser, so NiP's captain is super excited having the AWPer he knows good.
I played with him, he's a very aggressive player. He likes to take the lead, he doesn't afraid to make a call, even if it's wrong. It gives me more space. I don't need to call every time, so it's super nice. Best player in Sweden! If you want to be the best Sweden team, you have to get the best Swedish player.
For Plopski, the signing is a dream that comes true.
Getting him to play with me is almost a dream come true. I wanted to play with Brollan from the time he left RedReserve.