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Draken: NiP “lied to its players” about his position on the team

Published: 30/Aug/2019 22:21 Updated: 30/Aug/2019 23:14

by Scott Robertson

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The two-time former Ninjas in Pyjamas player William ‘draken’ Sundin opened up on Twitter about his second stint with the Swedish CS:GO organization, where he went from substitute to the bench to out in just a matter of months.

Ninjas in Pyjamas’ run at the StarLadder Berlin major came to hugely disappointing end on the third day of the Legends stage. Three losses to MiBR, CR4ZY, and North sent the Ninjas home in 15th/16th place, which means they’re not even guaranteed a spot in the Challengers stage of the next major.

But NiP barely had any time to themselves before two-time former player draken went on Twitter to tell the CS:GO world about his time during his second stint with the Ninjas.

StarLadder

After his first stint with NiP, during which they would claim victories at DH Valencia and IEM Oakland, draken spent a year bouncing around different teams like Fnatic, Red Reserve, and even played alongside famed in-game-leader Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans on Uruguay3/GamerLegion. 

In his post, draken praised Ex6TenZ for showing him “dedication, setups, and how to play around an AWPer like me.”

When he was offered a chance to come back to NiP, he was elated, and he was reportedly offered a contract with a minimum of six tournaments and a potential permanent spot. 

But according to draken, the rest of NiP weren’t aware of the permanent aspect of his contract. And on top of that, he was only being brought back as a stand-in until Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman decided to return.

DreamHack

According to draken, during those three to four weeks, the team only spent three hours practicing game theory together, and one of those was for a map they wouldn’t even play, Inferno. Draken alleges that he tried to slide into the dennis’s role but with an AWP, and that just “fucked up our T sides,” and he didn’t feel like himself when playing.

After BLAST Sao Paolo and StarLadder Shanghai, draken had a choice: sit on the bench with dennis back, or try his luck somewhere else. He went to Ancient, and they got off to a great start, qualifying for the European minor after slogging through the open and closed qualifiers.

John Goodersondraken with NiP

And then NiP took Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora, Ancient’s young star, right before the EU minor. Without their young prodigy, Ancient failed to make the major. draken wasn’t at all happy about the move, especially the timing of it:

“Yeah.. they steal our best player, (of course his decision) just like the Swedish scene have done for ages now. And it really screws up our team that we had built with sweat and hard work. I mean… they couldn’t even field him at the major? Is this some sick prank to just fuck me over or something?”


Here’s draken’s full Twitter post, as written on August 30, 2019.

Hello guys, I was interview last week by TheScore so i figured it was time to post this. This is about my second journey in NiP. (Part 1)

I was going to post this after starladder in shanghai but I decided the time wasn’t right. I think it is now…

So, when NIP asked me to stand in, they offered me minimum 6 tournaments and potentially a permanent spot if I showed them that I had worked on myself. I have been in many teams and many different team environments in the past 12 months and I felt that I was ready for this chance. (I cried tears of joy that night). From Epsilon to NiP to fnatic to Red Reserve to an international team, and so back to NiP…

The sad and disrespectful thing about the offer they made was that none of the players knew about the permanent deal offer. They only thought I was as a stand-in and whenever dennis decided he wanted to come back I would just be put on the bench. Only Pita and Hicham knew and they both pitched the permanent offer to me when they asked me to come back. You don’t go behind your players backs and you DONT LIE to your ex player just to make him come back for a false reason. I signed a 10 month long contract, like come on? I expect all of the players to know that I could be back permanently.

So now with the results in hand I know I did a terrible mistake. I would never have joined NIP if I knew it was stand-in for only three weeks. We only had 2 hours theory about how we should play and 1 hour of those were on inferno, which we never even played during these 2 events (Blast Sao Paulo/Starladder Shanghai). So basically I just took dennis role but had an awp instead, which fucked up our T sides a bit, I wasn’t comfortable in my game because of that. But I just tried to focus on the bigger picture, I tried to let the NiP-boys shine and not play around everywhere, with aggressive peeks and calling setups.

The whole situation was unfair because we had something really great going on in Uruguay3 (GamerLegion) and now I can’t go back. I want to give cred here, especially to Ex6tenZ because he really showed me dedication and setups how you can play around an awper like me. He teached kennyS, toinou and more players from the French scene. 

So, sometime after dennis came back I felt that I wanted to play more, compete and WIN. I had two options, Sit on the bench in NiP and see how things played out and maybe a spot would open up, or join and create a new team. I decided to go with the second option, try out with a new team (Ancient), and to be honest the appeal was about Plopski.
Time goes on and we qualified to the minor and to DH summer where we made #2. High spirits, everything was going great but what is the first thing NiP does after we had some success? 
Yeah.. they steal our best player, (of course his decision) just like the Swedish scene have done for ages now. And it really screws up our team that we had built with sweat and hard works. I mean… they couldn’t even field him at the major? Is this some sick prank to just fuck me over or something?

Massive success is the best revenge. In my dream I would be part of a team of young talented Swedes with me, Hampus REZ Plopski and Brollan.

Holy fuck – we would climb the rankings like a Space-X rocket.

Maybe… If you want to see this team, I might open up a crowdfund, so Sweden can get back on top.

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How to watch Flashpoint Season 2: stream, schedule, teams

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:00 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 1:37

by Bill Cooney

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Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.

The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.

This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.

So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.

Flashpoint Season 2 matches
Flashpoint
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.

Stream

The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.

Participating teams

Group A

  • Fnatic
  • c0ntact
  • Dignitas
  • MAD Lions

Group B

  • BIG
  • Team Envy
  • forZe
  • MIBR

Group C

  • OG
  • Cloud9
  • Gen.G
  • Virtus.Pro

Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.

In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.

Flashpoint Season 2
Flashpoint
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.

Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule

FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.

Teams who finish 7th-10th will compete in Last Chance matches for the final two Playoff berths. Flashpoint’s Playoffs will consist of an 8 team, double-elimination bracket.

Flashpoint Season 2 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money Blast Points
1 TBD $500,000 3000
2 TBD $250,000 1500
3 TBD $100,000 1125
4 TBD $50,000 750
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
9-10 Gen.G $0 0
9-10 forZe $0 0
11-12 c0ntact $0 0
11-12 Cloud9 $0 0

Flashpoint Season 2 playoffs schedule

Monday, November 30

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF MAD Lions vs Virtus.pro 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF BIG vs Envy 8AM 11AM 4PM

Tuesday, December 1

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF Fnatic vs Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF OG vs MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, December 2

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, December 3

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, December 4

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, December 5

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, December 6

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Flashpoint Season 2 groups results

Tuesday, November 10

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Round 1 Dignitas 0 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A UB Round 1 Fnatic 2 – 1 c0ntact 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Round 1 Envy 1 – 2 forZe 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B UB Round 1 BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 Virtus.pro 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C UB Round 1 OG 0 – 2 Gen.G 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 13

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Final forZe 0 – 2 BIG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LBRound 1 Envy 1 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Final Fnatic 1 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A LB Round 1 c0ntact 1 – 2 Dignitas 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Final Virtus.pro 2 – 1 Gen.G 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C LB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 19

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A LB Final Fnatic 2 – 0 Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LB Final forZe 0 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 20

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C LB Final Gen.G 0 – 2 OG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A Grand Final MAD Lions 0 – 2 Fnatic 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Grand Final BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C Grand Final Virtus.pro 1 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, November 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Last Chance Match 1 Gen.G 1 – 2 Envy 5AM 8AM 1PM
Last Chance Match 2 Dignitas 2 – 1 forZe 8AM 11AM 4PM