Richard Lewis: NIP need one replacement to get to the top tier

NIP would have to abandon the use of players from their own academy to be successful in big tournaments, esports journalist Richard Lewis said. In a video for the DEXERTO CSGO YouTube channel, he suggested that Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, whose contract with Astralis expires in early 2022, will be a good reinforcement of the roster.

The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.

NIP are likely to play at the home major in Stockholm, which is good for the organization. However, the club must admit that the team will not win this tournament with the academy players. It doesn't matter if it's LNZ or ztr. I think NIP need one replacement right now to get to the top tier.

It will be interesting to see dupreeh in this lineup. As an experienced player, he could thrive under the leadership of hampus and next to device, who is a good friend of his. Perhaps, even device himself will be able to relax and show a better level of play after the arrival of a friend.

Talking about NIP’s problems, Lewis criticized 18-year-old Linus "LNZ⁠" Holtäng. In his opinion, the young Swede makes mistakes too often, which is unacceptable at the tier-1 level.

It’s unpopular to criticize young players, but let's admit that LNZ had a chance to prove himself, and he did not use it. Showing good performance at certain points, he too often had failures on individual maps or in individual matches. There is no place for such mistakes in a team that claims to be in the lead positions.

Let us recall that the NIP management has repeatedly stated its commitment to a system with four main players and one non-permanent slot for the fifth member of the roster.

The upcoming matches for the Swedish squad will take place at the European RMR tournament IEM Fall 2021, which will be held from September 29 to October 10. DBL PONEY, FaZe, fnatic, SKADE and Fiend will be the Ninjas opponents in the group stage.