NiKo: "I don’t like es3tag’s cocky words about NIP becoming the best team in the world"

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, a player of G2, at a press conference on the IEM Winter 2021 semifinals, commented on the words of Patrick "es3tag" Hansen, who previously claimed that NIP expect to win several big tournaments next year. The Bosnian called such statements bold and added that it will take more time for the Scandinavian team to reach the level they want.

The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.

I think NIP is a good team, but it is not a contender for titles. They lack the experience to win trophies and start their own era. Only device has such an experience. When we faced NIP in the Major's quarterfinals, we realized that we were better.

As for es3tag... He is a solid versatile player who will help the team. I heard that he has communication problems that will take some time to resolve. Communication is one of the most vital aspects of CS. I don't like es3tag's cocky words about NIP becoming the best team in the world. It requires much more time to do this.

NiKo also shared his opinion on who is the strongest Swedish player at the moment. He singled out NIP’s in-game leader Hampus "hampus" Poser and said that Fredrik "REZ" Sterner was overrated.

hampus is very good, so I'd choose him. REZ is overrated. Everyone considers him a superstar, but he is too inconsistent for such status. hampus, on the other hand, consistently shows good statistics and, more importantly, creates a lot of space for his teammates. With the arrival of smooya in fnatic, Brollan started to play much better, but if we talk about the whole year, the best in Sweden is hampus.

The upcoming match for NiKo and G2 will be the IEM Winter 2021 semifinal, where the international roster will encounter NIP on December 11.