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NiP is getting a roster overhaul

The players es3tag, k0nfig, headtr1ck, and coach djL have all been formally benched by Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP), in an unexpected development. This choice was made right before the much awaited BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2024. The announcement comes after the team had disclosed that a few of its main players will be temporarily withdrawing from the starting lineup. As the squad attempts to rebuild, the only players still on the active roster are in-game commander Alejandro “alex” Masanet and veteran Fredrik “REZ” Sterner, who has been with the club since 2017. NIP introduced Max “maxster” Jansson, Leo “Silence” Ingvarsson, and Maoz “BluePho3nix” Paz from Young Ninjas to compete in the BLAST Spring Showdown and beyond until a new lineup can be formed in order to fill the void in the short term and give the organization time to develop a competitive lineup post-RMR and Major. Björn “THREAT” Pers, General Manager of NIP, will also fill in as coach for a short while. Continue reading this article for the best information on esports predictions!

The news comes after Ninjas in Pyjamas’ terrible performance in the PGL Major Copenhagen Europe RMR A event, when they lost to Eternal Fire, AMKAL, and SAW and finished last, missing out on a Major slot for the first time since 2018. The organization has fallen to its lowest-ever 27th position as a result of a string of disappointing exits that began in the middle of 2023 and continued until the RMR failure.

NiP is getting a roster overhaul
NiP member, k0nfig, competing on stage

NiP almost made it to the top 8 at the BLAST Paris Major in May of last year, but the Swedish team was doomed when captain Aleksib left to join NaVi. After making little impression at the ESL Pro League Season 18 in September, the squad was eliminated from many competitions by mixed-level competition. After humiliating performances at the IEM Chengdu Open qualifiers and consecutive annihilations at the hands of G2 at BLAST Spring Groups, their problems persisted into 2024. The last straw for the team was the RMR qualification failure. In his seventh season with NiP, Alejandro “alex” Masanet, a Spanish player who joined the team in November, will partner with Frederik “REZ” Sterner.

The members of NiP management expressed serious concerns about the roster’s consistency and AWP usage in a long letter to the supporters. The letter also stated that in order to keep an RMR spot, it was first difficult to split ways with the key players. NiP’s director of esports, Erik Wendel, expressed his fascination at the number of individuals celebrating the team’s failure in the RMR in a follow-up post. He noted that some of the participants were significant in size and importance. When NiP were ousted last week, K0nfig expressed similar feelings, describing the amount of hostility as “unreal.” NiP has generally had trouble staying consistent in professional Counter-Strike since the departure of the storied Major-winning team from the early 2010s. The dramatic transition of multiple Major winner dev1ce in 2021, who spent less than a year playing with the Ninjas, was one of the high points of this struggle.

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