"It should never be a question if NiP will qualify to a major or not and a lot of the responsibility to assure that rests on the shoulders of the in game leader", Emil "HeatoN" Christensen writes.

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It’s been the talk of the town in the Counter-strike world.

Richard ”Xizt” Landström is leaving our beloved Ninjas in Pyjamas after being a part of the team since the beginning in august 2012.

It’s been a fantastic journey. We will always be utterly grateful towards Richard and what he has done for the team.

But sometimes you have to change things up.

We have analysed our game in depth during the recent months and discussed how to become the world’s greatest team again. The biggest problem has been our inconsistency. It should never be a question if NiP will qualify to a major or not and a lot of the responsibility to assure that rests on the shoulders of the in game leader.

That’s why we have decided to bring in Dennis ”dennis” Edman. He is an unbelievably talented player and will resume the role as IGL in our team. He has some leadership experience from the time in Fnatic and now he is excited to take on the role with strong support from our coach Faruk ”pita” Pita.

My expectation is that we will have a more loose approach with Dennis. Our star players GeT_RiGhT and f0rest will be given more space and a better opportunity to shape their own game without being dependent on our IGL.

This is a big change for Ninjas in Pyjamas and we have a proud tradition of very rarely making roster changes in the team. At the same time I’m sure that this is a piece of the puzzle that could take us one step further on our way to claim the top position again.

It’s not unusual that there’s a ”silly season” after a major.

We have witnessed major transfers in other parts of the scene as well. Most notible was the rotation in Astralis due to Markus ”Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye’s sudden departure. It was some kind of a shock to me, him leaving for North. Hopefully he will thrive and once again become one of the world’s greatest players. At the same time Astralis has done well replacing him with Magisk.

Often, a bunch of trades can seem messy at first glance, but in most cases it’s just a result of teams striving for perfection. I personally know how hard it is for a team to work properly when there’s something off in the cohesion between players.

The result of these roster changes will most probably end up with the teams taking one step closer to their ”perfect match” and the competition to get even tougher throughout the year.


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