For over two months, Ninjas in Pyjamas were limping along in tournaments, hurt from not having their full roster. One of their players, Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi, has been having problems due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The player has been trying to get better and come back to competitive CS:GO for a while now, trying to get the problem fixed by other means. With progress not being acceptable, he seems to have been considering surgery as the way to fix the problem, provided that medical tests prove surgical intervention to be required.
It seems that pyth’s hands will not have to go under the knife after all, following the player’s announcement on Twiter on the 24th of October, stating – “Got some big news today, no surgery needed! Have to work a lot with my hand tho time to get back!” We’re definitely glad to hear it, especially when we consider the troubles NiP has been having since pyth got sidelined.
Two players stood in for pyth over the period. The first, Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun, tried to fill pyth’s shoes for a brief period of August 17-25, during NiP’s matches in ESL Pro League Season 4. The team’s results were quite satisfactory, NiP won 7 maps out of the 10 they played, however, the Epsilon eSports player didn’t stay long.
On the 30th of August, a new stand-in, Maikel “Maikelele” Bill, who’s been on the NiP roster before, came to the team’s rescue. With Maikelele on the squad, the best word to describe NiP’s performance is… fluctuating. They had some good results, winning SL i-League Season 2, where they had to defeat G2 Esports in the Grand Finals, placing second in the European bracket of ESL Pro League Season 4, qualifying for the League’s Finals in Brazil. Despite the seemingly decent success, the team wasn’t without pitfalls.
Over the last weekend, Ninjas in Pyjamas played in, and lost, at EPICENTER 2016, a $500,000 prize pool tournament, which took place in Moscow. That does not bring glad tidings with the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals just around the corner. The Tournament will take place in Sao Paulo, from the 26th to 30th of October. Following this tourney, NiP will also have a hard battle ahead on the 4th and 5th of November, where they will try and go through the Group Stage of ELEAGUE Season 2. With G2 Esports, Virtus.pro, and Echo Fox to play against, it will be no small stroll in the park.