Despite several big roster changes, Ninjas in Pyjamas have been languishing in mediocrity for a very long time. It’s been extremely sad to see a legendary team refuse to change with the times and update their roster to keep up the level of their play, while teams around them were getting stronger. However, it seems like this period is all but over with the announcement of a new roster move in the Ninjas in Pyjamas camp.
The longtime NiP star and in-game leader, Richard “Xizt” Landström, has been replaced by Dennis “dennis” Edman, the organization announced yesterday.
This roster move continues to bring the legend of NiP magic to the grave because the only players left from the legendary Ninjas in Pyjamas team lineup are Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg. The roster is rounded out by William “draken” Sundin and Fredrik “REZ” Sterner.
dennis took over as the team’s in-game leader and captain. The general sentiment concerning the move is that Xizt was a big part of the NiP legend but needed to be replaced a long time ago because of failing to carry his own way in matches, barring some occasional flashes of his old brilliance, especially in clutch situations.
While dennis is unlikely to be the superstar of the team due to his aggressive playstyle which has him die in most rounds while often picking up some kills, he just might be what Ninjas in Pyjamas needs to make a comeback.
With all of that said, let’s not kid ourselves. The times where Ninjas in Pyjamas was consistently in the Top 5 of the best CS:GO teams in the world are probably over. What this roster move allows for, however, is Ninjas in Pyjamas having enough firepower to occasionally upset great teams and not embarrass themselves too much the rest of time.
With the type of roster NiP has compared to CS:GO giants like FaZe Clan and SK Gaming, as well as their general approach to roster building, this is the best Ninjas in Pyjamas can hope for, objectively.
That has nothing to do with the fact that Ninjas in Pyjamas, with their free-flowing style and occasional amazing clutches, always was and will probably remain an extraordinarily fun team to watch.