Report: No. 9 NiP to Swap Pyth for draken

by Steven Cropley

According to a report from Flickshot.fr, No. 9 Ninjas in Pyjamas are set to make the roster change many have been saying it needed.

The report states that William "draken" Sundin will be moving to the legendary organization to join players like Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg. The player he will not be joining? Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi. Although the team did manage to pick up two international titles with this lineup, DreamHack Masters Malmo, and IEM Oakland, that success has gone missing. The player that has seen an interesting time with NiP, facing injuries that saw him temporarily replaced with Mikail "Maikelele" Bill. Since his return, the ninjas have been far less than optimal. Failing to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major and poor performances at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice have forced the hand of the organization. 15 months after pyth donned the pyjamas he has been released.

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(Photo: Epsilon)

The 21-year-old player has been with Epsilon since March of 2016. draken will be joining a core of four players that have been together since the start of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when the roster jumped in early and dominated the scene. draken will fill in the AWP role with NiP. This move seems all too similar to the previous attempt at bringing in Maikelele. Bringing in a young AWP talent, looking to shape the player into a star. That effort did not come to fruition.

This past week saw the Ninjas get handled 16-9 by No. 5 FaZe in both of its maps and are in a similar boat to No. 8 OpTic. A steep fall is imminent and fast approaching without some more wins to stabilize. Its strength of schedule will only keep it afloat for so long. If draken can officially join the roster in time and give the Ninjas what they need, there may still be hope to maintain a top ten position in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings. If not, well the fight to get back will begin.

Ninjas in Pyjamas reported roster:

Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
 Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
 Richard "Xizt" Landström
 Adam "friberg" Friberg
 William "draken" Sundin 

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