Ninjas In Pyjamas: Where Did The Magic Go?
Posted 21st October 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff    232 Views
Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) as an esports organization had 4 teams in different esports games. The reason for this is because their League of Legends team was recently disbanded. According to NiP’s management via a Twitter post, all players and coaches have been released from their contracts and the team completely erased. Now, they have one functioning team in CS:GO, PUBG, and Paladins. But there is more bad news coming your way.
Ninjas in CS:GO
All NiP teams in their respective esports have been underperforming. NiP’s representatives in CS:GO have not qualified in a CS:GO major yet again after losing to three matches in the European Minor Qualifiers. A quick fact, the last time NiP has qualified in a CS:GO major was back in 2016. This was the ESL One Cologne Major where the FlipSid3 Tactics won in the deciding match of their group. NiP will now miss three straight Majors, along with ELEAGUE Atlanta, PGL Krakow, and then the soon-to-be The Boston Major.
NiP remains a powerhouse and they still are. Their magical performances from before still reverberate across the esports arena. A little reminder of how good NiP is can be seen from their achievements. They are ranked as the 9th best team in the whole CS:GO world with holding a win streak of 87 games. Before this unbearable decline, NiP made five straight CS:GO Majors. Along with many more achievements, NiP is a team to watch out for. But they are free falling back to earth with inconsistencies in their gameplay. With the many massive roster changes this group experienced, we can only hope that they bring the NiP magic once again. NiP will continue to compete in online matches for the offline finals of the ESL Pro League 6 in December after not qualifying for The Boston Major 2018.
Ninjas in League
In another time and space, the NiP League of Legends team joined the EU LCS back in May 2017. After acquiring the Fnatic Academy’s slot, they released head coach, “Kubz” and completely revamped the team’s roster that was past members of SKT, KT Rolster, and the like. But it wasn’t the best stint the team had ever shown, losing its spot to continue in the tournament. The team ended the season at the bottom of their bracket, in Group A.
After the poor performance in the tournament, every member of the roster was released and became free agents. These members are, Proft, WhiteKnight108, Zhergoth, Shook, Nagne, and sprattel. Both coaches, NicoThePico and Korsgaard were part of the team release. But this wasn’t the first time this happened. Back in the Season 3 of the EU LCS, the team during that tournament quickly disbanded after dropping to the EU Challenger series. Adding to that, the EU LCS Season 3 was their last stint at the tournament.
NiP is an esports veteran, and being that organization includes struggles and adversity. Their front office and management may know that being an esports team is not always about winning and being at the top. Sometimes going through catastrophic situations is the one thing you’ll need to get back on top again. Best of luck, Ninjas in Pyjamas.