DeKay's Sources: Ninjas in Pyjamas heavily considering roster change prior to CS:GO Major roster lock - Dexerto

DeKay’s Sources: Ninjas in Pyjamas heavily considering roster change prior to CS:GO Major roster lock

Published: 18/Jun/2019 15:32 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 16:57

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


Swedish Counter-Strike team Ninjas in Pyjamas are considering a roster change prior to the Berlin StarLadder Major roster lock, according to multiple sources. The team has explored the idea of adding Nicolas ‘Plopski’ Gonzalez Zamora who is a member of the Swedish Team Ancient roster, among others.

It is unclear who would be replaced on the active lineup, but all signs point to Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman at this time. Dennis had left the NiP line-up back in March citing energy fatigue but returned on April 10 after a short break away. 

NiP have struggled to recapture the success their original lineup in CS:GO and have not won a large tournament since the end of 2017 at IEM Oakland. At their last two Major appearances, they finished in the group stage at the FACEIT Major: London and in the quarter-finals of the IEM Katowice Major. 

In recent tournaments, veteran rifler Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has taken over the in-game leader role from Jonas ‘lekr0’ Olofsson

DreamhackDennis has been a member of NiP since 2018.

Plopski is a 17-year-old Swedish-Spanish player who entered the professional Counter-Strike scene in mid-2017 with the x6tence organization. For six months of 2018, he was benched from the active lineup before being reactivated once again and played an additional six months.

In March of 2019, the organization announced they would be restructuring which left Plopski and Tim ‘nawwk’ Jonasson on the bench once again. Nawwk has since joined Team GamerLegion while Plopski is still technically under contract, despite playing recently with an unsigned group of players under the Team Ancient banner.

DreamhackPlopski has been competing with Team Ancient alongside former NiP star Draken.

NiP had a spot in ESL Pro League Season 9 but a disappointing finish means their future is uncertain moving into next season. They are, however, automatically qualified for the StarLadder Berlin Major as a current Legend team. 

It’s worth noting, however, that if NiP do sign Plopski in the coming weeks, he would be unable to play in the Major due to having already played in the minor qualifiers with Team Ancient.

The roster lock for the Berlin Major for all teams is June 25th, leaving exactly one week for them and others to submit their final roster. NiP’s CS:GO roster currently consists of:

  • Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund
  • Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg
  • Fredrik ‘REZ’ Sterner
  • Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman
  • Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson

YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.