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

GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett


Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.