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Ninjas in Pyjamas explain why they felt “lost” at Berlin CSGO Major

Published: 12/Sep/2019 18:03 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:37

by Scott Robertson

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On the eve of BLAST Pro Series Moscow, the Ninjas in Pyjamas players sat down for an interview with Frankie Ward, and discussed their disappointing finish in Berlin, their reunion with Nicolas ‘Plopski’ Gonzalez Zamora, and the future of their roster.

NiP are picking up the pieces after a dismal showing in Berlin. The legendary Swedish Counter-Strike squad were quarterfinalists in the Katowice major prior, nearly taking a map of the red hot Astralis in that series. 

But nothing went right for the Ninjas in Berlin. They were without their newest addition Plopski, and fielded a substitute in Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim. Their beloved veteran Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund played with his future in question. And all of this went on while the details of alleged financial misdeeds by management dominated CS:GO headlines.

StarLadderCoach pita at StarLadder Berlin

With seemingly everything going against them, Ninjas in Pyjamas crumbled. They went 0-3 and went from a guaranteed New Legends spot to no major spot at all. When speaking to Frankie in Moscow, Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg acknowledged that NiP hadn’t expected that result at all.

“We didn’t have the highest expectations,” he told Frankie. “But we didn’t expect [that result] either. It felt really good during practice, but once the major came, everything just fell apart. We felt lost.”

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The return of Plopski is huge part of getting back in the right direction, according to f0rest. He also acknowledged that the team had been preparing for BLAST Moscow since the major ended.

For plopski, he was forced to sit out of the Berlin major, as he played for Team Ancient in the EU minor qualifier before being picked up by NiP. But he was terrific in that qualifier, and had a solid performance at his first event with NiP, ESL One Cologne. 

He admitted he was nervous being in front of a crowd that size, but the 17-year-old also said it was the best experience of his life so far.

StarLadderGeT_RiGhT at StarLadder Berlin

NiP are excited to have Plopski in their future, but have to answer other questions about their future very soon. GeT_RiGhT was reported to be replaced after StarLadder Berlin, but is still competing with the team in Moscow. When Frankie asked GeT_RiGhT about his future and what he wants to do, he flatly responded with “No comment.”

GeT_RiGhT, along with f0rest, has been with NiP for seven years and has given no indication that he wants to retire from competitive play. Whether or not he continues playing for NiP, and for how much longer, remains to be seen.

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NiKo leaves FaZe Clan to join G2 Esports after months of speculation

Published: 28/Oct/2020 17:12

by Marco Rizzo

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Bosnian CSGO superstar Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac is officially a G2 Esports player, having left FaZe Clan after over three years with the organization.

The former FaZe Clan star and IGL announced his transfer on Twitter in a humorous fashion, seemingly already familiar with the now renowned meme style of the G2 organization.

“One of the biggest signings in CS:GO History! Today, we’re ecstatic to welcome Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Roster.” Read G2’s official announcement.

At the time of writing, it is not yet clear which member of G2 will leave or be benched to make space for NiKo. Rumors say he will be replacing one of François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay or  Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug. 

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NiKo has represented FaZe Clan since 2017.

“With this signing, we’re taking a new direction with our team. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be evaluating the team and it’s progress to determine the optimal line-up for each match. We will provide more information on this in the coming days.”

He will be joining his cousin Nemanja “huNter” Kovač in the French-Balkan lineup for the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Series tournament. 

G2 Esports’s next official match will be on Monday and will see them face off against the ultra-aggressive Brazilian team FURIA.

Rumors of NiKo’s departure from FaZe have been circulating around the scene since September, with constant reports from 1pv.fr and HLTV.org kept updating the situation. HLTV stated that NiKo was set to debut for his new team in BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020

Speculation was then fueled by a tweet made by the mother of FaZe player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David asking NiKo to “rethink some decisions” -possibly referencing his rumored move to G2. 

Only a few days ago images of FaZe practicing with Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer instead of NiKo started appearing on Reddit. 

The transfer announcement confirms that olof will be playing for FaZe. 

G2 will rely on NiKo to replicate their early 2020 success which saw them skyrocket to the top of CSGO team rankings before going slumping and failing to deliver top results. 

G2’s lineup for BLAST Fall Premier Fall 2020 will be:

  • Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković (IGL)
  • Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub
  • Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač
  • Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug
  • François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay
  • Nemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač
  • Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel (coach)

Richard Lewis gave his thoughts on the move, arguing that NiKo wasn’t the answer to G2’s problems. We’ll have to wait to see who is proven right.