Ninjas in Pyjamas’ players have qualified for a CS:GO Major for the first time in two years and it clearly means the world to them.
Only two members of the team that played at that ESL One Cologne 2016 Major now remain on the roster: Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg and Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund.
However, the pain of failing to qualify for every major since has had an impact on all of the current players and their coach, as was evident in their reaction to making it through the European Minor and qualifying for the FACEIT London Major in September.
GeT_RiGhT and Faruk ‘pita’ Pita can be seen embracing, close to tears, after NiP defeated a strong ENCE team in the losers bracket final, securing the very last spot at the New Challengers Stage of the $1,000,000 event which will run from September 5 - 23.
Pita coached NiP to their one and only Major title at ESL One Cologne 2014 but left the team in 2015 to pursue other opportunities. He returned to his old role in February of 2018 and seems determined to help the Ninjas get back on top.
GeT_RiGhT, one of the most dedicated players in any esport, shared an image on Instagram after the crucial win captioned with “Emotions”.
After going through one of the biggest slumps of his career, both as an individual and as a team, it is easy to understand why it means so much for the NiP legend to make it back to the biggest stage in Counter-Strike.
With the win over ENCE and the pressure of qualification being lifted, NiP moved on to the Grand Final and comfortably defeated OpTic Gaming in two straight maps.
The star performer in that particular series was NiP’s newest member, and in-game leader, Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson.
NiP will compete against the likes of Astralis, Team Liquid, Gambit and OpTic Gaming for one of the last 16 spots at the Major. Waiting for them there will be Cloud9, FaZe, Na’Vi, MiBR, Mousesports, Winstrike, G2 and Fnatic.