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Ninjas in Pyjamas

Ninjas in Pyjamas
Country: Sweden SE

Ninjas in Pyjamas

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

As the Swedish saying goes “Den som väntar på något gott väntar aldrig för länge” (The one who waits for something good never waits too long); on August 10th 2012 Ninjas in Pyjamas announced their comeback to the world of Counter-Strike. This time coming back to a new game, CS:GO, and with a fresh new lineup in Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund , Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, Richard “Xizt” Landström, Adam “friberg” Friberg and Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson, Ninjas in Pyjamas entered an exciting chapter in the team’s illustrious history.

Team History

Counter-Strike 1.6

Ninjas in Pyjamas first saw the light of day back in June 2000 when, now legendary, Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson formed a self-proclaimed “lan clan” and branded it NiP.

However NiP anno 2000 had very little in common with the NiP that a year later would go on to dominate the Counter-Strike 1.6 scene, and the team had to go through both name and org changes, split up and reunite, before ending up the Ninjas in Pyjamas most people love and remember today.

After the inception in 2000, Ninjas in Pyjamas began its evolution by joining the EYEballers organization as“e9”, only to then go independent as “clan9”, followed by splitting up with its players dividing between top Swedish teams “Allstars” and SoA.se (the latter formerly known as “MAFIA”).

It wasn’t until after the two teams had clashed on the public stage at CPL Holland 2001, however, that the  most skilled players of each team decided to come together, once more dusting off the tried and true NiP banner and this time with the now notorious HeatoN, Potti, MedioN, Hyb and XeqtR quintet as standard-bearers.

The new incarnation of NiP immediately saw success winning CPL London quickly followed by CPL Berlin, but with their sights set on the Cyberathlete Professional League World Championships  the roster once again transformed, parting ways with XeqtR and instead making it a six man squad by bringing in up and comer ahl and seasoned in game-leader Vesslan.

In the end the roster gamble paid off, and in what ultimately became a battle between NA and EU the six man strong Ninjas in Pyjamas faced off Noth American superstars X3 in the CPL World Championships finals. Beating the Americans 2-1, with the third map going into double overtime, NiP emerged the undisputed champions, setting a standard that would once more ring true 11 years later.

After the CPL victory the Ninjas in Pyjamas lineup once again underwent changes, but this time one of the new members were too young to compete internationally ultimately leading to the Ninjas being unable to attend the following CPL event in Cologne. After this the organization was unable to keep its sponsors and players together and the Ninjas in Pyjamas heraldry was once again abandoned.

It wasn’t until 2005 when members from the well known Schroet Kommando team, SK.swe, decided to jump ship that NiP would once more become a household name in the scene of Counter-Strike 1.6. In February, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Ninjas in Pyjamas was yet again reborn, this time with a lineup of HeatoN, Potti, ahl, SpawN, fisker and Hyper. True to its nature however NiP soon underwent radical lineup changes, emerging in June with only the core of HeatoN and Potti remaining flanked by new team members walle, zet and ins. Nevertheless in 2006 both HeatoN and Potti found themselves taking a step back from active gaming, and in their stead SpawN and RobbaN emerged.

Although finishing second in the World Cyber Games against Polish Pentagram (home to already then famous players such as Taz, Loord and Neo), sadly this wasn’t enough to keep the team together and within a year the famed NiP had yet again died.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

As the Swedish saying goes “Den som väntar på något gott väntar aldrig för länge” (The one who waits for something good never waits too long); on August 10th 2012 Ninjas in Pyjamas announced their comeback to the world of Counter-Strike. This time coming back to a new game, CS:GO, and with a fresh new lineup in Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund , Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, Richard “Xizt” Landström, Adam “friberg” Friberg and Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson, Ninjas in Pyjamas entered an exciting chapter in the team’s illustrious history.

Taking the world of CS:GO by storm the team went on an unprecedented 87-0 lan map victory run, finishing first place at ESWC 2012, DHW 2012, THOR Open 2012, NorthCon 2012, EMS Winter 2012, Mad Catz Invitational 2013, TECHLABS 2013 and Copenhagen Games 2013. Not until StarSeries V, April 5th 2013, did Ninjas in Pyjamas lose a map offline, but when the loss came it came at the hands of the worthy enemy Virtus.pro.

In the latter half of 2013 the main enemy was instead French powerhouse VeryGames. After having fallen short to the Swedes both online and offline at events such as the RaidCall EMS One Summer cup and the ESEA s13 finals, the rivalry took an abrupt ending when VeryGames finally overcame the Ninjas beating them at the SLTV StarSeries VII Finals, followed by both the RaidCall EMS One Fall Finals and ESWC 2013.

However, you can’t keep a good ninja down. Ending 2013 in fabulous form Ninjas in Pyjamas went on to beat rivals VeryGames at DreamHack Winter 2013, ultimately taking second place only to fellow Swedes fnatic, then followed up by winning both Fragbite Masters 2013 and SVECUP 2013.