Ninjas in Pyjamas Complete Valorant Rebuild With CSGO, Overwatch Vets
Ninjas in Pyjamas have announced the completion of the rebuild started earlier this month for their Valorant roster. They became notable in that they were the first major esports team to announce a full rebuild for their Valorant roster, dropping their championship Paladins team in favor of looking for more traditional CSGO replacements as the mechanics seemingly transferred better.
It didn’t help that the NiP Paladins team was beset by setbacks due to COVID and more. So who are the new replacements? Joining the previously announced Luckerrr and Rhyme are Damien “HyP” Souville, Charles “CREA” Beauvois, and nzo “Fearoth” Mestari who is taking over as captain of the new squad.
“Our ambition has and always will be to field a top-tier lineup – our faith in the VALORANT scene and Riot’s plans for it remains strong and we’ll stop at nothing to get to the top spot,” Jonas Gunderson, COO at NiP explained. “It’s become clear that CSGO experience is a strong predictor of VALORANT performance, and adding the spice of the highest level of Overwatch competition through HyP makes for a really strong foundation. This squad has an extremely high skill ceiling, has already proven itself competitively, and fits very well into our vision for team chemistry and esports performance. I couldn’t be happier.”
Who Is on the New Ninjas in Pyjamas Valorant Squad?
The new Ninjas in Pyjamas Valorant roster is diverse in terms of their experience. Hyp, who comes from the Overwatch scene, most recently impressed on the Paris Eternal lineup. He is also a veteran of large scale competition, having competed with Team France at the Overwatch World Cup. This stage experience will surely come in handy, whenever the grip of COVID-19 loosens its grip on the world (so, next year then.)
CERA and Fearoth have both proven themselves to be skilled on the Valorant servers. The pair played with Hyp for several events and took home the G2 Esports Invitational, Take the Throne #8 and #7, as well as Underdogs. They also finished 3rd/4th at the Twitch Rivals Valorant Launch showdown.
LuckeRRR is best known for a brief stint with Berlin International Gaming (or BIG, to most people,) where he was slotted in after Smooya left the team. They were unable to find a massive amount of success with him, and as such he has been sent to free agency for some time, now looking to find his fortune in Riot’s new hit FPS.
Rhyme is also an enigma, having played for Riddle Esports as well as a number of other tier 3 and 4 CSGO organizations. In fact, his only notable success was placing 1st during the Prefire The League back in 2017, but since then has been relatively inactive.
This makes the new NiP roster perhaps one of the most promising in Valorant before they’ve even set foot on the server, and could challenge the likes of Cloud9, Together We Are Terrifiic (signed to Envy recently), 100 Thieves, and more.
Who Are the New Players Replacing?
The former NiP Paladins team, consisting of Malkolm “bonkar” Rench, Dylan “DiGeDoG” Chainski, Leander “isbittenner” Aspestrand, and Aleks “Alex” Suchev, and led by Erik “Bird” Sjösten, did not perform nearly as well as the organization hoped.
During their two months with the team, this roster only racked up modest results.
Ninja in Pyjamas VALORANT Roster results with former Paladins team
- 1st place in the ELITE Esports – Rivalry Bowl EU, Wave Esports Cup #1
- 2nd place at Cooler Cup
- 3rd place at Take the Throne #6 and Mandatory Cup
- Bottomed out at Epulze Valorant Prodigies, LAVA Series #1, and Gdolph EU Showdown #1
They will be looking to bounce back hard with this new roster, which has a significant CSGO pedigree already, and should be able to hit the ground running in theory.
When Can You Watch the New NIP Lineup Play?
Ninjas in Pyjamas will take to the server in their first official tomorrow as part of the WePlay! Invitational. They’ll be up against forZe in their first match, a match that they should be able to put up a decent fight in, as ForZe has been in a slump recently, finishing only 9th-16yh in LAVA Series #3.