Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Dennis ‘dennis‘ Edman has decided to step away from competitive CS:GO for an undefined amount of time.
The Swedish team made the announcement official earlier on Monday.
In their official statement, Ninjas in Pyjamas cited “energy fatigue” as the main reason why the 28-year-old will step down from the roster for the meantime. Ninjas in Pyjamas also added that Dennis will “undergo further medical examination in the upcoming days.”
Dennis has been a part of Ninjas in Pyjamas since joining in February of 2018. In terms of numbers, Dennis has not had much of an impact for the team. However, the eye test shows just how integral of a part he is of the team’s current success. Although the team has failed to win a LAN title since Dennis joined the lineup, they have improved as of late. Their latest outing at IEM Katowice 2019 saw the Swedish organization claim a Top 8 finish, losing to Astralis in the quarterfinals, and secure a Legends spot at the Berlin Major in August.
Ninjas in Pyjamas are set to play at the BLAST PRO Series: São Paulo 2019, StarSeries i-League S7 Shanghai and IEM Sydney 2019 in the coming weeks.
Dennis Out, Draken In
William ‘draken‘ Sundin played for Ninjas in Pyjamas from March 2017 to June 2018. During this period, he was part of numerous deep runs for the Swedish lineup. This includes a first-place finish over FaZe Clan at IEM Oakland 2017. However, since parting ways with Ninjas in Pyjamas, the 23-year-old AWPer has not had much success. He joined up with Fnatic but ultimately failed to find his place as the team benched and replaced him with Simon ‘twist‘ Eliasson.
Ninjas in Pyjamas feature some of the oldest and most tenured squads in all of CS:GO. Their lineup is headlined by the duo of Patrik ‘forest‘ Lindberg and Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT‘ Alesund, who have been with the organization since 2012. Despite their age, both players have continued to find a lot of success. In fact, both are the leading performers of the team, with f0rest, in particular, putting on a string of impressive performances in recent months.
HLTV currently has Ninjas in Pyjamas ranked as the #8 CS:GO team in their latest rankings.
Hopefully, with a rejuvenated draken in tow and the team motivated by their performance at the IEM Katowice Major, Ninjas in Pyjamas can finally get back to the top.
How well do you think the current lineup of Ninjas in Pyjamas will play? Will they improve on their performance in Katowice? Or will it take a more drastic roster move for the team to finally vault themselves back to the top of the CS:GO scene? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.