Ninjas in Pyjamas
|Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Created:||Organization 2000-06-?? |
LoL Division 2013-05-21
|Social Media and Links|
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournament Results
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Interviews
- 9 Gallery
- 10 See Also
- 11 External Links
- 12 References
Ninjas in Pyjamas, often abbreviated as NiP, is a European esports organization that was formed in 2000. The organization started as a Counter-Strike team, and became a top contender in the competitive scene for seven years. In 2007, the organization decided it was time to disband and attempt new things. In 2012, with the long awaited release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the newly inspired NiP organization reformed and created a new roster to compete once again. In May 2013, as part of its reformation, they picked up the previous roster of Copenhagen Wolves to form their first League of Legends team. The League of Legends NiP team is notable for competing in the summer split of the Season 3 European League Championship Series (LCS).
Formation of Ninjas in Pyjamas
Due to an unsatisfactory 2-6 start after two weeks of the summer split, NiP underwent a major roster change by benching NeeGodbro, TheTess, and Svenskeren, while recruiting former Heimerdinger's Colossi teammates extinkt, Malunoo and Freeze as the starting top laner, jungler, and AD carry, respectively.
A month later, extinkt would announce his retirement from competitive League of Legends and leave the team. Three days later, his role in the top lane would be filled by Mimer. NiP finished the season strongly, going 13-7 throughout the final seven weeks and finishing in a four-way tie for second at 15-13. After a poor showing at the week 9 tiebreaker, Ninjas in Pyjamas was seeded fifth going into the summer playoffs.
In August, NiP quickly exited contention after a 0-2 first round loss to Gambit Gaming. In the fifth place match, Team ALTERNATE prevailed 2-1 over the Ninjas in Pyjamas, sending NiP to the Season 4 Spring Promotion Tournament.
After a disappointing Summer Split, Ninjas in Pyjamas decided to revamp their roster and acquired kev1n and hyrqBot from SK Gaming in September 2013 to replace Mimer and Malunoo. However, in November 2013, NiP changed their roster once again and acquired Zorozero, nukeduck and mithy from LCS runner-up team Lemondogs. Bjergsen moved to North America and joined Team SoloMid while substitute Svenskeren joined SK Gaming. Deficio retired and moved to a managing and coaching position. kev1n was released after just two months without playing an official match with NiP. Freeze was the only remaining member from NiP's Summer Split roster.
Promotion Tournament and Replacement Play-In
Ninjas in Pyjamas chose to face Kiedyś Miałem Team at the Spring Split Promotion Tournament in their match. Although NiP were heavy favorites, Kiedyś Miałem won in a 3-0 clean sweep, and the Ninjas in Pyjamas were denied a spot in the Season 4 Spring Split of the EU LCS.
After Lemondogs were removed from Spring Split for failing to submit satisfactory paperwork in January 2014, Riot created a Play-In tournament at which the winner would claim the vacant spot in the LCS. As the three losing teams of the Promotion Tournament, Ninjas in Pyjamas would have faced off against MeetYourMakers and SUPA HOT CREW; however, after Zorozero could not update his tournament client in time, NiP was disqualified due to being unable to field an eligable roster.
Challenger Series Spring Split and Summer Promotion
As a team relegated from LCS, Ninjas in Pyjamas were automatically qualified for Spring Series #1 of the EU Challenger Series. As hyrqBot retired, the gap was filled with 16-year-old Challenger jungler Amin. NiP won their first two series against SK Gaming Prime and Tick Trick and Duck, but lost the final against Cloud9 Eclipse with Shacker subbing for Amin. With Hulberto replacing Amin, who would not have been allowed to compete in LCS due to age restrictions, NiP won EU CS Spring Series #2 with series wins against Gamers2, Reason Gaming and Denial eSports EU. As the best performing team of EU CS Spring, NiP received a bye in playoffs. After winning their semifinal against Reason Gaming 2-0, NiP lost the final against Cloud9 Eclipse 1-3, but qualified for the Spring EU LCS Summer Promotion Tournament.
At Promotion Tournament, Ninjas in Pyjamas faced off against 8th placed LCS team Millenium. NiP lost the very close series 2-3 after seven hours, once again not making it into LCS. Around a week later, the roster was released from the organization. Zorozero was rumored to join Counter Logic Gaming after Nien stepped down from the starting lineup, but he decided to go back to school to finish his degree.
Challenger Series Summer Split
A week after releasing their previous lineup, Ninjas in Pyjamas presented a new roster featuring former Gambit Gaming midlaner Alex Ich, who moved to toplane, and former Cloud9 Eclipse jungler k0u. Nukeduck, Freeze and Mithy remained with the organization after their unsuccessful qualification for the EU LCS Summer Split. NiP were automatically qualified for EU CS Summer Series #1 and won their quarterfinal against Unicorns of Love; but on June 2, Nukeduck and Mithy were suspended from LCS and CS for the remainder of the year, and subsequently released from the organization, which was considered a huge blow to Alex Ich's hopes to qualify for LCS.
Exileh and Voidle joined as substitutes for the two vacant positions, and NiP won the semifinal against Gamers2. NiP attended DreamHack Summer 2014 in the meantime with PowerOfEvil instead of Exileh as their midlaner, and won the tournament, defeating n!faculty and Reason Gaming in the playoffs. Mozilla subbed for Alex Ich in the final of EU CS Summer Series #1, which NiP lost against H2k-Gaming. Even though PowerOfEvil impressed in the midlane at DreamHack, Alex Ich decided to swap back to midlane himself, and Cabochard joined as the new toplaner while Voidle became a permanent member of the team. NiP finished EU CS Summer Series #2 in second place after losing the final against SK Gaming Prime.
Prior to playoffs, Ninjas in Pyjamas were shocked by the departure of k0u, who joined Challenger Series rivals Gamers2 and was replaced by loulex. As the best performing team of EU CS Summer, NiP received a bye in EU CS Summer Playoffs and faced SK Gaming Prime. They lost the semifinal 1-2, which meant the third place match against Unicorns of Love, the team of their former midlaner PowerOfEvil, would be the last chance to qualify for the 2015 Spring Promotion Tournament. Despite being huge favorites, NiP lost the series 0-3, and were eliminated.
loulex, Freeze and Voidle left NiP after playoffs. A new roster featuring Cabochard, ImSoFresh, Alex Ich, Jebus and Dioud competed as Ninjas in Pyjamas in various amateur tournaments, however, the new roster was never officially announced by NiP, and they departed from the organization in September. Alex Ich cited broken promises regarding his visa as well as unpaid salaries for his decision. Even though they were planning to join another organization, these plans never came to fruition due to Alex Ich's visa issues, and they disbanded.
After a two and a half year absence from League of Legends, Ninjas in Pyjamas reentered the EU LCS by acquiring the Summer Split spot of Fnatic Academy, who were previously promoted to the league after winning two series against Giants Gaming at the Summer Promotion tournament. Even though Fnatic Academy's roster was considered to be better than NiP's new roster and their players complained about not getting a chance, NiP formed a completely new roster consisting of Profit, Shook, Nagne, HeaQ and sprattel.
After the EU LCS reorganized to a two-group format prior to the spring split, Ninjas in Pyjamas were selected to be in Group A alongside Fnatic, G2 Esports, Misfits Gaming and Team ROCCAT. They started Summer Split in bad form as they could not win a single series in the first seven weeks. In Week 8, after a 0-2 against G2 Esports, NiP finally picked up their first series with a clean 2-0 against Team ROCCAT. Even though NiP upset Fnatic in Week 10, this was only the second series they won, and they finished the regular season in fifth and last place of Group B with a 2-11 record.
As the last placed team of their group, Ninjas in Pyjamas faced demotion from LCS in the 2018 Spring Promotion tournament. NiP lost their first series against Giants Gaming 1-3 and moved on to the lower bracket, where they swept fellow LCS squad Mysterious Monkeys 3-0. After NiP were destroyed in the deciding match against FC Schalke 04 Esports, they were relegated from EU LCS after only one split. NiP eventually released their roster in October.
As a relegated team, Ninjas in Pyjamas were automatically qualified to the European Masters Spring 2018 tournament and picked up Finn, Caedrel, Larssen, XDSMILEYs6 and Hustlin for their new roster. They were placed in Group D alongside MAD Lions E.C., Movistar Riders and SPGeSports.
- April 11, roster is announced. Finn, Caedrel, Larssen, XDSMILEYs6, and Hustlin join. Candyfloss joins as head coach.
- April 25, roster disbands. Finn, Caedrel, Larssen, XDSMILEYs6, and Hustlin leave. Candyfloss leaves coaching role.
- July 3, roster is announced. Doxy, Maxi, and Hiiva join. Larssen and XDSMILEY rejoin. Raqo joins as a sub.
- May 23, EU LCS spot of Fnatic Academy is acquired. Profit, Shook, Nagne, HeaQ, and sprattel join. Zhergoth and Hoon (now M1RAGE) join as subs. NicoThePico joins as head coach.
- May 24, team is officially announced. Jed joins as manager.
- May (approx.), Jens Hofer joins.
- August 4, WhiteKnight joins as a substitute.
- August 22, Blumigan joins as an analyst.
- August 25, Blumigan leaves analyst role.
- October 12, HeaQ leaves.
- October 17, roster is released. Profit, Shook, Nagne, sprattel, WhiteKnight, Zhergoth, and M1RAGE leave. NicoThePico leaves coaching role.
- January 11, hyrqBot leaves.
- January 13, Deficio retires. Amin joins.
- February 18, Amin leaves.
- May 1, Roster is released from organization. Zorozero, Hulberto, Nukeduck, Freeze, and Mithy leave.
- May 8, Ninjas in Pyjamas reforms. Alex Ich, k0u, Nukeduck, Freeze, and Mithy join.
- June 2, Nukeduck and Mithy are released following their suspension from the LCS and Challenger Series.
- June 10, Clement Chu joins as the head coach.
- June 16, 1st Place at DreamHack Summer 2014.
- July 8, Alex Ich moves to mid laner. Cabochard joins.
- July (approx.), Voidle officially joins.
- August 4, k0u leaves, while loulex joins.
- August (approx.), loulex leaves.
- August 25, ImSoFresh and Dioud join. Voidle leaves.
- September 4, Jebus joins. Freeze leaves.
- September (approx.), previous roster disbands.
- May 22, Ninjas in Pyjamas acquires the previous roster of Copenhagen Wolves. Bjergsen, Deficio, TheTess, Svenskeren, and GodBro join.
- May/June, extinkt and Malunoo join as substitute.
- June 26, extinkt and Malunoo become the starting top laner and jungler, Freeze joins as the starting AD carry, while NeeGodbro, TheTess, and Svenskeren become substitutes.
- July 23, extinkt retires. 
- July 26, Mimer joins.
- September 13, Mimer is released.
- September 18, Kev1n and hyrqBot join. Malunoo becomes a sub.
- October 15, MrRalleZ joins as a substitute.
- November 2, Svenskeren and Bjergsen leave.
- November 3, mithy, nukeduck, and Zorozero join. TheTess, NeeGodbro, and kev1n leave. Deficio moves to a manager/coach position.
- December 17, MrRalleZ leaves.
|Doxy||Rafael Adl Zarabi||Top Laner||2018-07-03|
|Larssen||Emil Larsson||Mid Laner||2018-07-03|
|XDSMILEY||Ludvig Granquist||Bot Laner||2018-07-03|
|Finn||Finn Wiestål||Top Laner||Movistar Riders||2018-04-11||2018-04-25|
|Caedrel||Marc Robert Lamont||Jungler||Team-LDLC||2018-04-11||2018-04-25|
|Larssen||Emil Larsson||Mid Laner||Ninjas in Pyjamas||2018-04-11||2018-04-25|
|XDSMILEYs6||Ludvig Granquist||Bot Laner||Ninjas in Pyjamas||2018-04-11||2018-04-25|
|Profit||Kim Jun-hyung (김준형)||Top Laner||Team ROCCAT||2017-05-23||2017-10-17|
|Nagne||Kim Sang-moon (김상문)||Mid Laner||2017-05-23||2017-10-17|
|WhiteKnight||Matti Sormunen||Sub/Top||Unicorns Of Love||2017-08-04||2017-10-17|
|M1RAGE||Kwon Noh-hoon (권노훈)||Sub/Top||RED Canids||2017-05-23||2017-10-17|
|HeaQ||Martin Kordmaa||Bot Laner||Team ROCCAT||2017-05-23||2017-10-12|
|Cabochard||Lucas Simon-Meslet||Top Laner||Gambit Gaming||2014-07-08||2014-09-??|
|ImSoFresh||Karim Bbahla||Jungler||Mashallah Gaming||2014-08-25||2014-09-??|
|Alex Ich||Alexey Ichetovkin||Mid Laner||RoX||2014-05-08||2014-09-??|
|Jebus||Karim Tokhi||Bot Laner||Team Nevo||2014-09-04||2014-09-??|
|Freeze||Aleš Kněžínek||Bot Laner||Copenhagen Wolves||2014-05-08||2014-09-04|
|k0u||Tinh Tri Lam||Jungler||Gamers2||2014-05-08||2014-08-14|
|Mithy||Alfonso Aguirre Rodríguez||Support||Origen||2014-05-08||2014-06-02|
|Nukeduck||Erlend Våtevik Holm||Mid Laner||Team ROCCAT||2014-05-08||2014-06-02|
|Freeze||Aleš Kněžínek||Bot Laner||Copenhagen Wolves||2013-06-26||2014-05-01|
|Nukeduck||Erlend Våtevik Holm||Mid Laner||Suspended||2013-11-03||2014-05-01|
|Mithy||Alfonso Aguirre Rodríguez||Support||Suspended||2013-11-03||2014-05-01|
|Zorozero||Morten Rosenquist||Top Laner||2013-11-03||2014-05-01|
|Amin||Amin Mezher||Jungler||Team ROCCAT||2014-01-13||2014-02-18|
|MrRalleZ||Rasmus Skinneholm||Substitute||SUPA HOT CREW||2013-10-15||2013-12-17|
|NeeGodbro||Dan Van Vo||Sub/Top||Intellectual Playground||2013-05-22||2013-11-03|
|kev1n||Kevin Rubiszewski||Top Laner||ALTERNATE aTTaX||2013-09-18||2013-11-03|
|Bjergsen||Søren Bjerg||Mid Laner||Team SoloMid||2013-05-22||2013-11-02|
|Svenskeren||Dennis Johnsen||Sub/Jun||SUPA HOT CREW||2013-05-22||2013-11-02|
|Mimer||Mimer Ahlström||Top Laner||SUPA HOT CREW||2013-07-26||2013-09-13|
|extinkt||Vytautas Mėlinauskas||Top Laner||Team ROCCAT||2013-05-??||2013-07-23|
|Istari||Ugo Simon-Meslet||Mid||Alex Ich||FACEIT Gamescom Challenge|
|Mozilla||Pavel Klaban||Top||Alex Ich||2014 EU Challenger Summer Series #1|
|PowerOfEvil||Tristan Schrage||Mid||DreamHack Summer 2014|
|Shacker||Mojtaba Aflaton||Jungle||Amin||2014 EU Challenger Spring Series #1|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
- Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Spring 2018
|HeatoN||Emil Christensen||Founder & Brand Manager|
|Hicham Chahine||Chief Executive Officer|
|JW||Johan Wältare||Chief Operating Officer|
|Jed||Robin Jedhammar||Team Manager|
|Jens Hofer||Mental Coach|
|Candyfloss||Alexander Cartwright||Head Coach|
|NicoThePico||Nicholas Korsgaard||Head Coach|
|M1RAGE||Kwon Noh-hoon (권노훈)||Translator||RED Canids|
|Blumigan||Marcus Blom||Analyst||Royal Bandits|
|Per Lilliefelth||Chief Executive Officer|
|flabbert||Gustav M. Karto||Managing Director|
|Clement||Kai-Hsin Chu (祝愷信)||Head Coach||Caster|
|Deficio||Martin Lynge||Manager & Coach||Caster|
- May 26, NiP CEO: We simply did not have room for all the Fnatic Academy members with Adam Newell on Dot Esports
- August 14, In-depth interview with NicoThePico on his transition from Fnatic to Ninjas in Pyjamas: “I never publicly defended myself for (my time on) Fnatic.” with Kelsey Moser for Slingshot Esports
- January 13, We are Ninjas in Pyjamas - Ask us Anything with Reddit
- May 21, Former Copenhagen Wolves LoL team becomes NiP.LoL with Gaming.dk
- Ninjas in Pyjamas welcome a new team!
- Wolves upgraded into Ninjas (in Pyjamas)
- Tour of NiP Gaming House
- Ninjas in Pyjamas x League of Legends nip.gl
- XDSMILEYs6's Tweet twitter.com
- We return to the rift nip.gl
- Ninjas in Pyjamas returns to League of Legends EU LCS nip.gl
- Ninjas in Pyjamas' Tweet twitter.com
- Blumigan's Tweet twitter.com
- Blumigan's Tweet twitter.com
- HeaQ's Tweet twitter.com
- Ninjas in Pyjamas' Tweet twitter.com
- NicoThePico's Tweet twitter.com
- Ninjas in Pyjamas Facebook Post facebook.com
- Deficio's Tweet twitter.com
- Amin's Tweet twitter.com
- Amin's Tweet twitter.com
- NiP parts ways with its League of Legends team nip.gl
- NiP announces the new LoL lineup nip.gl
- Ninjas in Pyjamas' Facebook Post facebook.com
- NiP sign ex-EG analyst as new coach, trying out Voidle, Exileh Coke Series ongamers.com
- NiP sings Lucas "Cabochard" Simon=Meslet nip.gl
- LoL player k0u leaves NiP nip.gl
- NiP.LoL, welcome to the NiP Family nip-gaming.se
- Changes in the NiP.LoL Squad nip-gaming.se
- extinkt steps down from the active roster nip-gaming.se
- NiP.LoL announce our new toplaner nip-gaming.se
- Mimer released from Ninjas in Pyjamas
- NiP Announce Roster changes nip-gaming.se
- Deficio Twitter Post twitter.com
- New LoL Roster for SK Gaming sk-gaming.com
- Announcing the new TSM roster! solomid.net
- The new LoL Lineup nip-gaming.se