Today we reach a new milestone here at Ninjas in Pyjamas, steadily in our quest to manifest ourselves as one of the world’s leading multi-gaming organizations. The process has been long but we are finally ready and extremely excited to announce our return to League of Legends EU LCS.
This return to League of Legends EU LCS is achieved through the acquisition of the Fnatic Academy slot. The deal has been a joy to complete as we now extend the NiP-Fnatic rivalry to one of the world’s most popular games. We are already preparing for the season from our headquarters, with an all new roster. To field our League of Legends team, we are bringing players from teams such as SKT in Asia, and European players from teams such as PSG and Giants. Time is short and we are ready to catch up with the rest. Please join us as we wish our new players a warm welcome to the Ninjas in Pyjamas family.
Our starting roster for the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split will be as follows (pending Riot-approval):
Kim “Profit” Joon-hyung, TOP.
Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema, JNG.
Kim “Nagne” Sang-moon, MID.
Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa, ADC.
Hampus “Sprattel” Abrahamsson, SUP.
Our coaching staff and management will be as follows:
Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård, Head Coach.
To be announced, Assistant Coach.
Robin “Jed” Jedhammar, Manager.
Our Head Coach, Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård has the following to say about the roster and their ambitions:
“Coming into this split we wanted to build a team that would not only be able to put up a fight, but also grow along with the organization and establish themselves while representing NiP. We were in touch with some of the players of FNA, but since they would only go as a full package and our goal from the beginning was to create a new team, it was unfortunately not meant to be. Our team has a balanced mixture of old veterans and newer players. We are going into the split with high ambitions of growth and having a good showing over the course of the split. We are extremely eager to get started, and looking forward to the season!”
CEO of Ninjas in Pyjamas, Hicham Chahine, has released the following statement:
“Looking for new avenues of growth, League of Legends is one of the most attractive game titles in the world and is therefore a natural step in our continued evolution as an esports organization. As a multi-gaming team, we have high aspirations being present in the large game titles, and it is with this spirit we enter the LoL Championship Series. League of Legends will be one of our core focus areas going forward alongside Counter-Strike, as we build a new division and work hard to improve another.”
We wish our new Ninjas the best of luck with their preparations, and hope to see them deliver as the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split is played.