Coming up on the player break we were faced with a string of disappointing results and rumbles of a mini-shuffle in the making, so we decided to not rest on our laurels and instead continue iterating on our vision for how to build a DotA 2 team. As a result, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev has been let go from the roster, and we have spent the past few weeks scouting replacements.
While a final decision has not yet been made, we are down to a very short list of candidates and we expect the process to have concluded well ahead of our first matchup in OMEGA League in late August. That means we will be playing the upcoming OGA DotaPit S2 with a stand-in, and we are very happy to announce that we’ve secured none other than one of the world’s best supports in Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen for the tournament.
Jonas Gundersen, COO at Ninjas in Pyjamas:
“Ninjas in Pyjamas are relatively new to top tier Dota, and it’s been clear to me from day one that we have to think differently if we want to catch up. Trying to replicate what the Team Secrets of the world are already doing better than us is going to be a losing strategy. Once we catch up they will have moved on to something new. That means we have to think differently, and be bold enough to try and innovate.
One part of innovation has been taking on a new core of talents that we can support and develop. The next step, now, is to try to and take a different route with the traditional captain’s role. We believe in a more flat structure, and thus have chosen to make some changes. With the OMEGA League coming up and the collaboration we’ve initiated with the other teams, we are looking at a very bright future for NiP. So we’ll take our time to find the perfect 5th while we keep developing our direction.”