Ninjas in Pyjamas Strengthen Roster with Young Ukrainian Star, r1nkle

Can r1nkle's AWP Skills Elevate NIP to Former Glory?

Ninjas in Pyjamas Strengthen Roster with Young Ukrainian Star, r1nkle
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Ninjas in Pyjamas Strengthen Roster with Young Ukrainian Star, r1nkle

The storied Counter-Strike organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) is shaking things up with a bold bet on the future. With the signing of rising Ukrainian AWPer Artem "r1nkle" Moroz, NIP continues a significant roster overhaul that prioritizes the potential of young talent.

The 19-year-old r1nkle replaces his compatriot, headtr1ck, who was benched in February along with two other players and the coach.  NIP clearly sees r1nkle, with his 1.20 rating in the BLAST.tv Paris Major Europe RMR,  as a key piece of their revitalization efforts.

A New Era for NIP?

NIP's move is intriguing, particularly with one slot still open and the search underway for an experienced anchor player. This suggests a potential blend of youthful energy with veteran stability.  General Manager Björn "THREAT" Pers alludes to this, commenting on their strategy of focusing on up-and-coming stars since the transition to Counter-Strike 2.

However, NIP's recent form raises questions. Can r1nkle's impressive early performances translate to success at the highest level on a new team? Will his playstyle mesh with the new-look NIP spearheaded by REZ, alex, and maxster?

The CS2 Talent Shuffle

NIP's moves come amidst the post-Major roster changes commonplace within the CS:GO scene. With tournaments influencing potential signings, it could take some time for the dust to settle. This leaves NIP fans wondering when their lineup will be complete and at what level the team will ultimately compete.

Ninjas in Pyjamas's lineup now is:

  • Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner
  • Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet
  • Max "⁠maxster⁠" Jansson
  • Artem "⁠r1nkle⁠" Moroz
  • Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström (coach)
  • Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen (benched)
  • Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov (benched)
  • Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke (benched)