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Ninjas in Pyjamas have announced that they have parted ways with longtime member Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson, who has retired from gaming.
The decision comes in the aftermath of the team's group stage exit at ESWC 2014 following defeats against HellRaisers, Titan and Platinium-Servers.
NiP's run of poor form, however, stretches back a few months, with the ESL One Cologne champions failing to qualify for the FACEIT Finals and for the fragbite Masters Finals, while bowing out of DreamHack Stockholm in the group stage.
With DreamHack Winter just around the corner, NiP have announced that Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson, who has been the team's main AWPer and has sometimes combined such role with that of ingame leader, has retired from gaming.
The news will certainly come as a shock to NiP's fans as this is the first roster change for them since the team came together, in August 2012.
“These past two years have been the experience of a lifetime, I’ve learnt so much, travelled all over the world and had a chance to get to know four amazing people who I am proud to call my friends," he told Aftonbladet.
"These are memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. In addition to that, we got to rebuild the legendary NiP-brand and that is the heritage we leave behind us as we go further to realize other dreams in our lives.
"No matter who takes my place, I sincerely hope that the team will play well and win, which has always been our ultimate goal and they truly deserve it. I want to thank my ex-teammates, the management of NiP who made it all possible, and a special thanks to all of my fans for the love and support over the years."
Fifflaren had certainly had more than his fair share of criticism throughout his 27-month spell in NiP, much because of his inability to put up big numbers. His rating stands at 0.95, much lower than everyone else on the team. The fourth-rated player in NiP, Adam "friberg" Friberg, for example, sits at 1.09.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that Fifflaren has been offered a position in the NiP organisation, but nothing has been set in stone as of yet.
NiP currently have the following four-man roster:
+schneider or +dennis ?
remember that dennis is an awper but i dont think he wants because he already has a fulltime job...
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:23:10
schneider can't awp, most top teams now have an adequate awper and making f9rest awp would be a big waste
dennis retired from cs
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:50:10
No respectable journalist acts and name calls people like he does. If he lived in America, he would be perfect working for FOX News.
Post edited 2014-11-04 04:26:19
seriosly, what was/is lurpiss contribution to the CSGO community other than releasing immature and controverse statements for the sake of being controverse ?
Btw. gg wp Robin !!
hltv hire me!
I don't hate lurrpis by any means but your explanation isn't making a convincing point.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:45:18
for the NiP spirit but I´m actually quite exited. I really hope that they will come back and have fifflaren sitting next to them at events next to Heaton or something.
Post edited 2014-11-04 01:33:33
Also, fnatic already had a very strong roster and olofm and krimz only made it stronger. I genuinely do not see who could be the ideal new 5th for NiP. Delpan sucks in GO, Dennis is retired but quite frankly he is far from amazing anyway, Maikelele has attitude issues and twist is unproven. There are no strong freelance AWPs around.
And obviously the other issue is the performance of other NiP players. If the roster change does not bring back the motivation it would also be about time to start thinking about replacing Friberg, because he has not been carrying his weight for some time now.
we will miss him :\
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:30:20
+ schneider or +eksem
Same happens to neo and taz but they have some progress when fiffy did not. At that skill level micro difference is macro during game and experience won't balance it all
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:18:42
But in all seriousness, he is an amazing guy and i hoped for months that he'd be able to find his mojo. For NiP this is good news. Fiffy will still be around the scene, hopefully as coach.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:29:24
-f0rest and co
+jw and co
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:35:04
He seems like a really nice guy irl :) Best of luck Fiff!
Not really sure if his English is up to it but I'd like to see him casting as he knows the players and the game as well as anyone.
GL NiP and Fiff in the future.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:21:27
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
really i hope he stays active in the community in some way
anyway gl fifi
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:20:46
Thanks for the memories Fiffy and GL w/ NiP & your future life endeavors!
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:20:57
ps: bring in fox, kkthxbb
Fiffy is love. Fiffy is life. <3
that argument is BULLSHIT
The same thing is happening to for example chrisJ right now.
The impact of mass hate on sites like this should not be underestimated.
If you read hundreds of comments saying that you really need to start proving yourself, the pressure becomes way harder to handle for most people.
Fifflaren became a victim of this as well, ofcourse its not the only or even main reason of him underperforming, but saying that it plays no part at all is true BS.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:59:10
And secondly, he is the most humble player you will ever find. I don't get your stupid mentality about coming from CS:S makes you arrogant or a douche.
Either you are a troll, or you have no clue about the game at the moment, as in we are one big community, and not divided into "saucers" and "pixelers".
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:22:40
It probably had to happen, but still, fifflaren = NiP.
Thanks for some awesome games and GL with whatever your next step is gonna be.
Fuck the haters, keep ur chin up.
No other world class swed awpers IMO
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:23:14
+maikelele best choice skillwise but bad attitude
+dennis if they want an awp
In 5 years we will look back at you as a Legend!
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:25:30
give it a rest
Good luck further in life
I am actually sad..
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:25:27
Who will be the fifth? Interesting...
but i guess schneider deserves the most
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:25:22
good decision. In my opinion, a little too late.
this gives me some hope tho
'Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson has been offered a position within the NiP organization, but no contracts have been written at this time.'
Coach Fifflaren inc i hope :)
Maikelele/Delpan - No, way too toxic and Delpan is bad at CS:GO
but seriously, a lineup change will help nip. several other teams have shown it.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:27:14
fifflaren is such a nice guy, hope he won't retire from CS
Let's see what will happen, I hope he will take the offer from NiP :)
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:26:56
2. he wasn't kicked
3. fiffy wasn't the problem
Gl anyway to Nip and Fifflaren.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:27:31
Overrated clips, he did an ace will saving his AWP, the bomb explod.
Anyway gl to him in futur.
I don't think 1 change will make it really better, maybe before, but currently they are not that's good at all.
His aim is just so nuts. Anytime he plays stand-in for teams he rips and ends up usually top fragging.
Didn't he have a 1v5 pistol round win against NiP as a stand-in using only 1-mag?
Yeah, I'd like to see Pyth, Schneider or Twist get this spot.
Maikelele and Delpan are toxic and wouldn't fit in NiP
it was 1v4 but yeah
unfortunately I don't think it's going to realistically happen with his reputation for team splitting and his personality... but if they somehow made the team chemistry work they would be unstoppable. twist or schneider still good too though
now get twist twist twist twist !!!!!!!!!!!!
Definitely not maikelele or shneider.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:30:43
or, if nothing works out, Delpan
twist is a top contender though. Hes way too good for F3.
GL HF in ur future, Fluffy!
GL with your new adventures Robin!
No matter what people say the community has lost something in this, and I personally will miss him
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:30:03
gl fifflaren in your future endeavors.
I wish you the best of luck in the future Fifflaren! <3
I hope we soon will see a replacement and Good luck in the future Fifflaren.
Go Ninja Go ! <3
They have not 'cut ties' with him, they have offered him a job inside the organisation. Lets not make out as if they have kicked him in disgrace...
Fiffy, thank you for all the amazing moments, thank you for all you did not only for NiP, but also for all of us, your fans !
All the best in your life, hope to see you back !
This feels like one part of my life is over
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:35:59
GOODBYE DEAR ROBIN, I WILL MISS YOU.GOOD LUCK TO YOU
Bye bye Fiffy. Gonna miss you la.
NiP.pyth incoming? maybe.
It will be either pyth/Delpan
I don't think they'll add schneider or maikelele
only if f0rest leaves as well, then they'll consider either one of them but for now, Keep faith. The trio of delpzie, gtr and f0rest is coming back!
Endless thank you for you and all the CSGO you have given your team and us fans all around the world.
We salute you.
hltv broke his confidence as a player and as a men
and goodbye fiffy :(
As for the possible replacements people have mentioned
maikelele--kid is a cunt, NiP will never want someone so immature
Dennis--not good enough for NiP, they need a TOP tier awper
Twist / Pyth--too young and online
Schneider--doesn't really bring anything NiP doesn't already have
P.S Schneider pl0x
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:38:39
Sad for Fiffy tho but he didn't perform that good as he did in the past
GL Fifflaren, hope u will find something around cs (coach/analyst/caster etc) :)
Never been a hater of fifflaren
he is a great guy
I hope for Dennis to join NiP
they know each other with gtr and f0rest
he is the best option (so is schneider tho)
And more respect for fifflaren he make a best team in cs history and is so sad this out.
he sucked but it's heartbreaking...why retire and not prove himself in another team?
edit: fifflaren is a very nice guy but i feel like nip will do better now, depending of course who will they pick. gl to fifflaren in lyfe!
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:41:23
(Obviously I'm exaggerating a bit, the ESWC loss seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back rather than failing to qualify for Faceit. But it's funny nonetheless.)
he was awarded for sucking big time
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:43:42
Aside from the last two months, NiP have been by far the most consistently high-performing team this year.
This seems like exactly the same thing that happened with Fnatic in 2010. "Another team is playing better than us? ZOMG LETS KIK CRAN AND DSN!%$£" Except this time Fifflaren didn't choose to fight it.
Now they just need to replace friberg to become a team that can keep up with fnatic.
Hope that fifflaren keeps in touch with the game and gets one of those useless positions that they call game analyst for weak players that still want to get money from ex teammate friends withouth dragging the team down.
Lets see what's going to happen now.
they need m0Etivation
nr 1 awp m0E
This is the end of the Legendary NiP Team !
We will miss u fiff.
And good luck to u
Fiff is love, Fiff is life.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:44:02
Fifflaren won A LOT and he was an awesome player.
gl hf irl! :)
won't happen of course.
in my opinion allu would be the best fit (jw wont leave fnatic) and seeing as the need an awper.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:44:34
GL NiP and GL Fifflaren.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:45:23
imo +pyth or Maikelele
You've been part of great team.
This LAN record you guys had at the beginning of CSGO is unbeatable.
All the best for you Fifflaren!
my penis is small
But Schneider or Mikael..? Just a big no guys. :-P
he really was a next generation gamer, tons of criticism everyday and he didn't react to it in any way.
good luck in future Fifflaren! :)
Every one defending Fifflaren need a reality check people have been calling him out from the 1st days of CS:GO he never improved and people surpassed him in game knowledge aim and everything there is to it.
Just been nice doesn't account for much when your job is to win.
He might be a great person but NiP is a team and not a random one at that they cannot afford to have people who cannot do the job.
Same day, can't be a coincidence, Maikelelelelelelelelelelelele confirmed.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:45:54
Look at the TAB top left ;)
A replacement is not found yet, but there are several rumors that Maikelele or allu could replace him.
gl to him
pita advising didn't help at all
Now i agree with everyone, NiP just died.
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:51:17
Bring back Fiffy!
Post edited 2014-11-03 19:55:47
good riddance faget!
FIFFLAREN IS LUV :*
thats not what he deserved.
or Pyth not more to good players chose
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:00:14
im kinda sad, altough i dont like nip
gl Robin, i think you should stay as coach instead pita
It's out of:
In my opinion it'll be either pyth or pita.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:01:01
You will always be remembered as a part of the greatest csgo team in history.
Next stop: flame friberg for having terrible stats because he comes from sauce. Until you get him to leave so IdiotPan plays or ragelelele join nip.
A True legend, everyone who met him other than the socially awkward midget said he's a great guy.
and the funniest part is that when nip failed at those lans everyone was like 'omg sad to see nip like that' and when they finally make a decision that could help them to be the best again all those ppl are like 'omg why fifflaren omg omg omg'.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:19:19
I always found him to be a sympathic figure in most of his interviews, very liekable for sure. He was the last person you'd wish this shit upon, lets face it, retiring or whatever... he must've felt quite a bit of stress to leave as results were working against NiP. Unfair imo, if others had stepped up their game it might've worked out otherwise.
;/ I wish the guy the best, I hope he stays employed whitin the NiP organization, he certainly would make a great ambassador or coach for the team.
Thanks for all the great years Fifflaren, Captain Fantastic!
"Respect to NiP for making what must have been a hard decision, relationship-wise, but was a necessary one if they are to succeed."
Still, I had wished him a better ending to his carreer and not on this note.
Still, great carreer and run with NiP. If he did indeed stepdown on his own accord without being pressured to do so, I respect him even more for it.
Yet they won a major
"They barely won a major event"
How does someone barely win a major? It's like saying you barely won the worldcup. They didn't play up their usual until the final, but then again it only worked for them like that.
"failed to qualify for a couple of lans and didn't make it our of groups stage"
They withdrew from most online tournament, so i guess they don't give a shit. They didn't participate in SLTV and ESEA. They got disqualified by fnatic in fragbite after making them drop a map which most teams couldn't do. They had one terrible event ESWC.
Yet again, They had one terrible event before Katowice and they still reached the final. They had one before cologne and they won the event they had one terrible event before dhw and they still got to the final.
but yeah im wasting my time with people like you, you are so happy that you think lolpan will play with NiP.
anyway, despite you said that they only had 1 bad event why Xizt wrote that this is embarassing for him and the team and he's not sure where to go from there? because of 1 event? i don't think so.
by 'barely won a major' i mean exactly what i mean, they won the last map 16-14 on cbble with that real lucky round when they had a shit-buy and f0rest did the whole job hiding with mag-7 behind the ladder. so you consider it as convincing victory? lol, ok, your opinion is your opinion.
because of the rating thing?
cLy had the 3rd best rating in csgo history he turned out to be a hacker.
KennyS had the 4th best rating at that time, and he got kicked from titan and then titan bloomed.
Rating is not everything, lurppis depends solely on stats to brainwash people to thinking that fifflaren is a liability, lets bring back lurppis' stats in 1.6 shall we?
Pyth better be incoming.
NiP back woop woop
It's gonna be interesting to say the least.
Well well well.. It almost seems like some smart dude who said it'd make most sense for Fifflaren to retire on top post-major win was right."
that self-praise :(
THIS IS TO FIFFY
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:08:03
now we might finally see the full potential of this team.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:07:49
Fifflaren was strong, but he got lost somewhere.
GL in real life Fifflaren.
Goodluck in life!
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:08:45
Though this move was due.But still,Fifflaren will be missed :(
Good to know though he might be around :))
I am soo sad right now... I LOVE ROBIN!
I hope he stays in NiP but I think if there wasnt this big hate he would have stayed....
PS: FUCK YOU LURRPIS! HE IS A BETTER PLAYER THAN YOU AND ALWAYS WILL BE SO STFU!!!!
well done no hate against the fiffy but they had to change something and obviously he wasnt the AWP'r they needed glhf
wp fifflaren and gl.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:12:36
Rest in peace Fiffy ;)
Rest in peace Fiffy ;)
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:17:25
NOW PLEASE +MAIKELELE
Krimz would be one hell of a replacement, and trust me, even if fnatic is top 1 right now, he would consider the offer.
Post edited 2014-11-03 20:37:55
"<3 respect fiffy! thanks for everything!"