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.
Winning ESL One Cologne was the pinnacle of Fifflaren's NiP spell
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: