Official: NiP to try out new players
Ninjas in Pyjamas have confirmed that they will try out new players in the future as they look for a potential replacement for Mikail "Maikelele" Bill.
Earlier on Friday, reports in Sweden emerged about Mikail "Maikelele" Bill possibly being on his way out of NiP, just days after the team's disappointing campaign at IOS Pantamera, where they finished next to last in their group.
The Swedish AWPer will act as a stand-in for Orbit at this weekend's Nordic Masters event, which means that he will most likely miss NiP's double StarSeries header against HellRaisers and EnVyUs, on Sunday.
Maikelele's spot on the team is currently in doubt
And while NiP state that Maikelele is still part of the team, they will "try out" new players in the next few days to see if they can find a better fit.
"The Ninjas in Pyjamas CS:GO team are going to try out new players for the time being, to see if there is a possibility that they find a better line-up than the one they have today," a statement from NiP reads.
"Maikelele is a great talent and a very good player, but lacks a certain amount of experience that is required in order to have a permanent spot in the NiP line-up.
"Much more than pure talent is required in order to play professionally on an international level.
"Maikelele is still a part of NiP and has been informed of his shortcomings and now has a chance of working on them. In other words, the CS:GO team still consists of the same five players, but we are open to trying new players for the upcoming period of time.
"Maikelele adapted well to the CS:GO team, meaning there are no other aspects to this decision but the sporting ones that are the base of this evaluation period."
Maikelele was recruited on a trial basis in November following the retirement of Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson and helped the team to win ASUS ROG Winter last month with stunning performances that saw him named the event's Most Valuable Player.
During his time in NiP, the Swedish giants have also finished second at DreamHack Winter and MLG X Games Aspen, but a disappointing campaign at IOS Pantamera could have spelled the end of his time on the team.
NiP currently have the following roster: