Official: NiP sign draken
Ninjas in Pyjamas have confirmed via their website the signing of William "draken" Sundin from Epsilon.
The Swedish youngster will replace Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi, who remains on the team as a backup player, with NiP stating that they "hope to see him on the active roster again in the future."
The move comes after a series of mixed results from NiP which culminated with the team failing to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major.
draken signs for NiP
pyth joined NiP in December 2015 after returning to Sweden from the United States, where he had spent six months representing Luminosity and Winterfox. During his time on the roster, the team's notable achievements include winning DreamHack Masters Malmö and IEM Oakland, and taking third-fourth at the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals.
"During the last few months our results have been below our expectations and we have not been able to find good solutions," NiP coach Björn 'THREAT' Pers told the team's website.
"We have tried swapping roles but we are not able to find a good balance with the current lineup. The key thing we are missing is a dedicated AWPer and that's why we're happy to announce the recruitment of William “draken” Sundin.
"William has been on our radar for quite a while, and with him we believe all the players can play a role they are comfortable with.
"During 2016, we managed to win three titles and Jacob was a crucial part of those victories winning us many rounds thanks to his explosive playstyle.
"However, we cannot overlook that fact that his playing style does not fit the AWPing-role but rather roles that other players in the team are currently occupying."
William "draken" Sundin burst onto the competitive scene in early 2016 with Cringe Gods, with whom he would attend the European Minor for the MLG Columbus Major.
Shortly after that event, the players were recruited by Epsilon, and the team went on to scale greater heights, finishing 5th-8th at ESWC and WESG, and winning the WCA Finals after beating VG.CyberZen in the title decider.
"Getting picked up by Ninjas in Pyjamas is a dream come true for me," Sundin added. "One year ago, I was competing on the FaceIT platform, where I qualified for the minor in Bucharest.
"I have since then been working hard on improving and believe I can have an in-game impact in NiP.
"Even though the team has struggled a bit lately, they are still one of the top teams in the world and I am humble to have been given this opportunity.
"I am looking forward to getting started and proving my spot on the team!"
draken will make his first offline appearance for NiP at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries, from April 4-9, to which they have been invited.
With this move, NiP now have:
Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi (backup)