NiP are one of the most successful CSGO esports teams in the sport’s history. This was a team that created an unbelievable record streak of 87-0 in LAN tournament map wins from Sept 2012 to April 2013. Won their first 10 CSGO offline events. Placed top 4 or better for every single LAN tournament from their CSGO beginnings in 2012 to June 2014. 18 titles out of 20 events. They were the absolute best, the most dominant force in CSGO we’ve seen so far. And then it all went so wrong.
The decline happened slowly, NiP still made all the big events and consistently reached high placings. But the dominance, the unstoppable NiP vibe, that had gone.
Sure, everyone remembers just how much damn fun NiP were, with their own theme song and endearingly daft pre-match videos fuelling a massive fanbase. But hey, in esports 2014 is a lifetime away, and this once unbeatable team look distinctly rubbish in 2017. Three premier tournaments, and 5th-8th is the best they could manage. Ouch.
Ninjas In Pyjamas Roster
- f0rest – Patrick Lindberg
- GeT_RiGhT – Christopher Allesund (Captain)
- friberg – Adam Friberg
- Xizt – Richard Landst
- Draken – William Sundkin
Simply put, 2012 they won everything, the highlight being DreamHack Winter 2012 for $22.5k.
2013 there was still a fine amount of silverware and a massive number of £10,000+ prizes. Again, highlight and best prize money was DreamHack Winter 2013 ($50,000).
2014 was another successful year, but after the highlight of August 2015 ESL ONE Cologne, where NiP won $100,000, came the end of the good times. After that premier tournament wins were few and far between: April 2016 DreamHack Masters ($100,000), September 2016 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season2 ($130,000), November 2016 Intel Extreme MastersXI ($128,000).
Since then…. nothing. Nada. Zip. 5th-8th at best. 2017 really looks like make or break for the Ninjas. Disappear in history or change it up. We’ll never forget them for sure, but that was the old NiP. The new team… not looking too good.