NiP Announces New VALORANT Lineup as They Sign 2 Ex-CS:GO Players

Aditya Singh Rawat
25/Jun/2020 02:38 pm
  • NiP has gone ahead and signed two former CS:GO players to their new VALORANT lineup.
  • With this, the Swedish organization bid farewell to their ex-Paladins roster.
  • NiP is currently searching for a new Head Coach along with three more players.

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) has gone ahead and announced their new VALORANT lineup after signing two former CS:GO players Niels "luckeRRR" Jasiek and Emir “rhyme “ Muminovic. With this, the Swedish esports organization has also parted ways with its ex-Paladins roster that had been playing VALORANT for them up until this point.

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The rate at which VALORANT is growing is quite remarkable with the developers announcing the 'VALORANT Ignition Series' last week on 16th June, laying the foundation for VALORANT’s grass-root level tournaments with multiple small events taking place all across the world.

With the competitive VALORANT scene slowing growing NiP decided that it was time for it to undergo a proper overhauling of its lineup. So the ex-Paladins roster consisting of Dylan “DiGeDoG” Chainski, Malkolm “bonkar” Rench, Leander “Tenner” Aspestrand, Aleks “Alex” Suchev, and Erik “Bird” Sjösten was replaced by two new entrants having a background in Counter-Strike.

NiP says goodbye to their ex-Paladins rosterNiP says goodbye to their ex-Paladins roster

The new roster which currently consists of only two players luckeRRR and rhyme seems to be the way forward for NiP who are actively searching for a Head Coach along with three other players to complete their lineup.

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NiP VALORANT: Past & Present

Both the new NiP players while having a background in Counter-Strike have never played the game at its highest level professionally. While the 24-year-old luckeRRR from Germany played for a couple of small European organization with a two-month stint with BIG on trial, not a lot of information is available on the 21-year-old rhyme from Norway.

NiP was one of the first organizations to announce a VALORANT roster. Their now defunct ex-Paladins roster was announced a couple of months back when the game was still in Closed Beta. Even in a short period of just two months, they managed to participate in eight VALORANT tournaments, attaining victory in two of these events under the banner of NiP. 

NiP's performance in a few VALORANT tournaments they participated inNiP's performance in a few VALORANT tournaments they participated in

But this cannot be considered as an achievement as back then there was no proper competitive scene, the game was still not public and only a handful of players were competing in these tournaments.

Almost all the tournaments they participated in were handing out direct invites to teams many of whom were set up temporarily just for the duration of a specific tournament. With the scene slowly growing and the game now being available to more number of players, slowly more talented and skilled players are surfacing.

NiP taking advantage of this occurring change has decided to build a new squad and by the looks of it they seem to be keen on signing former Counter-Strike players. It will be interesting to see who the team signs in order to complete the roster.


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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.