Es3tag Talks About His New Role as an AWPer for Ninjas in Pyjamas
The Dane has been seen wielding an AWP in the European RMR.
The only Danish player in the current active CS:GO roster of Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP), Patrick "es3tag" Hansen, has been spotted wielding the AWP at the ongoing European RMR B (Regional Major Rankings B).
This change caught many by surprise while viewing the matches live but in the absence of Love "phzy" Smidebrant, somebody had to pick up the bolt action sniper. For now, the responsibility has been shouldered by the 26-year-old support rifler who has undergone his third role change within the Swedish organization.
During an interview with Dust2.dk, es3tag confirmed that in the absence of Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz he would probably be playing "more of a supportive AWP" as he looks to further refine himself in this role.
Es3tag talks about taking on the role of an AWPer for NIP
It is not at all easy to undergo role changes in CS:GO, es3tag within a period of just five months has already undergone three changes so far within the same team.
Currently the support rifler has started donning an AWP, something that was clearly witnessed by all during NIP's opening matches against Endpoint and Bad News Eagles.
Talking about his new role, es3tag said that it was not too bad, but it could have definitely been better as there is always room for improvement. Labelling himself as a supportive AWP, the Dane explained this madeup role by saying "I'm the type who keeps an angle, and makes sure my teammates get some good and well-timed grenades. And otherwise, of course, I just have to hit my shots when I get the chance."
Es3tag further confirmed that until dev1ce returns he will be the one swinging the AWP. After this, he would be undergoing his fourth role change within the roster as NIP would also have to make some necessary adjustments due to having six players on its roster.
About the double AWP setup that NIP had used against both the teams yesterday, es3tag said that this was intentional as it was expected that both their opponents "liked to load on".
Having Fredrik "REZ" Sterner pick up an AWP and play as a secondary marksmen in some situations is something that NIP is comfortable with.
NIP is just one win away from securing a spot in the PGL Antwerp Major 2022. They missed their first chance following a '0-2' defeat against Copenhagen Flames yesterday, but are all set to take on SINNERS later today.