Ninjas in Pyjamas stunned CSGO fans and defied the odds by putting Astralis away on two maps, despite many considering Astralis the favorite in its BLAST Premier Spring group match against NiP.
They did so while fending off a furious assault by Peter “dupreeh” Rausmussen who broke through the NiP lineup and finished the game with 48 kills.
He also recorded its highest average server damage per round, the most opening kills, and the highest rating.
But Astralis couldn’t do the same against Tim’nawwk ‘Jonasson, the NiP rifler. Nawwk finished the Ninjas in Pyjamas opening match at BLAST Premier after a 16-13 win on Overpass and another 16-13 on Inferno, partaking in a fantastic 82.9 percent of the team’s kills. But as the dust settled, a new addition to the Ninjas in Pyjamas roster was the real star of the show.
Twist substitute for Eliasson
Ninjas in Pyjamas elevated Erik “twist” Gustafsso from his CSGO academy team as a substitute for the graduated Eliasson, who had been benched earlier this month. In comments on the change and before ztr was added, NiP Chief Operating Officer Jonas Gundersen talked about what he was looking for in the fifth player.
“We were unable to release the massive potential and energy in our team. New, positive and fresh energy is needed,” said Gendersen. It seems that the Ninjas in Pyjamas have found it in ztr.
Ninjas in Pyjamas scored a solid score
The 17-year-old carried his own against the world’s CSGO top-ranked team. He finished third in the team and scored a solid score that included a +6 kill-to-death differential and a 1.02 rating.
When asked about Ztr performance against Astralis in a post-game interview, NiP vet Fredrik “REZ” Sterner had nothing but positive remarks about his new teammate.
“ztr is calm and well-gathered. He doesn’t have any experience, but he feels like he does. I don’t need to do that much when he’s popping off,” said REZ, laughing.
REZ also revealed that Ninjas in Pyjamas newest player had been playing with the team only three days before the Astralis match.