Ninjas In Pyjamas Mark Their Return To The EU LCS By Dumping The Entire FNA Roster

Ninjas in Pyjamas have officially secured the European League of Legends Championship Series slot previously held by Fnatic Academy, as confirmed by an ESPN eSports report. The announcement is set to trigger a series of tremors within the competitive scene, given that the organisation has decided to completely replace the team lineup that earned promotion from the European Challenger Series at the end of the Spring Split.

Each of the five members who earned promotion to the EU LCS for Fnatic Academy will now be looking for new employers ahead of the Summer Split. Ninjas in Pyjamas will reportedly field SK Telecom T1 top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, former Team Vitality jungler Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema, former KT Rolster mid laner Kim “Nagne” Sang-moon, Giants Gaming AD carry Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa and former Paris Saint-Germain support Hampus “sprattel” Mikael Abrahamsson as their starting roster.

Source: OGN

The Ninjas in Pyjamas eSports organisation secured the former Fnatic Academy spot after emerging victorious from a bidding war against several other interested parties, notably Overwatch organisation Laser Kittenz. Having obtained promotion from the Challenger Series, the FNC squad are unable to compete in the league alongside their parent roster and must therefore sell their hard-earned LCS spot.

NiP last fielded a League of Legends roster in 2013-14, after picking up the previous roster of the Copenhagen Wolves as part of their reformation. The team is perhaps best remembered for the 2013 EU LCS Summer Split, a period in which future stars Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen showed great promise representing the organisation.

Following the departure of the team’s star talent to pastures new, the team began to fall apart. Forced to release the entire roster after a disastrous split in which two of the team’s best players, Mithy and Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm were banned from competing due to their toxic in-game behaviour. The team disbanded their League of Legends roster on October 4th 2014, but are about to hang their banner in the EU LCS studio once more.

Source: OpenDomain

The announcement of the team’s return to the EU LCS has been met with widespread backlash from the League of Legends eSports community, notably Fnatic fans who feel that the roster that earned the spot deserve the chance to play in the LCS. Currently, the only member of the Fnatic Academy roster currently listed as a part of the Fnatic squad on Riot Games’ contract database is AD Carry Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm.

Former Fnatic Academy jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider was the first to express his disappointment via social media, triggering a response from many of the team’s former players and coaching staff:

Fnatic Academy coach Kublai “Kubz” Barlas, who is rumoured to have been replaced by none other than failed former Fnatic coach Nicholas “NicoThePico” Korsgård, later offered the entire roster’s services to aspiring challenger organisations.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas now face an uphill public relations battle for the remainder of the split, having controversially opted to sever the services of each member of the successful Fnatic Academy squad. The move has once again highlighted the inherent flaws of the current Challenger Scene promotion system, in which even successful players’ job security is far from guaranteed.

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