There was a time when the Counter-Strike scene belonged to Ninjas in Pyjamas. The legendary Swedish formation dominated the Global Offensive version in the first years of its existence, reaching the finals of Major five times. With time, however, this dominance came to an end, and the Scandinavian monolith began to crumble.
The inviolable, seemingly, quartet began to crumble in July 2017, when Adam “Friberg” Friberg left NiP. In the following months, more players said goodbye to the team — in 2018 it was Richard “Xizt” Landström, in 2019 Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, and now Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg left the ranks of the formation. For the last time, the aforementioned four were together on the server on May 28, 2017, beating Poles from Virtus.pro twice during the ECS Season 3. However, there is no point in crying, because today the Swedes are meeting again under the new flag, which is not Ninjas in Pyjamas. Legendary players decided to unite as new representatives of Dignitas, which after a break of nearly a year and a half returned to the scene of the male CS.
In addition to the above-mentioned four veterans of the American organization, 19-year-old Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli, who has not yet had the opportunity to regularly compete at the highest European level, will also be joining the team. Over the past two years, the Norwegian has been associated with Nordavind and has developed a patch of great talent there. And it’s big enough that at the beginning of 2019 the famous Håvard “rain” Nygaard tipped him as one of the future candidates for HLTV’s ranking of the best CS: GO players in the world.
“I had the opportunity to watch this Norwegian kid, hallzer, and it looks like he is another talent from Norway. Let’s hope that in 2019 he gets a chance to show his skills among the best,” FaZe’s rain wrote then, however, it seems that his wish will come true only in 2020.
A big surprise is the person who took the position of the coach. For some time it seemed that it would be Faruk “pita” Pita, who had already had the opportunity to cooperate with four members of the new team in NiP, but ultimately, the focus was on Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson. The 32-year-old is a former club mate of Friberg, Xizt, GeT_RiGhT and f0rest, with whom he reached the championship and became the runner-up at the Major twice. So far, however, he has not yet had the opportunity to work as a coach.
“I am extremely excited to join the DIG family. It was important for me to find an organization that values players and respects the entire process. I believe we found that in DIG,” said Johansson, who in addition to training work will also support his new employer in aspects related to management. “I look forward to the wonderful things we will achieve together. Let’s write history again!”
The new DIG composition is as follows:
- Adam “Friberg” Friberg
- Richard “Xizt” Landström
- Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
- Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg
- Håkon ‘hallzerk’ by Fjærli
- Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson – coach