At the end of January this year, Dignitas announced its return to the CS:GO scene, drawing into its ranks the core of the legendary Ninjas in Pyjamas squad, which dominated the initial phase after the release of the game. However, the project of the Swedish veterans, this time supported by the up-and-comer Håkon “hallzer” Fjærli failed. The wins were few and far between, and the future looked grim. No wonder that the Scandinavian formation finally decided to remove Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and Richard “Xizt” Landström from the starting five.
In the CS:GO era, the careers of both gentlemen were of course associated with NiP for a very long time. Landström parted ways with the Swedish organization in the first half of 2018, while Alesund stayed with them until last year. For GeT_RiGhT, joining Dignitas was without a doubt a landmark event, while Xizt, after saying goodbye to the Ninjas, also managed to visit FaZe Clan (as a substitute) as well as Fnatic.
After the resumption of cooperation with Adam “friberg” Friberg and Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, the Swedes had the opportunity to appear at only one LAN tournament. Hallzerk, who was excluded from the competition due to visa problems, did not take part in Flashpoint. The young Norwegian in the US was replaced by another of the old experts, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács.
Despite this, Dignitas finished the games in a distant tenth place. In the era of the coronavirus, the results of the formation did not improve at all — Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson’s players were not able to cope with qualifying tournaments for the Major, nor could they deliver in much less crowded online cups.
In an exclusive interview with us, Friberg talked about the struggles with the team. The veteran was certain, that the results would be much different if the competition took place on LAN, where the experienced players would have an edge. The last chord of the venture sounded in Nine to Five 4, during which DIG did not win a single match.
“I haven’t felt like myself for a long time, and I will now spend some time reflecting on my next move,” Xizt confessed.
“After many talks with the team, we believe that this is the right decision. I have thought about my path for a long time, and given my current state of health, it was clear it was time for a change. After this move goes public, I am very excited to be able to present my plans to you soon. I wish Dignitas and my colleagues good luck in finding the right direction for the team. I will support them until the very end,” stated GeT_RiGhT mysteriously.
Everything indicates that the 30-year-old intends to stay close to CS:GO, although it is difficult to say what role at the moment. We will be waiting impatiently for the next steps from the Swede, no matter what — after all, legends never die!
What is the future of Dignitas? The organization announced that at the beginning of next week we are to know its new roster.
Thus, the current roster for the CS:GO Dignitas section looks like this:
- Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg
- Adam “friberg” Friberg
- Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli
- Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson – coach
- Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund – substitute
- Richard “Xizt” Landström – substitute