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IEM Rio Major Preview: Ninjas in Pyjamas

The Swedish Ninjas have been looking promising since the addition of Aleksib - But can they prevail on the biggest stage in the game?

Ninjas in Pyjamas:

Ludvig ”Brollan” Brolin - 1.13 rating in 2022

Frederik ”REZ” Sterner - 1.11 rating in 2022

Aleksi ”Aleksib” Virolainen - 1.07 rating in 2022

Hampus ”hampus” Poser - 1.04 rating in 2022

Patrick ”es3tag” Hansen - 0.97 rating in 2022

Qualified as: Legends

Last Major: 5-8th

Odds of winning IEM Rio Major: 8.5-12

Ninjas in Pyjamas arrive at IEM Rio Major in fine form, with the Swedish squad having experienced an impressive start with their new-look roster. After the former G2 IGL Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen joined the pack, NIP has won five matches in a row only giving up one map against Cloud9.

What to expect from Ninjas in Pyjamas at the Brazilian Major is a tough question to answer. If they could field their superstar AWPer Nicolai “device” Reedtz, things would look a lot different for the Ninjas. With Frederik “REZ” Sterner on the AWP instead of his usual rifle, NIP have to rely much on their star player in Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin.

NIP’s best result this year is their first place at Global Esports Tour Dubai where they defeated MOUZ in the Grand Final to secure the $100.000 1st price. That is the only Grand Final appearance from the Swedes in 2022, if you take away their recent win at the lower-tier Svenska Cuppen.

Pley.gg prediction: 9-11th

World ranking: #11

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