Rapid Reactions: Plopski Replaces dennis in NiP; GeT_RiGhT to Retire Post-Major
Over a year spent with this five-man roster for NiP comes to a close as Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora has replaced Dennis “dennis” Edman, who had just returned from a temporary hiatus.
The 17-year-old Swedish-Spaniard mix Plopski has been making a name for himself in the Swedish scene for quite some time now, finding his big break in x6tence Galaxy. There he would earn a professional salary and the chance to play alongside names like current star AWP player of GamerLegion Tim “nawwk” Jonasson and Counter-Strike veteran André “BARBARR” Möller. A plethora of positive online results had been found, but the team struggled to find themselves making LAN. The team’s claim to fame was their top 4 placement at DreamHack Open Winter in 2018, with nawwk and Plopski leading the charge with 1.20 and 1.14 HLTV ratings respectively, being two of the top 10 highest-rated players at the event.
Following the collapse of the team, Plopski opted to join forces with Swedish in-game leading legend Markus “pronax” Wallsten in his iteration of the Team Ancient lineup. He would consistently outshine familiar faces like Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun and Andreas “znajder” Lindberg while also overshadowing fellow young up-and-coming Swede, Denis “grux” Gutaj. He would proceed to play with Ancient through its roster shift after pronax’s retirement and the departure of znajder and grux. Ancient went on to reach the semifinals of DreamHack Open Summer this last week.
He has been a consistent fragger for each team he’s played for since beginning his journey in the professional world of Counter-Strike, and, given his age, it doesn’t look like he plans on stopping any time soon. An important point to note is his malleability as a player, being such a young talent. The young gun has no real definition as a roleplayer and could be molded into whatever NiP may look for in him as an individual with time.
Alas, with every “hello” must come to a “goodbye”, as dennis is the one the Swedes have determined must go in order to progress. His impact as an individual has increased since returning from his leave of absence back between March and April of this year. Despite that, it’s evident that this was not enough to warrant his place on the team. Initially functioning as the team’s in-game leader, replacing Richard “Xizt” Landström, dennis adjusted well, finding good form in his debut LAN at IEM Katowice 2018 as well as the following DreamHack Masters Marseille event. This was soon followed by inconsistency between tournaments, with better results than the team had seen prior to his arrival nonetheless.
Over time, dennis’ place in the leadership role had run dry, with Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson and eventually Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund taking over these responsibilities. While dennis’ performances were rarely abhorred, they certainly left more to be desired. It’s a pretty wonderful thing to see talent continue leaking into top teams as time goes on, and Plopski is a player fit to play amongst the best. With that being said, it isn’t likely that the spot dennis has forfeited will be wasted by the hungry young gun.
It’s also worth mentioning that the above-named GeT_RiGhT will be moved to a new role in NiP following the StarLadder Berlin Major in August, so we shall see who the team decides to move forward with following his absence. The long-standing member of the organization will have began and ended his career in CS:GO with the Ninjas in Pyjamas after almost seven years with them. His statistics have taken a heavy hit in recent months, dropping well below what we have come to expect from the household name, likely attributed to his leading of the team in an attempt to shake things up, so we will have to see how things change with that in.
Plopski’s attendance at the Major with NiP has been denied by official rulings, so we will likely see Faruk “pita” Pita stand in his place. Until then, Plopski will get the chance to battle things out with some of the most dangerous names out there in ESL One: Cologne come July 2nd in his première LAN with the gang.