NIP have introduced that they’ve bolstered their squad with the addition of former Astralis rifler Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke.
k0nfig joins NIP’s crew with rapid impact, changing Hampus ‘hampus’ Poser within the beginning lineup because the Swedish participant will take a break from competitors till the summer time due to well being causes.
hampus was introduced as unavailable by NIP on January 25, in the course of the crew’s marketing campaign within the BLAST Premier Spring Teams, because of what the group described as “unexpected private circumstances”. He’s being changed by academy participant Max ‘maxster’ Jansson for the rest of the match.
That is k0nfig’s first crew since he was launched by Astralis in October. His time on the Danish crew got here to an unceremonious finish after he fractured an ankle throughout a battle in Malta. The harm noticed him miss the following European RMRs, the place Astralis, enjoying with a stand-in, couldn’t qualify for the IEM Rio Main.
In a November 11 interview with Dexerto, k0nfig opened up in regards to the scuffles he was concerned in whereas attending occasions and mentioned that he was eliminating some unhealthy habits from his life, together with extreme ingesting, with the assistance of a therapist.
Earlier than the tip of the yr, he performed for Heroic on the BLAST Premier World Closing, the place he averaged a team-high 1.11 score. He was because of play for FaZe within the BLAST Premier Spring Teams as a stand-in earlier than the transfer was blocked by BLAST as he was already registered on Heroic’s roster for the occasion.
NIP lose Swedish core with k0nfig signing
k0nfig turns into the second participant to affix NIP because the begin of the yr following the arrival of Ukrainian AWPer Daniil ‘headtr1ck’ Valitov from NAVI.
With hampus set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines, NIP appeared to discover a long-term answer to plug the outlet within the squad moderately than promote a participant from the academy. The Swedish group believes that is the precise time to onboard one other participant as headtr1ck remains to be adjusting to his new environment.
k0nfig’s signing marks the beginning of a brand new chapter in NIP’s historical past because the lineup will not have a Swedish majority. The crew started speaking in English in September 2022 following the signing of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen, who took the captaincy position from hampus.
k0nfig will make his first look for NIP on the upcoming IEM Katowice occasion. The Ninjas will tackle MIBR within the opening spherical of the Play-In stage, scheduled for February 1.
NIP CS:GO roster:
- Fredrik ‘REZ’ Sterner
- Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin
- Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen
- Daniil ‘headtr1ck’ Valitov
- Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke
- Daniel ‘djL’ Narancic (coach)
- Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen (bench)
- Hampus ‘hampus’ Poser (inactive)