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The current global situation with lockdowns imposed all over the world forces the teams to move away from cross region rosters and focus more on securing a line-up that allows them to practice and compete without latency issues. In that sense, Ninjas in Pyjamas are now officially parting ways with Saahil “Universe” Arora.

A TI winner with Evil Geniuses back in 2015, Universe reunited this season with his captain from back then at Ninjas in Pyjamas. Peter “ppd” Dager and Universe were set to participate in March at their first Major, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the event being cancelled and moved to an online regional leagues format. While ppd has relocated in Sweden for more than a year now, Universe is stranded in the US and unable to join his team at ESL One Los Angeles Online.

“Due to the situation with COVID-19 and the consequent move to regional competition, we are forced to restructure our line-up in DotA2 to ensure continued practice and competition. Therefore, we have to make the tough decision of releasing Saahil “UNIVERSE” Arora from the roster,” announced NiP on April 8, 2020, on their official website.

For now, NiP are playing in the ESL One LA Online with two stand-in players, as Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos is also caught in Brazil. However, the organization hasn’t announced anything regarding his situation.

“We’ll keep searching for the right lineup, with the right combination of hunger, skill and winner mentality, while further applying our own vision of performance culture to it. DotA2 is a game and community we believe a lot in, and we’re excited to see what the future brings, with all the potential changes coming,” commentated Jonas Gundersen, COO of NiP.

Current NiP roster:

  • Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin
  • Jason Connor “TANNER” Weedon
  • Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos
  • Peter “ppd” Dager


NiP roster for ESL One LA Online:

  • Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin
  • Jason Connor “TANNER” Weedon
  • Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree
  • Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara
  • Peter “ppd” Dager
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