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Ninjas in Pyjamas has acquired Hampus Poser from GamerLegion to take over as the CS:GO team’s in-game leader, replacing Jonas “Lekr0” Olofson, the organization announced today.

The move to secure a dedicated IGL was decided by Björn “THREAT” Pers and Jonas Gundersen, NiP’s head coach and COO, respectively. NiP hopes that hampus will be able to better use the young talent NiP has available in Nicolas “Plopski” Zamora and Tim “nawwk” Jonasson.

“Lekr0 has done an excellent job in NiP, but sometimes a team needs to evolve in a different direction, causing a natural shift,” Gundersen said. “Hampus is incredibly ambitious and hard working combined with a firm and jovial attitude, that will for sure enhance what we are already doing.”

Hampus has been playing CS:GO professionally since 2016 and led Swedish teams such as Red Reserve, GODSENT, and GamerLegion, the org he’d been playing for since March 2019. Although he doesn’t have a major title under his belt yet, some CS:GO analysts felt he’d eventually in-game lead for NiP or Fnatic, the two giant Swedish teams, at some point in his career.

Lekr0, on the other hand, has been moved to the bench. The 26-year-old joined NiP in June 2018 and embraced the captain role one month after, taking over for dennis. He helped NiP make some deep runs, including two runners-up finishes at BLAST Copenhagen tournaments, one in November 2018 and the other in November 2019.

This change will come at the cost of 20 percent of the 1200 RMR points that NiP won by finishing in fifth place in ESL One: Road to Rio. The Swedish team had already lost all points amassed during the StarLadder Major after retaining just two of the players who competed in Berlin, Lekr0 and REZ.

Hampus will play his first official match for NiP in a week’s time as the team will take part in DreamHack Masters Spring Europe, facing Vitality, ENCE and Natus Vincere in the group stage. Before the end of the month, they will also compete in the BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown.

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