Ninjas in Pyjamas will acquire the last remaining European League of Legends Championship Series slot, according to a report by ESPN.
The organization will reportedly re-enter the LCS by buying Fnatic Academy’s spot. The team will reportedly feature a new roster and coach, which includes former SK Telecom T1 top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, former Team Vitality jungler Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema, former KT Rolster mid laner Kim “Nagne” Sang-moon, former Giants Gaming AD carry Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa, and former Paris Saint-Germain support Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson.
Profit, the substitute top laner of SKT, competed for a spot with Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon this spring. Although he only played nine games during the League Champions Korea spring split, his team went 7-2 in those games.
The second Korean import is a player who has been absent from professional play for some time, Nagne. Previously a member of KT Rolster until his move to the Chinese secondary league with Team Wan Yoo in 2015, failed to qualify for the League of Legends Pro League, the top league in China, and the team disbanded.
According to ESPN, Overwatch organization Lazer Kittens pulled their bid for the spot when they couldn’t field their desired roster, which included Newbee mid laner Shin “Coco” Jin-yeong.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, primarily a Counter-Strike organization, had a League of Legends team in 2013-14. Its players during that time included many well-known names, including Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and current European LCS caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge. The organization released its League of Legends roster in October 2014.