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Ninjas in Pyjamas sign REZ to replace Friberg

Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced Friberg with REZ.
Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced Friberg (Adam Friberg) with REZ (Fredrik Sterner), the organization announced Monday.

Ninjas in Pyjamas announced Monday the signing of Henrik “REZ” Sterner to replace Adam “Friberg” Friberg, who steps down after almost five years with the organization.

REZ played for Epsilon, which asked for a $200,000 buyout as recently as two weeks ago for REZ. NiP was reportedly interested then, and Epsilon had only three players at the time before signing Owen “smooya” Butterfield last week. The team will be back to three with REZ moving to NiP. REZ has been considered one of the top prospects in Sweden for months, especially after losing teammates Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun and William “draken” Sundin to Fnatic and NiP, respectively.

Friberg was one of four players for NiP — along with Patrick “f0rest” Lindberg, Richard “Xizt” Landström and Christopher “Get_RiGhT” Alesund — that formed a core of one of the most storied teams in Counter-Strike history. NiP’s winning streak of 87 maps remains one of the most impressive feats in CS:GO history, and the team has garnered the respect of the community for some time.

But NiP struggled in recent months and failed to even reach the qualifier for next month’s PGL Major, which would make it consecutive Majors NiP will miss for the first time in CS:GO. The core four have commonly been deemed untouchable by the CS:GO community, as the team has repeatedly swapped a fifth player alongside those four.

“Coming into Ninjas in Pyjamas less than a year ago, my focus has been to lay a plan for the future,” NiP CEO Hicham Chahine said in a statement. “What has been achieved at NiP with such a long standing lineup is remarkable, and not the norm in esports from an organizational perspective. As we look forward, we are extremely happy to add our second up and coming player to the roster. We believe Fredrik “REZ” Sterner will be an excellent fit for the Ninjas in Pyjamas family, and are excited to further develop him to perform at his full capacity. To Adam, thank you so much for everything.”

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