“We started looking for new players that were fitting our standards,” Benjamin “Zhergoth” Sanchez, the team’s assistant coach, said in a statement. “Whiteknight being a top Challenger player and a player with a great attitude and work ethic made the decision really easy for us. The NiP players are very welcoming, and I feel like Whiteknight’s bright personality will fit in well with any group of people.”
The announcement details that the idea to add a sixth-man came from Zhergoth based on top laner Kim “Profit” Joon-hyung’s “own desire to develop further.” The ultimate goal is to relieve some pressure off of the players while developing both top laners at the same time.
As a player since Season 1 of League of Legends, Whiteknight has remained near the top of the EU West ladder for most of the time. His claim to fame came during Seasons 3 and 4, when he was No. 1 on the ladder for most of both seasons.
Whiteknight was previously a substitute top laner of Paris Saint-Germain, which went 1-4 in the summer split of the European Challenger Series and failed to make the playoffs.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, meanwhile, has struggled in the summer split of the European League of Legends Championship Series. The team sits at the bottom of Group A with a record of 1-10 and will likely have to defend its spot in the promotional tournament.