Nick J. January 22, 2020
Alongside the news that Dignitas had signed Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, Adam "friberg" Friberg, and Richard "Xizt" Landström to its roster, Robin "fifflaren" Johansson has now joined the team as its coach.
Fifflaren announced the news on his Twitter account today, bringing together all five of the original members of the Ninjas in Pyjamas under one banner.
The former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player competed with NiP from August 2012 to November 2014, He was the team's in-game leader during NiP's record 87-0 LAN win streak. He was also a member of the team during NiP's Major tournament win at ESL One Cologne 2014.
With fifflaren's addition, the Dignitas roster is as follows:
- Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
- Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
- Adam "friberg" Friberg
- Richard "Xizt" Landström
- Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli
- Robin "fifflaren" Johansson (coach)
Dignitas follows Liquid, brings back old team members as coach
Dignitas is using the Team Liquid model that brought the North American organization success in early 2019. Former TL AWPer and in-game leader Eric "adreN" Hoag rejoined Liquid after nearly three years away from the team. He reunited with former teammates Jonathon "EliGE" Jablonowski, Nick "nitr0" Canella, and Kieth "NAF" Markovic. What followed was a run of dominance similar to NiP's early years.
Dignitas is hoping to replicate Team Liquid's success by bringing in someone the players know and trust to lead them. With hallzerk on the AWP and f0rest performing at a high level recently, Dignitas may have made a big brain play.
Fans won't know how the new Dignitas lineup performs until they see them in an official match. None are scheduled for the new roster yet, but DIG is reported to be involved in the North American league "B Site" that should start in early April.