Ninjas in Pyjamas have failed to qualify for DreamLeague Season 13 despite having switched from one of the toughest regions in the world to one of the weakest. Thanks to a sudden shift in power it seems to have been a risk that didn’t quite pay off.
Peter “ppd” Dager’s return to the North American region was spoiled, thanks to a sudden boost in strength among North American Dota 2 teams. His team, Ninjas in Pyjamas, The International 2019 participants, failed to qualify for the DreamLeague Season 13 Major after their recent switch from the EU region to the NA region.
After the first few Dota Pro Circuit events of the year, ppd said that his team would be competing in North America for the remainder of the Dota 2 season despite qualifying for TI9 in Europe last season. NiP originally made this change as it was at the time, supposed to be a move from one of the toughest Dota 2 regions in the world to one of the weakest.
Throughout the group stages, NiP looked very strong, and were easily able to defeat Demon Slayers in a rematch of their DreamLeague Season 12 meeting in which Demon Slayers knocked NiP out of the tournament, before going on to lose to Evil Geniuses.
NiP had to face Chaos Esports Club in the semi finals, one of the other EU organisations operating out of NA. And though it was the first meeting between the 2 teams, Chaos came into the match ready for whatever NiP had to offer in the series opener.
NiP were able to fight back in game two, and were able to drag things out into a late-game situation favoring their Naga Siren and Centaur Warrunner core, but game 3 proved that Chaos has two of the most dominant laners in the game. Yawar Hassan went untouched and Quinn “CCnC” Callahan had a third straight game as the Chaos’ leading damage dealer as his team closed out the series.
Elimination looming over them, NiP tried to avenge their loss to EG, but even with early output from Nico “Gunnar” Lopez’s Ember Spirit, NiP couldn’t hold on. EG took control just after the 10-minute mark and slowly marched to a 34-minute win.
Abed Yusop quickly established his Storm Spirit in lanes alongside Arteezy’s Sven for EG in game two. That duo, paired with RAMZES’ Abaddon would spell the end of NiP’s run for a Major spot, eliminating them in fourth place. It was a disappointing end for the team’s first NA tournament, but they will be back to compete for a spot at the WePlay! Bukovel Minor when the qualifiers begin on December 5th.
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