NIP add ZuppehW full time to the roster and Qualify for Dreamhack winter



NIP’s original roster included Seita in the team. However the support player was unable to attend the Overwatch Open. NIP then decided to play the tournament with ZuppehW. They reached the semi finals of the tournament in what can only be described as a commendable performance.

Seita will not be able to play in the tournament’s to come on LAN and hence NIP have decided to go forward with their decision to permanently induct Zuppeh into the roster on a permanent basis.


ZuppehW was discovered by the team because of his ranked play. He has occupied the #1 spot in both Season 1 and 2 of ranked, finishing 2nd overall in Season 1 behind Nevix, and was known for his Ana play even before she was favoured by teams. He had minor esports experience before joining NiP and the Overwatch Open was his first ever LAN.

ZuppehW :

It went well for me. I could perform and so on, but of course it was really exciting and there’s was a bit of me being unsure how would it go. Like I got picked up by NiP 6 days before the event and travelling to USA for the first time with new people and having this really well hosted event to play made me a bit nervous as one might suspect.

Himzi tried to analyze their matches :

Against Misfits we didn’t really change anything from what we did in OWOpen, we just played our own game and tried to minimize mistakes. At OWOpen Misfits played really well and “small” mistakes costed us couple maps that were ours to win.

We changed our composition depending on what heroes our opponent were playing. While 3×3 was really good, it had it flaws against fast engages and since we wanted a composition that could pretty much deal with anything, we had to tune it a bit and ended up with the 4×2 & 3x2x1. You can quite comfortably play the 3x2x1 (with hog) against any hero comp, but you MUST keep track on what ultimates enemies have and position yourself accordingly. Beyblade/NanoReaper is probably the most scary one but not impossible to deal with, it’s quite obvious when enemies try to set it up.. you just scatter around and try to get damage done with your frontline while your backline kites him.

As for Mei you just have to bait the walls & ultis. When you’ve played against Mei a lot you kinda start to see the spots where you’re gonna get screwed if you end up being walled out, so you just have to play around those and same goes with her ultimate.

Really looking forward to Dreamhack Winter as it’s going to be my first DH event ever. I expected us to get through the online qualifiers and Misfits as well. As for the BYOC qualifiers it kinda depends who’s going to attend, but I would assume that at least Dignitas, LDLC & NWA are going to attend and make it through.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas roster is now:

  • Joona “fragi” Laine (Tank)
  • Kalle “hymzi” Honkala (Flex)
  • Lauri “mafu” Rasi (DPS)
  • Joonas “zappis” Alakurtti (DPS)
  • Antti “kyynel” Kinnunen (Support)
  • Aleksi “Zuppehw” Kuntsi (Support)