Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract

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Four-time Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major winner Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz has today announced he’s closed the door on his time with Astralis, an organisation he helped set up in January 2016. The 25-year-old Dane now joins Ninjas in Pyjamas by “personal request” on a three-year deal.

His transfer comes after Astralis struggled to halt its decline in 2021, with dev1ce himself hinting at roster changes in an interview with HLTV two weeks ago. This now marks the first time in eight years that the AWPer will play without Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth.

“Leaving Astralis is tough, to say the least,” dev1ce says in a press release. “The boys will always be like family to me, but this COVID era has left me thinking a lot; where do I see myself when it all goes back to normal? I’ve lived in Sweden for some time now, speaking the language and I’m really hyped about this young and exciting NIP project. To join one of the most successful organizations, where so many legends have played, inspires me.”

The Dane is looking ahead to the next CS:GO Major, which is being held in Stockholm, and says he dreams of being able to do what LeBron James did with the Lakers – bring success home.

Over the years, dev1ce has experienced it all – failure, shortcomings, and success. None of it has been without difficulties though. The Dane has been relatively open about his health while playing CS:GO and only last year revealed he still throws up after big, important matches. To help players deal with the stress of playing at the highest level, Astralis brought in sports psychologists and performance managers to give guidance – something Ninjas in Pyjamas is trying to emulate.

“How NIP works with mental health was a huge factor in the decision,” dev1ce continues. “Everyone who has followed me through my career knows that I’ve experienced it all; from choking to winning. It’s true that winning a first tournament can light up the spark, and I’m confident that I can bring a lot of winning culture to this talented roster over time.”

dev1ce replaces Tim ‘nawwk’ Jonasson on the roster, who has now been placed on the bench. Astralis will play the next tournament with Lucas ‘bubzkji’ Andersen. Kasper Hvidt, Astralis’ director of sports, told The Loadout earlier today that while it’s hard to see dev1ce go, the organisation is committed to its “five world class players. You can read that interview here.

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