Fnatic's newly-acquired player Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun also received an offer from Ninjas in Pyjamas, according to his former Epsilon eSports teammate William "draken" Sundin in an interview with HLTV's Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin.
draken spoke about disco doplan's transition to Fnatic, saying that their offer was known by some members of Epsilon since eSports World Convention 2016 in late October, but also casually mentioned that NiP also approached disco doplan.
"doplan had an offer from NiP as well, and since then he got let down by them," draken said in his HLTV interview. "At ESWC, something was wrong and Fnatic were not sure really — so the deal was on and off.
"So doplan was really bad mentally — he was let down first by NiP, then Fnatic."
At ESWC, Epsilon topped their group to progress to the playoffs and won their Round of 16 match, but they lost 2-0 to Platinum eSport in the quarterfinals. It was a result which apparently gave both NiP and Fnatic pause in their acquisition of disco doplan, but Fnatic eventually acquired the player on Nov. 3.
NiP's interest in disco doplan seems to be a clear indication that the team is looking to replace one of their players. Their roster has been stable for nearly a year — they picked up Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi on Dec. 29. However, it's been in flux for the past three months with Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi sidelined by a hand injury on Aug. 17, at which point disco doplan was brought in as a stand-in.
disco doplan was replaced by Maikel "Maikelele" Bill as the team's stand in on Aug. 30, who is slated to stay on until the end of their group stage games in ELEAGUE Season 2, which ends later today. Meanwhile, pyth is well on the road to recovery, saying on Oct. 19 that he would need a month more to recover if he did not need surgery, and adding on Oct. 24 that he would not.
This lines up perfectly with Maikelele's slated stay with the team and it looks like NiP will be back to their primary five players by mid-November, though NiP's offer to disco doplan indicates a desire to for change.
NiP are currently in the ELEAGUE Season 2 Decider Match for Group B after they defeated G2 Esports 16-5 on Overpass, but lost 16-7 to Virtus.pro on Cobble. They will face the winner of a match between Echo Fox and G2 to compete for a playoff spot for ELEAGUE Season 2.
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