Maikelele to stand in for pyth

by theScore Staff Aug 30 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

With Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi still suffering from a hand injury, Ninjas in Pyjamas have switched out current stand-in Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun with Maikel "Maikelele" Bill, according to a press release.

"We are extremely happy to have Maikel ”Maikelele” Bill back and wish him the best of luck playing with us," NiP's Petter Nillson said in a statement. "Maikel will be joining our team this week for their bootcamp and preparations for the upcoming Kiev event, as well as playing our ESL Pro League games going forward."

Maikelele played with NiP in 2014 and 2015, helping them reach first place at Assembly Winter 2015 and second at DreamHack Winter 2014. Most recently he played with FaZe clan, but left the team in April and announced plans to start his own roster in July.

While playing with the team in the first two weeks of ESL Pro League, disco doplan helped NiP reach second place in the standings with 21 points and a 7-3 win/loss record.

"It has been a great pleasure having disco doplan playing with us and we are satisfied with his results," Nillson said. "As this is not a permanent opportunity for Joakim, we do not want to hold him back from evolving in his own team, Epsilon Esports. This means we are saying goodbye for this time and we are truly grateful for his contribution during his 14 days playing ESL Pro League with us."

Team captain Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund posted a Twitlonger about the situation, saying that while pyth has been playing FPL, it’s been at the urging of his doctors to see how his recovery is coming along. He says pyth can’t currently play for more than hour without resting.

"Jacob is still recovering and he'll be back in the lineup when it's cleared out from the doctors and when he feels he's 100% to be put back into playing," GeT_RiGhT wrote.

Maikelele will be bootcamping with the team ahead of the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 finals in Kiev, Ukraine. Before that, he'll get a chance to re-don his Ninja regalia for NiP's EPL Week 3 match against mousesports on Sept. 1.

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