Ninjas in Pyjamas announced two stand-ins for the upcoming ESL One Los Angeles online league and WePlay! Pushka league as most likely their support and offlane players are stuck in their home countries in the COVID-19 lockdown.
Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev will temporarily replace Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos and Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara will stand-in for Saahil “Universe” Arora who most recently transitioned to support four role for NiP. With the CIS prodigy now having to play via Europe region, his team, Evil Geniuses will compete in both coming leagues with stand in players. Over the past week, Evil Geniuses used their coach Sam “BuLba” Sosale in the offlane and had Eric “Ryoya” Dong playing in the mid lane. The two stand-ins helped EG to take the victory in the NA bracket of WeSave! Charity Play.
NiP didn’t compete in the recently concluded WeSave! event, but they are confirmed to participate in ESL One Los Angeles League starting this coming Saturday and in the WePlay! Pushka League starting on the 23rd of April.
While ESL One Los Angles League starts this coming Saturday on March 28, the European and CIS matches are scheduled to commence on the 4th of April which gives NiP a little bit more time to practice with their two stand-ins. Meanwhile, the first to compete will be the teams from NA, SA and Southeast Asia. The full schedule and broadcast talent for LA league is yet to be announced.