Both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fnatic revealed today that they had signed Swedish rifler Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin away from Fnatic. Brollan will join NiP's starting CS:GO squad exactly one month before the first European RMR event of the year.
NiP COO Jonas Gunderson acknowledged in the announcement that the organisation had been monitoring Brollan for years, calling him “a generational Swedish talent with uncapped superstar potential.” NiP believes Brollan, whom he refers to as “Sweden’s arguably best player,” will help the team compete for a title for many years to come.
NiP has had a difficult start to the 2022 season because they are currently missing superstar AWPer “dev1ce” due to his lengthy medical vacation. Love "phzy" Smidebrant of the Young Ninjas has been filling in as the primary sniper in his absence, although the squad has fallen short at BLAST Premier Spring and IEM Katowice.
Brollan first joined Fnatic in 2018 as a 16-year-old, filling in for the outgoing veteran flusha. During the first year and a half with Brollan, Fnatic remained a competitive team in the highest echelon of CS:GO, adding further hardware via DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 and ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe. However, a lacklustre performance in 2020 and 2021 ended in the squad losing out on PGL Stockholm entirely, despite multiple roster alterations in 2021.
Brollan is now moving from one iconic Swedish CS:GO team to another, with NiP reportedly adopting a six-man roster after Gunderson stated that "no one" is being benched or departing the club. Brollan will have a busy April, with NiP playing in the ESL Pro League playoffs as well as the PGL Antwerp Major European RMR event.