Dignitas has revealed its return to CS:GO with an predominantly Swedish lineup that many will recognise.
The lineup had been rumoured for some time, but the confirmed lineup includes the iconic four-man NiP core of Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, Adam "friberg" Friberg, Richard "Xizt" Landström and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg alongside young Norweigian talent Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli.
In the same day, NiP said goodbye to f0rest after over seven years under the organisation. Within the last week, the departures of hallzerk and Xizt were announced by Nordavind and Fnatic respectively, while friberg had left Heroic back in August 2019 a month before GeT_RiGhT departed NiP himself.
The legendary Ninjas in Pyjamas lineup were the first dominant team in CS:GO and had a legendary 87-0 streak that has remained unrivalled to this day. They were also one of the first Major winners after victory at ESL One Cologne 2014 against fellow Swedes Fnatic.
Dignitas first showed its interest in returning to Counter-Strike last year, around the time GeT_RiGhT was leaving NiP. At the time, numerous big organisations such as 100 Thieves, Team Secret and OG were also looking to pick up rosters in the game and a large number of free agents and benched players led to much speculation.
In the end, Dignitas have decided to go for a nostalgic route rather than an ultra-competitive lineup.
While not featured in their announcement video, it is likely that Dignitas have found a fitting coach.
As pointed out by Ryan from Rush B Media, another video suggests Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson will be the coach for Dignitas going forward.
Video reveals that Fifflaren will be Dignitas’ coachpic.twitter.com/SyK67SMdmO— Ryan (@RyanAtRBM) January 21, 2020
It is expected that Dignitas will be one of the teams linked to the new FACEIT league codenamed "B-Site" that will replace ECS.
Despite not having a male roster since the end of 2018, Dignitas continues to field a female North American roster led by Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido that won the Intel Challenge Katowice 2019 that ran alongside the main IEM Katowice 2019 Major.