posted by Smyke,
We still have to get used to see Ninjas in Pyjamas back in action and also to the fact that Peter 'ppd' Dager will wear the black and golden jersey this season. Their first official big tournament on European soil will be at ESL One Hamburg 2018. Four teams have already been invited to the second event in Hamburg: Evil Geniuses, Mineski, Team Secret and NiP is the fifth invite for the tournament. Only three direct invites are left.

This means it's ppd's comeback at the German ESL One event. He attended ESL One Frankfurt 2014 and ESL One Frankfurt 2015 with Evil Geniuses. He missed the third edition in the German metropol because EG didn't try to qualify. In 2017, ppd didn't make it through the qualifier with The Dire before the team started playing for OpTic Gaming.

Meanwhile, Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard and Adrian 'Fata' Trinks get the chance to play against their old team. Since Fata is German, NiP can be sure to enjoy the homecrowd advantage in Hamburg. The midlaner attended every German ESL One so far: First he played for Ad Finem, then Team NP and afterwards for Team Liquid and Team Secret.

His biggest success in Germany was reaching the Grand Finals with Secret last year where they lost 0-2 against

Can Fata finally win his first ESL One in Germany?

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