Ninjas in Pyjamas Discussion - Page 6
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It seems possible that there is a pretty huge shuffle in the western scene. But I guess we'll have to see how teams finish first
they barely won over jstorm in the upper bracket of the qualifiers, otherwise they fall down to face fighting pandas. they haven't faced recently, but fighting pandas picks the same heroes but throws in a little cheese for their carry.
so i don't really call it a stomping. pandas surely take 1 or 2 maps off them in a head to head series.
gunnar draws or loses the lane in close games and plays predictably, ohe hits his intial item timings and continues the trend, but the team takes a hit because of it. winning the lane means that they probably win the game depending on the hero's conditions to do so, giving skiter the breathing space to hit great timings to carry the game. i think skiter plays a bigger role in their games to be honest.
skiter has some off performances, sometimes performs well. about what you would expect of someone who can play from a range of CK to naga to void. he can play all the carries, but again, they usually lose lanes in little ways.
timely out-trades into lost CS or their opposing laners get too much and roam more effectively.
ppd continues the trend of playing easy heroes for himself, much like fly does for EG. i think other teams are more willing to be flexible even with their 5, including heroes like NP, rubick, grimstroke, and wyvern. CM has been very popular even with the small magic resist nerfs.
her crystal nova has getting restored closer to its previous strength and laning is as strong as ever.
if CM is removed or taken from the pool, i feel that NiP suffer more because of it.
universe is hit or average, and their pos 4 player is about what you would expect out of a 4 in hero pool. he would probably always be the player to use IO if it is picked for the team.
NiP roster change.
Have seen TANNER in the qualifiers, he played pretty damn well in most of the games. Interesting to see how he will develop under the leadership of ppd.