THREAT takes over as new NiP head coach

Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers has been installed as the new head coach of NIP, the Swedish organisation announced on Monday.

The 31-year-old will be taking over from Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita, who was released from his contract almost two years into his second tenure with the Ninjas.

The announcement comes just two months after THREAT had returned to NIP as a strategic coach to assist pita with tactical aspects of the game. In an interview with HLTV.org while at the BLAST Pro Series Global Final, Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner had already indicated that THREAT would be more involved in the future and even attend events with the team.

THREAT is NiP's new head coach once again

A former professional player with spells at teams like Meet Your Makers, fnatic and LIONS, THREAT took up coaching in 2016 and led NiP to three international titles (DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, DreamHack Open Valencia 2017 and IEM Oakland) between January 2016 and February 2018, when he resigned from his position to "pursue other things in life".

"It is with great excitement that I can finally announce my return to my old post as Head Coach for NiP CS:GO," THREAT told NiP's website. "After working as a developer/data scientist for two years I felt that I still had a lot of CS:GO left in me and that these two years have given me a new fresh perspective on how to approach the game.

"I want to thank NiP for giving me this chance to once again compete at the highest level of CS."

THREAT's first test with NIP will be BLAST Premier, kicking off January 31, where the Swedish team are expected to field Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson as Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg is reported to be on his way out of the squad to reunite with his former teammates Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström, Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg and Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund in the new Dignitas lineup.

With THREAT's appointment as coach, NIP now have:

Sweden Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg
Sweden Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson
Sweden Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson
Sweden Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner
Sweden Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora

Sweden Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers (coach)

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
Faruk 'pita' Pita
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1252
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1639
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
903
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
pog
2020-01-06 10:37
3 replies
Expected
2020-01-06 10:56
2 replies
Del PITA PITA del.. youtu.be/-2-40PcbK5Y?t=11 pita del pita jumbooo
2020-01-06 12:21
1 reply
dignitas pita?
2020-01-06 12:37
"f0rest" LUL
2020-01-06 10:37
3 replies
#72
rain | 
Netherlands Yourii
Was a report so not confirmed yet
2020-01-06 11:58
1 reply
#112
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Sweden quacke
It's been a rumour since like September, it's probably true
2020-01-06 15:03
#78
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Bulgaria CHAPOLE!
Zulul
2020-01-06 12:12
Expected tbh? Pita did nothin. 0 added value only paypal money stealing😂😂
2020-01-06 10:37
23 replies
He just looks like a thief.
2020-01-06 10:48
5 replies
+1
2020-01-06 11:06
4 replies
#122
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
Not only that, he looks like an insecure kid sitting behind the desk during matches with no interest in the game when coaches should be all about firing up and bringing the players into right mental state, something THREAT was particularly good at.
2020-01-06 16:15
3 replies
And zonic.
2020-01-06 16:38
1 reply
#136
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
Yep and a noteworthy mention is also BARBARR
2020-01-06 18:22
Coaches definitely should not be all about firing players up, some are there for the tactics etc. For example, ImApet is a good coach and doesnt fire anyone up tbh.
2020-01-09 18:49
they did win the major with him
2020-01-06 12:15
13 replies
He was probably talking only about his last NiP coaching period.
2020-01-06 12:50
1 reply
but he dosnt know how NiP works inside
2020-01-06 13:43
Lol if u think he contributed anything to that major win ur very wrong my friend. Only coach that contributed more than enough to a team who won a major is zonic.
2020-01-06 13:45
10 replies
you dont know how NiP works inside
2020-01-06 13:46
8 replies
If pita was any good and if he contributed something people would already talk about it, like zonic. Btw what can pita say to get right and forest Edit : its like me telling u how to live in sweden
2020-01-06 15:01
5 replies
+1 Brainwashed swedi knows shit lmao
2020-01-06 15:02
He spends time watching demos and develop counter strats
2020-01-06 18:10
3 replies
When it comes to experience in cs, pita is nowhere near and i mean like u cant even compare him to THREAT. I dont know how pita cralwed into nip and manage to get a job as a coach there
2020-01-06 18:34
1 reply
I agree with that. Threat is much more experienced and his changes on teams are much more noticeable than pita's. But that doesn't mean pita is useless. There's a lot of things going on that is impossible for us to see as fans just watching the games
2020-01-08 12:18
Blank
2020-01-06 18:35
#114
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Sweden quacke
Do you?
2020-01-06 15:09
1 reply
no I didnt say I did
2020-01-06 15:53
#149
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Poland Rasgard
I think that's unfair towards Devikwalk. Who imho had huge imoact on Fnatic winning Katowice Major in 2015 (for example last round tec tactic on de_dust was all his idea)
2020-01-07 06:33
kubenesque
2020-01-06 13:04
Wasnt this finally cleared with all the Nip drama going on last year?
2020-01-06 13:13
1 reply
Yup. Looks like some people are still out of the loop.
2020-01-06 16:49
Lmao it's the classic -ChrisJ +Chrisj -ChrisJ +ChrisJ
2020-01-06 10:38
3 replies
No, it is like the most retarded move from NaVi -Zeus +Zeus -Zeus
2020-01-06 11:24
2 replies
zeus himself ended his career
2020-01-06 11:44
more like -nex +nex and over again
2020-01-06 12:20
#6
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Finland S0lidarity
Cool
2020-01-06 10:37
We will miss f0rest :(
2020-01-06 10:37
1 reply
#77
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Spain ZephyrBruh
it's ok, pita and f0rest prolly going to dignitas
2020-01-06 12:06
RiP pita
2020-01-06 10:38
#10
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Sweden Lingon
Where's kick_pita_ffs?
2020-01-06 10:38
2 replies
I was also thinking about him. xD
2020-01-06 10:57
#11
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Germany DokiDoki
Good
2020-01-06 10:38
Ok nice
2020-01-06 10:38
A COACH, A MANAGER!
2020-01-06 10:39
1 reply
A Data Scientist
2020-01-06 10:58
Expected
2020-01-06 10:39
PETA lulw
2020-01-06 10:41
ah yes -threat +threat -threat +threat
2020-01-06 10:42
Nice.
2020-01-06 10:43
NiP can be a pretty decent team if REZ steps up.
2020-01-06 10:43
pita going with f0rest to dignitas POG
2020-01-06 10:44
"after working as a data scientist" lmao What is this bullshit imaginary job you were a fucking cs player you're no scientist of any kind.
2020-01-06 10:44
4 replies
So data scientist is a fluke or what?
2020-01-06 10:47
I am a data scientist.
2020-01-06 10:55
He studied for 5 years to become a software engineer and has actually been working as a data scientist since then.
2020-01-06 11:07
+++ xD
2020-01-06 11:07
THREAT > pita
2020-01-06 10:45
my words have been heard
2020-01-06 10:48
2 replies
from a fellow Bosnian nontheless
2020-01-06 11:46
#116
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Sweden quacke
We were waiting for you
2020-01-06 15:14
when f0rest transfer?
2020-01-06 10:48
#33
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Australia Beard43
Well they have a few weeks together before the first games, look forward to seeing what they can do!
2020-01-06 10:56
Threat =lidl forsen
2020-01-06 10:56
4 replies
#143
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
Is lidl a good or bad brand in Romania?
2020-01-06 23:46
3 replies
Well good cause it has some lroducts that you dont find in supermarkets like carrefour, auchan, cora and kaufland but on the other hand its sort of small compared to the supermarkets mentioned and also its mostly crowded all the time.
2020-01-07 02:25
2 replies
#151
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
Okay because when we say something is Lidl in Sweden we mean that it is a shit quality product lol.
2020-01-07 13:47
1 reply
Yes that was the joke i intended to make
2020-01-07 15:14
monkaS
2020-01-06 11:01
wasnt he announced as coach like 3 times in the past half year lmao
2020-01-06 11:08
1 reply
Assistant/2nd coach. And it was once, between Oct 2019 - Jan 2020.
2020-01-06 11:21
#44
Grim | 
United States Bibby
pita to Dignitas
2020-01-06 11:11
pita to dignitas pog
2020-01-06 11:12
finally the biggest paycheck stealer is out
2020-01-06 11:17
2 replies
You forgot about kuben 😅
2020-01-06 11:22
1 reply
and Kane
2020-01-06 11:43
Lmao
2020-01-06 11:18
miss old Lions.. threat khrystal niko zneel fyrr73
2020-01-06 11:18
7 replies
+1 , good days those were
2020-01-06 11:24
zneel's famas was insane
2020-01-06 11:54
5 replies
oh yeah.. famas's god
2020-01-06 12:25
4 replies
Are you the real one btw? :D
2020-01-06 13:42
3 replies
nah his not, real one has pretty low HLTV ID number
2020-01-06 17:12
2 replies
I didnt check the profile =]
2020-01-06 17:46
1 reply
i'm not rodolphe
2020-01-06 21:34
NICE! Good upgrade for NIP
2020-01-06 11:20
#52
JoJo | 
Russia N1kDaN
good move!
2020-01-06 11:23
expected
2020-01-06 11:36
Lmao sweden is the new french
2020-01-06 11:39
1 reply
#144
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
Nah, Sweden was the new french during Godsent/Fnatic shuffle. This is nothing.
2020-01-06 23:47
Threat is the best tactical coach out there IMO. Reinvented the meta on some maps (Cobble) in his first tenure. Not on par with Zonic regarding the ability to inspire and motivate of course, but good enough. Now when the team have no natural leader left it is really good for this young lineup to get a very experienced and calm coach. Wish them the best, always liked Threat and he can for sure devolop guys like REZ, Plopski and nawwk in thier tactical abilities.
2020-01-06 11:43
#63
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Poland SebL
Good decision.
2020-01-06 11:48
That’s what I waiting...for a long time. See ya lol
2020-01-06 11:48
i wish threat went with f0rest at least pls no dignitas.pita ffs
2020-01-06 11:49
pita was the problem
2020-01-06 11:52
thank fuck they kicked this fucking bot, i hate him so much
2020-01-06 12:14
#81
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Australia Aquaaa
What's gonna happen to pita hmm
2020-01-06 12:18
#82
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
pita was such a bad coach
2020-01-06 12:19
pita noted that he has "long been looking" for a person to join him in the coaching team, with THREAT's set to be working "from a distance": "THREAT and his mastermind will have a lot of responsibilities coming into this team. I believe it’s healthy for me and the team to have another person with both coaching and in-game leader experience entering the team. We will work closely together and evaluate as time comes on how to make this work in the best possible way. He will be working with me on distance but occasionally joining us for practices in our facilities in Stockholm. "At first he will be assisting me in structuring and tuning the team even more in situational plays and executes. He will also assist me and the players in preparations for our matches. Lastly, he will have the responsibility of helping our in-game leader to maximize his potential both as a player and in-game leader, something he has a lot of experience in." - pita
2020-01-06 12:47
finally, pita has been stealing checks for so long
2020-01-06 13:01
#93
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Brazil fuNNa
he's back
2020-01-06 13:06
We have seen this before!
2020-01-06 13:08
best change in 2020
2020-01-06 13:25
No more anti-eco losses👍🏼
2020-01-06 13:33
why it says forest is still in nip or that hltv news was just rumors
2020-01-06 13:39
2 replies
#105
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Croatia Esketite
it was a report still not sure
2020-01-06 13:54
1 reply
thanks
2020-01-06 15:05
dignitas pita
2020-01-06 13:52
Finally paycheck stealer Pita is gone! Hope he doesn't get picked up by anyone else ever again.
2020-01-06 14:07
1 reply
#109
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Japan pawbeast
100% agree worst coach in history any good player lvl 10 would be better than this pita kebab
2020-01-06 14:44
PogXD
2020-01-06 14:14
Don't know why they change f0rest, atleast they will be playing with Christopher again. NiP's CEO is such a bullshit taking decisions.
2020-01-06 14:25
6 replies
Ever think it was forests decision?
2020-01-06 15:25
5 replies
#121
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
he has no brain so he cant think of that
2020-01-06 16:04
4 replies
Random mad Spaniard trying to offend like that talking about a Swedish team lmao.
2020-01-06 20:06
3 replies
#140
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
it doesnt matter what team it is. A Random swedish (You) just asume that he got kicked when it was his own choice to leave....
2020-01-06 20:10
2 replies
du kan gå dit du kom ifrån
2020-01-07 01:12
1 reply
#147
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
Tu tambien
2020-01-07 02:43
bye pita noob
2020-01-06 15:13
finally, pita was awful
2020-01-06 15:27
Pog
2020-01-06 15:38
#125
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Brazil davidzor
It was about time, pita is garbage.
2020-01-06 16:42
Is pita going to dignitas aswell?
2020-01-06 16:47
NiP will now have actually strats
2020-01-06 16:55
1 reply
finally
2020-01-06 17:51
I thought forest was going to dignitas?
2020-01-06 16:57
Pita to dignitas
2020-01-06 18:07
Good news for NiP
2020-01-06 20:15
Hell yes!
2020-01-07 04:59
Pog
2020-01-13 14:50
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