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:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
543
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.09
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1617
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
581
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1514
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1644
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
pog
2020-01-06 10:37
Expected
2020-01-06 10:56
#84
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Switzerland x676 
Del PITA PITA del.. youtu.be/-2-40PcbK5Y?t=11 pita del pita jumbooo
2020-01-06 12:21
dignitas pita?
2020-01-06 12:37
#3
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United States LiquidEra2020 
"f0rest" LUL
2020-01-06 10:37
#72
rain | 
Netherlands Yourii 
Was a report so not confirmed yet
2020-01-06 11:58
#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
 | 
Bulgaria CHAPOLE! 
Zulul
2020-01-06 12:12
#4
nylon | 
World lol_n00bs 
Expected tbh? Pita did nothin. 0 added value only paypal money stealing😂😂
2020-01-06 10:37
He just looks like a thief.
2020-01-06 10:48
+1
2020-01-06 11:06
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
And zonic.
2020-01-06 16:38
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
#80
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Sweden RaaCCooN 
they did win the major with him
2020-01-06 12:15
He was probably talking only about his last NiP coaching period.
2020-01-06 12:50
#101
 | 
Sweden RaaCCooN 
but he dosnt know how NiP works inside
2020-01-06 13:43
#102
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
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
#103
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Sweden RaaCCooN 
you dont know how NiP works inside
2020-01-06 13:46
#110
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
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
+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
#137
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
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
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
#137
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
Blank
2020-01-06 18:35
#114
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Sweden quacke 
Do you?
2020-01-06 15:09
#120
 | 
Sweden RaaCCooN 
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
#91
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
kubenesque
2020-01-06 13:04
Wasnt this finally cleared with all the Nip drama going on last year?
2020-01-06 13:13
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
#55
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Finland trashsports 
No, it is like the most retarded move from NaVi -Zeus +Zeus -Zeus
2020-01-06 11:24
zeus himself ended his career
2020-01-06 11:44
#83
Nertz | 
Turkey Nigotess 
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
#7
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Spain SaileSamkaed 
We will miss f0rest :(
2020-01-06 10:37
#77
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
it's ok, pita and f0rest prolly going to dignitas
2020-01-06 12:06
#9
COKOLADA | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina V3DO 
RiP pita
2020-01-06 10:38
Where's kick_pita_ffs?
2020-01-06 10:38
I was also thinking about him. xD
2020-01-06 10:57
#11
 | 
Germany DokiDoki 
Good
2020-01-06 10:38
#12
flusha | 
Romania dreww_ 
Ok nice
2020-01-06 10:38
nice
2020-01-06 10:38
#15
 | 
United States gtmaniacmda 
A COACH, A MANAGER!
2020-01-06 10:39
A Data Scientist
2020-01-06 10:58
#16
 | 
Switzerland rigoN 
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
#20
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Latvia Revelatiombe 
NiP can be a pretty decent team if REZ steps up.
2020-01-06 10:43
#21
rain | 
Israel ReakZez 
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
#24
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Denmark UX_Designer 
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
no u are wrong idiot he is engineer, outside of CS, and he worked outside of CS before coming back, BOT
2020-01-06 11:56
Wtf are u talking about? That was his job before CS He is computer engineer. Are u tard?
2020-01-06 11:56
then tell me what this "data scientist" does on a daily basis ? :)
2020-01-06 11:57
program/model/testing/debugging. Basically creating ALL software you see. web, engines, operative systems, games EVERYTHING mobile... youtube.com/watch?v=avZTQgLs064 And it is called COMP SCI, computer science but refered to as computer engineer not scientist its not right word
2020-01-06 11:58
i'm talking about cs, what does a cs "data scientist" does that a coach and an analyst can't do and that's actually improving the team ?
2020-01-06 12:00
Yeah and this has nothing to do with cs "After working as a developer/data scientist for two years" He did NOT do that in NiP, that was outside of NiP/CS The last month he was STRATEGIC COACH for NiP. He was not data scientist wtf, data scientist he was OUTSIDE of NIP, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CS
2020-01-06 12:02
"The announcement comes just two months after THREAT had returned to NiP as a strategic coach" He was STRATEGIC COACH in NiP Data scientist/developer outside NiP/CS since it has NOTHING to do with CS
2020-01-06 12:03
#86
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Ukraine ksay 
lmao you are such a moron
2020-01-06 12:35
#92
 | 
United States 10YearBansRUs 
Lol are u illiterate
2020-01-06 13:05
Hahahah where did you learn to read?
2020-01-06 17:12
#150
REZ | 
Pakistan aur0raCS 
Actual retard
2020-01-07 09:53
débile
2020-01-06 11:56
THREAT > pita
2020-01-06 10:45
#25
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Bosnia and Herzegovina kick_pita_ffs 
my words have been heard
2020-01-06 10:48
from a fellow Bosnian nontheless
2020-01-06 11:46
#116
 | 
Sweden quacke 
We were waiting for you
2020-01-06 15:14
when f0rest transfer?
2020-01-06 10:48
#33
 | 
World 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
#34
flusha | 
Romania dreww_ 
Threat =lidl forsen
2020-01-06 10:56
#143
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
Is lidl a good or bad brand in Romania?
2020-01-06 23:46
#146
flusha | 
Romania dreww_ 
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
#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
#152
flusha | 
Romania dreww_ 
Yes that was the joke i intended to make
2020-01-07 15:14
monkaS
2020-01-06 11:01
#43
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
wasnt he announced as coach like 3 times in the past half year lmao
2020-01-06 11:08
#50
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Assistant/2nd coach. And it was once, between Oct 2019 - Jan 2020.
2020-01-06 11:21
pita to Dignitas
2020-01-06 11:11
#45
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Argentina trackssZZZ 
pita to dignitas pog
2020-01-06 11:12
finally the biggest paycheck stealer is out
2020-01-06 11:17
#51
 | 
Poland LEONKATOZAUR 
You forgot about kuben 😅
2020-01-06 11:22
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
+1 , good days those were
2020-01-06 11:24
#67
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
zneel's famas was insane
2020-01-06 11:54
oh yeah.. famas's god
2020-01-06 12:25
#100
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Are you the real one btw? :D
2020-01-06 13:42
nah his not, real one has pretty low HLTV ID number
2020-01-06 17:12
#132
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
I didnt check the profile =]
2020-01-06 17:46
i'm not rodolphe
2020-01-06 21:34
#49
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Sweden meistr0 
NICE! Good upgrade for NIP
2020-01-06 11:20
#52
STYKO | 
Russia N1kDaN 
good move!
2020-01-06 11:23
#57
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-01-06 11:36
#58
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Finland 0lter 
Lmao sweden is the new french
2020-01-06 11:39
#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
Good decision.
2020-01-06 11:48
#64
Thailand fsjp 
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 Kerry_ 
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
#88
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United States stephcurry30 
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
#94
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Brazil COMETOBRAZIL 
We have seen this before!
2020-01-06 13:08
#95
 | 
China ZerOck 
good change
2020-01-06 13:08
#97
 | 
Sweden Weedish 
best change in 2020
2020-01-06 13:25
#98
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Sweden shiperino 
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
#105
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Yugoslavia Esketite 
it was a report still not sure
2020-01-06 13:54
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
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
#108
flusha | 
Sweden NeilCS 
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
Ever think it was forests decision?
2020-01-06 15:25
#121
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Spain Chonita 
he has no brain so he cant think of that
2020-01-06 16:04
#139
flusha | 
Sweden NeilCS 
Random mad Spaniard trying to offend like that talking about a Swedish team lmao.
2020-01-06 20:06
#140
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Spain Chonita 
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
#145
flusha | 
Sweden NeilCS 
du kan gå dit du kom ifrån
2020-01-07 01:12
#147
 | 
Spain Chonita 
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
Shit, NothingInPaypall lose a valuable asset. Get f0rest out of this shithole and this whole organisation can go f*ck themselves and follow the path of VP.
2020-01-06 16:40
#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
#128
Ex6TenZ | 
Chile Zzalb 
NiP will now have actually strats
2020-01-06 16:55
finally
2020-01-06 17:51
#129
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Panama ayykaramba 
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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