THREAT to transition out of head coach role after IEM Winter

The 33-year-old will become NIP's Counter-Strike Technical Director, focusing more on the tactical side of the game.

Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers will no longer be the head coach of NIP after the conclusion of IEM Winter, the Swede has announced. Instead, he will move into a Technical Director role with the organization, looking to help the team from off the stage.

The impending change marks the end of THREAT's second stint coaching NIP. The 33-year-old tactician previously lent his aid to the old NIP lineup from 2016-2018 before stepping away from the game, only to later make a return at the end of 2019 alongside Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita before taking over as head coach at the start of the following year.

THREAT will no longer stand behind NIP after IEM Winter

Despite THREAT's help from behind, NIP have struggled to secure title wins over the last two years, their sole tournament win coming at IEM Fall Europe. A runner-up finish in Flashpoint 3 also helped the team to secure a berth at PGL Major Stockholm, where they made it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by G2.

As NIP look toward 2022, THREAT will change his focus to aiding the team from outside of the server as the team begin searching for a new head coach. "While I love being onstage with the guys, I love even more to get really stuck into the tactical stuff and seeing my plans unfold on the server," he said his announcement.

"Me and mahone [Danny "⁠mahone⁠" Hsieh, NIP's analyst] will continue to work day and night to develop the game plan while the new Head Coach will keep the boys focused on the game and making sure we deliver when it matters the most."

After IEM Winter, NIP will be left with:

Sweden Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner
Sweden Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora
Sweden Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser
Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz
Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen

Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1213
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Canada Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.74
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1269
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1785
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
916
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1245
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
not daddy threat
2021-12-02 00:45
31 replies
this is the punishment for failing to reach his charity stream goal
2021-12-02 00:50
29 replies
LMAO
2021-12-02 01:37
21 replies
Peacemaker NIP coach
2021-12-02 01:39
20 replies
+1
2021-12-02 02:41
-device +fallen -es3 +cold
2021-12-02 03:09
8 replies
+1
2021-12-02 10:07
yes Also fallenn and cold speaks fluent sweedish :D
2021-12-02 10:38
that must be the most stupid shit i've ever seen haha :P
2021-12-02 15:15
5 replies
than u are either stupid or trolling
2021-12-02 18:54
4 replies
That would be like removing Messi and getting Maradona. fallen is an old bot and cold doesnt like fallen, that is why he left mibr for faze. Cold is also not very good right now. Fallen is a shit IGL and an even more SHIT awper.
2021-12-02 19:07
3 replies
Yes, so u just argument why this would be the best move for NiP.
2021-12-02 19:13
2 replies
Nice troll
2021-12-02 19:48
1 reply
2021-12-02 20:03
HUNDEN PLZ
2021-12-02 06:15
Nono
2021-12-02 08:02
NiP: "I am in danger *nervous laugh"
2021-12-02 08:50
RIP NIP
2021-12-02 10:14
no pls shut up :(
2021-12-02 10:29
+1, cant wait for NiP to die so device comes back to astralis
2021-12-02 11:36
3 replies
Dev is out. Bad standing. Not welcome. Astralis might need an AWP'er. But not one whos changing teams with every new girlfriend. We need a loyal AWP'er.
2021-12-02 14:32
2 replies
The fuck? He literally played with them for years and told them far in advance he would leave This is a sport not a boomer company where you stay for 40 years
2021-12-02 18:45
loyalty to a company is about as stupid as loyalty to a country LMAO
2021-12-20 22:57
+1 NIP is in a similar place to a lot of peacrmaker teams
2021-12-02 14:29
#45
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Netherlands arTvamp
Woohoo finally. it was time. They need someone with better strat book and different but still positive energy ofcourse.
2021-12-02 01:59
4 replies
This should be a positive change, since hes not really leaving. Maybe they will pick up that XTQZZZ
2021-12-02 02:33
3 replies
lol
2021-12-02 06:40
#140
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Netherlands arTvamp
Yeah I reacted before reading the whole threat! Its a positive change eitherway. Im glad he stays around fufilling another role.
2021-12-02 17:02
Better zews
2021-12-04 01:46
#71
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Canada AyyyJayyy
lmfao
2021-12-02 05:38
LOL
2021-12-02 05:39
Plz get zews he is good coach. Of Nip offer hem maybe Will get better results
2021-12-04 01:45
ok
2021-12-02 00:45
Gg
2021-12-02 00:46
Meh.
2021-12-02 00:46
Byeee
2021-12-02 00:47
woah thats sad to hear really wonder who could replace him? mayyybeee Get Right? probably not but idk
2021-12-02 00:48
13 replies
#17
NAF | 
Finland Finn777
friberg retire and voila
2021-12-02 00:52
7 replies
#22
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Sweden Zaser5
would be sick
2021-12-02 00:56
probably devilwalk actually but no clue if he is a free agent
2021-12-02 01:18
3 replies
#32
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Latvia emzijs
he is
2021-12-02 01:20
1 reply
Ez coach
2021-12-02 02:47
honestly might not even be that bad of an idea. although zonic to vitality is not 100% yet so who knows how many danes NIP will get
2021-12-02 04:55
Shove him with noobs like NaVi did worthless flamie. Not that hard. They could have been an all Danish team with Ass trails and Heroshit but nah, only pick up DoucheVice.🤷‍♂️
2021-12-02 13:56
1 reply
Please point on the doll where the bad man touched you. You dont like Astralis because they shit on liquid forever and heroic because no NA team will ever really be tier 1 again and denmark has 2?
2021-12-02 15:21
We don't bait, yeah?
2021-12-02 05:31
#74
rain | 
Vietnam Kaguya
coulda pick up xizt but hes with heroic now
2021-12-02 05:57
3 replies
That would've been insane
2021-12-02 08:03
#112
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Finland Tertzi
only on trial period to the end of the year, I think. Not 100% sure on that, tho
2021-12-02 10:31
xizt was a shit IGL, he's probably not a much better coach
2021-12-02 19:24
#7
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Ukraine VoidWave
gg
2021-12-02 00:47
#8
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Poland Crai9Xen
Its time for peacemaker 8)
2021-12-02 00:48
8 replies
Not needed, NiP is already almost dead.
2021-12-02 00:52
4 replies
perfect job for peacemaker then
2021-12-02 01:01
3 replies
+1 hahaha
2021-12-02 01:13
1 reply
not anymore then, im pretty sure nip will sign him since he is the top swedish coach currently looking for a team
2021-12-02 01:22
Lmao
2021-12-02 10:09
disbandmaker you mean
2021-12-02 02:03
2 replies
troublemaker
2021-12-02 07:14
1 reply
#120
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Finland Nollegee
Teambreaker
2021-12-02 11:20
Kinda expected
2021-12-02 00:49
Expected.
2021-12-02 00:49
oh dear god, dont get peacemaker, jesus
2021-12-02 00:50
Noob
2021-12-02 00:50
peacemaker best possible replacement
2021-12-02 00:50
7 replies
he is going to that "Last Dance" thing
2021-12-02 00:51
2 replies
Makes sense
2021-12-02 02:47
he'll definitely make it the last
2021-12-02 11:37
+troublemaker +coldzera(-Es3tag) Ez NIP fix
2021-12-02 06:22
3 replies
#82
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Canada NhiteKing1
Then nip disband in 2 weeks
2021-12-02 06:31
1 reply
+2
2021-12-02 11:08
#121
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Finland Nollegee
Also few 0-16 games aswell before disband
2021-12-02 11:21
the device effect
2021-12-02 00:51
still es3tag cant speak swedish
2021-12-02 00:53
what a joke of a team
2021-12-02 00:56
honestly fair, nip hasn't been able to implement a system well with him as head coach. maybe a change will help
2021-12-02 00:57
1 reply
system being: if Hampus gets to rotate behind enemies then he multikills. if not then round lost. repeat. System af.
2021-12-02 10:10
Smart of him, instead of getting dropped out of NIP he switches to the tech role so he is still getting payed. 200iq move.
2021-12-02 01:00
1 reply
#100
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Turkey annttiigs
he already has a data science license in his pocket. believe me in Sweden he can make a lot of money with data belt. Even anywhere in the world he can do so.
2021-12-02 09:18
Device be like: Let me get a danish coach
2021-12-02 01:01
#27
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Brazil Elakk
Ah man, nip is going to sink again unfortunately
2021-12-02 01:03
barbarr as coach?
2021-12-02 01:19
1 reply
that's interesting and definitely could work
2021-12-02 09:11
about time
2021-12-02 01:21
WOW +PITA INC
2021-12-02 01:22
5 replies
#44
JW | 
Sweden gNeJS
He Signed for Dignitas a couple of Days Ago unfortunately
2021-12-02 01:53
4 replies
pita was never a good coach
2021-12-02 02:46
He scammer boi wtf mens
2021-12-02 06:22
2 replies
#125
JW | 
Sweden gNeJS
scammer?
2021-12-02 11:39
1 reply
Charity money
2021-12-02 12:31
Zonic incoming. Nip to go full danish with x-astralis roster. Vitality move was just a cover. This is the real deal. Source: yes
2021-12-02 01:23
7 replies
agreed source: ur mom
2021-12-02 01:40
5 replies
#66
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Serbia Jnordz
100 %
2021-12-02 04:53
4 replies
did you hear from her too?
2021-12-02 07:21
3 replies
#151
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Serbia Jnordz
Yes my man, she told me while sexytime
2021-12-03 00:43
2 replies
same
2021-12-03 05:53
1 reply
#155
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Serbia Jnordz
*high five*
2021-12-03 23:38
#127
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Sweden SamBbbb
I hope not
2021-12-02 11:46
This team literally has no t-side on any map.
2021-12-02 01:30
#38
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Russia ToughGuy
pricetag effect in action
2021-12-02 01:35
pronax coach
2021-12-02 01:41
2 replies
#43
JW | 
Sweden gNeJS
Hampus said they lack a bit of hype since lnz left, im sure pronax is a great coach but i aint sure that he adds hype and energy to the team.
2021-12-02 01:47
Pronax still owns Godsent, so it will probably be devilwalk
2021-12-02 02:07
+ devilwalk
2021-12-02 02:12
#49
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Sweden sn1pie
Hltv is getting slow with the news
2021-12-02 02:19
#55
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Sweden D1ze
its either devilwalk, maleK, Zonic or GT i am calling it.
2021-12-02 02:50
Lmao
2021-12-02 02:59
#58
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Brazil SecondKS
XTQQZZTZSQZZ is coming!
2021-12-02 03:09
1 reply
#62
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Canada firtlast
SEXRATS?
2021-12-02 03:49
only one man can save NIP, WAVEIGL
2021-12-02 03:23
1 reply
#132
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Brazil Vicmar
He is too good for nip, he should go to furia
2021-12-02 12:48
#60
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Ukraine ksay
gonna be like with Valens waste
2021-12-02 03:28
#61
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Canada firtlast
ez for 99swani the r/csgobets god
2021-12-02 03:48
#63
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Finland AliSabid
Rip!
2021-12-02 04:20
NiP needs really better coach, worst t side team right now
2021-12-02 04:25
2 replies
Very true, but are these random, disjointed t-sides really the result of threat? Seems hard to believe he would want them to play like this? Might not be easy to get hampus to follow his style, but that's just speculation ofc. They obv need something tho, some of the worst t-sides I've seen in years at tier 1 level.
2021-12-02 06:15
1 reply
Mauisnake talked about this and he said that their T side revolves a lot around Hampus and if Hampus isn’t playing a good T Side the whole team plays bad
2021-12-02 09:20
#65
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Serbia Jnordz
Wtf nooo
2021-12-02 04:48
Sign peacemaker, disband the team so astralis can get dev1ce back
2021-12-02 05:09
Zonic monkaW
2021-12-02 05:15
That seems like a good way to go about it. Evidently, Threat's head coaching hasn't yielded best results, though that's probably not his fault at all. Being a tactician at heart, this makes sense. All the best to NiP, hope they find a new head coach!
2021-12-02 05:42
#77
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United States xiquo
ok
2021-12-02 06:18
Lol not coaches fault the players are inconsistent and miss their shots. Once the strat is called it’s on the guys to play the game..
2021-12-02 06:18
Devilwalk lets goooooooooo
2021-12-02 06:23
#85
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Philippines sijibats
is this a promotion?
2021-12-02 07:17
3 replies
#87
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Sweden Midnattsol
I think its a more appropriate posiiton for THREAT
2021-12-02 07:38
#88
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Other Zollbit
It is when you're the coach of NIP
2021-12-02 07:40
#152
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Philippines sijibats
thanks
2021-12-03 02:39
Devilwalk coming
2021-12-02 07:46
2021 NIP version -twist +ztr -nawwk +device -ztr +LNZ -LNZ +es3tag -THREAT +(?)
2021-12-02 07:59
#93
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Europe skelteR
good luck
2021-12-02 08:23
#94
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Denmark twinseN
Malek incoming
2021-12-02 08:24
#95
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Ireland reyno0o
Do all teams have a role like this - Technical Director? Seems weird - like a case of "too many cooks". Analyst and technical director come up with the tactics, and then the head coach... doesn't? And the ingame leader doesn't do any tactics either? Seems strange. Imagine gla1ve and zonic in peak astralis being told they don't make the tactics..
2021-12-02 08:36
1 reply
No they don’t but they should. I think this is an interesting move. As head coach you should focus on the team and the individuals in the team.
2021-12-03 22:24
#97
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Sweden sn1pie
2021-12-02 08:56
it gonna be devilwalk
2021-12-02 09:16
snakevice
2021-12-02 09:18
Good choice but sadly u aint go anywhere with Es3tag Btw im not a hater
2021-12-02 09:22
+peacemaker xaxa
2021-12-02 09:44
Ahahaha, OK We have -NIP WTF? Kick Dev1ce, kick Estag, return back Nawk and LNZ and NIP easy top7
2021-12-02 10:05
4 replies
#158
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Cyprus SexeSnek
they are already top 7
2021-12-13 17:00
3 replies
#159
REZ | 
Romania noxoNN
They are top 5.
2021-12-14 12:11
2 replies
#160
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Cyprus SexeSnek
commented before ranking update)
2021-12-14 14:19
1 reply
ooops) XD
2021-12-15 09:50
#113
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
NIP feels like the ultimate short-term goal achievement pursuiting org. Give a change a try for a month, if not working out, just change again. xD Bet -dev1ce will be the next topic.
2021-12-02 10:36
3 replies
Isn't it kinda the opposite? Es3tag is more of a long term investment. They have an academy team that they can use to build up talents in the Swedish scene. Dev1ce wasn't supposed to be a short term thing either. THREAT has been with NiP for so long now, but he'll still be working as a coach on the tactical aspect. Where do you see the short term investment?
2021-12-02 10:48
2 replies
#117
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
Because they make like changes all the time, no other org does changes this often to lineup, roles etc. Why not stick to some system for say a couple of months at least, jeez.
2021-12-02 11:02
1 reply
It's post major, everyone makes changes. 2 of their most recent changes were switching ztr for LNZ and LNZ for Es3tag. It's 2 changes that have to do with their academy team, and they both seem to have happen because the players weren't ready/good enough for tier1 competition. This recent change with THREAT won't change much, he'll still be working on their tactics, but there will just be another coach to hype the team up and apply those tactics during matches. I don't think the changes they makes are too drastic, they're meant to make the team better long term
2021-12-02 11:25
Kicked for being too bad at minecraft 😔
2021-12-02 10:42
seems like a pretty severe threat
2021-12-02 11:09
#126
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Sweden SamBbbb
Sad to hear, but I hope he can make the team better behind the scenes.
2021-12-02 11:44
#128
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Slovakia Adwarin
technical director, so no more 40% packet loss? :D
2021-12-02 11:56
zzzzzonic?
2021-12-02 12:26
#131
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United Kingdom munt_
pog, assuming its a promotion
2021-12-02 12:38
+Xizt
2021-12-02 14:33
BibleThump
2021-12-02 15:36
evading from sinking ship, good choice.
2021-12-02 19:38
He's a shit coach so it makes sense
2021-12-02 19:50
please just leave nip
2021-12-02 20:35
#163
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Germany ninja_pc
I think this is a bad move, threat is the rock of NiP has been for awhile. Its not his fault hes forced to play with academy players every other event, IE: ztr, LNZ, now phzy
2021-12-21 15:21
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