NiP’s Hampus On Playing C9, Being Coached By THREAT, And More
It's been a long year for everyone in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The literal playing field has changed, forcing competition further into the virtual. A team that has made the best of it is Ninjas in Pyjamas, who have caught an updraft and seem to be continuously improving. In this interview, NiP’s Hampus "hampus" Poser talks about their game against C9, the road to becoming a top team, being coached by Björn "THREAT" Pers and Danny “mahone“ Hsieh, using practice time efficiently and more.
According to hampus, the team's spirits are well-maintained, with most of the team living close to the NiP offices and being able to meet there. "We've been in the office a lot of times, playing almost every tournament from the office so it's been good. Of course, we all miss LAN, but we are [making] the best out of the situation," the young Swede shared.
Over the last couple of month, NiP has regularly punched up and has taken top teams close, suggesting that there is more hidden potential in the team. Hampus showed himself excited about the future of the team. He said: "I think we are pretty close to the top 5, but we're not already there. [...] We play Na'Vi and BIG and all these teams and we play close games all the time." One of the reasons why NiP could be improving incrementally is Björn "THREAT" Pers, the Head Coach of the team. "If he sees something is bad, he instantly fixes it. It's just so good. Before every game the anti-stratting he does, everything is just so much better than any team I've been in before. It's so nice to have one of the best coaches," adding that he thinks THREAT is "probably top 2 or top 3 I'd say."
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