RFRSH Entertainment announced Wednesday Graham Pitt, the organization’s head of esports, will take over the coaching role for Godsent on an interim basis.
The move was done “in effort to optimize preparation” ahead of the offline qualifier for the PGL Major, which takes place June 29-July 2. Godsent is one of 16 teams that will vie for the eight remaining spots for the PGL Major in July.
Godsent’s current coach, Alexander “rdl” Redl, will remain with the team in an assistant role under Pitt, according to a news release.
“With a background in statistics, analytics and sports coaching, it was a natural progression to apply this to Counter-Strike,” Pitt said in the release. “With Godsent, I think everyone can see the potential they have, and I am really looking forward to working with rdl and the guys these next few weeks.”
Pitt used to work for the ESL and joined RFRSH in November. Rdl has coached since the beginning of 2016 after his playing career came to an end in 2014.
Godsent has struggled since the ELEAGUE Major in January. The team shuffled with Fnatic again, as Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Ronnquiet returned to Fnatic. Godsent’s current lineup of Markus “pronax” Wallsten, Andreas “znajder” Lindberg, Jonas “Lekro” Olofsson, Simon “twist” Eliasson and Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun failed to qualify for DreamHack Austin and then finished 7-8th at the CS Summit in April.
“We haven’t met our own expectations, and it has been obvious we needed a deeper analytical insight, which I think all will agree Graham Pitt brings,” pronax said in the release. “It’s a strong move to bring Graham in at this time, and I look forward to working with him. The competition is fierce, and it will require for all to step up, but I am confident, we can move this team to the next level and become a strong contender again. Not only short term.”
Cover photo courtesy of RFRSH Entertainment