After two months without being on an active roster, Adam “friberg” Friberg decided he still wants to play professional Counter-Strike.
“The last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot what I want to do, keep on playing or try something else,” he wrote. “I still feel the hunger and will to keep on playing CS:GO at the top level, put in those extra hours to be able to lift a trophy again.”
Friberg was benched by NiP in June after almost five years with the organization. He had been largely quiet since the move, though he was on the talent desk at ESL One Cologne at the beginning of the month. He told Slingshot during the event that the transition came with some stumbling blocks.
“In my own mind, I think it’s been OK,” he said. “I think I could of course have done a lot better. My English is not the best. I’m stumbling on words some. It kind of contributes of being new, I think. It’s a thing. I’m new on the desk. It’s my first time ever. If I were doing more in the future, I guess it would be a lot easier for me to be a bit more relaxed and just make everything flow a bit more.”
Friberg’s departure from NiP came as the team was in the midst of a horrendous dip in form. Once stalwarts of CS:GO, NiP failed to even reach the main qualifier for the PGL Major after also missing out on the ELEAGUE Major in January. Upon replacing friberg with Fredrik “REZ” Sterner, NiP has seen a bit of a resurgence by reaching the playoffs of ESL One Cologne and winning DreamHack Valencia.
Cover photo by Adela Sznajder/DreamHack, illustration by Slingshot