Ninjas in Pyjamas hired a full time mental coach for the organization’s Counter-Strike team, CEO Hicham Chahine announced Monday on Twitter.
— Hicham Chahine (@ChahineHicham) August 28, 2017
The mental coach appears to be a response to its CS:GO team’s continued struggles. This year has been difficult for NiP, a once feared Counter-Strike team. But the Ninjas have failed to qualify for two Majors in a row and didn’t even reach the offline qualifier for last month’s PGL Krakow Major.
The team’s roster has also been changed in an attempt to break out of the vicious cycle. The most substantial change came when Adam “friberg” Friberg, one of the team’s longest standing members since 2012, stepped down in June to be replaced by Fredrik “REZ” Sterner. Following the change, NiP won DreamHack Valencia but later failed to qualify for ESL One New York.
The most notable implementation of a mental coach in Counter-Strike happened last year with Astralis, a decision players credited in helping the team reach its peak, which included winning the ELEAGUE Major in January. It will be interesting if it will have a similar effect on NiP.