"We need new energy". NIP coach speaks on the latest changes in the team
In an interview with Fragbite, NIP coach Daniel "djL" Narancic commented on the reshuffle in his team following Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's signing. The main reasons for the decision to switch from the Swedish to the international roster model were the need for "new energy" for the team and the lack of suitable players in Sweden, according to the specialist.
The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.
We felt for a long time that we need new energy in the team. That was probably the main reason why we resorted to something new. Also, this was not a decision made in one day. We have been discussing it for quite a long time. We considered both Swedish players and the international scene. I felt that the management came to a mutual understanding that there was no player from Sweden that would fit us. Probably having a greater range of options on the international scene was the main reason for the restructuring. And there are many teams that did the same thing for the very same reason.
With the addition of the Finnish IGL, the Ninjas switched to English communication. According to Narancic, this decision was supported by the players, including Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin, who joined NIP because of the desire to communicate in Swedish.
Of course, that was a common decision. Everyone was involved in making it: the players, myself and others. And if someone felt uncomfortable, we would never go for it. As for Brollan, he probably was one of the first people I spoke to when we had this idea.
It surely will be difficult for some. Many have spoken Swedish throughout their careers, but everyone was involved and we all want to go this way. I understand that it looks strange from the outside, but even Brollan really wanted to try these changes.
Under the leadership of the new captain, the team will become stronger on the attack, while former in-game leader Hampus "hampus" Poser will feel more comfortable, djL believes.
Our T-side has been a bit weak. And it did not depend so much on hampus. It's more about energy and how we communicate. Plus, I knew hampus wanted to step away from calling. After talking to him, it felt like it would be nice to bring in something new with new energy. Then we started discussing it with Aleksib, and we got it right. Now I know that hampus will shine in a role where he is a secondary caller or whatever it is since he's an incredibly good rifler.
NIP are currently preparing for the European RMR event, which will take place in early October in Malta. The opponents of the revamped roster at the qualifier for the Major will be FaZe, Team Spirit, G2, Cloud9, Bad News Eagles, Sprout, Aurora, fnatic, forZe, Eternal Fire, B8, ECSTATIC, Astralis, 1WIN and GamerLegion.