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mithR: "I’m not here to teach Karrigan how to call, or Ropz how to clutch, but I know how to get them to improve individually and team wise despite that."

My aim is always growth. I believe in working with routines and a set structure that allows every player to be the best version of himself.

Phoenix

We caught with the newly appointed CS:GO coach for Mousesports, Torbjørn "mithR" Nyborg, for a quick chat regarding his recruitment, the changes he's looking forward to bring within the team, filling in Rejin's shoes, restoring Mouz' rich legacy in CS:GO, his time at North and Renegades, and more.

Congratulations on being recruited by Mousesports as their new CS:GO coach. Kindly explain how your recruitment to Mouz came to be?

  • Well I have always looked towards Karrigan as a great in-game leader, and have been wanting to work with him for quite some time. After the coaching scandal that forced Mousesports to release Rejin of his duties to the organization, I had a feeling that I would get an offer to join up. And I was right.

You’re a former professional player who is now in-charge of coaching some world class CS:GO players that too under a legendary banner like Mousesports. How does being a former player help you in your job as a coach?

  • I have always been playing the game myself, but I actually haven’t been a professional player. I think I might be one of the only coaches out there without a professional background as a player. I feel like that it’s mostly my former role as an in-game leader and very analytical mindset towards the game that has helped me grow as a coach.

You’ve previously coached North and Renegades and have seen considerable success. How is that experience going to help you coach Mouz moving forward considering the latter is a few notches above the former in terms of player and star power?

  • Those two teams (North and Renegades) are very different in terms of where I was in my career at the given times. North was my first real top tier team that I got to coach, and I don’t think I had completely defined myself as a coach at that time. However after my time with them I had some months to reflect over what went wrong and how I could define myself better as a coach. What methods I believe in, what values I have and what I believe in. I see myself now at a place where my style is really well defined and I know what I want, and what I believe in. I don’t really feel any pressure from the fact that Mouz has had more success over the last year, or the fact that they have bigger stars playing there. My style is the same regardless.

Speaking of which, what is your aim with Mousesports? Where do you think the team lacks currently or what changes need to be made, and how do you plan to tackle it especially considering that 2020 has been a dismal year for Mouz with the exception of few good tournament placings?

  • My aim is always growth. I believe in working with routines and a set structure that allows every player to be the best version of himself. I also believe that success and results come by doing so. Right now I still need to get to know the players and management better, before I can say for sure what I think needs to change, but I have already presented the players to a set structure of the way we are going to practice, that has been implemented.

You’ve a huge task in front of you, namely, restoring the legacy of Mousesports back to its former glory especially after the departure of Rejin. Needless to say, filling Rejin’s shoes is indeed a humongous task since he has many accolades to his name during his time with Mouz irrespective of the ban that he received. Kindly share your thoughts on this.

  • I don’t think that I have a “huge task in front of me” or that I have any pressure like that. If I did then I would be affected by the pressure and wouldn’t be able to do a very good job. One thing is that Mousesports will probably always be a legendary brand in CS, but another is that I’m focused on what’s in front of me. I know my job as head coach comes with a lot of responsibility. I have spoken with Rejin, who is a friend of mine, and even though I think we are similar in some areas, I also think that we are very different in others.

What is the role of a coach in CS:GO? What does the job entail?

  • The primary job as a coach is to secure growth, and you can do that in a number of ways. I work with a certain structure and routines and allow the players to keep calm and focused on being the best version of themselves. I’m not here to teach Karrigan how to call, or Ropz how to clutch, but I know how to get them to improve individually and team wise despite that. It’s about getting the team to work.

It is a well known fact that players have a major say related to team matters as compared to that of a coach including roster changes, etc. Does that cause hindrance when it comes to coaching and do you also have a say in such matters? After all, a coach has a better view of the team as a whole in most cases.

  • I’m not commenting on how changes are to be made within any team. Every team is different, but 5 years ago there would be a culture where the coach would often be seen as “below” the team. So your “well known fact” is not that well known anymore I’d say. It’s quite a statement at least.

Where do you see Mouz in the upcoming BLAST and DreamHack Masters tournaments? Can we expect a surprise from your team?

  • We are eager to perform at those tournaments and are looking to make it further than what we have in the past tournaments we have played. We feel like we are moving in the right direction.

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Phoenix

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