Team NP Welcomes bOne7 as Coach
Pittner “bOne7” Armand has been confirmed to be Team NP’s head coach, according to an announcement posted to the team’s official website.
“I’m happy to join Team NP as their coach. I bring to the table a deep understanding of how my former teammates operate and think about the game,” wrote bOne7, “We shared many memories in the past and I look forward to building something great together. Maybe it takes being a coach to convince my team to buy TPs.”
The Romanian native refers to his time spent with Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao and Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling on Cloud9, which picked up the roster when it was known as Speed Gaming. The roster was later disbanded the following year, and bOne7 moved on to form a new team under the name Kaipi, another banner he played with EternaLEnVy under in 2013. He stayed with Kaipi for over a year before leaving for Prodota Gaming, only to return to Kaipi for a few weeks a couple of months later.
Despite being noted to be a skillful player that uses a rather aggressive playstyle, bOne7 only placed in top four of a single premier event in 2016, coming in fourth place at World Cyber Arena. He most recently placed 9th-12th at the World Electronic Sports Games with the rest of Romania, but has otherwise been unable to make it beyond qualifiers and minor events.
Team NP was formed after Dota 2‘s The International 2016 by EternaLEnVy, Aui_2000, Arif “MSS” Anwar, Avery “SVG” Silverman, and Theeban “1437” Siva. Each member has spent time together with one another on a team at some point, so the creation of the team came as little surprise to long-time fans. Together, they saw modest success in their first year, dominating qualifiers while falling into 5th-6th and 5th-8th at major events. Team NP most recently came in at 5th-6th at ESL One Genting 2017.