Coaching changes are common across traditional sports. Sometimes it is a mutual parting of the ways. Other times, a losing record calls for a change in direction. One of the most popular betting props is which NFL head coach is the first to lose their job each season.
In the world of esports, a coaching change for a popular League of Legends team made the news. Cloud9 has parted ways with head coach Bok “Reapered” Hangyu. The announcement was made on Monday, Sept. 14.
Why Did Top Esports Coach Bok “Reapered” Hangyu Parts Ways With Team?
He had been the team’s head coach for the past four years. Cloud9 is widely considered to be the best LoL team in North America. A statement released on Twitter read:
“Thank you to all the staff members and to all the players who worked with me. And thank you to the fans who watched our journey from beginning to end. And, thank you for being with us, happiness, sadness, disappointment, fulfillment, and all the emotions with us!”
The team was coming off one of its best regular seasons in the history of North American LoL. It lost to Team SoloMid in the summer playoffs to finish fourth overall. This was one spot too low to qualify for the 2020 LoL World Championship.
The coach’s past success earned him a contact extension this past April. The extension took him through the 2022 season. The failure to capitalize on this year’s regular season success weighed heavily in the decision.
Cloud9 dominated the North American competition all season long. This followed a massive spending spree to build a winner. The team paid $1.5 million for the rights to Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen’s contract.
This deal also involved another $250,000 to add Phillippe “Vulcan” Laflamme as part of a trade with Dignitas. The team’s roster included Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen from SoloMid. He replaced Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi. Sneaky was the longest tenured member of Cloud9. He remains one of the most popular players in the North America.
Hangyu did lead this team to the World Championship semifinal round in 2018. Many believed the team overachieved in that run. That appearance ended with a loss to Fnatic.
The team returned to the 2019 World Championships. However, it could not advance past the group stage.
In other esports personnel moves, Brandon “Dashy” Otell has joined the Chicago Huntsmen. This team is part of the Call of Duty League (CDL). He does have a past affiliation with his new team.
Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez is the owner and CEO of the Chicago Huntsmen. He was the owner for OpTic at one time with Otell on the team. Dashy will be reunited with teammate Seth “Scump” Abner, who was also a member of OpTic.
This move sets the presumed stating lineup for the upcoming 2021 Black Ops: Cold War season. Along with Dashy and Scump, the team will feature Matthew “FormaL” Piper and Dylan “Envoy” Hannon. Dashy expressed his excitement joining the Chicago Huntsmen in a recent Twitter post.
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