2020 Spring Split LEC Rookie and Coach of the Split Announced
The 2020 Spring Split LEC Rookie and Coach of the Split awards have finally been announced. One could argue that they’re at least somewhat polarizing. The rookie with the most votes was none other than Misfits Gaming’s Iván “Razork” Martín, whereas the best coach award went to James “Mac” MacCormack, the mastermind behind MAD Lions’ spectacular Spring Split run.
The Winners Are…
First of all, the biggest surprise is that neither Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság nor Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser (both from MAD Lions) got the nod. Heck, you could make a case for their top laner and jungler as well, but they weren’t as consistently incredible and impactful as their bottom lane duo. There is a reason why this is the case, however. Both Carzzy and Kaiser accrued a ton of votes, therefore hindering each other’s chances of getting the award. Razork, on the other hand, didn’t have to share his votes with any of his teammates, which is the main reason why he eventually had the lead over both MAD Lions rookies.
Had either Carzzy or Kaiser been any less prominent, the other of the two would’ve been awarded. The LEC has a very rare “problem” — it has too many incredible rookies. Still, it’s a positive thing and neither player is probably too bummed out for not getting the nod. Instead, they’ve guaranteed themselves a Top 3 finish in their very first split in the LEC. That’s worth a whole lot more!
Still, Razork is by no means unworthy of being awarded. Along with Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, he’s been the driving force behind Misfits’ unexpected run and can rightfully be deemed as their biggest catalyst. His synergy with the legendary European mid laner blew the minds of many, and his ability to impact the map on a wide variety of picks isn’t something you’d expect from a player as young and inexperienced. So in that sense, the final result is far from being a robbery.
By the same token, MAD Lions’ head coach Mac has found a metric ton of success in his very first split as a head coach. He had big shoes to fill coming into 2020 after taking the reins from Hadrien “Duke” Forestier, and it’s fair to say that he passed the test with flying colors. He had immensely talented players to work with, but MAD Lions is one of the few teams in the LEC that consistently improved as time went on. They have a fantastic coaching staff and a positive environment that reinforces growth and player development, so it’s no surprise they’ll finish the season near the very top of the standings.
We have just two Best of 5s left before the Spring Split is over so make sure to tune in this Saturday at 5 PM CEST to watch a repeat of MAD Lions vs. G2 Esports. The winner of that one Best of 5 will go on to face Fnatic in the grand finals just a day later. Will MAD Lions be able to repeat their seismic upset? Or will G2 Esports redeem themselves?
One thing is for certain: The weekend can’t come soon enough!