Cloud9 Reignover Now Officially Confirmed as Head Coach
Things are finally official: Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin is getting promoted to the Cloud9 LCS head coach position. Taking over the reins from Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu is nothing to scoff at, and he’ll definitely have some huge shoes to fill.
Reignover Prepares to Lead in a New Direction
This bit of news, in short, is quite exciting if you’re a Cloud9 fan. Reignover is Coach of the Split material, and it’s easy to understand why. He’s played at the highest of levels and on the biggest of stages. He has multiple trophies behind his belt and has traded blows with some of the best players and teams in the game’s history, highly touted for his cerebral approach to the game. Reignover was once deemed a premier world-class jungler. Even though his career eventually took a strange turn (with multiple underwhelming splits after Immortals), no one can question or devalue his staggering accomplishments up to that point.
The fact that he’s found so much success in coaching Cloud9’s Academy team shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He knows what it’s like to compete and can bring a layer of understanding that most of his coaching peers and colleagues can only talk about in theory. He’s done incredibly well throughout 2020. There’s a reason for optimism in the future.
This is also a natural progression of sorts. Some of the world’s best players are starting to transition into coaching positions, not necessarily because they don’t have what it takes to compete any longer but because they’re looking for a different, more alluring challenge — one that is equally as interesting and complex. This is pretty much standard fare when it comes to traditional sports, and the fact that it’s happening now in esports as well (a lot more often) is a testament to its maturity and overall progress.
Still, Reignover will not have an easy task over the next 12 months. He has an insanely talented roster (and a promising young top laner), which is a plus, but after failing to deliver in the second half of 2020, Cloud9 fans will have big expectations for the boys in black and blue. Fortunately, if you’ve followed Reignover’s career over the years, you’re probably aware that he’s well-equipped for the monumental task at hand.