Cloud9 Wins 2021 LCS Spring Coaching Staff of the Split Award
After a fairly entertaining (and surprisingly competitive) 2021 LCS Spring Split, one coaching staff stood above the rest: that of Cloud9! Well, at least based on the way players, casters, and third-party media voted. Whether they’re actually worthy of such praise is up for debate. Still, they led the boys in white and blue to first place, and with thirteen wins and just five losses on the board, they made sure their team weathered the storm and finished as high as possible — so credit where credit is due!
Head coach Yeujin “Reignover” Kim (of Fnatic and Immortals fame) and assistant coaches Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, Maxwell “Max” Waldo, and Marius “Veigar V2” Aune deserve commendation for the way they’ve handled a very challenging split. Not a lot of people thought they could one up Team Liquid, and even though they lost both of their outings to the former four-time LCS champions, they still maintained an impressively high level of play throughout the split. They did have a couple of dips in performance along the way, but as a whole, they’ve done admirably well in the face of adversity.
A Questionable Win
Then again, it’s not like Cloud9’s coaching staff didn’t have some of the best players in North America to work with — three of which already had pre-existing synergy. When you have the best jungler in NA, one of the best mid laners in Western history, and one of the most accomplished marksmen who ever stepped foot on stage, it’s relatively easy to lead the charge. So with that in mind, Cloud9’s first-place finish isn’t all that impressive.
Team SoloMid and Dignitas, on the other hand, faced a much tougher challenge — a challenge most of us deemed insurmountable. Dignitas had no superstar players or hardcarries to speak of and yet they traded heavy blows with everyone in the region as if they were equals. By the same token, Team SoloMid had to rebuild from the ground up and had five individuals who had never played with each other prior to 2021. There was no synergy whatsoever and yet they still managed to finish the split in second place — above the likes of Team Liquid, 100 Thieves, and everyone else.
These accomplishments are a lot more impressive when compared to what Cloud9 pulled off.
Regardless, C9’s coaching staff impressed and delivered in all the right ways; they might not be the most deserving, but the fact that they’ve won this highly coveted award is by no means a scandal. Fortunately for us, the first half of the season is still far from over — the Mid-Season Showdown is still underway, so make sure to tune in!