Reapered Joins 100 Thieves As New LCS Head Coach
Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu, one of the most successful and revered coaches in the history of the North American LCS, has just been announced as the head coach of 100 Thieves! This, in short, is spectacular news and it might just be what the “doctor ordered!”
Before we delve any deeper into this exciting bit of news, one thing needs to be said: 100 Thieves had to change in huge, sweeping ways to stand even the slightest chance of leaving a mark come Summer Split. This stylish organization is currently fielding an immensely talented, albeit inherently flawed League of Legends line-up. They’re also a somewhat strange gatekeeper — noticeably better than most of their peers but just not good or consistent enough to compete at the highest of levels with the likes of Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Team SoloMid.
Always Falling Short Against the Leagues Best
Now, make no mistake: they’re incredibly good at the game, but whenever they face off against a bona fide giant of competitive League, it immediately becomes obvious that they’re lacking in certain areas and are easily exploitable given the right strategy and approach. They also haven’t grown all that much (if at all), despite having all the right tools at their disposal. That, in and of itself, is arguably the biggest “tragedy” of the most recent split — to see a team stacked with so much talent regress without any apparent reason.
At that point, the coaching staff simply needs to shoulder the grunt of the blame. Fortunately, 100 Thieves are well aware of this, which is why they’ve decided to bring in a man with a proven track record and a staggering four “Coach of the Split” awards to his name — Reapered. If you’ve been watching the LCS over the last couple of years, you’re probably well acquainted with his mind-blowing accomplishments (and somewhat stern hand). Is he the kind of individual 100 Thieves need at the helm? It’s impossible to predict anything with confidence this early on, but we’re inclined to answer with a resounding “yes.”
Simply put, it’s impossible to doubt Reapered and his approach given just how many times he succeeded throughout history — despite facing some fairly grim odds. He’s the kind of coach you want by your side, and has truly led some incredible players to equally incredible heights over the years.
The fact that he’ll take over the reins in 100 Thieves is definitely a cause for celebration. Hopefully, he’ll be able to succeed where his predecessors failed!
A Change Had to Happen
Tony “Zikz” Gray is a veteran coach worthy of respect and admiration. Still, it’s impossible not to think of his tenure with 100 Thieves as a failure. One could argue that he had all the right players to work with and was set up for success and yet he still failed to deliver. Was it only his fault? Of course not, but his players didn’t grow nor did they adapt while under his leadership, and for that he simply has to take responsibility.
What truly happened with 100 Thieves — and who’s to blame — will remain a mystery. Now, in all fairness, a fourth-place finish is by no means scandalous, but it is somewhat underwhelming given the line-up 100 Thieves had to work with. Plus, one mustn’t forget that they struggled mightily to reach Top 4. That, in short, isn’t a good look for an organization whose primary goal for 2021 is to represent North America at Worlds come October.
With Reapered aboard, however, they might actually stand a chance!