Coach Roster Moves: Pr0lly, Locodoco, and… Zaboutine
With the influx of teams to the NA LCS, seasoned coaches like Pr0lly and Locodoco have quickly found new homes!
The news that acclaimed coaches Neil “Pr0lly” Hammad and Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-seop signed contracts with new teams first surfaced on ESPN. The former will be joining the 100 Thieves lineup, the NA LCS organization backed by the NBA’s Houston Cavaliers. The latter will become a part of Golden Guardians (sponsored by the Golden State Warriors.)
And then there’s the bizarre announcement that French caster Thomas “Zaboutine” Si-Hassen will be taking up head coach duties at OpTic Gaming.
What will these personalities bring to their new homes?
Turning the tables
When it comes to building up a fanbase in a new game, 100 Thieves couldn’t have started better than signing Pr0lly.
Originally a North American citizen, he’d spent his last 3 years coaching H2K Gaming in the EU LCS and became one of the most recognized and colorful non-player personalities in the scene.
The 100 Thieves brand was initially met with distrust by the League of Legends community, but you can already see public perception changing in view of this move. Not only that, but Pr0lly is a legitimately good coach, and his team secured multiple top-4 finishes and even went to Worlds under his guidance. The fact that Pr0lly also earned two Best Coach of the Split awards in 2017 is the icing on the metaphorical cake.
Provided he’s given full control of the roster—which seems to be the case—we expect 100 Thieves to make their presence known in the NA LCS.
Compared to Pr0lly, Locodoco didn’t exactly enjoy the same success.
After departing from Team SoloMid at the end of 2015, the Korean coach provided mixed results on Team Liquid, and couldn’t quite get the NA CS team Gold Coin United off the ground.
Still, Locodoco has a great mind for the game, and the advantage of knowing English and Korean will make it easier for him to communicate with any potential imports. Just like Pr0lly, we expect Locodoco to do great work on the Golden Guardians lineup.
And then there’s Zaboutine.
It’s no secret League of Legends doesn’t have many acclaimed coaches, but OpTic’s decision to hire a French commentator with no previous coaching experience still raised some eyebrows. The last time something similar happened was when CLG partnered up with LCK caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles. And while that move didn’t pan out in the end, a lot of it had to do with MonteCristo being a remote coach in an era where coaching was very much a foreign concept. Perhaps Zaboutine will be able to succeed where his predecessor didn’t.
Or perhaps commentators don’t make the best coaches after all.
For this and more, we’ll soon see how it all pans out.
What do you think the new teams acquiring Pr0lly, Locodoco, and Zaboutine? Share your opinion in the comments below!