The news that Peter Dun will be taking up the mantle of Splyce’s LoL coach came in a post on the official website. The move comes in view of Splyce parting ways with its previous coaches, Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi and—most recently—Fayan “Gevous“ Pertijs. Both coaches were unable to meet the organization’s requirements of placing well in the playoffs, which means that it’s now Peter Dun’s turn to try his luck.
Is he up to the task?
The golden serpents
When it comes to competitive success, Splyce is certainly one of the more acclaimed European teams.
The organization peaked in the Summer Split of 2016 when it secured a second-place finish in the EU LCS and qualified for the 2016 World Championship. And despite the fact that they finished the group stage with a 1-5 record, everyone had high hopes for the up-and-coming European lineup.
Yet inexplicably, everything went downhill.
In the 2017 Spring Split, Splyce fell short in the first round of the playoffs, losing to the newly promoted Misfits. A similar narrative unfolded in summer when Splyce suffered a crushing defeat in a hard-fought series against G2 Esports. It’s clear that Splyce’s CEO Marty “Lazerchicken” Strenczewilk isn’t satisfied by these results because he was quick to make changes to the coaching staff at the first sign of failure.
This is where Peter Dun comes in.
According to Marty Strenczewilk, he’s not trying to find for an analytical coach that’s only going to be there for the pick and ban phase. Instead, he’s looking for a leader of men. Someone who can take charge of the team for years to come.
In the past, Peter Dun coached professional League of Legends teams in China (most notably, Catastrophic Cruel Memories, later known as Invictus Gaming) and Brazil (INTZ). To top it all off, he has a background in teaching and traditional sports, which makes him the perfect man for the job. Peter will be allowed to build up his own supporting staff to have the best chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Championship.
And while this sounds great on paper, we can’t help questioning whether the coaching staff is the real issue.
Splyce’s lineup has always been above average. But when you look at the players involved, none of them have the clutch factor to propel their team to new heights. So even if Splyce hire the best coach in the West, it’s hard to imagine them achieving much without a few roster changes.
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