Saturday, January 22

2021 LCS Off-Season: IMT Coaching Staff Revealed, Jiizuke Teamless, Stixxay to Become a Positional Coach

The 2021 LCS off-season is still underway with a host of new signings and coaching staff changes to report on! These aren’t the most mind-blowing or unexpected of roster changes, but they’re nonetheless worthy of our time and attention! And, well, they’re much more important in the grand scheme of things than one would expect!

There’s a fair bit of ground to cover, so let’s dive straight into it!

2021 LCS Off-Season | Coaching Staff Changes Galore

Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, formerly of Team Vitality and Evil Geniuses, will be teamless for the first half of 2022 (barring any unforeseen twist). This is quite depressing news seeing how Jiizuke is not only a showman with a ton of pizzaz but a stellar mid laner as well. He’s not the most consistent player around, but was nonetheless downright phenomenal throughout the year and was rightfully voted onto the first 2021 LCS Summer All-Pro team.

That’s quite high praise, and it is made all the more impressive seeing how he got the nod over Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, and many others.

“I want to announce that I will be teamless for 2022. This off-season was a clown fiesta sadly, especially for mid laners. It is what it is. I will be playing/streaming in January from EU/KR to keep my level up and be ready in case opportunities rise in spring/summer,” said Jiizuke on Twitter.

It’s truly baffling that he wasn’t picked up after his incredible showing last split. It boggles the mind, really. Unfortunately, there’s nothing Jiizuke can do about it which means he’ll wait on the sidelines and hope for the best. If things don’t work out in North America, LEC fans would be more than happy to have him back!

Other 2021 LCS off-season changes includes Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez joining 100 Thieves as an assistant coach! We’ve already reported on this a few days ago, but it’s always nice to get official confirmation. He will be joining Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek and Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu as they attempt to get 100 Thieves their second-ever LCS title! Talk about a stacked coaching staff! Yeesh! And, well, their starting six-man roster is no less intimidating!

Cloud9 have parted ways with Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin and Jonathan “Westrice” Nguyen. It seems that this age-old North American organization wants a completely different coaching staff to lead its upcoming (and somewhat experimental) roster. The boys in white and blue have earned our benefit of the doubt, but we’re nonetheless slightly worried (and mighty intrigued) about their chances. Then again, if there was ever a team that could pull it off, it has to be Cloud9.

Former LCS champion and Counter Logic Gaming alumnus Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes has shifted to full-time coaching for the Golden Guardians. He’ll now be focused on transferring his knowledge to Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui (formerly of TSM FTX) and setting him up for success.

Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, an LCS mainstay and a jungler who needs no introduction, will be assuming the role of head coach for the Golden Guardians’ Academy team.

Counter Logic Gaming have finalized their Academy roster: Niship “Dhokla” Doshi, Kim “RoseThorn” Tae-ho, Stephen “Triple” Li, Jacob “Prismal” Feinstein, and Brindon “Breezyyy” Keesey.

Gabriel “Invert” Zoltan-Johan and Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett will lead Immortals as head and assistant coach, respectively. They’ll have quite a stellar roster to work with, so it’ll be interesting to see whether IMT as a whole will be able to leave a mark.

All in all, there are but a few question marks left, and most of them pertain to TSM FTX, the only organization that has kept its cards close to its chest. But that, too, is bound to change in just a few days! The 2022 LCS Spring Split is scheduled to begin on January 14, so make sure to mark your calendars!

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