Having talent on your team is one thing. You can have as much talent as you want on one roster and not see any progress. Having someone outside of the five players that can hold the team together is essential. Having someone that's been there through thick and thin makes things even better. It wasn't long ago we saw Phoenix1 as one of the worst teams in the NA LCS. When they shocked the world and took a game from TSM in the summer of 2016, people were touting the event as one of the biggest upsets in NA LCS history. Now a win over TSM wouldn't be surprising at all.
According to Matt Hempstead of Shot Callers eSports, the NA LCS Coach of the Split Award has to go to Fly from Phoenix1. "It's no easy task to take a team from the bottom of NA to a top 3 spot in just a single split. But that's exactly what Fly has done for Phoenix1," said Hempstead.
"Sure there was an overhaul of talent but throughout the split there have been several issues that the team has had to overcome. When Inori took his leave, Fly was able to integrate Meteos in the line-up in a way in which the team actually seemed to improve. Despite having multiple languages, communication issues didn't affect P1 the same way it affected DIG or Echo Fox. When Adrian was transferred, Fly used both Stunt and Shady to fill the void. Through all of these changes, many teams would be a mess but through the leadership of Fly, P1 is instead a playoff team in the NA LCS semi-finals."
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