Splyce Part Ways With League of Legends Coach YamatoCannon

by Matt Best

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After a turbulent 2017 EU LCS Spring Split, Splyce have decided to part ways with their head coach Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi.

"We're internally not happy," said Splyce CEO Marty "Lazerchickenzzz" Strenczewilk in regards to his teams results in the most recent split. "There were definitely some good moments to build on but we would not call this a satisfactory split.

Because of the less than ideal results, Splyce have shaken things up, starting with their coach. "YamatoCannon will no longer be with Splyce. A mutual parting agreed upon between the players, the coach, management that it wasn't working," said Lazerchickenzzz. "We kind of have hit a plataeu, I think, in our development."

"I personally want to say I've loved working with Jakob up to this point. I think he's done a lot of great stuff," said Lazerchickenzzz. "He built Splyce's League of Legends to what it is today. I don't think you'll find a player who's come through our organization that can say anything other than he's helped them become a much better player." 

So why the sudden departure? Splyce entered the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split as a team that could possibly contend with the higher tiered teams but never lived up to expectations. "His style of coaching and playstyle I think has gotten to a point where it's no longer facilitating growth," said Lazerchickenzz. "That's important to us. That we continue to grow and get better."

Splyce finished the regular season 7-6 but would find themselves in the playoffs as they finished as the third place team in Group B. Unfortunately for the team, they would bow out in the quarterfinals 3-2 to Misfits. 

Yamatocannon, 21, had been with Splyce since 2016 when the team initially finished 8th in the Spring Split and had to fight their way back into the LCS. In the 2016 Summer Split, the team really started to shine. The squad finished second with a record of 9-6-3, making it all the way to the Finals but eventually losing to G2 Esports. The team would also then qualify for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship but failed to make it out of the group stage.

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