Immortals League of Legends Squad Parts Ways With Hermes

by James Bates

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A couple of days ago one of North America's most popular teams, Immortals, announced that they would be parting ways with their strategic coach, David "Hermes" Tu. The announcement comes at the tail end of a season that was far from the amazing standards which we've come to expect from Immortals in the past. Despite their acquisition of high profile talent like Dardoch and Flame, Immortals barely managed to squeak their way into the playoffs and were soundly smashed in the first round. Such mediocrity is a far cry from the outstanding showings that Immortals had during its first two splits, both of which saw them easily take over the swiss rounds before falling before their time in the playoffs. 

Immortal's announcement on the matter made it sound as though the decision was an amicable one, and the full text can be viewed below.

"With the LoL Spring Split now concluded, Immortals has decided to part ways with David “Hermes” Tu, our strategic coach.  We’d like to thank Hermes for everything he did while he was part of the team.  Working with a team of five players who were brought together so recently, including a rookie and two imports, was no easy task, but Hermes handled it with tenacity and aplomb.

Thank you, Hermes, for your hard work and contributions, and we wish you nothing but the best heading forwards.

Immortals remains committed to building and maintaining a strong infrastructure.  We’ve retained our other experienced competitive staff and we’re excited to announce a new addition to our Summer coaching staff in the coming days."

Who the new coach could be is still a mystery, but most commentators are expecting that the new coach will likely be Korean, if only to help integrate Flame better into the team. One of Immortal's biggest issues during the early parts of the split was simply working together, as Flame and Dardoch utterly failed to become the dynamic duo that they were hyped up to be before the beginning of the split. As time went on the team's coordination improved, but by then it was too late for them to contend for the region's title. They're still a far cry from challenging teams like Cloud9 or Team SoloMid, and unless they start playing like a team, that's only going to continue to be the case.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.