Fnatic's League of Legends team added a new member earlier today, one that will be familiar to many fans of the North American LCS. The team announced via their website earlier today that they had hired Dylan Falco as their new head coach. Dylan is best known for his time on Team EnVyUs and Immortals.
Fnatic has been running without a head coach for the better part of the last split. They terminated their contract with their previous head coach, NicoThePico following their terrible start to the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split, which was the worst in the team's history. In his stead, they promoted their in-house manager, Quayle, who managed to turn the season completely around for Fnatic. They narrowly missed the chance to play in the EU LCS finals, but they gave G2 Esports a very good run for their money considering the two teams' earlier performance. Quayle will now be stepping back into a more organizational role in Fnatic, where he will be dealing with more higher-end management issues. Despite his success over the course of the Summer Split, Fnatic seems perfectly willing to let Dylan Falco take the reins.
Whether or not that strategy will pay dividends remains to be seen. Dylan Falco's coaching record is spotty, at best, and he has been harshly criticized by some of the NA LCS' more vocal fans for years now. Specifically, his drafts have always shown a degree of carelessness that has hobbled his teams in playoff matches. Few fans need to be reminded of
Fnatic released the following announcement to commemorate the new hiring:
The start of Summer Split is edging closer, and with the Group Draft now only days away we wanted to update you on some alterations to our support staff.
As mentioned back at the beginning of May, we’d been on the hunt to secure a new Head Coach for the team to aid us in our pursuit of worlds. While the boys were out in Korea they were able to trial several great talents, one candidate in particular was able to stand out though with the team in full agreement on the choice.
We’re thrilled to announce that Dylan Falco has agreed to join the team!
Dylan has great pedigree and a wide pool of experience behind him, with EnVyUs, Immortals and TSM packing out his resume. We feel that with his approach and understanding of the game, we are in more than safe hands as we look to build on our 3rd place in Spring.