After finishing first in the regular season, Cloud9 have won the LCS Coaching staff award for the 2021 Spring Split. The LCS Awards celebrate the best players and coaches each Split. Voting for this category took place from March 14 to 16 after the end of Week 6 of the regular season. The Award is voted for by the LCS broadcast team, third-party media and the pro teams .
Although C9 has a talented roster, the drafts and overall composition of the team has also played an important part in their Split success. C9 finished the season with a 13-5 record and were completely dominant in most team fights and lanes.
All members of the Cloud9 Coaching Staff
C9 switched up things in their coaching department after missing out on the League of Legends World Championship for the first time in seven years. The Cloud9 Coaching staff comprises Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez, Maxwell “Max” Waldo and Marius “Viegar V2” Aune. Reignover assumed the position of the C9 LCS head coach again. He previously coached the LCS team in 2019 but transitioned to their Academy coach in 2020.
In addition, Fnatic’s former head coach, Mithy, joined as a strategic coach. Then, Waldo and Viegar joined in as position and strategic coaches. The mix of Mithy into the coaching staff was an interesting one given the playstyle of Fnatic. However, things have worked fantastically well for the entire team so far.
Did Cloud9 deserve the LCS Coaching Staff Spring Split Award?
Well, some members of the League community do not seem to think that the C9 coaching staff should have gotten this award. After the announcement on Twitter, many commented that Dignitas should have won. The comments are mostly based on the fact that C9 have a super stacked roster so it is expected of them to do well.
As Twitter user Isacc Chandler put it: “I’m really happy C9’s staff won, but I kind of feel DIG’s deserved it more. They turned a team that everyone expected to finish near the bottom into top squad, whereas C9 was expected to be on top.”
Before the start of the regular season, Dignitas was a team many thought would finish in the bottom standings. However, they finished the season strongly with no imports on their team. Nonetheless, C9’s dominance in the Spring Split cannot be downplayed as a super stacked roster is oftentimes nothing without a good coaching staff.