Team Vitality has not been in the focus when it comes to League of Legends eSports scene as they were preparing for the EU LCS Summer Split. During that time, they were creating a plan how to perform at the EU LCS Summer Split as best as possible. For several weeks there were no news about the team, but it seems that the waiting period has ended as Team Vitality has announced that Jakob ‘YamatoCanon’ Mebdi will be stepping in as their new coach. From what we can conclude from the YamatoCanon’s announcement, he seems to be very excited about the prospects of joining Team Vitality, and he also said that he is looking forward to the upcoming period in which he will be helping Team Vitality during the next three splits of the EU LCS.
Team’s Primary Goal
However, as the statement from the team and YamatoCanon’s statement indicated the primary goal for the team and their new coach is to secure their spot at the EU LCS Summer Splits. With the addition of YamatoCanon as the new coach of the team, their previous coach, Heo ‘Irean’ Yeon-cheol will not be leaving the organization. According to Team Vitality, Irean is currently having negotiations with the team about filling some other position in the team. YamatoCanon is a well-known persona in the world of League of Legends, and his strong abilities of a strategist, his leadership abilities, and his previous experience will provide Team Vitality with what they need in order to achieve their plans for the upcoming period.
Last season YamatoCanon was the coach for Team Splyce, and he managed to bring Team Splyce back to the biggest, Worlds, stage. However, Team Splyce could do much in the group stage, and they were eliminated at that stage, but that did not stop YamatoCanon from claiming the award of the Coach of the Split. From this perspective, it has become obvious that YamatoCanon has played the crucial role in bringing Team Splyce back to the biggest LoL stage. Back at the start of his professional career, YamatoCanon was a player, but he could not find a permanent place for him, and he moved from one team to another over the course of the short period. In 2015, he signed a contract as a player with team Roccat and that team was the last team that he played for as a player. Since then, he has been working on his coaching career.
While he was playing League of Legends professionally, he was a pretty good player, but during his career as a player, he never managed to have any more significant results. Besides that, YamatoCanon’s talent is not only limited to League of Legends because he was also a very good player of Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, as well as Warcraft 3. YamatoCanon is coming to Team Vitality when the team is having one of the worst periods in the last couple of years. Team Vitality had a very bad Spring Split that they managed to finish with the record of only three wins and ten defeats. Being relegated from the league during the Spring Split, Team Vitality will have the serious challenge of returning to the EU LCS for the Summer Split this year.