The North American LCS has announced the winners for the Rookie of the Year and the Coaching Staff of the Split. Recently, the LCS also unveiled the three All-Pro Teams, and the votes were cast by the LCS Broadcast team, pro-teams, and third-party media. Some of the winners came as a surprise to many fans.
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Coaching Staff of the Summer Split
Surprising many fans, the Coaching Staff of the Split was awarded to the Golden Guardians for the LCS Summer Split 2023.
The staff includes head coach Samuel "Spookz" Broadley, who has been with the franchise in various roles since 2019. Since November 2021, Spookz has been responsible for the GG main team after coaching the Golden Guardians Academy side for roughly three years.
Assistant coach Aaron "Chus" Bland, who joined GG in December 2019, and General Manager Nick "Inero" Smith, with the org since August 2018, complete the staff.
Together, they coached the roster to an impressive second-place finish in the LCS and advanced to the Second Round of the playoffs. GG's next match will be against NRG on August 6, 2023.
Rookie of the Year
Each season brings new faces to the League, eager to prove themselves on the biggest League of Legends stage in North America. Thus, the Rookie of the Year award is given to the young player who had the most impact and showed exceptional performance.
For the LCS 2023, Team Liquid's Sean "Yeon" Sung received this prestigious award.
Yeon has been playing for Liquid's main roster since December 2022 and has been with the franchise since December 2020. Before joining the LCS roster, Yeon was part of the TL Academy squad. He had an impressive split, and his team finished 4th in the regular season but didn't progress further into the playoffs after losing in the Upper Bracket Round 1 against NRG.
Yeon was 37 points ahead of the second-placed 100Thieves Support-Player, Alan "Busio" Cwalina, and his teammate Eain "APA" Stearns.
Rookie of the Year
1st - TL Yeon (87 Points)
T-2nd - 100 Busio (50 Points)
T-2nd - TL APA (50 Points)
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Undoubtedly, such a significant decision has to be a topic of discussion within the League of Legends community. As expected, the internet wouldn't be complete without a popular Subreddit thread dedicated to this matter. Interestingly, many users seem content with the voting results and the overall outcome. Now, let's delve into some reactions and comments from the Reddit community.
And we start with the Rookie of the Year
It appears that a considerable number of fans align with the voters' perspectives and would also designate Yeon as the Rookie of the Year. However, some critics argue that the overall selection process may not have been the most ideal.
For instance, the user "NenBE4St" expressed, "underwhelming rookie class tbh," and found agreement from the user "aisantuttle," who concurred, "Half of the candidates didn't even play a full split."
User "TopOfTheKey" commented on the vote, and agreed with the chosen player,
Yeon really did have an impressive statistical 2023 for a rookie. Still, it is pretty surprising to see how many first choice votes APA managed to get for eight regular season games.
User "Maxplosive" supports the decision as well and wrote,
Don't see who else it could have been, Busio too inconsistent and APA played too few games. Revenge probably locked for next week.
The upcoming splits will be intriguing to observe as we witness how these players will perform and whether they can solidify their positions within the LCS landscape. Winning the Rookie of the Year award undoubtedly provides them with a promising start to their careers.
Now, let's take a look at some community reactions regarding the Coaching Staff of the Split.
In contrast to the rookie thread, the reactions here vary significantly. Nevertheless, a considerable number of users are in agreement with the decision made by the voters. User "Vilhelmgg" expresses support for the outcome, stating, "Yeah, that seems about right to me," and receives further support from user "warpenguin," who also concurs, saying, "No disagreement here."
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Meanwhile, community member "Derk08", wondered about the missing voted for Evil Geniuses coaching staff,
I'm surprised that nobody is mentioning EG. They completely revamped their entire roster and ended up 3rd, 1 win behind the two MSI teams. Are they not the clear winners of this award?
And the user "Carpet-Heavy" had a more or less controversial opinion on the whole voting process and the award itself,
honestly just revamp the award into social media / content org of the split. that's what the LCS needs anyway, teams who put effort into promotion.
and that's basically how you might choose coaching staff anyway, by what is shown in their behind the scenes videos and such.
The true impact of the best coaching staff of the split will only be revealed in the upcoming games. We will make sure to keep you informed once the new split kicks off. Currently, the GG staff has an opportunity to guide their team towards the LCS Split title, which undoubtedly serves as a way to demonstrate their coaching prowess and quality.
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