“As you can imagine, making a change middle of the split is a challenging one, to say the least,” Strenczewilk said in the announcement video. “It requires us to really think about the impacts of keeping the same situation in place vs. making the change and whether there’s a net positive or a net negative. Obviously with the fact that we have a winning record, some people are going to ask ‘well why did you make a change?’ I would say that our biggest challenge is that we have an adequate record. Adequate is not a goal that Splyce ever has — just to be adequate, to be middle of the pack, to be ‘OK.'”
Strenczewilk went onto explain that Splyce has struggled to break free of the moniker of winning against teams that are below them but losing to all of the teams that are above them. Another facet behind the decision was a lack of chemistry between the coach and players. Strenczewilk explained that after some time spent with one another, the team failed to see any outstanding chemistry that would push the team forward.
“There is always an initial honeymoon phase when any new person comes in, so it takes some time to see how things affect, and we had to see how Gevous worked with the players, how they interacted, and in the beginning it was learning each other, getting to know, and as time went on we realized that that chemistry wasn’t there, wasn’t building,” he said. “He wasn’t the right style of coach, the right person to lead our organization in League of Legends.”
Although Strenczewilk didn’t go into details as to who will be the head coach in the interim, he did say that the team “will have something more to say later this week.”
Splyce hired Gevous after Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi departed the organization in between splits. Splyce went to the League of Legends World Championship last year but has struggled to reclaim that form. Splyce was 7-6 in the spring split of the European League of Legends Championship Series, finishing third in Group B and earning a playoff berth before losing to Misfits 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Splyce is 6-4 in the summer split — again good for third place in Group B — but to Strenczewilk’s point, the team has gone only 1-4 against the top four teams in the region (G2 Esports, H2K, Fnatic and Unicorns of Love).
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