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MikeYeung, Ssong earn top NA LCS rookie, coach awards

MikeYeung from Phoenix1 and Ssong from Immortals won NA LCS rookie and coach awards for the summer split
MikeYeung and Ssong were the top rookie and coach in the NA LCS summer split. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Phoenix1 jungler Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung  and Immortals coach Kim “Ssong” Sang-su took home awards for the top rookie and coach in the summer split of the North American League of Legends Championship Series, which Riot Games revealed Wednesday.

The two awards were tallied based on votes from professional players, coaches, and select media members. The ballots for the Rookie of the Split award can be found here, and the ballots for the Coach of the Split award can be found here.

MikeYeung entered the NA LCS with Phoenix1 mid-split to fill the hole of his predecessor, Rami “Inori” Charagh, who left for Team Liquid. Although he had no professional experience before joining Phoenix1, he had a breakout performance during the Rift Rivals tournament and showed moments of brilliance throughout the split, though he was unable to lift the team out of the last place hole it dug at the beginning of the split.

Ssong was previously a member of the ROX Tigers coaching staff along with head coach Jeong “NoFe” No-chul. He joined Immortals ahead of the summer split and led Immortals to a dominant performance with a record of 14-4, second only to Team SoloMid. Immortals earned a bye to the semifinals of the playoffs and will face Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday in the semifinals.

Summer split MVP is the only remaining award that has not been announced, as NA LCS All-Pro teams were revealed last week.

Cover photo courtesy of RI=iot Games

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