After the dissolution of Proleague and a majority of KeSPa StarCraft II teams, Jang “MC” Min Chul has now become the League of Legends Coach for the Kongdoo Monsters.
For those who don’t know, MC is one of the most accomplished SC2 players of all time, with his highest success being in the early years of the game. He understood gateway aggression and force field use faster than almost anyone else and was one of the first champions in SC2’s history. After 2012, he started to play in WCS EU and international tournaments almost exclusively and didn’t return to play in Korea until 2015.
I don’t know anything about his knowledge about League of Legends the game, but there are some things we know about his history and his actions that can be positive attributes as a head coach.
First is that he can empathize with any new players on whatever struggles they are going through because he’s been through them all. He was a failed Brood War pro who couldn’t make any headway in that game. At the same time, his family was poor and his stepfather had gotten into debt. With SC2 on the horizon, he went all in on the game to make a name for himself and also get the money to get his family a better home and out of debt. He succeeded in both.
His personal experiences can get players to connect with him. MC played the big brother figure in the GEM team house, a team house of Koreans who played in the WCS EU. MC has also had experience dealing with KeSPA, ESF and international teams and organizations.
Although MC’s playing experience is largely irrelevant when it comes to being a League of Legends coach, MC was a top-tier player who went into a slump. He never truly recovered his form, but MC was able to transition himself into a player who could give himself chances to upset much better players — and he did this throughout his entire career. He could use those experiences to help transition star players to a more supportive role.
Finally, MC has showmanship. That’s important for an organization like Kongdoo, which though it re-qualified for League Champions Korea after being relegated in the spring split, has yet to establish itself as a team or brand in Korea. MC himself is one of the most high-profile entertainers, who at times could seem like half SC2 player and half WWE actor. In his first Brood War match, he did a throat slash motion at his opponent. He then lost the match and became known as the Suicide Toss in Brood War.
That didn’t stop his love for ceremonies, as he continued to up his antics throughout the years. At MLG he dressed up as a Murloc and danced across the stage. He’s danced and sang multiple times at Homestory Cup tournaments. He’s also done commentary at IEM and HSCs as well. He also sang “Let It Go” at Mun “MMA” Seong Won’s final tournament at Homestory Cup. He’s also been completely unafraid to speak English in interviews, on commentary or in talking trash.
His most outrageous stunt was dressing as an undertaker at the OSL group selections and acting in character the entire time. For a smaller org like Kongdoo, this kind of showmanship may be exactly what they want to help garner interest for their team and players.
Those are some of the reasons as to why MC could be a good coach, though I imagine he’d have to have some analysts on staff as well.
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