Who is Cella?

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Cella today joined LaserKittenz (FYI, this is still one of the dumbest team names I’ve ever heard) and will help them in their Korean bootcamp. This is some general background information about Cella. He was originally an amateur StarCraft 2 player who qualified for the first GSL Open. He then got his head kicked in by Maru when Maru was about 13 years old. After that, he joined SlayerS as a head coach, and the team won a few GSTLs. The important thing to note is that SC2 team leagues he won are a series of 1-on-1 matches where the only known player is the first. Loser then sends out their next player. The winner is whoever gets to four wins first.

Because of that, there are generally three types of coaches in SC2. The first is managerial, where they mostly deal with day-by-day and stop conflicts in the team (as far as I know, these conflicts happen less frequently in SC2 because it’s a 1-v-1 game compared to LoL/Dota2/CS:GO). A good example of this type is Coach Choi of MVP, and a shitty example is Gerrard from Prime. The second type of coach is the strategic coach. This type of coach is usually great at either prepping his players for counter-strategies or knowing who to send in next if the first player loses. Ryu Won was the best at this and Choya was good at the second type. The third kind of coach is the teaching coach, the one that looks at your games and helps points out flaws in decision making, build orders, mentality or whatever it could be. Ryu Won was also the best at this.

I don’t know what kind of coach Cella was, as there have been little to no interviews about him or done with him beyond his players saying he does a good job. Based on results, I think it’s likely he is a mix of the last two coaches. He was the coach of SlayerS and then moved on to Acer with MMA. Both teams had strong success in Team Leagues so based on results alone, so it isn’t farfetched to think he was good in this aspect.

As for League of Legends, he has coached paiN Gaming, Ex Nihilo and Dream Team. I haven’t a clue what this means in the grand scheme of things beyond that he was able to switch games. As for Overwatch, I’d err on the side of cautious optimism. But in the end, like every game I’ve watched, it will come down to the players.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers.

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