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Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi is joining Fnatic as the team’s head coach for the 2021 League of Legends season, according to esports journalist Jacob Wolf.
Sources: @FNATIC will sign @YamatoMebdi as their new head coach, marking his return to coaching in Europe ahead of the 2021 season.— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) November 12, 2020
In 2020, YamatoCannon became the first Westerner to coach a League of Legends team in South Korea when he joined SANDBOX Gaming.
The current coach for Fnatic Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez will reportedly be replaced by YamatoCannon. Mithy coached Fnatic all the way through the quarter-finals of League of Legends World Championship 2020.
YamatoCannon coached three different LEC teams—Roccat, Splyce, and Vitality—between 2015 and 2019. He has been coaching SANDBOX Gaming in the LCK, making history as the first Westerner to coach a Korean League team. But the team didn’t have much success coming in ninth place in the Spring Split and seventh in the Summer Split.
So what happens with @mithygg? His future is undecided, according to sources, but one scenario is swirling around a lot behind-the-scenes.— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) November 12, 2020
If @G2esports and @Cloud9 can reach a buyout agreement for @G2Perkz, Mithy could end up an assistant coach for C9, reuniting with Perkz.
As of yet, there has been no confirmation that YamatoCannon is coaching Fnatic in 2021. As for Mithy, Wolf reports that he may move to North America this offseason to pursue an opportunity with Cloud9 if the team buys out the contract of Perkz from G2 Esports.