According to a report by ESPN Esports' Jacob Wolf, Fnatic is tapping Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi as its head coach for the 2021 League of Legends European Championship season. With Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre Rodríguez at the helm for his first season as a head coach, Fnatic qualified for the finals of both the 2020 LEC Spring Playoffs and Summer Playoffs, and as Europe's 2nd seed finished in the top 8 at this year's World Championship.
YamatoCannon began his career at large in the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split as the head coach of Meet Your Makers, but has spent the majority of his time at the helm for Team Vitality. YamatoCannon coached Team Vitality for three straight seasons but found himself without a team at the start of 2020.
Before the start of the 2020 League of Legends Champion Korea Summer Split, YamatoCannon signed a deal with SANDBOX Gaming and became the first Western head coach in LCK history. SANDBOX had just finished 9th in the Spring Split and had to battle through the 2020 LCK Summer Promotion Tournament to retain its spot, and while YamatoCannon's signing did oversee an improvement from the team, a 7th place 7-11 finish wasn't the resurgence SANDBOX wanted.
If Wolf's report holds true, Mithy's future hangs in the balance. The former professional support retired at the end of 2019 and was the head coach of Fnatic throughout the past season, but YamatoCannon would leave him out of a job.
One scenario that is possible is that if Cloud9 succeeds in buying out Luka "Perkz" Perković from G2 Esports as reports indicate, then Mithy could join the robust C9 coaching staff and re-unite with his former G2 teammates Perkz and AD carry Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen.
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