Team Liquid announced, Monday, a new addition to their League of Legends team. Joshua “Jatt” Leesman has just joined TL as the new head coach. The former shoutcaster for the LCS is leaving his position to lead the squad going into the Summer Split.
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This is another step in Team Liquid’s recent response to their 9th place position at the end of the LCS Spring Split. The poor performance has also caused TL to trade away the iconic Yilian “Doublelift” Peng away to TSM. With Doublelift being moved to TSM, the Team Liquid Academy AD Carry Edward “Tactical” Ra has been bumped up to the main LCS roster.
“I think overall the story of Summer Split should hopefully be redemption” Jatt stated in the announcement video. According to Jatt, Team Liquid currently lacks a solid identity. This lack of identity is stopping them from performing at their peak. Team Liquid has brought a weak showing in the LCS Spring split earning themselves a record of 7-11, not even qualifying for playoffs.
Jatt has a long history in League of Legends with his first appearance in the pro scene as a jungler for Rock Solid, a team which was later acquired by Dignitas. After roughly half of a year, Jatt left the player side of the LCS and joined Riot Games as a quality assurance analyst. He then held various positions from shoutcaster to game balancing. With a deep history of studying the game and studying the way that teams play (whether they are successful or not) provides Jatt with the tools necessary to teach a team how to play. The only question is whether or not Jatt’s understanding of the theory of LoL can come into practice when speaking with players under his lead.
Jatt isn’t the only caster who has gone the route of managing professional teams after casting. Christopher “PapaSmithy” Smith, a former commentator for the English cast of the LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea) is now the manager for the 100Thieves LCS team. Bringing plenty of gaming insight, it’s possible more casters may jump ship to join teams.