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YamatoCannon to take over as League Fnatic Head Coach

Published: 12/Nov/2020 17:10 Updated: 12/Nov/2020 17:22

by Marco Rizzo

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Jakob ‘YamatoCannon’ Mebdi is set to make his return to Europe as Fnatic look to appoint the Swede to the position of Head Coach. 

As reported by Jacob Wolf, the ex-SANDBOX Gaming coach will be replacing current Fnatic coach Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Rodríguez.

The future of the Spanish Coach is currently uncertain but rumors hint at a possible move to North America.

Vitality LoL 2018
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Vitality was a fan-favorite at Worlds 2018

Following his retirement from professional play, Mithy was appointed as the Head Coach of Fnatic at the end of the 2019 Season. He took over  Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool, the coach that led Fnatic to two LoL European Championship (LEC) titles and runners up at Worlds.

Under the leadership of Mithy, Fnatic was unable to challenge G2 Esports for the European Crown, falling short in two finals. Their run at Worlds was cut short in the quarter-finals after a 5-game series against TES.

Wolf reports: “FNATIC will sign Yamato as their new head coach, marking his return to coaching in Europe ahead of the 2021 Season.

The Spanish coach could be heading back to North America to work for Cloud9 as their Assistant Coach if the LCS team is able to finalize the transfer of Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković from G2 Esports. This means that Mithy and Perkz could be reunited with former teammate Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, with the trio being the core of the all-conquering G2 in 2016.

YamatoCannon’s coaching career in Europe is no laughing matter. His leadership was key in the development of teams such as 2016 Splyce and 2018 Vitality, two young and exciting teams that were able to reach the Worlds stage and whose players are now considered stars both in Europe and abroad.

While being a veteran in his role, Yamato has not coached in LEC since his departure from the Vitality organization in December 2019 and his only split in the LCK (Summer 2020) failed to achieve any success with SANDBOX Gaming finishing 7th.

LEC is heading into its transfer season as dozens of contracts for both players and coaching staff are set to expire beginning the 15th of November.

The London-based organization is looking to challenge for their first European title in two years and appointing YamatoCannon as Head Coach might be the first step to bring them closer to their goal.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.