Whether you’re an avid follower of the League of Legends European Championship or not, it’s been hard to stay away from the tantalising headlines and the miracle run storylines developing in the scene. Those storylines are nothing without coaches and players who put their all into every match though – something the LEC has recognised with its rookie and coach of the split award.
Hot off the heels of the all-pro team reveal, the LEC has finally tallied up votes from league officials, players, coaches, and journalists, giving MAD Lions’ head coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack and Team Vitality’s Labros ‘Labrov’ Papoutsakis the nod in the end.
For avid fans of the LEC, it’ll come as no big surprise that Mac walks away as Coach of the Split for the second time this year. Despite losing momentum towards the final quarter of the regular split, the Brit has helped MAD Lions navigate the dangers of the Summoner’s Rift, leading them to success over some of the league’s biggest hitters.
Rogue’s Simon ‘fredy122’ Payne placed second with ten points less, while Schalke 04’s miracle run pioneer Dylan ‘Dyaln Falco’ Falco came in third.
How broken is getting carried by your players and staff?
Thank you to my wonderful team and everyone who voted🙏
— James MacCormack (@MacCLol) August 26, 2020
Picking a rookie in the LEC is always a tough ask. Europe is synonymous with cultivating talent these days and there have been some incredible rookies strutting their stuff on the Rift this split and the vote definitely showcases that.
Labrov, who only joined the French side in May of this year, took the crown with 95 points, a mere one point lead over SK Gaming’s midlaner Dirk ‘ZaZee’ Mallner. While the bulk of the votes were split between these two, Team Vitality’s Aljoša ‘Milica’ Kovandžić rounded out the pack with 49 votes.
You can see the full breakdown of the votes here.