G2's Zven: 'Weldon has taught us how to play from behind in-game'

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G2 Esports' Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen gave some insight into the EU practice culture and the impact that ex-TSM head coach Weldon Green has already had on the defending EU LCS champions following Thursday's match against Fnatic.

According to Zven, Weldon has taught the team to take small victories in order to claw back mentally while playing in the game.

"Weldon has taught us how to play from behind in-game, and don't [surrender], and play behind, and today we were behind in both Games 2 and 3 I think, and we did a very good job of playing from behind. We made the games very very long, and he taught us how to play slow."

This is in stark contrast to EU practice culture, which Zven describes as very flippant in how teams immediately give up if their strategies fail to work.

Zven was named player of the series in G2's 2-1 series win over Fnatic. Across all three games, Zven played Ashe and secured a 2/1/3 scoreline in Game 1, followed by 5/2/9 and 2/1/7 scorelines in Games 2 and 3 respectively.

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Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

H2K's Jankos: 'We still don't have the perfect communication you need in LCS'

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Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski used his post-game interview to let people know that H2k-Gaming's opening series against Origen wasn't as smooth as it could have been due to the fact that the team is still working on their communication.

To exemplify the communication issues that were being worked on, he talked vividly about the Baron steal conducted by Origen in Game 2 which stalled out the game and gave Origen a fighting chance. "We knew I had no smite, but I still wanted to try and burst," he stated. "We still don't have the perfect communication you need in LCS."

Jankos then took his attention to the next series of theirs, versus Splyce. In his praise of Splyce was also a declaration that the current state of H2K may allow them to take a game, and potentially the series if Splyce is not careful.

In H2K's series against Origen, Jankos played Kha'zix in Game 1, garnering a 5/2/5 scoreline. In Game 2, he played Nocturne and dove into the victory with a 6/4/7 scoreline.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

S0NSTAR joins Giants as new Strategic Coach

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With just one day to go before Giants Gaming plays their opening match of the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split, Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik has rejoined the team as their new strategic coach.

S0NSTAR originally joined the team in February 2016 after several months as a free agent. He was dropped from Giants' roster in October alongside top laner Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus following the team's failure to qualify for the 2016 World Championship. While on the team, S0NSTAR secured a 4.86 KDA in the summer split, the highest on the team.

Giants open their spring split with a match against Misfits on Friday.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.

UoL, H2K, M19, Cloud9 confirmed for IEM Katowice

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Unicorns of Love, H2k-Gaming, M19 Team and Cloud9 are confirmed to compete at IEM World Championship Katowice in February.

H2K, Cloud9 and M19 secured their spots at Katowice after placing in the Top 8 at the 2016 World Championship, while UoL's win at IEM Oakland earned them a spot at Katowice. Four teams have yet to be announced for the tournament, which will run from Feb. 25-26 in Katowice, Poland, and will feature a $150,000 prize pool.

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Team Vitality sign Shaunz as head of esports

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Former head coach of Team Vitality Kévin "Shaunz" Ghanbarzadeh will be taking on the role of head of esports in 2017, according to a Twitter announcement on Monday.

Shaunz began working with the organization in 2015 after leaving Gambit Gaming where he also fulfilled the role of coach. The League of Legends roster will be left in the hands of Korean ex-player and analyst Heo "irean" Yeong-cheol, who was signed by Vitality as a coach last week.

Though Vitality's roster was considered very strong heading into the 2016 Spring Playoffs but the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Fnatic. Vitality were unable to make it into the 2016 Summer Playoffs — dodging the promotion tournament in seventh place — and will be returning to compete in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Season.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

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