Trick and Reignover win MVP awards for the Spring Split

by Daniel Rosen Mar 24 2016
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The 2016 NA and EU LCS Spring Split award winners have been announced, and as you might expect, Immortals and G2 Esports took home the vast majority of the titles.

In North America, Immortals' Yeu-jin "Reignover" Kim won the Most Valuable Player award, Dylan Falco won the Best Coach award, and Seung-Hoon "Huni" Heo, Reignover, Jason "Wildturtle" Tran and Adrian "Adrian" Ma were named to All Pro Team. The only member of Immortals not to be placed on the All Pro Team was mid laner Eugene "Pobelter" Park, as Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen won the award instead.

The only NA award Immortals didn't take home was the Outstanding Rookie award, which went to Team Liquid's Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett. Dardoch was on Team Liquid Academy last season, and was integrated into TL's 10-man roster at the beginning of the split. After former jungler Christian "IWillDominate" Riviera retired, Dardoch became the teams' starting jungler. Dardoch finished the split with a 5.66 KDA across 17 games, with a 10-7 record.

In Europe, G2 won each of the individual awards, with Kim "Trick" Kang-Yun as the region's MVP, Luka "PerkZ" Perkovic as the Outstanding Rookie, and Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool as Best Coach. G2 finished first in the EU LCS this split with a 15-3 record, and only lost to Fnatic, H2k-Gaming and Team Vitality.

The EU All Pro Team was a little more diverse, featuring Lucas "Cabochard" Simon-Meslet and Raymon "kaSing" Tasng from Vitality and Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi from Unicorns of Love joining Trick and PerkZ.

"I am really happy to have been elected first ADC in Europe," Steeelback said in a statement posted to his Facebook page. Back then I was in FNC I wasn't feeling confident or good enough to compete at a really high level due to a lot of different things. So when I got replaced I was feeling bad about it but i kinda understood their decision."

Steeelback went on to explain that when he returned to Europe after his brief stint in the NA Challenger Series last season, he accepted UoL's offer and despite some jungler issues at the beginning of the season, he's excited about the team's progress.

"I would like to thank all the fans for their amazing support and since I tend to always have bigger goals," he said. "Locking a good seed at playoff would allow us to actually qualify for worlds in summer, which is my ultimate goal this season because i really want to be the best at my role and not just in Europe."

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.