Deilor steps down as Fnatic head coach

by theScore Staff Aug 6
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Luis “Deilor” Sevilla is stepping down as Fnatic's League of Legends head coach, according to a statement made by the organization Saturday morning.

Nico "NicoThePico" Korsgård, Origen’s former head coach, has been working with Fnatic as an assistant coach for the past three weeks and will be taking over as head coach.

The release claims that the decision between Deilor and Fnatic was mutual, and that it was “to give the team the best chance moving forward.” Fnatic also acknowledges the strange timing of the change, given the fact that the EU LCS summer playoffs start next weekend.

“While the timing of this decision might seem odd at first, we agreed that it was important to give the team a fresh start under a new coach as soon as possible.”

Deilor included a statement about his departure in the press release, saying he doesn’t feel his work as a coach in recent months has benefited the team or the current roster’s potential.

“Our results are the consequence of how the team has been working and it's clear that there are issues that I'm not able to fix,” Deilor wrote.

“For the last couple of months my work hasn't lead us to a healthy environment, the team has barely improved and we didn't have positive results. From my point of view, this is not acceptable with such a talented roster.”

He also said that this will mark the end of his League of Legends coaching career, but that he still plans to continue working in the esports scene.

“Even though my interest in eSports is as high as ever, I'm not going to continue coaching League,” he said in the statement. “I feel that the industry is still in its infancy and I can have a very positive impact focusing on business and development areas.”

Though Fnatic started out strong in the regular season of the summer split, the team’s performance started declining around Week 5, where they found themselves losing matches 2-0 to teams like Giants Gaming and G2 Esports. Fnatic finished the Split in fifth place after losing a tie-breaker game against H2k-Gaming.

Deilor coached Fnatic’s EU LCS team for almost two years and helped them achieve a perfect 18-0 record in the 2015 Summer Split, making them the first LCS team in history to do so. He also guided the team to the semifinals at Worlds last year, where they fell to the then-KOO Tigers to finish 3rd-4th.

Fnatic’s next match will be in the summer quarterfinals against H2k-Gaming on Sunday.

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. You can usually find her freaking out over someone's dog or telling terrible jokes to anyone who will listen. Feel free to follow her on Twitter.