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Schalke 04 and Millenium Making Some Staff Changes following relegation

August 12, 2016 - Esports

Continuing the theme from the article about Santorin’s new-found free agency, Schalke 04 and Millenium announced staff changes after their relegation woes in the Promotion Tournament.

First, let’s talk about Schalke 04. Following the famous football clubs’ purchase of Elements’ LCS spot, the organisation fielded Etienne “Steve” Michels, Berk “Gilius” Demir, Hampus “Fox” Myhre, Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm, and Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson, with Patrik “Nyph” Funke as the Head Coach and Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen serving as the Team Manager. The Summer Split didn’t go well at all for the newly-named Schalke 04, the team finished the Regular Season with a record of 3-9-6. Having to battle through the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament, Schalke 04 lost to Challenger Series winners, Misfits, and got relegated to the Challenger Series.

Following the team’s confirmation that they are seeking to battle through the Challenger Series and back into the LCS, however, they are making some changes. Different from the news coming out of the NRG organisation, Schalke has only made staff changes, letting go their manager, Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen. Looking for some insight about the situation, I ventured to his Twitter feed, which was dominated by insights about The International 6, the biggest Dota 2 tournament to date. THis somewhat makes sense, as Maelk is an ex-pro at Dota 2. It appears that he’s not taking himself being out of a job too hard.

Moving to Millenium, the Challenger Series played in 2016 EUCS Summer finishing the season in 2nd place behind Misfits. Following the team’s Promotion Tournament loss to ROCCAT, their Coach, Titus “LeDuck” Hafner announced that he’s a free agent, looking for a position as a coach or analyst. In a TwitLonger post, he wrote that he was brought in late in the season with an understanding that it would be a short-term arrangement. With his term as Millenium’s coach over, LeDuck is hesitant to tie himself to another team so soon after the regular season ended. I can certainly understand that.

I find it interesting to compare the attitudes of the team staff, discussed above. While Maelk can’t be bothered to comment about his leaving of a former LCS team, instead spamming his Twitter feed with posts about a different game altogether (to be fair, it’s understandable in this case), LeDuck goes out of his way to make an announcement, providing reasons. Which person has the professional mindset to work for an LCS-level team? Spoiler: It’s not Maelk, in my humble opinion.