NRG eSports aren’t happy with their performance over at NA LCS, making some changes in their staff, to try and get back on track. While getting new coaches is a popular way to revitalize the team in traditional sports, it’s not certain whether it works in eSports, unless the current staff is simply incompetent.
The first and probably most well-known person to part ways with the team is Chad “History Teacher” Smeltz, who first became known in the League of Legends scene because of his educational stream, where he, being an actual history teacher, shared history facts with viewers during the games and while in queue. In the post on nrg.gg, NRG’s co-owner Gerard “Atlas” Kelly says, “Chad our League of Legends General Manager was probably the most integral, overworked, overburdened and generally positive person on our staff that we have had. I approached him very early on in NRG’s founding for various roles and duties and he has done probably every task that it takes to keep the many gears moving required for an eSports organization to thrive. Especially a brand new one; Chad kept the team and coaches in check when they met and practiced in Korea for the first time. He was with me before anyone moved into the house and did everything from moving furniture to making beds waiting for the players to arrive. Chad has had to fight with Riot for us, protect the players from a myriad range of distractions and deal with 50 people asking for requests on a daily basis. He didn’t necessarily sign up for the job he ended up doing and it wasn’t something he had experience doing. Despite that, he dug his feet in, worked on every stressful task given to him and kept a smile on his face most of the time while doing it.” He goes on to say that stepping down was History Teacher’s decision, as he needed a break from the stress.
At the same time as Chad, NRG lost a couple of analysts, Alec “Qverm” Warren and Naser “Empyre” Al-Naqi. About Qverm, Gerard Kelly said, “Alec has been with me pretty much since I got into running League of Legends teams. Alec always gave me his honest opinion on anything I asked from him (and many things I never asked for). He was always the guy who would do anything for the team regardless of his job description. I’ve seen him wake up hours before the players and make them smoothies just because. We’ve done a hundred midnight runs to Wal-Mart or Vons for everything from a personal heater because GBM must keep his room at 103 degrees to medicating Moon because he had never picked up medicine by himself. Alec is a really close friend of mine and has always put 110% of his efforts into everything we have asked him to do.”
The second analyst who left the team apparently felt that the remote analyst position he filled while on NRG was not enough after he had the chance to participate as an in-house analyst. He reportedly asked to be released, to have a chance of establishing close bonds with a team that could afford to let him live in-house.
History Teacher will be replaced by Barry “KoreanEdelweiss” Lee, while former Renegades coach David “Hermes” Tu will join the coaching staff.
It seems as if the people leaving NRG are doing it in the best of faith, which is how it should be. We hope that it turns out for the better for all people involved.