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Locodoco’s Coaching Career and Its Next Stop – Gold Coin United

December 14, 2016 - News

Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sup is a veteran of the professional League of Legends scene, both as a player and as a coach. While he was quite popular as a player in the early days of the League of Legends competitive scene, Locodoco came into his own as a coach.

The first team to have Loco as a coach was Team SoloMid, one of the best teams in NA, that he’s coached for more than a year, from June 2014 to November 2015. Eventually, the slowly evolving old roster no longer hacked it on the Rift. TSM’s owner, Andy “Reginald” Dinh relieved Locodoco of his duties, got rid of the roster, with the exception with SoloMid, Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and got a new, stacked roster to try and compete in the LCS and abroad.

The next stop in Locodoco’s coaching career was an unintentional head coachship on Team Liquid. After reorganizing its roster, Team Liquid signed a coach and Locodoco as a content creator, to give him a way to earn an income without the stress of coaching. When their new coach didn’t work out, TL understandably went with Loco, who’s already had 1.5 years of experience, coaching one of the if not THE best teams in the region.

On Team Liquid, Locodoco kept placing around the fourth place in the region, never risking relegation, yet always falling short of the Finals. When Team Liquid brought up their Challenger Jungler, Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, Locodoco had a reason for cheer, because Dardoch quickly established himself as a Top 3 Jungler in NA, however, the coach quickly started clashing with the rising star, tanking the team’s morale and culminating in a suspension for Dardoch. With their backs against the wall, Liquid had to bring Dardoch back, however. In time, he was rumoured to be traded to Echo Fox, however, the move didn’t meet Riot Games requirements. In the 2016 off-season, Dardoch was let go to sign with Immortals, which Team Liquid themselves got IMT’s Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin.

Now, Gold Coin United, the new team which has been established recently, after the real estate mogul James Kuhn and his son Jake Kuhn bought the Challenger Series spot from NRG Esports, to be operated by J2K Esports and Technology, signed Locodoco as their Head Coach, according to thescoreesports.com’s Daniel Rosen.

The whole situation is somewhat similar to the story of the former NBA Star Rick Fox and his son, who bought a spot in the LCS and established Echo Fox to grow closer as father and son. One thing the owners of Gold Coin United did better is starting off with a Challenger Series team, minimizing their expenses to get everything started due to the lesser prestige Challenger Series represents. If they can prove that they can run a team, they will qualify for the LCS and will have some valuable experience under their belt when they do. If they just straight up bought an LCS spot, they would have been thrown straight into the deep end and told to swim, which rarely works out. Just look at NRG Esports, Schalke 04, and in some respects, Echo Fox. Of course, teams CAN succeed without prior experience, just like Immortals did, however, it’s not easy at all. Signing Locodoco in these circumstances is a good idea by GCU. While the coach struggles with establishing his authority on LCS teams, causing third parties to have to step in, the problem should be less apparent while the team is in the Challenger Series. The players should look up to Loco more than the other players he has coached in the past.