One of Europe’s biggest representatives in the League of Legends scene, Fnatic, revealed their new head coach, the Jacob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi. Signing the former SANDBOX Gaming head coach is Fnatic’s second official move in the free agency period.
“I promise to put my blood, sweat, and tears into this project,” said Yamato.
YamatoCannon started his career as a player. However, it was coaching that helped put his name on the big stage, though his first coaching experience wasn’t pleasant at all. He led MeetYourMakers, an LEC teams at the time, in the 2015 Spring season for 2 months. At the end of the season, MYM was relegated from the league, and Yamato moved to another EU LCS team, Team ROCCAT, where he worked with Nukeduck, Jankos, VandeR and Wickd.
After an eight month long journey with Team ROCCAT, the 25-year-old coach joined Splyce in 2016, where he truly shined. While his first split with the new team was a bit of a struggle, finishing the EU LCS 2016 Spring in eighth place, Yamato was able to put the team on the right track for the upcoming season. He managed to create a Worlds-worthy squad from the team that played Summer Promotion, saving them from being relegated. Splyce finished the 2016 Summer Playoffs in second place, losing to G2 in the finals, and earning their second Worlds ticket by beating Unicorns of Love in the Regional Finals of 2016.
In 2017, Yamato moved to Team Vitality, but it was Worlds 2018 that changed everything for him. Vitality attended the tournament as the third representative of the EU LCS, and competed in Group B, among Royal Never Give Up, Cloud9 and Gen.G. Through their worlds performance, YamatoCannon and his team earned respect from global fans against the giants of the scene.
YamatoCannon became the first foreign head coach to join a LCK team after signing with SANDBOX Gaming in May 2020. But after a bad start, the Yamato and his team couldn’t turn the situation around. They finished LCK 2020 Summer as seventh and couldn’t make it to the playoffs.
Now, as the head coach of Fnatic, fans look forward to the future, as League gears up for the 2021 season.