Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) has announced its full coaching staff for the upcoming 2023 League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split, including former Fnatic top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer as a positional coach. This marks sOAZ’s return to the North American League of Legends scene after spending two years away.
CLG unveiled the coaching staff roster which included the former top laner as its latest addition.
The 28-year old Frenchman is well-known for his time with Fnatic, where he played as the top laner from 2012 to 2018. During his time with the team, sOAZ helped lead Fnatic to four LEC championships and a second-place finish at the 2018 World Championships against Invictus Gaming. Since then, he has played for Misfits Gaming and Immortals but has not found the same level of success.
While this will be sOAZ’s coaching debut in the North American region, he has previously coached in the LFL with LDLC OL and Mirage Elyandra. He also had a brief stint as a pro player with WAVE Esports in the PRM.
SOAZ took to his Twitter page to confirm his appointment with Counter Logic Gaming, expressing his excitement to begin his new journey with the LCS franchise.
“I’m joining @clgaming as positional coach ! Very excited for this new chapter and looking forward to the new LCS season,” sOAZ tweeted.
Joining sOAZ on the coaching staff are a number of other former pro players, including Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, a former CLG mid laner, and Apollo “Apollo” Price, a former Immortals AD carry, who will serve as positional coaches for the LCS team. Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin will remain the franchise head coach as Tahm “ionz” Rahman joins the team filling the position of an analyst and Chris “Croissant” Sun as the main team strategic coach. In addition to the elaborate lineup of the main roster, Mash, a former FlyQuest marksman, will be the strategic coach for the Challenger team.
The inclusion of sOAZ and other experienced players on the coaching staff shows CLG’s commitment to improving its team and achieving success in the upcoming 2023 LCS season. SOAZ’s extensive knowledge and experience in the LEC will no doubt be a valuable resource for the younger members of the LCS squad.
CLG has not had the best track record in the LCS in the past 5 years, with its highest finish being third place in the summer split of 2017 and 2019. However, the franchise has made several changes in recent years, including revamping its roster and coaching staff, in an effort to improve its standing in the league. With the addition of sOAZ and other talented coaches, CLG is hoping to make a strong showing in the 2023 LCS Spring Split and beyond.
Overall, the announcement of sOAZ as a positional coach for CLG is exciting news for fans of both the franchise and the player himself. His return to the North American scene and foray into coaching marks a new chapter in his career, and it will be interesting to see how he and the rest of the coaching staff can elevate the team’s performance.
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