Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi has joined Sandbox Gaming as a head coach, becoming the first western individual to hold such a position in League Champions Korea.
Sandbox Gaming escaped relegation from LCK somewhat narrowly after they lost the first round in LCK 2020 Summer Promotion but won the second comfortably. Now it seems like they are looking to shake things up and one of the steps was to bring in Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi as the head coach.
This is the first occurrence of a western coach occupying the position in the history of LCK, with Nick "LS" De Cesare being the closest previously. The latter coached bbq Olivers but the team was competing in CK, not LCK.
For the time being, YamatoCannon will be coaching the team remotely, from his home in Europe due to travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19 pandemic. According to ESPN , who originally reported on the story, he will travel to his residence in Seoul, Korea after it's deemed safe to travel.
YamatoCannon has had a quite colourful career tied to League of Legends so far, going from being a pro player to coaching teams and eventually becoming an analyst for Riot Games. Becoming the first western coach in LCK is the latest pin on his chest but that's not to say the man didn't have success in coaching western teams.
He had a successful run with Team Vitality back in 2018 when the team qualified for World Championship and almost made it out of groups but losing twice to Cloud 9 proved detrimental.