Crusher is set to become Fnatic's new Head Coach. He will lead the team in the upcoming LEC 2023 season.
After two years with League of Legends Team Fnatic and back-to-back Worlds group stage appearances, Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi will be no longer part of the organization. His contract runs out on November 21, 2022, and won’t be renewed according to sources.
Throughout 2022, Crusher was the coach of Fnatic’s academy roster, Fnatic TQ. The team competed in the Spanish league (Super Liga) and enjoyed success for the majority of the year.
Despite failing to make the playoffs in the summer split, Fnatic TQ made a big impact during the spring season—and even made it to Worlds with the help of Rhuckz.
Crusher started his coaching career in December 2016. The coach made it to the EU Masters main stage multiple times, and enjoyed a lot of success in the LPLOL (Portugal) with For The Win Esports, winning two domestic titles.
It wasn’t until July 2020 that Crusher landed his first big job opportunity with UCAM Esports. In 2021, the team won the LVP SuperLiga spring split and made it to EU Masters’ semifinals, losing to eventual EU Masters winners Karmine Corp.
UCAM reached the SuperLiga finals again in the summer of 2021 but lost 3-1 against Vodafone Giants. Despite this, they advanced to the EU Masters quarterfinals.
They were defeated by eventual back-to-back EU Masters champions Karmine Corp. Overall, UCAM Esports reached back-to-back finals in a year and performed well in both seasons of EU Masters.