UK League Chat (Ep. 23) – Riddle, NLC & Coaching Overseas – ft. Sméagol

Welcome to UK League Chat, a podcast focused on the UK League of Legends scene. Listen in to get the views of experts from the scene, from Esports journalists to the players themselves, on tournaments such as the NLC and UKLC.

This episode features Riddle Esports’ new Head Coach Sméagol, who returns to the UK scene having coached across various regions in recent years. Sméagol goes into depth about his experiences coaching in Riot-run leagues in Russia and Turkey and why he felt now was the time to return to the UK.

Riddle boast an experienced, all-Danish roster heading into the NLC Summer split, and Sméagol gave his thoughts on the side as well as the possible alternatives he had heading into the split.

Timestamps:
00:00:30 – How did the move away from UK happen?
00:03:49 – Is there a language barrier for UK coaches?
00:05:05 – Issues with some Turkish orgs
00:09:11 – Should UK coaches look abroad for roles?
00:10:36 – Did Sméagol always want to come back to the UK scene?
00:12:33 – Did Riddle intend to make a full Danish roster?
00:15:40 – Sencux a coup for NLC
00:17:08 – Sméagol’s off-season experience & almost joining Munster
00:20:31 – Summer split expectations & league strength
00:25:47 – Thoughts on academy teams in UKLC & rule change impacts on roster building
00:29:25 – Summer split meta & would Sencux play tanks?
00:34:30 – Sméagol pops off!

This episode features:
Lee ‘Couple Sodi Pops’ Jones – NineTeeSix Founder / Esports Journalist – @NTS_LeeJones
Tom Daniels – Esports Journalist – @TheTomDaniels
Louis ‘Sméagol’ Green – Riddle Esports Head Coach – @SmeagolLoL

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