Cyclone Introduces New Coach
Name: Lasse “Fykling” Sleby
Lives in: Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation: Studying to become a teacher
Favorite champion: Malphite
Let’s start by you telling us a bit about yourself. How did you get into League, and how did you start coaching?
A friend introduced me to League back in season 2. Unlike me he had a lot of previous MOBA experience, so he taught me everything. We were very analytical about the game and talked a lot about warding, rotations, picks etc.
As a player I peaked when I hit high diamond in solo queue and played at Copenhagen Games. But I felt like I hit my ceiling, so I was ready to move on. In December 2015 I got a coaching offer, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
How did you end up in Cyclone?
I got recommended by a friend, and started a trial. Me and the players got along really well, and we went 2-0 versus GLB last week. After that, both the players and the organization wanted me to stay, and here we are.
What are the goals for the team? In a month or two? In a year?
Right now, everyone’s main goal is getting top 2 in UK ESL, so that we can go to i60.
At this level of play, not many rosters stick together for a year, but since we get along within the team I could see it happen.
If we keep improving I’d like to add some more staff to help the team out. We want to be recognized as one of the top teams in UK. People are going to have to get used to us.
How will you achieve your goals? How does the practice routine look like?
We want to work a lot harder than any other UK team. We have no days off, we’re scrimming every day. We’re not only playing a lot, but also discussing the game and spending hours preparing. We’re going to put in the most hours and make it the most efficient practice possible.
Isn’t there a risk with stress and potential burnouts if you’re practicing every day?
The players are so hyped, they really want to scrim everyday. If they don’t want a day off, there is no point in having one. In all the teams I’ve ever coached, I’ve never came across 5 players that are these motivated and ready to learn. We want to be at every big tournament.
Tell us a bit about the team, the players, and their respective strengths and weaknesses?
Firstly, we have two UK solo laners, which is rare. Usually the imports goes into the solo lanes, but we have some UK talent there. The team is super motivated and has a winner's mentality. We also don’t have any egos, It’s the first time I’ve seen high elo players without egos.
When it comes to the weaknesses, we haven’t practiced a lot together, since we haven’t been together for long. We also have players that have never been in a team before, so we have to spend time to learn the basics of playing as a team.
Toplane: Kerberos. We call him Kerb. He has the biggest champion pool in the league, and he’s a very versatile player. He is mature for his age and has a great mindset, and always open to try out new stuff.
Jungle: Demo. Demo is a great team player, he has no ego. He can also track the enemy jungler with such efficiency. Without a lot of vision, he still knows where to be on the map.
Mid: Matt. A lot of midlaners tunnel on themselves but Matt is a team player. He knows when he’s not the main carry on the team. It’s also very rare that he dies to ganks.
ADC: Lätch. He understands his role very well and has no ego. He can be our main carry if we need him to, but the way we play is rarely based around him.
Support, Kamilius1. He’s our primary shotcaller, and is very efficient at that. He implements new ideas very quickly, and the team trusts him. He’s really good at macro and rotations, and one of the best shotcallers in the league.
What is your coaching style, and what can you do for the team?
My coaching style mostly revolves around drafting and macro. I make sure that my players always has a gameplan, so that everyone is on the same page. If my players don’t understand the plan, it’s my fault. I give my players a lot of freedom, so we try out a lot of stuff that isn’t meta. We can do this because I have a lot of trust in my players.
There’s been a discussion within the community on how authoritarian a coach should be. How much do you let the players decide what to do?
I think it would be foolish for the coach to do the draft 100% on his own. The players should have a say, in the end it’s them playing. I’m just there to assist them and help them, but in the end I have the final say, based on what I think is right.
Thanks for the interview, do you have any final words?
I’m so happy to be on Cyclone. When I’ve been on other teams, I was inexperienced and thought a lot about what others thought of me. Now on Cyclone I have freedom, and I wanna prove that we are a team to reckoned with. I’m very invested in the team, and I’m 100% comfortable with them.