North American Challenger Series team Tempo Storm has signed former FC Schalke 04 mid laner Marcin "SELFIE" Wolski and SPOTV broadcaster Nick "LS" De Cesare as head coach, the team told ESPN on Tuesday.
"A world-class support staff is a key part of Tempo Storm's formula for success within esports," Tempo Storm founder Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk said to ESPN. "In my eyes, a qualified coach has the most important role in a League of Legends team."
"Nick brings ample experience, a fantastic work ethic, and commands the respect of the best players in the world. He also has the most comprehensive understanding of the game of any individual in the West. We're lucky to have him, and I have complete faith in his ability."
With the changes, SELFIE will replace Jørgen "Hatrixx" Elgåen, who joined the team shortly after it obtained Dream Team's League Challenger Series spot in November. Meanwhile, LS will fill the current vacant coaching role.
"When he said he was considering joining a team again if the conditions were right, I knew he was serious about making sure the roster all would have the same type of mind for getting better," SELFIE said to ESPN. "From talking with Reynad, I've never felt like an owner was so close with player mindsets. He's a pro player himself in Hearthstone, so it only makes sense he can relate to us so much. I think him and LS have the same 'no bullshit' personality, and that's what I feel best being lead by."
The team is expected to undergo more changes, according to sources, as its AD carry Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek is expected to join North American League Championship Series team FlyQuest.
Tempo Storm will be the first team LS has coached since his time with Gravity Gaming in 2015. He previously was with SUPA HOT CREW, where he worked with SELFIE, and Gamers2, now G2 Esports.
"The difference between Tempo Storm and other western teams is that from talking with the management of the team, I realized we share a near identical vision for competitiveness and improvement," LS told ESPN. "In addition to this they see the value in allowing me to continue to work from [South] Korea, something most other teams didn't, Going forward I'm really confident in the ability of the roster and I believe it has a foundation that will truly enable my coaching style to flourish and aid the team tremendously."
SELFIE, who is originally from Poland, moves back to North America after his time with FC Schalke 04 and Misfits in the European Challenger Series. During his time in North America, he was a substitute for Vortex and Echo Fox and briefly lived in the Renegades house.