Head coach YamatoCannon is leaving Fnatic after two years

Fnatic has announced that its head coach and toplaner Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi is leaving the team and will be looking to join a new League of Legends organisation in 2023.

Fnatic made the announcement via its Twitter account, in which it thanked the coach for his leadership and charisma - alongside his “unforgettable dress sense.”

YamatoCannon leaves Fnatic

“Me and everyone at Fnatic wishes Jakob all the best moving forward, and I want to thank him for his hard work these last two years," said Fnatic director Javi Zafra. "His energy and attitude made these last two years truly memorable, and his presence in the team continuously helped us push forward against the odds, even when things looked hard and impossible with this summer split being a prime example. Good luck with everything in the future and thank you for your efforts under Fnatic”

The head coach joined Fnatic in November 2020, after two years at Team Vitality and a short stint at SANDBOX Gaming, and debuted as Fnatic’s head coach in Spring 2021.

YamatoCannon joined the team during a tumultuous time for Fnatic’s League of Legends team, following the departure of their star AD carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson. His two-year tenure was a varied one, backed by a superstar team filled with the likes of Zdravets "Hylissang" Galabov, Elias "Upset" Lipp, Marek "Humanoid" Brázda, Iván "Razork" Martín and Martin "Wunder" Hansen.

While this superstar team failed to make any finals during YamatoCannon’s tenure, he nonetheless helped to re-build them into becoming one of the strongest teams on the scene. Fnatic credits his leadership with the team being able to secure a spot in the 2021 Playoffs after a challenging regular season. And following an impressive summer run, the head coach helped Fnatic to qualify for Worlds 2021, though ultiamtely ranked in a disappointing 14th-16th place.

Fnatic qualified again for Worlds 2022 - though again was ultimately sent home in the groups stage with a 2-4 record. Despite this disappointment, Fnatic credits YamatoCannon as being “instrumental to the last few years of Fnatic League of Legends.”

Outside of the games themselves, YamatoCannon was a favourite among fans, due to his charisma alongside his extensive and eye-catching suit collection. For his teammates however, he will perhaps be best remembered for his inspiring pre-game speeches.

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