Heroes in the background: Best coaches in esports

One of the best ways to reach the path to victory as soon as possible while playing a competitive sport is to be organized and keep communication strong. Players and teams that can achieve this can easily overcome the obstacles and difficulties that arise in front of them, as well as always keep the bond between them intact.

Here’s where coaches come into play as they can see the shortcomings of each player and mentor them with their analytical and observing skills.

In today's article, we have compiled the top 5 coaches who have come to the forefront with their management skills from various competitive esports games and even found a place for themselves at award ceremonies held in esports.

Zonic - CS:GO

Danny "zonic" Sørensen started his esports career in 2003 with Counter-Strike, designed as a Half-Life mode, and then finished this career in 2012. He first started his Global Offensive career in 2015 as the coach of Team Dignitas. Although it is difficult to say that he led a very good career at the beginning, he made his biggest and still-defined peak of his career by joining Astralis.

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He joined this team consisting of former players of Team Questionmark and Team SoloMid as a coach and within a few years, thanks to his experience and in-game knowledge, he made Astralis the most winning team in the history of CS:GO in the Majors. Thanks to the fact that he was able to achieve the impossible in such a short time to keep the bond between the players strong, he was also eligible to enter our list.

GrabbZ - League of Legends

Unlike all the other coaches on the list, and even in general, Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann began his League of Legends career as an analyst. He started his coaching career in 2016 and moved to G2 Esports in 2017. He has made history as one of the best coaches not only in LoL but also in the history of esports with his tremendous achievements and creative ideas in the last 4 years.

GrabbZ first announced his name in his coaching career at EU LCS Spring 2018 in the match that they lost 3-0 against Fnatic in the final stage. GrabbZ was the 2019 LEC Spring champion.

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One month after this success, GRABBZ's team, which managed to beat Team Liquid in the Mid-Season Invitational 2019 tournament, also won the $400,000 prize.

GRABBZ's legendary victories in these two tournaments did not end as he became a legend once again in the Rift Rivals 2019 NA vs EU and won the tournament, becoming one of the leading names.

GrabbZ has proved to us why he is on this list by placing G2 Esports in the first place in the LEC Summer 2019, LEC Spring 2020 and LEC Summer 2020 leagues.

Moon - Overwatch

Byung-chul "Moon" enters our list from Overwatch and started his coaching career in 2016, is one of the best coaches in the history of esports with his achievements with teams such as Los Angeles Valiant and Shanghai Dragons.

Moon's first success in his Overwatch coaching career was a 4-0 victory over the Flash Wolves in the Overwatch Pacific Championship 2017 - Season 2 tournament with Ardeont, which he coached in 2017.

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Moon later joined LA Valiant in 2019 and managed to win a total of $300,000 in the OWL - International Season Stage 4 Title Matches and Overwatch League - International Season Playoffs tournaments, and became part of the Chinese team Shanghai Dragons in the same year.

Today, he is still coaching in Shanghai Dragons and he was able to win Overwatch League 2020 - May Melee, Overwatch League 2020 - Countdown Cup, Overwatch League 2021 - June Joust, Overwatch League 2021 - Summer Showdown and lately Overwatch League 2021. He was awarded as the coach of the year in 2020.

Sockshka - Dota 2

Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz, who started his professional Dota 2 esports career as a player in 2011, decided to end his 8-year career and start a new chapter in Dota 2 by opening a new page for himself.

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Despite only 2 years of coaching, he proved to everyone how good a coach he is by adding The International, also known as the biggest tournament of Dota 2 with OG in 2019.


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Spencer "Hiko" Martin, considered as one of the best CS:GO players ever, has not literally pursued a coaching career during the CS:GO years, unlike other coaches.

Hiko began his first-half coaching experience in his final years at Team Liquid. The fact that the legendary Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev left Team Liquid and the coaching nerfs brought by Valve had not given hiko another chance.

After that, Hiko wanted to continue his coaching career by switching to OpTic Gaming, also ending his adventure here when he didn't get many successful scores.

In 2020, Hiko made a career change and opened a new page for himself with Riot Games' FPS game VALORANT. He is currently both coaching and acting as a substitute for the 100 Thieves team, of which he is still a part.

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