Guilhoto parts ways with Schalke 04
Head coach André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto has parted ways with FC Schalke 04 Esports, the organization disclosed via Twitter. The move sets Schalke 04 on a large-scale rebuilding process around bot laner Elias “Upset” Lipp.
The announcement is significant, considering that Guilhoto was the Coach of the 2018 LCS Summer Split, in which the team reached the LCS finals. Indeed, his contributions were instrumental in Schalke 04’s resurgence after a disappointing spring performance.
Schalke 04 initially struggled in the 2018 LCS spring split as they lacked a facilitator with clear communication in the jungle. The arrival of Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider allowed the team to fix macro issues step by step. Eventually, they earned their status as Europe’s second best team during the summer split. However, Team Vitality scored more championship points, and they claimed Europe’s second seed at Worlds. As a result, Schalke 04 participated in the Regional Gauntlet to claim the region’s third seed at the 2018 World Championship. There, against all odds, G2 Esports beat them 3-1 and sent them into an early offseason.
Guilhoto emerged from the Portuguese circuit alongside Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho as they nearly lifted K1CK Esports to the EU Challenger Series in the 2017 spring split. Instead, Fnatic Academy beat the 2-1 in the Open Qualifier, and the duo headed to Giants Gaming. Giants Only The Brave eventually qualified to the LCS, but Guilhoto and his squad parted ways.
The coach’s synergy with current Origen member Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm was noteworthy. In fact, both had a similar vision of the game, with other details ironed out throughout the season. That, and other parameters, makes him a potential hire for Origen’s 2019 LEC lineup.
Update @ Nov. 22 1:10 a.m. CET — ESPN’s Jacob Wolf has since reported that Guilhoto could be headed to Origen.