bbq Olivers sign LS, Malice: first imports in South Korea
Nick “LS” De Cesare has joined bbq Olivers as a coach for the 2019 Challenger Korea season. He also brought a Swedish jungler, Sebastian “Malice” Edholm, into the lineup. FOMOS’s Kim “kenzi” Yong-woo first reported on the deals, which have made history in South Korean League of Legends.
bbq’s signings are monumental: LS becomes the first coach of foreign nationality to feature on a South Korean team. In addition, one of the talents he has been developing, Malice, has become the first player import in the region. He also counts former professional player Yoon “MakNooN” Ha-woon as a fellow assistant.
LS officially reacted to the news on Twitter, giving a nod to former StarCraft progamer Greg “IdrA” Fields. In fact, he was a StarCraft player himself and moved to South Korea at age 18. Then, he switched to League of Legends and built a solid resume as a coach. Most markedly, he contributed to SUPA HOT CREW’s success in 2014 and to Gravity’s in 2015. Later on, he joined SpoTV’s English casting team for the 2016 summer split and was a caster in the 2016 World Championship.
Through it all, LS developed into one of the most recognizable community figures in South Korea for English-speaking audiences. He also assisted in the development of Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, Marcin “Selfie” Wolski, Barney “Alphari” Morris and many others. One of his latest development projects, Malice, has passed bbq Olivers’ tryouts and has taken the starting jungle spot.
The signings follow a wholesale reboot following the squad’s relegation from the LCK by the end of 2018. Most noticeably, Kim “Bono” Gi-beom and Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu have joined Hanwha Life Esports, Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun went to FC Schalke 04 Esports, and Kim “Crazy” Jae-hee bolstered SK Telecom T1’s roster.