Djoko and now-support Steeelback join Team LDLC
Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi and Charly “Djoko” Guillard have joined French organization Team LDLC ahead of the 2019 season of La Ligue Française (LFL). In addition to competing in the French scene, Steeelback has officially made his transition to the support role.
LDLC features Giants Gaming’s former in-game leaders, Djoko and Steeelback. The two Frenchmen collaborated in Team Vitality in 2017 and endured hardship at the hands of the South Korean hires at the time. After that experience, they heavily improved, although Giants Gaming’s 2018 results did not showcase that.
During the offseason, Steeelback swapped to the support position to align more closely to his in-game role. The role swap may remind onlookers of the one YellOwStaR underwent, and for good reasons: both players sought to play a position that best reflected their role within a team. As an added bonus, YellOwStaR — his support in the 2015 spring split on Fnatic — will be able to monitor Steeelback’s transition directly as his head coach.
The former Giants Gaming duo joins Eika and Comp, two players that competed in Team LDLC in 2018. Eika is primarily remembered for his tenure within Elements in the 2016 LEC spring split, where he helped the team survive relegation. Since then, he has remained active in the French scene on LDLC, which he joined in 2017. As for Comp, he dominated the Greek and Balkan circuits before joining LDLC in 2018, and has served as one of their strongest performers since then.
Alongside them is Bando, a talent that current Fnatic assistant coach Louis-Victor “Mephisto” Legendre developed over the course of 2018. The top laner evolved within ASUS RoG School (now RoG Esport) and made waves in the French circuit. In fact, he beat LDLC’s former squad in his most recent tournament showing, the 2018 Maximus Cup.
The roster will meet strong resistance in the shape of Misfits Gaming’s academy squad. However, it is definitely a front runner in the LFL, if only in virtue of the players’ talent level. In addition, Steeelback and Djoko’s leadership may serve as the finishing touches for a possible EU Masters contender.