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Rumble in The Jungle: The importance of a coach in eSports

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We’re reaching a stage where eSports is becoming a lot more professional, and with that comes norms we’d see in the ever popular comparison between sports and eSports. We all hate that comparison, but as I’ve said in length there are certain aspects we can draw from when comparing the two. One of those is a coach. What does a coach do, what do they bring to the team and why is this the future of eSports?

In my latest episode of Rumble in the Jungle I discussed the recent success of CarboN eSports and their CS:GO team who were led to victory by their coach and in-game leader Daniel “Spoof” Van Wyk. I went out on a limb attributing their success to the knowledge Spoof brought to the team which eventually won the Vodacom Gamer’s Fest. This outside perspective, offered by someone with the knowledge of Spoof or the likes, is something a number of teams should be looking at.

This was something I noticed when in Europe as well, the impact of a coach. It’s somebody who will keep confidence high, offer insight into the game at hand, and the team you’re up against. Naturally the person would need to be knowledgeable at the game, but even if the person is not doing the in-game calling, they’re still there as outsider, looking in, and aiding the team to victory.

This is not only limited to CS:GO as other games use coaches as well. There’s huge plus side in having some of the leadership roles placed on the shoulder of a coach, as opposed to having your captain do all the homework. This leaves players in the focusing on their own strengths and remaining locked in when playing their respective eSport.

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Last Updated: April 12, 2016


  1. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 12, 2016 at 15:33

    The word ‘Spoof’ always made me think of slippery poop


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 12, 2016 at 15:43



      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 12, 2016 at 15:44

        Last night I had one too many brannas, today I have spoof


      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 12, 2016 at 15:52

        Yus I had some dodgy chicken last night, today is such a spoof day


      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 12, 2016 at 15:53

        When a baby is looking to troll you, prepare for a spoof assault


  2. miaau

    April 12, 2016 at 16:36

    Is the future for Louis van Gaal, then?

    Perhaps his particular blend of defensive, while claiming to be offensive, tactics would suit Dota teams?


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