100 Thieves coach Pr0lly discusses recent struggles, firing himself
Neil "pr0lly" Hammad is well aware of the frustration among 100 Thieves fans.
The team’s coach has been hit with a lot of blame for their struggles in 2019. Speaking with Travis Gafford, Pr0lly gave his take on 100 Thieves’ issues and directly responded to fans’ calls for him to step down as coach.
According to Pr0lly, the current issue facing 100 Thieves is a lack of cohesion within the team. Though the roster is packed with talent including former SK Telecom T1 AD carry Bae "Bang" Jun-sik, the squad faces long odds if they have no chemistry.
Pr0lly goes on to cover the spring roster moves and discussed the addition of Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider, who joined after a brief run as coach of FC Schalke 04 Evolution. According to Pr0lly, the team has had issues with direction and effectiveness due to the lack of a clear shot-caller. Amazing has stepped up to fill that void and has become a strong voice within the team. Pr0lly particularly credited the German player for his blunt, direct discussions of the team’s issues and welcomed that candidness.
Alongside the discussion of adding Amazing, Pr0lly also talked about the rationale behind sticking with Max "Soligo" Soong and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black, who came under fire during the Spring Split. Pr0lly stated that the duo spent their break in South Korea bootcamping under the supervision of 100 Thieves’ assistant coach, with seemingly positive results.
On the topic of his own effectiveness as coach, Pr0lly acknowledged that he legitimately considered firing himself due to the team’s troubles. Instead, he spent the break studying and better familiarizing himself with coaching best practices.
At the end of the third week of the Summer Split, 100 Thieves owns a 1-5 record, a far cry from the team’s 2018 season which saw them qualify for the World Championship. Despite that, Pr0lly is hopeful on the team’s future and sees progress behind the scenes.
Visual Stories around the web
Zikz joins 100 Thieves as head coach while Amazing leaves
100 Thieves release huhi after disappointing spring split
A world champion hopes to elevate OpTic in 2019
TSM hopes to rebound with Broken Blade and Smoothie
Bang and Huhi complete 100 Thieves roster
Sneaky discusses C9 win over OpTic, lag in NA, Korea, and cosplay
Team Liquid defeat FlyQuest but future remains uncertain
Fnatic get revenge on Origen for LEC Spring Playoffs upset
Faker collectible statue captures the legendary League player
Cuzz and Tusin lead Kingzone DragonX over SK Telecom T1 in LCK clash
Immortals acquires OpTic Gaming parent company in $100 million deal
Mordekaiser rework, Ryze and Sylas get big nerfs in new LoL update
Riot Games investigated in California for gender discrimination
IG Rookie leaving LPL due to family health issues in Korea
Teamfight Tactics coming to League of Legends, emulates Auto Chess
LCS Scouting Grounds Circuit arrives, partnering Riot and FACEIT
Dignitas returns to LCS after merger with Clutch Gaming is completed
Cloud9 handed upset loss by Golden Guardians in LCS Summer Split
New League of Legends champion Qiyana wields elemental powers