Melany M. August 19, 2019
Riot Games revealed the 2019 LCS Summer Rookie of the Split and Coach of the Split.
The votes are in and the winners of these important categories were revealed ahead of the 2019 LCS Summer Playoffs semifinals.
LCS Rookie of the Split, FakeGod
100 Thieves’ top laner Aaron "FakeGod" Lee was awarded Rookie of the Split honors. FakeGod joined 100 Thieves Academy back in 2018, after being spotted at the Scouting Grounds event where he was identified as a top prospect. He previously played for UC Santa Barbara.
FakeGod started his professional career with 100 Thieves Academy and was promoted to the LCS team during the Summer Split. He took over for Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho who was considered one of the best top laners in North America.
The rookie rose to the occasion and helped his team recover after an ugly start to the split, going from 10th place to nearly earning a spot in the playoffs.
On the rift, FakeGod has shown that he can absorb pressure against more experienced top laners, and doesn't require much help from his jungler. FakeGod is a great contributor to 100 Thieves and without a doubt one of the best prospects to come out of Scouting Grounds.
LCS Coach of the Split, Cain
Team Liquid’s head coach Jang "Cain" Nu-ri is the Coach of the Split and it took him a surprisingly long time to win the award.
Cain joined Team Liquid back in 2017 when the organization was facing relegation. Since then, he has helped Liquid become a steady presence at the top of the LCS, winning three consecutive LCS titles and helping the team earn spots at both the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“Ever since I joined Team Liquid every moment has been a challenge for me. All of the staff, players, and Steve [Arhancet] have worked really hard to make it to the place where we are right now, we want to keep winning,” Cain said as he received the award prior to the semifinal match between Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming.
The Coach of the Split and his team will play for another title on August 25 when they face Cloud9. From there, the team will have a brief break before they start getting ready for the 2019 LoL World Championship.