MAD Lions has made an addition to the coaching staff ahead of the 2021 LEC Summer Split playoffs by adding former professional top laner Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás as a positional coach.
The former top-lane star will be the positional coach for İrfan “Armut” Tükek in the top lane to help him get in the best shape possible to defend the LEC title. The Turkish top laner is still fairly young and new in the LEC, which means he likely has a lot to learn from a veteran like Vizicsacsi, who played professionally for six years with teams such as Unicorns Of Love, FC Schalke 04, and Splyce before retiring in 2019.
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— MAD Lions English 🇬🇧 (@MADLions_EN) August 9, 2021
According to a post by Vizicsacsi himself, it seems that he will strictly be focusing on the top lane and pounced on the opportunity to work with MAD Lions during this playoffs. It wasn’t specified whether his tenure with the team will last beyond the LEC playoffs.
“I have the pleasure to work together with MAD Lions for the rest of the playoffs as a positional coach for the top lane,” Vizicsacsi said. “I believe this to be a great opportunity for me to experience top LEC-level practice first hand.”
Even though Vizicsacsi won’t return as a player, this will be the first fans get to see of him since retiring in 2019. The Hungarian top laner ended his career on Splyce shortly after participating in the 2019 World Championship. At the tournament, Vizicsacsi and Splyce made it all the way to the quarterfinals where they ultimately lost to SK Telecom T1.
Unlike many other professional players, Vizicsacsi decided to retire after a successful season and end his career on a high note. Throughout his career, Vizicsacsi didn’t manage to win a domestic trophy but racked up several second-place finishes.
Vizicsacsi was always known as a consistent top laner who could play at a scary level when given comfort picks or a lead. This made Vizicsacsi an incredibly coveted player in the European scene despite him not winning many trophies. He’ll now look to make a difference on MAD Lions as a coach, something he is likely well-suited for.
MAD Lions will play its first playoffs match on Saturday, August 14, against G2 Esports.