Today, MAD Lions announced that Former Cloud9 Head coach and veteran jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin is stepping back into the coaching seat after a long offseason.
Reignover will be lending his services as the organization’s newest positional coach for the jungle role. He’ll be working closely with MAD’s star jungler Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla throughout the split, as the team looks to replicate its success from last year with a new 2022 roster.
We have always thought that the Coaching Staff is a key part for our Organization.— MAD Lions English (@MADLions_EN) January 21, 2022
Today, we strengthen ourselves and welcome @C9_Reignover, who joins the team as a new Jungle Position Coach!!
Let’s get the back-to-back-to-back!! 💪🏻💪🏻#goMAD pic.twitter.com/XgHXt7eGF2
“I’m super excited to be working with such a knowledgeable and experienced coach and player,” MAD Head coach James “Mac” MacCormack said on Twitter. “Reignover has already been working with us for a short while now and has impressed all of us at MAD. Looking forward to more!”
Reignover has already proven his ability to translate his knowledge as a former pro player into coaching and to produce impressive results. During his time with Cloud9, Reignover helped lead the team to a top-eight finish at the 2021 League of Legends Worlds Championship, an LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown victory and two LCS titles in spring 2020 and spring 2021. When Cloud9 completed a top-eight finish at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, he assisted the team remotely while they competed in Iceland.
With two League of Legends European Championship titles safely secured, MAD Lions’ coaching staff has earned quite the reputation for itself in recent months. MAD made the decision to retain the entirety of its coaching staff heading into 2022, making Reignover’s signing one of the biggest additions to MAD’s coaching system in 2022.
MAD Lions started the 2022 season with the debut of the team’s two newest players, mid laner Steven “Reeker” Chen and bot laner William “UNF0RGIVEN” Nieminen. Despite these changes, MAD came out swinging on opening weekend with a 2-1 record. The new lineup handedly defeated Team Vitality and G2 Esports and dropped one game to SK Gaming.
See if the new MAD Lions can keep it up in their matches this weekend against Rogue Esports at 4 p.m. EST on Jan. 21 and Astralis at 12 p.m. EST on Jan. 22.