Popular caster and League of Legends personality Nicholas “LS” De Cesare has confirmed reports that he’s received multiple coaching offers from teams in the North American, European, Korean, and Chinese competitive scenes.
In addition to an offer to cast the LCK again, the 26-year-old said he’s gotten four offers from NA, two from Europe and Korea, and one offer from a team in China. He also said he “got reached out to” by other teams, but those aren’t confirmed yet so he can’t speak on those opportunities.
LS eventually said that “something is going to happen” prior to the start of the upcoming offseason because he prefers things to be stable moving into the future. In fact, he’ll be meeting up with T1’s CEO Joe Marsh in the next few days to discuss a possible position with the team.
T1 recently failed to qualify for the 2020 World Championship after several shifts in the team’s roster—including the benching of legendary mid laner Faker—and the possible hiring of LS onto the coaching staff could mark yet another big move for the iconic organization.
Over the past few years, LS has quickly become one of the most respected and liked personalities in the League scene. From his great insight on games, team compositions, and playstyles, his in-depth analysis on different aspects of the game has been well-documented.
LS also has some coaching experience under his belt already, including his most recent stint with bbq Olivers, a Korean League team that competed in Challengers Korea and the 2018 KeSPA Cup. Before that, however, he did have some coaching appearances with NA’s Gravity and Tempo Storm in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Born in Rhode Island, LastShadow first got into competitive gaming playing Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Super Smash Bros. Melee and then transitioning into StarCraft. When he was 18, he permanently moved to South Korea and played with multiple gaming organizations there, living with Samsung (including when it was still MVP) for two years. During that time he became close friends with imp, who encouraged him to switch to League of Legends. Though he has never played League competitively, he is Masters on the Korean server and offers coaching services to players and teams.
On May 5, LS joined Supa Hot Crew as a coach/analyst, and his position was announced publicly on the 12th. LS was the subject of Thorin’s 43rd Reflections interview, recorded on June 25 and released almost two months later on August 11.
On August 7, LS announced that he had not been working with SHC for the past three weeks, though there were no hard feelings between himself and the organization. However, after SHC’s loss to ROCCAT in the Summer Playoffs, LS began coaching them again to help them avoid relegation. SHC beat Millenium 3-0 in the fifth-place match and retained their LCS slot.