Rogue plans to make head coach of Vitality.Bee, Christopher “SeeEl” Lee, their new assistant coach for the League of Legends European Championship 2022 season, sources close to Upcomer said Monday.
Upcomer’s Brieuc Seeger reported on Nov. 10 that former DWG KIA substitute jungler Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong will also be joining the organization and replacing LEC 2021 summer MVP jungler Kacper “Inspired” Słoma.
SeeEl began his coaching career in March of 2018 with Griffith University in Oceania. Since then, he’s coached under eight different team banners throughout his career, including Chiefs Esports Club, Golden Guardians Academy and Dire Wolves.
SeeEl recently lead Vitality.Bee to Round 1 of the Ligue Française de League of Legends (LFL) 2021 finals. The team took eventual grand finalists Karmine Corp to five full games before dropping out of the tournament.
Rogue are looking to rebuild after 2021
Performance-wise, 2021 was Rogue’s best competitive year as a team in the LEC. Rogue was a top-two team in the LEC throughout all of 2021, placing second in the spring regular season and first in summer. Rogue also made it to the LEC 2021 spring split grand finals, marking the organization’s first finals appearance. They eventually lost 2-3 to MAD Lions after getting reverse-swept.
In the summer, Rogue placed second in the regular season after hovering around the top of the standing for a significant portion of the split. They eventually lost 0-3 to Fnatic in the losers bracket finals.
Rogue qualified for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship as the LEC’s third seed and were slotted directly into the group stage (skipping the play-in stage) after Riot Games announced that the Vietnam Championship Series’ two teams would be unable to compete at the event.
At Worlds 2021, Rogue seeded into Group A, which was projected to be one of the most difficult groups in the entire tournament. Rogue took a game off anticipated tournament favorites FunPlus Phoenix before eventually dropping out of Worlds with a third-place finish in Group A.
Brieuc Seeger contributed reporting to this article.