Simon "fredy122" Payne joined Rogue as its new head coach Tuesday ahead of the upcoming season of the League of Legends European Championship.
The coach first distinguished himself as the top laner for SK Gaming's League of Legends team from 2013 to 2015. During his time there, he led the team to two first place finishes in the EU LCS.
He went on to join Team ROCCAT, where he transitioned into coaching in December 2016. As Team ROCCAT was not among the 10 teams listed as franchises in the LEC, fredy122 was forcced to find a new team to coach.
Speaking in Rogue's announcement, fredy122 stated, "It was clear to me from the get-go that I wanted to join Rogue as soon as they presented me their ideas for their staff and team culture.
"Together with [Edward "Edward" Abgaryan], we chose players with high characters and high ceilings and it will be our job to help them reach their full potential."
Rogue signed Edward also as head coach Nov. 25. It has yet to announce any player signings.
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