The Nexus Podcast ep. 8: ROCCAT coach Grabbz on the team’s playoff heartbreak

3:00 – Grabbz on the start of his coaching career and forming ROCCAT's roster
9:34 – The way tryouts are structured and what LCS teams look for in players
14:46 – The limits of all-western teams & bad scrim/soloQ culture in the west
28:07 – How ROCCAT turned their season around, according to Grabbz
36:04 – ROCCAT going in the summer split
38:41 – EU LCS playoffs predictions

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ROCCAT came so close to the EU LCS Spring Split playoffs after starting 0-7, with the team just barely missing out on a post-season run. And if you ask Head Coach Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann, they didn’t deserve it.

The Nexus Podcast had Grabbz join them after the final week of EU LCS to discuss ROCCAT’s rise and turnaround this season. It started with the very clown-y series between ROCCAT and Origen and ended with a near miss at the playoffs thanks to Fnatic’s 2-1 victory over Misfits in the final game of the season.

Grabbz discussed how ROCCAT got to that point, what happened during the slump, and how they started their season with optimism compared to the 2016 Summer Split. The Nexus crew then asked about the tryouts and what ROCCAT looked for in forming their new team.

Grabbz also gave his predictions on the one that got away, giving his thoughts on the coming EU LCS playoffs. Finally, podcast debutante Josh Bury made a bet that may or may not involve pink hair.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

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