Cloud 9 just announced a major bombshell that could potentially lead to a new trend among Smash-sponsored players. The esports organization has appointed Daniel ‘Tafokints’ Lee as the new coach for Joseph ‘Mango’ Marquez, effective immediately.
In recent months, the advent of coaching becoming a staple has been discussed throughout the community. And based on the scene’s commitment to evolve, it would make sense that Super Smash Bros. is looking to take the next step. One of the big advantages for coaching, especially in the heat of battle, is that players don’t see every situation. A coach has the ability to identify misplays and opportunities for capitalization.
This mirrors Hungrybox's use of Crunch on Team Liquid as a coach.
Coaches, particularly Tafo, have immense amounts of knowledge when it comes to statistics and historical data. For example, he can look at a player like Armada’s stage and character selections and, in turn, offer counsel for optimal strategies.
So for a player like Mango, who can be seen by some as a wildcard, working alongside a knowledgeable player like Tafo offers structure. This is also evident for a talented player like Hungrybox who went on a tear throughout the 2016 tournament season.
We look forward to seeing how the 2017 season goes down.