It is with great pleasure that we are announcing that our former analyst, Hermit, will be stepping up to fill the role as Origen’s Head Coach with immediate effect.

Hermit joined Origen at the start of the year as our analyst and his impact was immediate. Bringing a tremendous amount of in-game knowledge, sharp analytical skills and desire to win was a recipe for success. He vastly contributed to our Challenger Series promotion and kept us on top of the Meta and the team’s champion pools.

Shortly after we began the LCS and once again he helped the team to achieve an incredible amount of success. Towards the end of the split, Hermit moved over from the USA to the gaming house in Berlin to get closer to the team and worked alongside the players and LeDuck to improve our strategy. We finished second in the regular season, came painstakingly close to winning the play-offs and then assisted in hauling ourselves through the gauntlet to get the third seed at worlds.

After a small break where Hermit returned to USA to rest from the intensity of August, he then flew out to Korea to reunite with the team and help with the bootcamp. Such dedication and motivation was the final deciding factor for Origen, so we promptly decided to make Hermit our new coach.

We decided to catch up with Hermit to ask him more about his background, how he got into the lCS and what the future holds!

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what you did before getting into League of Legends?

My background is primarily in glass, both glass blowing (producing cups, bowls, sculpture), and the industry around glass (furnace construction and operation, custom glass fabrication). It’s not something that makes a whole lot of use of my degree, but its definitely in my blood, and I can see myself going back to it.

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Some people struggle to make the bed, Hermit makes these

I started playing League in Beta, my best friend got me into the game, and my first champ was Annie, I think I liked her because of her similarity to Lina from Dota. I was in college at the time, and neglected my studies quite a bit to play. I would head straight from class to the computer lab, where I had figured out some workarounds to have it installed, since my laptop was terrible.

At what point did you decide that you wanted to work in the scene?

I applied for a writing job with TSM in Season 2, just after I finished college, the task for the application was to predict the bracket of IEM Kiev, the event which showed the world M5. At that time I was watching every go4lol I could, and teams also streamed their scrims occasionally. I knew M5 had very little competition at that time, and that prediction led me to get the position. However, I was quite unlucky and was only able to stay with them for 2 months, after my laptop was stolen in an unfortunate incident. My longtime association with the European scene is what has led me to favor the region.

How did you go about getting a job as an analyst?

I watched the scene very closely for Season 2 and 3, but at the beginning of Season 4, I realized the limitations of the r/lol subreddit for serious discussion, most of the people I was interested in talking to were quite active on twitter so I made one and started reaching out and tweeting all the time about the games I was watching. I grew close to the LPLen crew because I loved watching Chinese games and the English viewership was quite small. Through them I met the (now former) coach of Machi Reazony, who had faith in my abilities. He learned from former LD/NiP analyst Clement Chu and passed a significant amount of knowledge to me. I worked with him until he left, and I decided to try my hand at getting a position in EU, since most of my contacts were in that region. Eventually I produced a piece (that made the front page of r/lol) on the games that Origen was playing in Ranked 5s. xPeke saw it and offered me a trial.

What are your new responsibilities? How do they differ from being an analyst?

Life as an analyst is quite isolated, depending on the coach and team. Generally I have several documents I’m managing: our scrims, opponent jungle pathing, and warding tendencies. With LeDuck my focus was primarily on scouting, and creating this content for him and the players. I also worked closely with Amazing to discuss particularly jungle pathing and how to abuse player’s tendencies. Lane swaps and objective set ups I showed what top teams in other regions did, and helped the team to adapt them to our play.

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The ever pensive look of an analyst at work

As a coach, I manage a team of analysts I recruited for worlds, who do much of the stat tracking and scouting discussed above. Primarily my role has shifted to structure discussion and ensure the efficiency of our scrims. Origen is lucky to have 5 very intelligent players, but often over the course of conversation the takeaway message is lost. This means I must make sure everyone walks away from the discussion on the same page about what to do next time.

What was your personal highlight of the regular split?

My personal highlight was game 1 of the finals against Fnatic, we spent a lot of time working on playing comps like the one we played, and it was really excellent to see such a performance, and vindicated the faith I had in the boys to perform on stage in the finals.

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Amazing group effort, even better group hug

Thoughts on worlds? Your chances? Have you been able to learn from the bootcamp?

The bootcamp has been a good experience for everyone. Not only are we getting practice against teams from all the major regions, but we’ve grown closer as a team. Group D will be very difficult, but I think we have an excellent shot at advancing depending on the form that LGD and KT show up in.

What advice would you give to anyone trying to get into coaching and analysis?

Watch vods, take notes, stop playing the game. Focus on the area of the game you find most compelling and find ways to discuss that specialization in the larger context of killing the nexus. It is incredibly helpful to find others to discuss the game with, and explore your ideas. The most important thing is realizing there is not a road ahead of you, but a forest you must carve a trail through. It isn’t easy, and the only one you can really rely on is yourself.

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Getting your suit game on helps too…

How do you keep your long hair so intact and shiny?

Don’t wash your hair every time you shower, too much shampoo damages your hair.

Please join us on welcoming Hermit to the Head Coach position! You can follow him at @mtnhrmt

 

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. 

95 comments
Minaya
Minaya

Hermit is great, you are so good with him now, im impressed :)


GL for Friday !!!! Continue like that <33333333

VictorRidaoPerez
VictorRidaoPerez

queremos la camiseta del mundial a la venta yaaaaaaaaaaa

David Casas Vidal
David Casas Vidal

ahora hay un famoso que se llama como yo, no puedo cambiar el nick del lol nunca mas o seria como rendirse...

Justin Everon
Justin Everon

True leduck was soo great gl origen my favorite player is xpeke but my favortie team is fnatic but when you guys don't play with fnatic i vote for you guys origen and fnatic best and favorites team :P

Marcelo Romero
Marcelo Romero

His departure from og was planned since the beginning, he was presented as a temporary coach...

Marcelo Romero
Marcelo Romero

This has planned since the beginning of the season...

SebastianMarinVaras
SebastianMarinVaras

Bienvenido ermitaño, me encanto la nota es genial poder saber mas de cerca sobre el equipo de trabajo que rodea q estos tremendos jugadores que admiro mucho

Alex Cabangan Cabalonga
Alex Cabangan Cabalonga

Nice one guys..!! Im frm philipines pls upload more streams in youtube.. booth camp in kr.. im so sick watching tsm ..plss upload more xpeke.. your leb is monster men ..gj.. #origenchampion

NAMIveela7
NAMIveela7

@WillOKelly that last question is what made it all perfect :D it's true!now we get to know more about hermit

Berathathome
Berathathome

@WillOKelly Nice article, read well, informative & tone right. Questions good. Can Hermit make some OG stuff now, OG bowls, vases ;p

Onurblgc
Onurblgc

@WillOKelly better then nothing but vlog will be much more better. like ask TSM keep team available.. since they dont stream a lot.

Onurblgc
Onurblgc

@WillOKelly since new generation dont like the read give them 15-20min vlogs keep it clean/pro..

Onurblgc
Onurblgc

@WillOKelly i really can help team like about anything by living with them so many idea in my mind for OG.

Minaya
Minaya

Congratulations Hermit <3 

VanSenn
VanSenn

Congrats and good luck coaching these guys :D Have fun, lots of ideas, a good time and get the best out of everyone ;)

Ehm Ae Narte
Ehm Ae Narte

That's the purpose of replacement right? To leave and to be replaced \U0001f605\U0001f605\U0001f605\U0001f605\U0001f605\U0001f605

Oriana González
Oriana González

I was so sad when LeDuck left. He's such an awesome guy and coach, but I'm happy he's going to do what makes him happy. Welcome to Origen Hermit!

Jose Luis Hernandez
Jose Luis Hernandez

Congratulations Hermit! I'm sure your road to get here was not easy, it is much more enjoyable to play the game than to study all those vods, jungler paths and warding tendencies. At least now you will get some public recognition for your hard work. I wish you the best and good luck with worlds!

GO GO ORIGEN!!!

Adrian Dużak
Adrian Dużak

He left by his own lol, first read what forums say then comment like that

Malek Al-Zaidi
Malek Al-Zaidi

I'm glad to hear that! I'm just curious about who came with the thresh and kalista combo idea though xD

Hicham Rabai
Hicham Rabai

actually it was hermit who did a great job providing great analyzis and drafts to Leduck

Davidrg95esp
Davidrg95esp

@maycae2 Pero no estaba LeDuck? Lo siento es que últimamente ando perdido jajaja

Davidrg95esp
Davidrg95esp

@maycae2 ups vaya, es un mal momento para descansar cuando Origen ha llegado a los mundiales, en parte, gracias a él.

Hakan Öztürk
Hakan Öztürk

oh this guy is amazing. it was a good one cmon guys -_-

Sergio Iván Cuadra Castellón
Sergio Iván Cuadra Castellón

Donaldo Ramos tienes razón, el único problema con Soaz es que sigue usando casi todas las mecánicas de hace años, y eso puede llegar a afectar, tiene que variar un poco, es lo único que debería cambiar a mi pensar