Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett has become an assistant coach for Immortals, which is his first spell at coaching, the organization and the player have announced.
— Immortals (@Immortals) July 9, 2021
The 23-year-old had been playing professionally in North America for seven years. He made his League of Legends Championship Series debut in 2016 as a part of the Team Liquid roster.
The jungler left Dignitas by the end of last month. Due to poor performances, his place in the starting line-up has been taken by Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham.
Dardoch shed some light on his decision to take up a new role in an interview with Upcomer. “It wasn’t very viable for me to find an immediate playing option in the middle of the season. So, just to kind of bridge myself to that next opportunity, I offered myself as a coach,” he explains.
In the aforementioned interview, the former jungler also reveals how the conversations with Immortals staff went. He reveals that he had long conversations with André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto, the team’s head coach.
The Portuguese coach told him what he needs from his assistant, which according to Dardoch was exactly the qualities the latter can offer.
Despite making quite a significant change in his career, Dardoch says that we may see him back in a player role in the future. “I’m not going to close that door at all, but I do think there’s a possibility I just stay as a coach,” he sums up.