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Team Griffin release coach cvMax ahead of Worlds

Team Griffin have terminated the contract of their League of Legends coach Kim "cvMax" Dae-Ho just a week before the 2019 Season World Championship in Europe.

 

In an unexpected post, the organisation state that the contract was ended 'with mutual agreement' but gave no details as to why cvMax has been removed at this crucial time. It is also not currently known whether Griffin requested cvMax's removal or whether he instigated his departure.

Team Griffin qualified for Worlds having accumulated the most LCK 2019 Championship Points behind SK Telecom T1 who claimed first seed in Korea. The Koreans were placed into Group A alongside Cloud9, G2 Esports and one more spot reserved for a qualifying play-in team.

While Griffin avoid the brutal Group C brawl of SK Telecom T1, Fnatic and Royal Never Give Up, their path to the playoffs sees them face the formidable G2 Esports in their opening and closing matches instead.

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Griffin were drawn into Group A and will face LEC Summer Champion G2 Esports and Cloud9, who earned the most Championship Points in North America
(Credit: @LoLEsports)

Having only been promoted to the LCK in April last year, Griffin's impressive rise to Worlds qualification marks an early highlight for the squad. While Griffin has performed well throughout the last two splits and has huge potential, questions have been raised over their ability to bring the same form to playoff games.

While his intense and unorthodox coaching has raised eyebrows and garnered criticism from some, the impact of what he brought to the team seems impressive when looking at where Griffin started in 2018 and where they are now.

The possible absence of a coach entirely following cvMax's removal and no replacement named could jeopardise Griffin's chances in Europe further.

Worlds 2019 begins 2nd October and a full schedule is available on the LoL Esports website, with the RiotGames Twitch channel broadcasting from the Play-In to the Finals on 10th November.