This week, we have the great honor to share with you an interview with YellowStar, currently coach of the LDLC team involved in the LOL Open Tour. We talked about many topics and it was an opportunity to look back at his incredible career.
KYKLOS: Hello YellowStar! How are you doing?
YellowStar: Hello! I’m very well, thank you.
K: In case some of our readers don’t know you, can you please introduce yourself quickly?
Y: I am YellowStar, coach of the LDLC team on League of Legends. I started esport on Warcraft III, then turned to League of Legends to play competitively. I joined teams like AAA, Fnatic, TSM. Finally, I ended my playing career to join PSG Esport for a year as Esport director, and now I coach LDLC team.
K: What does it mean to be a coach in one of the best French competitive teams on LoL?
Y: As a coach, what is really important is to build team spirit. Each player must feel good with the others. Of course it has to work in game, the links are more easily welded in case of victory. But to achieve victory, a lot of discipline and motivation must be instituted. The motivation is intrinsic to the player so the idea is to recruit players with the same objective so that they can move forward together in the same direction. My role will be to supervise them and enable them to improve their performance in order to achieve this goal.
Then I will come up on a strategic aspect in game since I will be able to take a step back that players will not necessarily have when they are focused on their game.
The coach will also bring a lot on a mental aspect. It’s certainly 75-80% of my work.
Coaching will be a permanent adaptation to the person in front of you. We can’t follow a model for that. You really need to adapt your coaching method to the player. Being a coach mainly means managing human beings.
K: You were the esport director of PSG Esport, what did you learn from this experience?
Y: It was a great experience. Obviously I would have hoped that this would have led to a better outcome. However, as a person, I have learned a lot. In fact, I thank them and I will always thank them for giving me this opportunity. I grew out of it. If I had to do it again, I would, changing some things, of course.
K: You are currently involved with LDLC in a competition called the LOL Open Tour. What do you think of this?
Y: The Open Tour is a great initiative. It is now possible to develop the French scene, which is very talented. Certainly there are some foreign players but this is the case in any league. In any case, we see some very good players evolving and who knows that some of them may join the European or even international scene.
K: You were a player, an esport director, now a trainer. Which role do you like best or did you like best?
Y: There is a period for everything. Honestly, I learned a lot about everything. As a player I was able to work on my stress management, discovering what competition is, communicating with interviews etc. Then as a coach I learned more about management, strategic and human aspects. Finally, I now understand the business, the scope of our actions through my position as esport director. And of course, what all the people I’ve met brought me.
As a result, it’s really difficult expressing a preference for one position over another. There is a time for everything.
K: In reality, at every moment you were at your place, in the position you preferred…
Y: In fact, when I do something, I really want to succeed, I’ve always had a competitive spirit, I give myself all the means to do the best I can, whatever I do.
K: Do you still follow the esport scene on LoL on an international scale?
Y: I’m still up for esport, even on other games by the way. But obviously I am interested in LoL esport, whether it is national leagues in France, Spain, or the European League of LCS. And I watch the Worlds, of course.
K: What do you think about the direction the scene on LoL is taking? Especially with the arrival of China, the questioning of Korea, and the development of teams on continents other than the EU, NA or Korea.
Y: That’s life. Competition is the reason of all that. The best can’t always stay on top. Many people put a lot of effort into catching up and beating the best. It’s always good to have surprises. This relaunches the show we like to see. It remains pleasant to watch, and it pushes us to work even harder to improve.
K: Last question, among your huge career, what is your best memory?
Y: I have often been asked this question, but I can’t decide. When I look from where I started, i. e. LANs, I participated, on my own scale, in the construction of the airport. When I see what it is today, I’m quite happy. Every moment is to be cherished.
K: Thank you very much for giving us this interview. It was a real honor to be able to talk to you.
Y: Thank you!