Before Team Kinguin’s League of Legends Head Coach Adrian ‘Hatchy’ Widera became professionally involved in the game, he lived what he calls a ‘normal life’. Esports changed everything. The story of our trainer proves that in order to go pro, you need talent, a heck of a lot of work and even more determination.
In real life Hatchy is the person you probably imagine: sharp as a tack, full of energy and always focused. The way he looks at you makes you think that there isn’t a moment when he isn’t working out a new tactic.
„Before I went into esports, I studied political science and IT. It was just something that I took interest in,” Hatchy says. „It quickly became obvious, though, that if you want to be a part of esports, you won’t have time for anything else.”
The decision to get involved in esports was both bold and risky, as Hatchy came up with the idea to train players when most teams weren’t even considering a possibility of having a coach.
„Back then coaches weren’t recognized by Riot, the organization behind the game, though some teams were starting to think about getting someone to train them,” he explains. „However, it wasn’t an official position. It wasn’t like a team just had to have a coach.”
You Need Analytical Skills… and a Lot of Time
When Hatchy decided to get involved in League of Legends, he focused on watching professional matches. The goal was to understand the way the game works.
„From 7 AM to 8 PM, sometimes even 2 AM, there were matches that I just had to see,” he recalls. „First in China, then in Europe, and then in the United States. Suddenly I found myself busy all day long. I didn’t have time for anything else.”
Hatchy was watching games instead of playing them. He studied the tactics, usually by comparing the Korean scene — which is considered the most advanced and professional — with European and American.
„I was looking for situations where Korea would behave differently than the rest of the world,” Hatchy explains. „I asked myself what is the reason behind the diffrences, as I tried to widen my knowledge as a trainer.”
Acquiring the knowledge, however, wasn’t enough. The really tricky thing to do was to find anyone who’d like to profit from it.
A Little Luck Won’t Hurt
„A lot of luck has been involved in my transition to professional esports,” Hatchy says. „You always need a bit of luck, especially if you’re a coach.”
The plan was to make a list of top European players and offer them an analysis of their game. Hatchy gathered 250 names. He sent a friend request to each and every one of them, along with a message saying: „Hi, would you allow me to watch your game and analyze it? If you like it, I can do it regularly, and if you don’t, I won’t bother you ever again.”
„From these 250 people only one person accepted my request, and it happened by accident”, Hatchy says. „He later admitted he wanted to reject the invitation, but his mouse slipped, so he said: ‘alright, give it a shot’. I wrote the analysis and that’s how everything started.”
Hatchy became a coach for Tricked – a Danish team that recently has been eliminated by Team Kinguin in the EU Challenger Series Qualifier. Thereby, Hatchy has defeated the first team he ever trained!
How did Hatchy become our coach here at Team Kinguin? That’s a story that deserves its own piece. To be continued!