Report: KCorp sign jungler Bo and Head Coach YamatoCannon for LEC 2024

Karmine Corp, the newest team in the LEC, is reportedly acquiring famous head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi and Vitality’s... Shubh | 11. November 2023

Karmine Corp, the newest team in the LEC, is reportedly acquiring famous head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi and Vitality’s Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo to bolster their lineup for the 2024 LEC season.

Karmine Corp hopes to lock up another former Vitality player after already reaching an agreement with bot laner Elias “Upset” Lipp yesterday.  According to reports from Sheep Esports, Karmine Corp and popular Jungler Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo have verbally agreed for Yang-Bo to join the LEC club.  According to reports, the French organization also gave Jungler Linas “Lyncas” Nauncikas serious consideration for the starting lineup. However, Lyncas was ultimately recruited to the Karmine’s LFL squad.

But there’s still a fair chance the organization will revamp the squad, with Lyncas ending up as the main jungler for the organization’s LEC team.  Bo has been a mainstay of Team Vitality’s LEC squad since 2022 and is a highly-regarded League talent. The Chinese jungler, nevertheless, never achieved much while playing for Vitality since the club found it difficult to compete at the top level of the LEC under its new structure.

How is KCorp’s roster overhaul going so far?

The French organization has verbally agreed to a deal with Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi, one of the most well-known head coaches in the European League.  Yamato has previously played for a number of illustrious teams, including Fnatic, Splyce, Team Vitality, and Sandbox Gaming. A well-known streamer, the 27-year-old head coach also served on the LEC analyst desk for a while.

In the 2023 Coupe de France, he even coached Karmine Corp’s LFL club, indicating that he will be staying on until the 2024 campaign. Though he has never taken home a championship in the LEC, the coach is still a fan favorite in the EMEA region.

Karmine Corp is also reportedly moving forward in negotiations with mid-laner Lucas “Saken” Fayard, top laner Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet, and support Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé, all of whom are anticipated to be promoted to the team’s starting lineup. It is significant to remember that the players and the organization have not yet struck an agreement, and it is possible that they will not make the team’s final roster when it enters the 2024 LEC.

KCorp has already won four European Masters tournaments and two League of Legends championships in the Tier 2 European League of Legends circuit. Now, after three years of LFL play, Karmine Corp will replace Astralis in the 2024 LEC and enter the top division. Over $27 million have been spent on the Astralis spot, which the organization will have to pay back over the next few years through fundraisers.

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