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Welcome Matthew Watson & Marvin ”Reine” Han

POSTED BY Grauling January 26, 2021

Today we are happy to announce two great additions to our League of Legends roster! Matthew Watson as our performance coach and Reine as our newest substitute for the NLC.

Watson’s experience in leading a structured team performance plan will be a key part of our practice this split and we are overjoyed to have him on board!

Similarly, Reine has shown a great attitude towards competitive and a desire to improve. We are happy to have him as a substitute here at Singularity in order for him to continue his development!

“My name is Watson and I’m delighted to be joining Team Singularity as their LoL performance coach!

Just a little about me, I have been working as an Esports performance coach for over a year and a half, primarily in LoL and R6S. Before working in Esports I was a professional basketball coach and spent most of my life involved in team sports at various levels, completing coaching qualifications in basketball, athletics and dodgeball, for some reason. Alongside my coaching and applied work, I am also active in academia and research. I originally studied sport and exercise science at the University of Birmingham in the UK before going on to do a master’s degree in a similar area at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Fast forward a few years and countries and I’m now almost finished with my PhD in sport psychology–specifically coaching, emotional intelligence and motivation–at the German Sport University in Cologne. I wear a few other hats, for example, lecturer in sport psychology and esports coach developer, but I think you get the gist.

In terms of my applied work in Esports, my focus is primarily on the team and organizational level. There are a few aspects to this. I believe that establishing a shared understanding and connection amongst players and coaching staff can have an incredibly positive impact on team performance and individual well-being over a split and beyond. As such, I really value the time we invest in developing bonds between team personnel. Equally, especially at NLC level, players are experts in their roles and driven to improve so I look for ways to involve them in co-creating an environment that both optimally challenges and supports them. Part of this also involves taking a holistic perspective of performance and making sure players and staff are taking care of their health and well-being. Ultimately, I’m trying to ensure that we’re doing the best we can with the resources we have.

I’m really happy to be here at Team Singularity and very excited to see what this group can achieve. It is a bit of a full circle in a sense, as Coach Torok was one of the first LoL coaches I met on my journey into Esports. I was impressed then with his professional and personal approach, and the team he’s put together here definitely reflects those qualities. Certainly, the guys have made it very easy to feel part of things and I really get the sense that we’re working together towards something big.”

Matthew Watson

“I’m extremely excited to have found a new home in Singularity. EUW Soloq Messiah, Prosfair, has long been a player that I have looked up to for a long time and I cannot wait to learn as much as possible with a roster this stacked in a sound organization. There is no doubt in my mind that I will improve immensely during my ttime at Singularity, and that the team will be a contender for top 3 in the NLC!”

Marvin ”Reine” Han