Nukeduck to Coach FlyQuest in 2024

Nukeduck joins FlyQuest for the 2024 competitive season as their new head coach where he hopes to find more success than when he was playing.

The great European mid-laner Nukeduck continues his League of Legends coaching career as he joins North America’s FlyQuest for next year’s competitive season, according to Sheep Esports. After having a brief time as an assistant coach with 100 Thieves last year, Nukeduck will take the helm of FlyQuest’s new roster that the team has heavily invested in during the offseason, acquiring some big names in an attempt to get back to the top of the LCS. Only time will tell if the team will be able to soar to the top or come crashing down. 

The Beginning of Nukeduck

Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm has been around the competitive League of Legends scene since he was 15 when he joined a team called 3DMAX back at the end of 2011. He would first make waves in the competitive scene when he burst onto the scene in 2013 with the team Lemondogs. 

Lemondogs entered the EU LCS 2013 Summer Split qualifying via the promotion tournament. With a funny-sounding name, a ton of fresh talent fans didn’t know what to expect from the new addition to the EU LCS, but the team took over by storm. The Lemondogs roster would find plenty of success, ending the 2013 Summer Split 2nd in the EU LCS, which would qualify the team to compete in the Season 3 World Championship, where the team would place 9th-10th. 

Lemondogs would disband at the end of 2013, and Nukeduck would bring his talents to Ninjas in Pyjamas with a few of his former teammates. 2014 would be a rough season for Nukeduck as he would go from playing at Wolrds to being unable to break back into EU LCS the following year as Ninjas in Pyjamas fell short in both the Spring and Summer Promotion tournaments. 

He’d get back into the EU LCS, though was struggling to realize any success with Team ROCCAT and Team Vitality, both of whom were bottom-tier teams despite Nukeduck playing fairly well and being able to hold his own. In 2018, he joined FC Schalke 04, where he found success in the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split as the team finished in 2nd place. The following year, he joined Origen, and after a successful first split with the team, they were never able to find another top finish with Nukeduck playing.  After that, he’d do stints with Astralis and Excel Esports, finding himself on a bunch of squads that were unable to find any meaningful success. 

FlyQuest’s Hopes

Nukeduck has spent the past year with the 100 Thieves organization in his first few coaching roles. Though 100 Thieves had a hard time finding success last year, FlyQuest is hopeful that he will be just what they need to become competitive after falling off in the Summer Split last year. In 2023, FlyQuest jumped out to a fast start, having an explosive Spring Split that saw them end the Regular Season with a 14-4 record and finishing 3rd in the Playoffs. 

The team has invested heavily into their roster for the 2024 season, building a roster that consists of Bwipo, Inspired, Jensen, Massu, and Busio as they look to move on from last year’s disappointments. Is this the start of a successful new journey as a head coach, or will it become yet another disappointing season for Nukeduck? We will find out soon enough.