In this coaching interview, Dr. Jordan Tsai sits down with Max Waldo, the head coach of Cloud9’s professional esports team. Max has a wealth of experience in the esports industry, having found success with Cloud9 League of Legends in their 2022 Worlds run. In this video, he shares his insights on what it takes to build a successful esports team and how he approaches training and developing players. He also talks about the unique challenges of coaching in the competitive world of esports and how he adapts to the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Whether you’re an aspiring coach, a competitive player, or support staff looking to understand the coaching perspective, this is an interview you won’t want to miss!
Maxwell Alexander “Max Waldo” Waldo
Maxwell Alexander “Max Waldo” Waldo is a League of Legends esports player, previously head and positional coach for Cloud9. He was previously known as kaizen and Max.
DPT, PT, OCS
Dr. Jordan Tsai DPT, PT, OCS, is a US Army veteran who served as a combat medic in Iraq from 2007-2008. He then went on to graduate from California University State University, Long Beach with his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science before attending the University of Southern California for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Jordan has experience working with a variety of orthopedic pathologies and populations ranging from young athletes to older, post-surgical patients. He is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and enjoys mentoring DPT students in the clinic. He has experience working in esports with teams such as Cloud 9, Evil Geniuses, and 100 Thieves. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, watching sports, playing video games, and traveling.
What Will You Learn?
- What was transitioning between head and assistant coach like for you?
- As a coach how do you focus on improving strengths or fixing weaknesses?
- What was your greatest challenge?
- Is imposter syndrome prevalent in esports?
- How do you develop good coaching skills?
- How do you get the team back on track after a bad loss?
- How do you deal with a weak link?
- Game knowledge vs coaching knowledge?
- How do you coach someone with stage anxiety?
- To grind or not to grind?
- How do you feel about health services in esports?
- Advice for new coaches?
In this esports coaching interview, we sit down with former Cloud9 head coach Max Waldo to discuss his experiences in the industry. He talks about transitioning from an assistant coach to a head coach, his approach to improving player strengths and addressing weaknesses, his biggest challenges as a coach, and the prevalence of imposter syndrome in esports. He also shares his thoughts on the importance of game knowledge versus coaching knowledge, how to coach players with stage anxiety, the debate over the “grind” mentality, and the state of health services in esports. Lastly, he offers advice for new coaches just starting out in the industry.