|Country of Birth||Netherlands|
|Birthday||July 28, 1991 (age 27)|
|Soloqueue IDs||cGo YoungBuck, LLL YoungBuck, Crs YoungBuck, SK YoungBuck, EC YoungBuck, NGG YoungBuck, DB YoungBuck, mouz YoungBuck, CW YoungBuck|
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Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool is the coach for Fnatic.
YoungBuck is a professional League of Legends player hailing from Bovenkarspel, Netherlands. He first played Red Alert II at age 11. Prior to League of Legends, he played Soldier of Fortune II and Red Alert III at a high level. One of YoungBuck's friends over SoF2 invited him to try League of Legends, and he initially declined the offer. However, his friend insisted, and the Dutch player installed the game before the Lux release (~ October 2010). He had a lot of friends coming into the game, and his first impressions were positive. Even though he "probably got stomped a lot," he stuck to it.
YoungBuck's first competitive team was LowLandLions, joining the team at the end of the season.
YoungBuck enjoyed success with his new team, winning many of the tournaments they participated in. This included 4Players.de All or Nothing 2, the monthly finals of 4Players.de Play4Fame 2012 April, the Scandic Games League, 4Players.de All or Nothing 3, and CDiscount Cup 3. The roster's impressive showings resulted in them being picked up by Team Curse Europe.
He then joined the roster of IWantCookie, where he played alongside Shook. YoungBuck competed with the team at Tales of the Lane, but could not make it out of the group stage. A month later, the team's roster was acquired by DragonBorns. Now with their new organization, the team played in the SCAN Invitational, winning the tournament without losing a game. However, just two weeks later, YoungBuck left the team along with Shook. Both joined mousesports soon after.
After leaving mousesports, YoungBuck joined Esport4Life. Also on the team at this time were Freeze and Unlimited. The team changed name to Samurai in Jeans and enjoyed success in multiple Go4LoLs before finishing 2nd in the SoloMid EU Invitational 3, losing to MeetYourMakers in the final of the tournament. This was followed by a 3rd place finish at the LCS Season 3 Go4LoL Summer Promotion Qualifier, meaning they would have a chance to qualify for the LCS later on in the season.
A 1st place finish at the SoloMid EU Invitational 4 led the team into the LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Promotion in good form. Despite this, after beating Anexis eSports in the challenger round, Samurai in Jeans were unable to beat Copenhagen Wolves in their promotion matchup.
YoungBuck and the team competed in DreamHack Summer 2013, taking first place in their maiden tournament with a 2-1 victory over Dark Passage. The Copenhagen Wolves also finished first at Gfinity London 2013, defeating Eternity Gaming 2-0. After failing to qualify for the Season 4 Spring Promotion Tournament via the Season 4 LCS Spring Promotion Qualifier, they secured their place in the Promotion Tournament after taking 1st place at the Gamescom Qualifier. The team then managed to finish in 2nd place at DreamHack Bucharest.
He and the team also competed in the International Invitational Tournament 2, which Copenhagen Wolves managed to win, beating Team Dignitas UK in the final. This followed this up with another tournament win, this time at ASUS RoG Paris Games Week 2013. With the team's roster on a hot streak, they went on to win the EUW Challenger Series Week 14 Cup and the amateur tournament at IEM Season VIII - Cologne, beating Ninjas in Pyjamas in the final.
YoungBuck and the team carried their form into the next season, winning every game in the group stage in the LCS Spring Promotion, and going on to beat MeetYourMakers in their promotion matchup. This meant that the team would be playing in the Spring Split. The split was not a huge success for the team, however a 6th place finish meant that the team had a spot in the Spring Playoffs.
The playoffs were not successful for YoungBuck and the Copenhagen Wolves, going out in the quarterfinals to Alliance. This meant that they would have to fight for their LCS status in the Summer Promotion. YoungBuck helped the team to a win in their promotion matchup against Denial eSports.Europe.
This meant that the team would play in the Summer Split. The split was a struggle for the team, who did not make it out of the bottom 3 in the standings table at all over the split - Copenhagen Wolves ended up finishing last, in 8th place. This meant that they would have to play in the Spring Promotion to fight for the team's LCS status. YoungBuck and the team managed to win their promotion match-up, beating H2k-Gaming.
Ready for the start of the season, YoungBuck joined the ranked 5's ladder team Unlucky Rejects, composed of the former Copenhagen Wolves roster with Freeze in place of Woolite. The team qualified for the Expansion Tournament, but on November 18, Copenhagen Wolves announced that they were re-signing the Unlucky Rejects roster.
YoungBuck participated in the Spring Split with the Copenhagen Wolves, and his contribution helped the team to a 6th place finish in the regular season, securing them a place in the Spring Playoffs. YoungBuck and the team lost to H2k-Gaming in the playoff quarterfinals, meaning they would collect 10 Championship Points for the split.
He also participated with the Copenhagen Wolves in the Summer Split, but stepped down from the team's starting roster before the start of the sixth week of the split following a leak of internal conversations about the organization.
YoungBuck joined Enemy as Head Coach just a month later.
- Used to be the fan of Rap singer "Young Buck" at age 13 and created his account on Soldier of Fortune II with the handle he currently has.
- Well known for his Renekton, which he used to climb to Solo Queue's Top 5 in Season 2.
- Came close to qualifying to the LCS twice (1: Mousesports, 2: Samurai in Jeans) before qualifying with the Copenhagen Wolves.
- Loves working out and body building.
- Used to practice kickboxing before stumbling on League of Legends.
- Looks up to Alistair Overeem, an MMA fighter, and Mirko Cro Cop, a UFC fighter.
- His motto is an Alistair Overeem quote: "Train hard, play easy"
- One of his favorite meals is chicken with Saté sauce, a sauce made of peanut butter. Likes drinking Vanilla Coca-Cola.
- Always wanted to stay in a role that involves directly interacting with team members, after retirement.
- Finished Season 1 with an Elo rating near the 1500s. Then ascended through the ranks in Season 2, playing a lot of Corki and Renekton.
- This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
- September 11, What happened to G2, the old kings of Europe? by Xing Li on Dot Esorts
- April 15, Making A Buck: The parents of G2’s coach brought him up right by Jason Killingsworth on LoL Esports
- January 20, YoungBuck makes sense of Fnatic's week one at LEC, the remake, and what's to come with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- February 10, Youngbuck on the current state of Fnatic in the LEC & how the meta influences them with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- August 2, Youngbuck: "If we’d clone 1 player 5 times, which player would make the best team? We think Viper" with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- September 6, YoungBuck on boosting Fnatic's mentality: "I've been saying this for weeks: we're going to win Worlds." with Adel Chouadria on Cybersport
- October 13, YoungBuck: "Seeing G2 on top of Group A is fantastic. EU is doing well. Can't complain." with Darius Matuschak from The Shotcaller
- August 24, G2 coach YoungBuck on Splyce: “I would rank them above Misfits and above H2K as well. It sucks for them that they had to meet us (in the quarterfinals).” with Kelsey Moser for Slingshot Esports
- February 15, YoungBuck jokes about the secret to G2’s success: ‘It’s 100 per cent the coach' with theScore
- March 10, YoungBuck: "G2 Esports hätte IEM Katowice gewonnen" with SPORT1
- March 25, YoungBuck: 'We have proven ourselves in best-of-ones, but best-of-fives is a different animal' with theScore
- April 11, YoungBuck: "Fnatic hat uns auf die Probe gestellt" with Sport1
- August 25, Youngbuck on facing SPY:'We have been practicing so much against each other that we hold no secrets' with theScore
- August 29, G2 Young Buck Interview with Sport1
- March 23, Interview with CW Youngbuck: “If we make it to playoffs I think we can upset a lot of teams.” with News of Legends
- January 6, Interview with CW Youngbuck: “We accidentally found the best ADC in Europe.” with News of Legends
- January 8, Rift Talk #7 - Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool (video) with Rift Talk
- February 21, EU LCS 2014 W6: Interview with CW YoungBuck (video) with SK Gaming
- March 25, Youngbuck discusses Millennium's new jungle and more after their match (video) with OnGamers
- April 2, EU LCS 2014 W11: Interview with CW YoungBuck (video) with SK Gaming
- April 21, An Interview with Joey "YoungBuck" Steltenpool with LCS Central
- May 14, Youngbucks discusses the additions of woolite and Airwaks to Copenhagen Wolves (video) with onGamers
- July 10, Copenhagen Wolves YoungBuck Interview - EU LCS Wembley (video) with Cooler Master
- July 23, Inside the Copenhagen Wolves’ Pack: Interview with Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool – EU LCS Week 9 with AZUBU
- September 9, YoungBuck discusses CW's fight to stay alive in the LCS (video) onGamers
- January 19, aL Lounge - The European 16 - Mouz Youngbuck (video) with Absolute Legends
- June 16, DH Summer: Youngbuck Interview (video) with Cadred
- July 14, Gfinity: Copenhagen Wolves Interview (video) with Cadred
- August 22, Copenhagen Wolves Take Top Slot in Challenger Series at Gamescom (video) with GameSpot
- October 21, Interview Copenhagen Wolves Youngbuck League of Legends op FIRSTLOOK 2013 (Dutch video) with DagelijksHaaDee
- November 24, IEM Cologne: Interview with CPH Wolves Youngbuck (video) with SK Gaming
- December 14, Promotion Tournament: Interview with CPH Wolves YoungBuck (video) with SK Gaming
- June 3, Interview with Crs YoungBuck: "Renekton feels the love and commitment I have for him" with Team Dignitas
- August 10, Interview with Youngbuck with Absolute Legends
- August 20, Interview with EC YoungBuck with Eclypsia
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