Evil Geniuses need to bounce again after a misfortunate Summer time Playoffs and Worlds.
Spring and Summer time of 2022 have been two very totally different tales for Evil Geniuses. They got here into the yr with a roster of star gamers combined with younger native expertise. After a really middling common season, they powered by means of the Spring Playoffs to win the primary LCS Championship within the group’s historical past. Summer time, alternatively, was the alternative. The trophy meant they have been favorites within the Summer time, they usually performed prefer it. However after some unlucky circumstances with their younger bot laner Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki, they fell off within the playoffs and solely managed to safe a third-place end.
Worlds didn’t go that effectively both. Regardless that they eradicated MAD Lions and obtained out of the Play-In stage, they solely gained one recreation in teams and exited with a 1-5 rating. Worst of all, their CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson introduced Danny wouldn’t be returning in 2023, or within the foreseeable future, which meant they wanted some modifications. Additionally they misplaced their Head of Teaching Workers Peter Dun, the architect behind their successful challenge. To interchange him they signed Kelsey Moser who beforehand labored with 100 Thieves and helped them construct their Academy groups. EG’s new head coach, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, can also be a former 100T member.
Clearing area for all of the #LCS POTW awards we’re about to get.@Ssumday@Inspiredlol@jojopyunlol@VictorHuang@VulcanLoL@HPE | #EGWIN pic.twitter.com/k1jVxIrm8e
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) December 5, 2022
- Prime laner: Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho
- Jungler: Kacper “Impressed” Słoma
- Mid laner: Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun
- Bot laner: Victor “FBI” Huang
- Help: Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme
Making an attempt to construct upon a powerful core
Shedding Danny for the yr is one factor, but additionally departing with Influence on prime of that was a giant hit for EG on this low season. Fortunately, they’ve one of many strongest mid/jungle/assist trios within the league, they usually can construct on that. Everybody already is aware of how good Impressed is. He’s the chief of this group, even at occasions he isn’t the carry. From 1v3ing folks on Vi to solo killing carries on Sejuani, the reigning MVP does every part on the map. If somebody on the Evil Geniuses is fed in any recreation, it’s in all probability because of him. So retaining Impressed, regardless of some rumors indicating in any other case, was in all probability the most important win of the season. To not point out his synergy with Jojo.
Speaking in regards to the younger prodigy of the Geniuses, many expect a giant step up from Jojopyun in 2023. He had an incredible rookie yr through which he gained the LCS and obtained a variety of expertise towards worldwide mids. We even noticed him change his playstyle after the MSI, and adapt to a extra roaming model. In 2023, he should sustain his map actions whereas additionally taking part in extra carry champions, seeing Danny gained’t be there for late-game fights.
However even with out their Prince of Darkness, EG nonetheless obtained among the best bot laners within the league. FBI didn’t have his finest yr in 2022, however I feel that was attributable to huhi’s struggles within the enchanter meta. With a extra in-form assist in Vulcan, FBI shall be again to his peak, which EG will certainly want seeing the bot lane competitors in LCS. In any case, the place Vulcan and FBI battle to hold, they will all the time flip to their prime laner. One other 100T acquisition, Ssumday began to play an increasing number of carry champions within the final two years. From his wonderful Aatrox video games to a number of Tryndamere picks, the Korean prime laner has been the best-performing participant in his place. If this roster doesn’t expertise any synergy issues, which they shouldn’t see they’ve the identical core three gamers, they’re one of many frontrunners for the LCS 2023 Spring trophy.
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