Evil Geniuses have officially announced their starting lineup for 2023. Read more about their newest signings here.
Evil Geniuses Announce 2023 LCS Roster
LCS free agency officially opened up on November 21st. While rumors have swirled around the community for the past few weeks, Evil Geniuses have finally opened up about the direction they are headed in 2023.
Their previous lineup, from Summer 2022, consisted of the following five players:
Top: Jeong “Impact” Eon-young
Jungle: Kacper “Inspired” Słoma
Mid: Joseph “jojopyun” Joon Pyun
ADC: *Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki and Muhammed “Kaori” Hasan Şentürk
Support: Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme
*Sakamaki started for the entirety of the regular season and the first three playoff matches against Cloud9, TSM, and Team Liquid, but stepped away for the Lower Bracket Finals and proceeding World Championship appearances for mental health reasons.
2022 In Review
Unlike the majority of the other LCS teams making major roster moves this offseason, Evil Geniuses are coming off their most successful split in LCS history. After claiming their first LCS title in Spring, Evil Geniuses topped the standings in the Summer Split with a franchise record of 15-3. With such an incredible regular split record, the Evil Geniuses were expected to claim their second ever LCS title, but fell short following Sakamaki’s mental health crisis and Cloud9’s sudden rise.
Although they went on to lose to 100 Thieves in the LCS Summer Championship Lower Bracket Finals, Sakamaki was able to win one last series before his departure, sending his team to the League of Legends World Championship. In his absence, Evil Geniuses Academy ADC Muhammed “Kaori” Hasan Şentürk rose to the occasion, taking over the starting position and showing significant development in very little time.
Alongside the remainder of the EG starting lineup, three of which were deemed 1st Team All-Pro LCS players, Şentürk managed to pull Evil Geniuses out of the World Championship Play-In Stage with a triumphant 3-0 win over the LEC’s MAD Lions. Additionally, Şentürk pushed EG to their first ever win over their international rival from the LEC: G2 Esports.
The two teams previously met six times in the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), the first League of Legends international tournament of the year, following EG’s LCS Spring Championship victory. Despite their frequent encounters, G2 won every single game.
Stealing from Thieves
Despite their successful performances throughout the year, it appears that even Evil Geniuses are making major changes in the offseason. Although many fans were hoping for and expecting Sakamaki’s return in 2023, Evil Geniuses have announced that the “Prince of Pentakills” will not be returning to the team this year.
He still remains on the roster; however, EG have acquired another starting LCS ADC to lead their bot lane in 2023. Instead of starting Şentürk, EG chose to sign former 100 Thieves ADC Ian Victor “FBI” Huang.
But why take one thief when you can take two? Alongside Huang, EG have also acquired 100 Thieves’s 1st Team All-Pro top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. Although they were interested in retaining their starting top laner from 2022, Jeong “Impact” Eon-young, rumors indicate Jeong received a better offer from FlyQuest and will play for them in 2023.
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