After five weeks of play in the 2020 LCS Summer Split, Evil Geniuses are tied for fourth place alongside CLG and FlyQuest with a 5-5 record. Despite this decent start to the season, the team has decided to shake up its starting lineup to try to break away from the rest of the pack in week six.
EG is moving veteran top laner Huni and mid laner Goldenglue into the main League of Legends roster for their upcoming matches, the organization announced today. Mid laner Jiizuke will be taking an “active sideline role” for the time being, while top laner Kumo will compete on EG’s Academy team.
Huni has been on EG’s Academy roster since the start of the season but he hasn’t exactly torn it up in the Academy scene this summer. He’s tied for the second-most deaths of any top laner in the NA Academy League and is in the bottom-half for top laners in terms of KDA.
Meanwhile, Goldenglue recently parted ways with Golden Guardians after the team picked up Damonte to take over the mid lane role. Yesterday, the 23-year-old was added to Riot Games’ Global Contract Database with EG but his contract is set to expire next week on July 22.
Last season, Goldenglue and the Golden Guardians reached the 2020 Spring Playoffs but were quickly swept by FlyQuest in the first round. The veteran mid laner also had some disappointing stats throughout the regular season. He led all LCS mid laners with 45 deaths and had the second-lowest kill share percentage in his role.
Previously the starting mid laner for Golden Guardians, Goldenglue said his bittersweet departure from the team on July 3 was due to GG’s signing of mid laner Tanner Damonte. Since then, Goldenglue had been teamless and said he was seeking another opportunity in the LCS as either a player or coach.
In a Twitlonger, the 23-year-old veteran explained the situation revolving around Golden Guardians and how things led to him being replaced in the starting roster by mid laner Damonte. He said the team called him a week before practice was set to start for the LCS Summer Split and told him that Damonte could be joining the team to try out for his starting spot.
“At this time, I was also allowed to reach out to other teams if I wanted to, but I believed my best chances for making Worlds were here,” Goldenglue said. “I was pretty upset because I thought that I without a doubt proved myself worthy in the Spring Split. However, I’m used to competing for my spot and was prepared to fight for it.”