It looks like the one week trial of Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilme was a success, with Evil Geniuses making the move permanent.
EG picked up a massive victory against Cloud9 in week 6. And then a defeat to Team Liquid, going 1-1 across the weekend. EG clearly liked what they saw; as they’ve made the call to keep the pairing of Goldenglue and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon as starting mid and top until the end of 2020.
Goldenglue most recently spent time with Golden Guardians; but was benched in favor of Tanner “Damonte” Damonte, whom they signed from Dignitas. Crucially for North America, Goldenglue brings another NA Resident to the mid lane; something the league has lacked in recent years.
The move will see Italian mid laner Daniele “Jiizuke” Di Mauro stay in the academy side for the time being; he’s received his fair share of criticism during the Summer Split. Hope still remains for Jizuke in 2021, when Huni becomes a North American resident. However, if Goldenglue can hold onto the spot, EG might just replace the Italian Stallion.
As for Huni, he performed, and it didn’t look like his first LCS match of the Summer Split. The signing of Huni at the start of the split was clearly done with 2021 in mind. However, the sides slightly poor performance in Summer Split has seen Huni thrown back into the starting roster, and looking to cement his place ahead of 2021 Spring Split.
Time to look to Worlds?
Following our win against C9 this weekend we're locking in the Swole Bros for the rest of the split https://t.co/fMXycboWrk
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) July 22, 2020
With a 1-1 weekend in the bag and a victory against the LCS’ best side in Cloud9 — it’s now time for EG to push on and get to Worlds. Right now they sit in joint-fourth with FlyQuest and Golden Guardians. Week 7 brings EG an important weekend to secure a 2-0. With matches against bottom two sides Team Dignitas and Immortals to come, EG could gain important victories as the LCS hits the tail end.
Based on current league form, EG should certainly be in a good place to land a playoff spot; with sides around them still to play some of the harder sides. EG has a Worlds finalist in its roster in Huni — so the experience is on its side should they make it that far. Based on the current overall quality of the LCS, the region could do with a as many strong sides as possible going into the pivotal end of split period.