Evil Geniuses Reportedly Sign Peter Dun as Head Coach
According to a report from ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Evil Geniuses, one of the ten permanent partners in the LCS, have just found a brand-new head coach: Peter Dun, formerly of Splyce and MAD Lions. Overall, this is quite an exciting bit of news for EG fans as Peter is currently one of the best coaches in the West, even though he’s not the kind to attract a lot of attention. Instead, he prefers to do his work behind the scenes, and he’s well known (and highly respected) for his work ethic and ability to “unearth” incredibly talented rookies from the “little leagues.”
Heck, after seeing what he’s done with Splyce and MAD Lions, that feels like an understatement.
Big Changes in the Works for EG
This news comes mere days after the organization parted ways with their previous head coach Young-cheol “Irean” Heo. It also tells us a very important thing: they’re looking to rebuild from the ground up and potentially sign a couple of up-and-coming rookies. That’s where Peter excels most — finding diamonds in the rough. They intend to keep Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen (of Team SoloMid and Cloud9 fame) and build a roster around him. Despite being fairly volatile (depending on the meta), Svenskeren is still an absolute beast and is more than worthy of a starting spot, especially if he’s given room to maneuver and play his own style.
Former SKT T1 alumni Bae “Bang” Jun-sik is not expected to remain with the team and we’ve heard rumblings that Evil Geniuses are very much interested in signing Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen (currently under contract with Team Dignitas) and Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (former Cloud9 top laner). Whether that pans out still remains to be seen. Both players are surely negotiating with many different teams and there’s no telling where they’ll end up once all is said and done.
The same goes for Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam, Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, and Colin “Kumo” Zhao — all of whom may or may not receive contract extensions from Evil Geniuses. There are so many ways in which this can further develop, so there’s really no use in theorycrafting this early on.
In any case, Evil Geniuses bringing Peter Dun over to North America makes all the sense in the world. He’s an absolute veteran and has coached in both Brazil and Europe. He’ll bring a ton of experience and leadership to Evil Geniuses and we can’t wait to see him build a roster from the ground-up. If he manages to find even a modicum of success as he did with MAD Lions, Evil Geniuses will be the team to watch come 2021.