Evil Geniuses to Start With Goldenglue and Huni
Here’s an unexpected bit of news: Evil Geniuses has just signed Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer. The seasoned veteran mid laner did send out a very cryptic tweet recently which, in hindsight, makes all the sense in the world.
The news of Goldenglue being replaced by Tanner “Damonte” Damonte on Golden Guardians wasn’t all that surprising, although Greyson did have a fairly solid Spring Split, all things considered. He was by no means a mid lane behemoth, but he did more than enough to warrant another shot in Summer. That, however, didn’t happen. He had one of the lowest death shares amongst all mid laners along with some very respectable laning stats. Overall, Goldenglue finally delivered after years of fumbling on the LCS stage.
It wasn’t enough for him to keep the starting spot, however. Damonte isn’t as consistent, but he sure does have higher highs and pop-off moments that can turn the tides of battle and win his team the game. This meant Goldenglue was teamless — a crushing development, especially after a solid Spring Split run.
Fortunately for Goldenglue, the seasoned veteran was able to quickly find a new team to call home: Evil Geniuses.
A Different Kind of Roster
Now, this pairing is quite confusing. There’s no other way to phrase it. With Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro (of Team Vitality fame) as their starter, there’s really no need for a second mid laner. Granted, Jiizuke isn’t the most consistent player around but when he pops off he’s like a highlight reel machine. Heck, he’s the driving force behind much of EG’s success, so playing without him (as flawed as he might be) doesn’t make much sense.
But then we need to remember that Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is also signed to the team and has been spending his time in Academy LCS — a pretty underwhelming place for the former LCK champion and Worlds finalist. Seeing how Jiizuke takes up an import slot, Evil Geniuses can now start with Huni by putting Goldenglue in. They’d have to replace Colin “Kumo” Zhao in the process as well, but some would argue that that’s a small price to pay for having a player like Huni aboard. They could then reunite their legendary marksman Bae “Bang” Jun-sik with his former top laner.
Now, this kind of roster swap — while exciting on paper — doesn’t make much sense overall. Huni is by no means as dominant as he was in the past, and his play has deteriorated quite a bit when compared to his heyday. His name still evokes a lot of respect and admiration, but his performance is by no means worthy of the LCS stage.
While Goldenglue has synergy with Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen from the time they both played for Cloud9 Academy, he is by no means a long-term replacement for Jiizuke nor can his existing synergy with the former LCS MVP jungler compensate for the fact that he can’t carry as hard as the “Italian stallion.” It is, at the very least, a roster swap worth trying out. Goldenglue is officially signed until July 22nd, although Evil Geniuses can always extend the contract should they decide he’s a worthy pick-up.
Evil Geniuses have Team Liquid and Cloud9 lined up for this week. They’re not favored in either match regardless of who was going to be the starter, so this is as good a time as any to experiment seeing how both losses are all but guaranteed. Whether Goldenglue earns a shot at redemption and solidifies his spot on the main Evil Geniuses roster remains to be seen.
The LCS returns this Friday after a week of mind-blowing upsets and unexpected twists and turns. Make sure to tune in as we should be in for one heck of a ride!