Huni Reportedly Signed by Evil Geniuses
The news that Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon signed a two-year deal with Team Dignitas worth $2.3 million took the esports world by storm. Now, he’s certainly a household name and a legend in every sense of the word, but a multi-million dollar deal is pushing it — it is beyond reason and good judgment. In other words, no one thought Huni was worth that much. It didn’t come as a surprise, then, that Dignitas decided to put him up for trade after a fairly disappointing 2020 Spring Split. Enter Evil Geniuses.
After re-entering competitive League of Legends, the staple North American organization made their plan very clear: they wanted to leave a mark and they didn’t care how much they’d have to spend to do so. To their credit, EG was able to assemble a solid, well-rounded roster and have found more success in just a single split than many of their peers did in years. Still, their weakest point is their topside, and having a more seasoned top laner could improve their chances in the 2020 Summer Split.
From Dignitas to Evil Geniuses
According to a report from Jacob Wolf, Evil Geniuses have finalized a deal with Dignitas to bring over Huni — albeit for a lot less money. The confusing thing, however, is that EG already has multiple imports. They have both of their import slots filled with Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro and Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, and while Huni is a popular player across multiple regions, he just wasn’t good enough to warrant a starting spot.
That said, if Huni plays at least 50% of the upcoming split, he’ll automatically become a resident North American player in 2021. That, in itself, is no small thing. Having a player of his caliber (without taking up an import slot) and popularity is a commodity many teams dream of. Furthermore, Huni doesn’t even have to compete in the LCS but can instead slot down into Academy and he’ll still be able to apply for LCS residency. If Evil Geniuses want him as a starter, however, they’ll have to promote Matthew “Deftly” Chen — an obvious downgrade when compared to former World Champion Bang.
Huni is worth a lot of money. Still, he’ll be worth a whole lot more once he becomes a resident player. We still don’t know what EG wants to do. For all we know, they could’ve approached this whole thing as a business deal — buy out Huni’s contract and then re-sell him to someone else at a much higher asking price in 2021.
Hypothetically speaking, they could also want him as a part of their LCS line-up, but Huni hasn’t been particularly impressive over the last couple of years — his play was “inconsistent” at best. When he found his groove he was a force to be reckoned with; when that wasn’t the case, however, he was the same old tiltable Huni. That’s Huni in a nutshell. A team with big aspirations might be better off with a less talented but more consistent top laner.
Either way, the 2020 LCS Summer Split will begin in a matter of weeks so we’ll find out soon enough! If anything, Evil Geniuses are bound to sell a lot more of their redesigned jerseys with Huni on board!