Meteos and 100 Thieves Part Ways, Goldenglue Remains With Evil Geniuses
We’re just days away from the seventh week of the competitive 2020 LCS Summer Split, and two interesting roster changes have just been announced — one of which could prove to be quite important.
Meteos Moves on From 100 Thieves
First of all, William “Meteos” Hartman and 100 Thieves have mutually agreed to part ways. The legendary North American jungler is currently unsure of his future (according to his TwitLonger), but he intends to stay invested in the scene as much as possible. He still has the itch to compete but plans on taking a break until the 2021 season. In the meantime, he’ll probably have a couple of analyst desk appearances, stream on Twitch, and create a wide variety of content for League fans.
Since Meteos left 100 Thieves, he could potentially join another LCS team, but most organizations already have well-performing junglers within their line-ups. Counter Logic Gaming could use a bit of veteran presence, but signing for the boys in black and blue would certainly be a step back career-wise, especially given their current status. They’re much better than they were back in Spring, but whether they’ll maintain their current level of play and leave a mark remains to be seen. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against them.
Goldenglue Stays With Evil Geniuses
The news of Evil Geniuses signing Goldenglue certainly took everyone by surprise. Still, their peculiar experiment yielded solid results. Evil Geniuses taking down Cloud9 with two substitutes is not something anyone expected to see. Many thought EG would look far less capable without Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro in the mid lane (their franchise player and biggest catalyst), but that couldn’t have been farther from the case. We only have a two-game sample size with Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer in mid. Still, the seasoned native mid laner had to make a statement for his contract to be extended, and he certainly delivered (against the toughest of opposition, to boot). His contract has now extended throughout the rest of the season, and with EG confirming the Swole Bros duo for the remainder of the split, you can expect to see a lot more of Goldenglue going forward.
Their game against Team Liquid was abysmal in every sense of the word, but the way they outperformed Cloud9 from start to finish left no one indifferent. It was a far cleaner showing than anyone expected. At the very least, it’s hard not to wonder whether this was just a one-off occurrence or that Evil Geniuses are returning to form.
Evil Geniuses will face Immortals on Friday, with an equally underwhelming clash against Dignitas lined for Sunday. We’re talking about two bottom-tier dwellers (with three wins apiece), but they’ve shown signs of life over the last couple of weeks and should not be underestimated. The only question now is: what will Evil Geniuses do with Colin “Kumo” Zhao and Jiizuke? Will they compete with Huni and Goldenglue, or will they be allowed to test free agency and see where it takes them? The Summer Split will soon come to a close, and every game going forward matters immensely — Evil Geniuses do not have the luxury to experiment.