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Evil Geniuses returns to the LCS

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses are set to return to competitive League of Legends for first time since 2014, as per an ESPN report.

The news was first revealed by esports journalist Jacob Wolf in Twitter post yesterday. Wolf revealed that after much speculation around the vacant spot, Evil Geniuses, a veteran esports organisation, would be the newest addition to the LCS.

The vacant LCS spot had arisen after Echo Fox was forced to give up its place in the league following a competitive ruling from Riot Games. Echo Fox had become embroiled in a dispute between team founder Rick Fox, and shareholder Amit Raizada, with the former accusing the latter of racism. After the allegations were made, Riot Games gave Echo Fox an ultimatum to remove Raizada from their organisation. After months of deliberation, Echo Fox was eventually forced to sell their spot in the LCS to a previously unknown party, now revealed to be Evil Geniuses. 

Evil Geniuses first entered competitive League of Legends in the inaugural season of the EU LCS Season 3 in 2013, with a star-studded lineup that included UK esports legend Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, current G2 Esports manager Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels, Mike “Wickd” Petersen, Peter “yellowpete” Wüppen, and Golden Guardians Mid laner Henrik “Froggen” ( listen) Hansen. For the 2014 season, EG would move to the NA region, acquiring new talent such as current FlyQuest mid laner Eugene “Pobelter” Park. Unfortunately, In NA the team achieved little success, never rising above the seventh place spot.

At the end of the 2014 season, Evil Geniuses, under the control of GoodGame Agency, was forced to rebrand due to LCS rules. The crux of the issue revolved around streaming platform Twitch’s ownership of the organisation. In January 2015 the team debuted as Winterfox, but would disband less than six months later having posted a 1-9 record during their tenure.

Evil Geniuses continued in other esports, operating successful teams in Dota 2, Fortnite, CS:GO and many more. The team officially announced it’s entrance to the LCS shortly after ESPN broke the news on their website. EG will make their debut in LCS 2020 Spring Split and all eyes will be upon them to perform better than their past iterations. 

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