Evil Geniuses have secured a spot in the North American League Championship Series after Echo Fox’s disbandment. Reportedly. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidham will transfer to Evil Geniuses according to a Twitter post from ESPN staff writer, Jacob Wolf. This is a huge shake up for the Cloud9 roster, and it will be interesting to see who they pick up as replacements. Svenskeren and Zeyzal both put on an incredible performance during the Summer split of the LCS. Evil Geniuses could shape up to be a great team depending on who else is added to the roster.
Evil Geniuses Roster
— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) November 9, 2019
Svenskeren and Zeyzal are a solid core to build a team off of for Evil Geniuses. They have experience playing together, so the support and jungle synergy is already established. While Cloud9 failed to advance past the group stage during Worlds this year, they have proven that they have some of the best players in North America. Colin “Kumo” Zhao and Matthew “Deftly” Chen from Cloud9’s academy team have also been included in the deal, however it’s unclear whether or not they will be on the starting roster. The free agency period opens on November 18, and the rest of the Evil Geniuses roster will be filled.
Svenskeren was named the MVP of the 2019 Summer split of the LCS, so it’s surprising to see Cloud9 let him go. It’s still unclear whether or not Cloud9 will look to start Robert “Blaber” Huang as their jungler, or if they will look for someone new. Zeyzal is also a solid player that seems to have good synergy with Cloud9’s AD Carry Zach “Sneaky” Scuderi. Cloud9 will look to find a support that plays well with Sneaky’s strengths on traditional marksmen. After their disappointing performance at Worlds, they should look to be stronger on the international stage.
The addition of a new team to the North American LCS is an exciting move forward and should provide a new challenge for teams to strategize against. The solid foundation of Svenskeren and Zeyzal is a great start for Evil Geniuses, and they will be a competitive team if the rest of their roster is crafted well. Cloud9 losing two great players will drastically change the team, but there are plenty of talented players in free agency. Giving up Svenskeren opens up an import slot for Cloud9, so they could look to Europe to fill that slot. The free agency period on November 18 could shake up other teams as well, so look out for all the new roster changes.
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