Evil Geniuses continue to build their League of Legends Championship Series roster with the additions of ex-Cloud9 support Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam and former 100 Thieves AD carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. Zeyzal will be reunited with Cloud9 teammate Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen on the Evil Geniuses lineup.
Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam began his LCS career with Cloud9, having been promoted to the main roster from the organization’s Academy team. He took over the support position from Andy “Smoothie” Ta as part of Cloud9’s massive LCS roster shake-up in mid-2018. Cloud9 reached a second place finish in Zeyzal’s first season with the team, falling to Team Liquid in the LCS Summer Grand Final. They then won the Regional Final, earning them a spot in the 2018 World Championship. Cloud9 exited the tournament in the semi-finals, one of the best Worlds results a North American team has ever achieved. The squad continued their form in 2019, reaching top-four and top-two finishes in the Spring and Summer LCS seasons. They qualified for Worlds again, though this time failed to make it out of the group stage.
Zeyzal’s signing with Evil Geniuses will mean a reunion with former teammate Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen. The organization announced their acquisition of the ex-Cloud9 jungler earlier this week.
Bolstering the Evil Geniuses roster is former 100 Thieves member Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. The AD carry made his name on Korean powerhouse SK Telecom T1, being a part of one of the most successful League of Legends teams in history.
During his tenure with the Faker-headlined squad, they lifted trophies at LCK Spring and Summer before winning the 2015 World Championship. They continued in 2016, winning LCK Spring and the Mid-Season Invitational before taking back-to-back World Championship titles. 2017 saw them win LCK Spring and another Mid-Season Invitational. Their second-place finish in LCK Summer was followed by a runners-up exit from the 2017 World Championship.
SK Telecom T1’s success faltered in 2018, and Bang made the move to North America at the end of the year. His year with 100 Thieves saw little domestic success, as they finished last in LCS Spring and later eighth in Summer. Bang now transfers to Evil Geniuses as they return to professional League of Legends.
Evil Geniuses are yet to announce their complete starting roster. The new team will debut in the LCS in 2020.