Evil Geniuses say EG Academy AD carry Muhammed Hasan “Kaori” Şentürk will take up the position left by Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki for the League of Legends Championship Series.
The fast-approaching LCS Championship will see Kaori play on the this stage for the first time. The Turkish player started playing in Evil Geniuses’ Academy line-up three years after he played competitively in the Turkish league scene.
While in his home region, Kaori got to the highest point of the TCL ladder on several occasions with teams like Istanbul Wildcats and SuperMassive Esports.
The Turkish player joined the North American Academy scene this year and was lucky enough to lane beside Andy “Smoothie” Ta, the team’s multi-year LCS veteran.
The Evil Geniuses Academy team faced a lot of issues this year, including being placed eighth and ninth after the spring and summer split, respectively.
The Academy team were also unable to match the top 10 teams in the two competitions on Proving Grounds. Despite this, the ADC was able to put up a commendable performance during the Champions Queue season this year. At the end of the summer season, the team was notably ranked 16th.
Evil Geniuses’ AD carry, Danny, whose spot Kaori is filling, previously announced that he was stepping down from the team’s main roster. According to the player, he wanted to take care of his mental health.
Despite the apparent fact that the team would be lacking without him, the organization supported Danny’s decision and revealed that they looked forward to the player’s return to the active lineup.
The player’s ability to dole out damage and evade death in matches earned him the alias of “Prince of Pentakills” and helped the team’s overall performance this year. Danny had a kill count of 88 during the course of the LCS Summer Split this year and bagged a 7.5 KDA.
The playoffs, however, saw a less impressive side of the young player. Danny racked up nine more deaths than he did during the regular season.
He also gave a dull performance against Team Liquid and produced 11 deaths as a result of poor positioning as well as inefficient decision-making. While the break could handicap the team a little, the player’s mental well-being is of a higher priority.
The Evil Geniuses have had an interesting journey in the League of Legends this year. The team started by winning the Spring LCS playoffs and then represented North America in NSI due to their impressive lower bracket run.
The NA esports team went on to nab the first position in the Summer Season and is currently set to play against 100 Thieves on Saturday, September 10, in the lower finals. They were previously moved down to the lower brackets after playing against and losing to Cloud9 during the playoffs.
If Evil Geniuses win the match against 100 Thieves, they will have the opportunity to face off against Cloud9 in the tournament finals the day after. The team’s spot, along with Cloud9 and 100 Thieves, is already secured in the LoL World Championship this year.
Their group placement, as well as seeding, will decide the post-finals group draw show. If the team emerges the winner in this tournament, it will grant Evil Geniuses their second Major win in a row.