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Ahead of the 2022 LCS Summer Split, Evil Geniuses have handed control of their top League of Legends roster on to Han “Rigby” Earl. After this season, Rigby will take over as the head coach of EG, succeeding Gabriel “Turtle” Peixoto in that capacity.

Rigby will become EG’s third LCS coach in a number of splits. Before joining EG, he coached in the League of Legends Champions Korea with Afreeca Freecs and worked as an assistant coach for Clutch Gaming, where he was supervised by the current General Manager of EG, Andrew Barton.

The company has specialist coaches for functions across the lineup, making its coaching staff one of the most substantial in the league. This is despite the fact that the leadership of the organization has changed. Peter Dun, who coached the team before and was promoted to the job of head of coaching staff at the start of the 2022 season, will continue to serve in that capacity for the squad.

“Earl was late to LA last split due to visa issue but was a huge part of EG’s improvement in playoffs and solid MSI,” Dun said on Twitter of EG’s new head coach. “With Turtle unable to be here for [the] start of LCS Summer this was [an] obvious choice. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with a full split.”

EG’s individual game performance for the first half of the season was 42-28 under the leadership of Turtle. This record includes games played during the LCS Lock In, the Spring Split, and the LoL Mid-Season Invitational. As the League of Legends Championship Series moves into the Summer Split, the team’s record will be wiped clean and start again at 0-0.

EG are fresh off winning their first LCS in the team’s history. The team earned a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational after completing the Spring Split playoffs with a victory over 100 Thieves, in which they were victorious in every single match they played. As a result of their performance at MSI, Evil Geniuses became the first North American team to place in the top four at that event after Team Liquid in 2019.

Early on today, EG played the first match of the Summer Split versus Cloud9 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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