About an hour had passed since Evil Geniuses lost their bottom group second round series to Cloud9 in the LCS Championship and not a single word came from them accepting requests for post-game interviews.
According to standard protocol, members of the losing team would speak to the media before the winning team did. After an hour, both teams would have already met their requirements. With COVID-19 preventative measures in place, both teams would have to finish their duties quickly and leave the study once they do. Curious if Evil Geniuses answered questions from the press without my knowledge, I asked a public relations representative if C9 had started doing interviews. They told me no, that C9 hasn’t started and is just waiting for EG so I kept waiting.
Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much of that. Losing teams during the playoffs generally declined to speak to the media. I found similar cases in past international tournaments, so I almost expected to find the same destination this time.
Considering EG’s disappointing performance against C9, in which they were swept in three games, it would have been difficult for their players to relive what led to their downfall. Not to mention his subsequent outright elimination from participation in the World Championship. To go from being considered an LCS contender to losing in an unworthy way, it was perhaps best for EG players to face defeat in private.
But then I was informed that someone accepted my request. It was one person who served as chief architect for EG’s breakup, one who orchestrated its rise seemingly overnight: head coach Peter Dun.
About the C9 series
His general profile, though calm, was composed and alert. As I waited for the interview to begin, I noticed that his eyes were focused directly on his computer screen. It was as if his conscience erased my presence and he returned to the coach’s room during the heat of the series. Wanting to delve into that topic, I asked him what went wrong with C9. Without hesitation, he did so by first highlighting the team’s frigid mentality as a key contributor.
“Obviously it’s a very disappointing loss,” Dun said. “I am not disappointed that we lost the series. I’m disappointed that we didn’t come out to play today. I felt like we weren’t really playing our style. “
As Dun explained, the team’s usual strategy of split pushing and fast tempo macro play was completely thwarted. Although his team had some brilliant moments during the series, such as their initial gold advantage in each game, they eventually conceded it due to their self-inflicted mistakes. When EG tried to turn the momentum of the series in Game 2 by selecting a quirky composition led by Morgana at the center line, they were unable to steer their early lead to victory through an unfortunate team fight.
“It worked for much of the game until that fight right before Baron where I think Lee Sin survived with 100 HP and died, Viego fully reboots through his entire team, but managed to survive and C9 then outplayed us. , he took Baron and the game was over, ”Dun said of Game 2.
The characteristic aggressiveness of the team that swept multiple teams during the regular season paled in comparison to what they showed against C9. No, it was practically non-existent. So after roughly 108 minutes of total playing time, Evil Geniuses was unceremoniously swept away, a disappointing end to an otherwise mold-breaking year. To that end, Dun mourned his team’s defeat and wondered how it happened.
“If we are an organization that was supposed to have the coaching staff of the Split,” Dun said, “how can our team go out and play like this on stage in the last game of the season? We must have done something wrong in the past week, right?
“I don’t think C9 was too good for us. I don’t think C9 did anything special. We win ourselves and the only thing I can do is go back to the offseason and see what we did wrong and what we have to fix for next year. “
Although the team received praise for their performance in the regular season, their elimination at the hands of C9 left a sour taste as it signaled their elimination from the World Cup. Dun groomed the team throughout the year to clinch one of the three North American spots for the tournament, but they were unable to re-enter the Top 4. However, despite losing the series, he would be remiss if he did not recognize the work done to get to the same point as last year but under different circumstances.
Rewind the 2021 season of Evil Geniuses
Dun signed with Evil Geniuses as his newest head coach in November 2020 after spending three years with Splyce and MAD Lions in the same position, leading the two organizations to the same number of Worlds appearances. Dun, known for his exemplary coaching record and ingenuity in refining young talents, took over a tense squad that controversially replaced their starting top and center midfielders midway through the 2020 summer division to rejuvenate his career. toward the playoffs. Lest it be said, EG failed, losing to C9 by a clean sweep.
Wanting to avoid a similar event for 2021, EG entrusted Dun with the League roster, giving him free rein to manage the team as he saw fit. Over time, he did exactly that: he revamped the academy team, formed an amateur team (EG Prodigies), and hired a deep support staff tasked with building a fluid pipeline to develop future prospects.
Starting with an impressive semi-final finish at the Lock-In tournament, EG placed fifth-sixth at the Mid-Season Showdown after going 10-8 in the spring split. The team orchestrated a few surprises in the regular season that raised some hopes for fans, but that didn’t convince Dun to stick with the same list for the summer. Changes were needed to reinforce their performance.
One month before the start of the summer division, EG promoted 17-year-old Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki to the LCS lineup as the newest starting ADC, replacing Deftly. Before joining EG, he played for EG Prodigies and Zenith Esports and accumulated little experience under his belt, prompting skepticism as to why EG opted for an untested rookie in the LCS. But for the man who helped debut players like Nisqy, Humanoid, Crazy and Kaiser, he said there was nothing to worry about.
“We are very impressed with Danny’s performances both internally and on stage (playing proving grounds with 70+ ping and low FPS). In addition to his rapid improvements and progress in scrims in the last split and this offseason. said Peter Dun when the announcement about his new ADC was made.
“Bringing any 17-year-old to LCS is always going to come at risk, but here at EG we strongly believe in their potential and ability to be a strong force for EG in the summer of 2021 and into the future.”
Sure enough, Danny shone as one of the building blocks for Evil Geniuses’ rise to the top of the LCS. Through his 111 league-leading kills and individual flashes of brilliance, Danny finished his debut division with extraordinary recognition, earning an LCS All-Pro second-team pick and Rookie of the Year award, beating out other viable players. for both honors.
Of course, Danny wasn’t the only EG member who played exceptionally well. Following his departure from Team Liquid, the Impact top laner was believed to be in his final stages entering the 2021 season, but instead received an All-Pro 2nd Team selection with his skills intact. Contractz and Svenskeren handled the jungle interchangeably, but both dazzled at certain times to show they still belonged to the LCS.
“From being someone that people put as a player at their last chance and should retire, I think he has become one of the best junglers in the league and a jungler that teams have to respect and that is something our team does. the academy did as a result of the coaches and support staff, ”Dun said.
Jiizuke, in light of his inharmonious relationship with the NA community regarding his style of play, performed at such a high level that he received an All-Pro 1st Team selection. While IgNar did not receive as much recognition as his teammates, his guidance on Danny led many to attribute him as one of the best supporting players in the LCS.
With Dun’s renewed roster, EG sent shockwaves into the league by completing the summer division with an 18-9 record, nearly doubling the spring’s win total to seal a spot in the top group of the playoffs.
The team started off on the right foot with a 3-1 win over Dignitas, but due to a five-game loss to 100 Thieves, they fell to the bottom bracket for a date with C9. The task of unseating the defending league champions was daunting, but Dun was confident his team could unseat them. Unfortunately, EG’s worst performance in the division occurred in that series, the worst moment imaginable for a team of his stature.
“I couldn’t even in my worst nightmares imagine that we would play at this level today,” Dun said. “I don’t think that we, as an organization with the players and the coaching staff involved, would do ourselves justice. As the head coach, I take full responsibility for that and we will come back and see what we could have done better. “
Subverting expectations in the regular season only to return to them in the playoffs. That’s the Evil Geniuses story for 2021. Even in their prime, they just weren’t good enough.
Towards 2022 and beyond
Instead of cowering in disappointment, Dun is wasting little time looking ahead to the next year. In fact, near the end of the interview, he told me that he was scheduled to attend camp the next day. where you teach prospects how to properly play the game. Always the professional, from whom he was presented with accolades in a foreign land, continues to work to fulfill the same achievements that he obtained in his time at home.
“There is no rest for the wicked in the offseason. Obviously I’m extremely disappointed with how things went today, but my responsibility with EG is not just to focus on the LCS team, ”Dun said. “I am very happy with the support I received from the organization and the confidence they have had in the development through the academy and the fans.”
Not to mention his crusade to reform NA’s infrastructure. Dun has been one of the biggest advocates for improving the NA amateur scene and his management of all three EG squads (LCS, academy and amateur) propels him as the gold standard. The man has a busy schedule ahead of him in the offseason but is unfazed by the overwhelming task.
With a diligent head coach like Peter Dun at the helm of a promising team, Evil Geniuses certainly has a bright future ahead of them.
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