Former MAD Lions coach Peter Dun is set to be named as the Head Coach of Evil Geniuses, a move that would see the Brit would move to North America, following spells in Brazil and Europe. Should Dun be unveiled by Evil Geniuses ahead of the 2021 season, he would take over from Heo “Irean” Yeong-cheol, who left the team earlier this month.
Evil Geniuses finished in the top six at both splits in their debut League of Legends Championship Series season, however the team ultimately failed to qualify for the World Championship. Due to rules set by Riot Games, Dun cannot officially sign a contract with Evil Geniuses until November 1, however the 33-year-old is believed to have given his word to the team, who have so far failed to have their say on the matter.
What Other Changes Has Evil Geniuses Made of Late?
The North American team are set to make major changes ahead of the 2021 season, with jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen being the canter piece. Meanwhile, AD carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik is likely to depart, meaning that Evil Geniuses would be in the market for a replacement.
Elsewhere, the futures of top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, mid lander Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro and support Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam remain up in the air, with Evil Geniuses set to make further moves once the free agency market opens on November 16.
As for Dun, the former MAD Lions coach is coming off the back of an appearance at the World Championship. Arriving at the European team back in November 2019, Dun led a team consisting of four rookies to a win over G2 Esports in the 2020 Spring League of Legends European Championship playoffs, while they also finished second in the summer season, qualifying for the World Championship play-in stage in the process. However, MAD ultimately came unstuck against Papara SuperMassive.
Why Dun Favors a Move to Evil Geniuses
Dun made no secret of his desire to move to North America following the event, however the Brit also earmarked China as another possible destination. With Evil Geniuses having a good platform to build upon following their performances last season, Dun’s arrival could well take them to the next level.
Evil Geniuses acquired Echo Fox’s spot in the LCS last year, paying Cloud9 some $2 million for the contract rights for Svenskeren, Zeyzal, Colin “Kumo” Zhao and academy player Matthew “Deftly” Chen. The organization also signed Huni following his release from Dignitas, a move that was worth over $2 million over two years.