EG Makes Changes to League of Legends Line-up
A few weeks ago, we at Evil Geniuses announced that we would be considering changes to our League of Legends roster. After testing numerous players in each role, we have come to the conclusion that there is definitely room for improvement in the bottom lane. Sadly enough, this means that we have had to make the difficult decision to move Peter "yellowpete" Wueppen to a substitute position, and in his place bring in Johnny "Altec" Ru. We believe that this is the first necessary step toward improving our team, which coupled with other improvements (such as hiring a new gameplay analyst and polishing our team communication) will culminate in better results.
Fans more intimate with the amateur and solo-queue scenes will know Altec as the former ADC on teams Curse Academy and, more recently, Cloud 9 Tempest. Despite just turning 17, Altec has long been praised for both his mechanical prowess and ability to dominate lanes.
Pete will be playing in his last LCS game with the team this Friday versus LMQ at 2:00pm PST. In accordance with LCS regulations, Altec will debut with the starting line-up this Saturday, May 24th, in the team’s matches versus Dignitas and CLG.
I want to thank the team for the great time I have had with them over the last split – even though our results left much to be desired, I can confidently say this period of time has been extremely enjoyable for me. I liked playing competitively with this team, but what's even more important to me is its success. There is no arguing about the fact that my performance within the last couple of months has not been what I want or the team needs it to be. After closely watching the tryouts period, I believe that this is a change that can have a positive effect on the team's performance. Altec is a very talented, young player whom I could see a lot of growth in and I'm looking forward to helping him transition into the LCS from the Challenger scene. Personally, I will use the rest of the season to do whatever I can to assist the team in being successful and reaching Worlds.
I've played with Pete for the better part of over 3 years and I can't recall a single instance where he lashed out at me or even got close to being upset. This is a testament to his calm nature and solid work ethic. Sadly enough, after so long, our botlane became very stagnant and we didn't perform as well as was expected of us. I would like to thank him for all the effort he put into the team.
I look forward to playing with Johnny and hope he can be the needed replacement our team needs. We finished at a disappointing 7th place and that's not where we want to be.
I want to extend my thanks to my petey - he has been a huge part of my life for the past 2 years and one of my best friends throughout. Whether it was the crazy times in Korea, Germany, United States, or any other of the 20+ countries and cities we played in over that time - I had an absolute blast with him. However, seeing that we had to change something to improve this split, we identified the next step would be replacing our AD. It's not an easy decision and I'm glad that Pete will still stay around the house at least in the short term as he’s genuinely one of the greatest guys I've had the pleasure of playing with over the years and it's always handy to have that German logic around (for anyone who knows him well <3).
As for Johnny, while our tryout period with him hasn't been the longest, I do think he is individually a solid player and practice has seen noticeable improvements. With him being so young he does have a lot of '#potential' as well :) - which I'm looking forward to seeing him grow as a player when he steps into the professional scene.