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Shubh | 24. November 2022

Evil geniuses and Golden Guardian reveal their LCS roster

Golden Guardian and Evil Geniuses have finalized their LCS rosters for the 2023 campaign, putting an end to the long-running rumors and speculations.

The League of Legends free agency is now in full swing, with many well-known teams officially signing and locking in their squads for the 2023 season, following several weeks of speculations and reported roster moves. Evil Geniuses and Golden Guardian, two popular North American teams, are the most recent to join the off-season action, revealing their LCS roster for the 2023 season.

Evil Geniuses rounds out its LCS roster with FBI And Ssumday

Evil Geniuses has confirmed the signing of top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and AD carry Victor “FBI” Huang to round out the squad for the 2023 season. FBI will take up the team’s bot lane position from Kyle ‘Danny’ Sakamaki, EG’s premier bot lane player, who was unable to compete in the Summer Playoffs and 2022 Worlds due to mental health issues. According to EG’s CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson, Danny will still be on the roster in 2023 despite being out of action for three months. 

Ssumday will replace Jeong ‘Impact’ Eon-young, who is reportedly planning to move to FlyQuest. Following the appointment of Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith as President and Chief Gaming Officer, Flyquest is apparently aiming to assemble a strong squad ahead of the new season. With the acquisition of the two new All-Pro players, EG has a team whose entire roster qualified for the All-Pro team for the 2023 season at the LCS Summer Split. 

Evil Geniuses LCS roster:

  • Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho
  • Kacper ‘Inspired’ Słoma
  • Joseph ‘Jojopyun’ Pyun
  • Victor ‘FBI’ Huang
  • Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme
  • Kyle ‘Danny’ Sakamaki (inactive)

Golden Guardians locked former LCK star to complete its roster

Golden Guardians, which has previously experimented with a younger squad, has unveiled its starting lineup for the 2023 LCS, which features a mix of young and seasoned pros. After a lengthy absence, the organization is bringing back support player Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun, who played a crucial role in the team’s back-to-back playoff appearance in the 2020 LCS. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes will be the AD carry for Golden Guardians in the upcoming season, and Kim “River” Dong-woo, who joined the team during the Summer Split’s trade deadline, will continue to play as the team’s jungler. To support the newcomers as they strive to become the best team in the league, Eric “Licorice” Ritchie will stay with the team as their top laner.

The organization rounded out the roster with the addition of former PSG Talon player Kim “Gori” Tae-woo. The 22-year-year-old Korean mid-laner had been a part of many popular teams including Edward Gaming, T1, Nongshim RedForce, and FunPlus Phoenix. He won the LCK Summer Split in 2019 with T1, and most recently, when playing for PSG, he was voted Summer Split MVP in the 2022 Pacific Championship Series. He will now assume the role of Golden Guardians’ starting mid-laner in the 2023 LCS after accumulating a significant amount of experience in different regions.

Golden Guardians roster for LCS 2023

  • Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun
  • Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes 
  • Kim “Gori” Tae-woo
  • Kim “River” Dong-woo
  • Eric “Licorice” Ritchie

Image Credit: Riot Games