Top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is reportedly headed for Evil Geniuses after his departure from Dignitas, according to ESPN. The report also states that Huni will be signed under an amended contract, with less compensation compared to his lucrative Dignitas deal — originally a $2.3M over two years.
That deal never gave the fruits Dignitas hoped for and the team crashed and burned in the 2020 Spring Split. The team couldn’t even make playoffs, losing a tiebreaker to the ultimate LCS underdogs Golden Guardians and ended in a strange company that also featured the power rosters of Immortals and Team Liquid. Huni himself was weak individually on the Rift, too, finishing as the second worst top laner in terms of KDA with 1.96.
If the EG transfer does go through, Evil Geniuses will have to solve the issue with the number of import players, currently four between their LCS and Academy teams. EG can only play an import in the mid-lane between Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro and Ahmad “Giyuu” Charif, so this could mean starting Mattheyw “Deftly” Chen in the bot lane instead of Bae “Bang” Jun-sik. Alternatively, it could mean further roster changes for EG, which will free one of the import slots in favor of an American player.
Either way, this is a power signing from Evil Geniuses, as Huni comes as an on-paper upgrade to Colin “Kumo” Zhao (formerly of Cloud9), who had an average split individually, despite his team doing great, finishing second in the regular season and third in playoffs. Huni was a key figure in Clutch Gaming’s qualification for Worlds 2019 and even though his 2020 Spring season was nothing to write home about, he remains one of the most talented top laners in the league.
As for Dignitas, they will be replacing Huni with former FlyQuest top laner Omran “V1per” Shoura.