League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) franchise, Evil Geniuses confirmed the signing of Kacper “Inspired” Słoma. The Polish LoL esports pro has been introduced as EG’s new jungler for the 2022 season on Monday, November 22, as the team’s third offseason signing.
Evil Geniuses Add Inspired
Inspired, who is mostly known for his time at Rogue in the LEC, has officially joined Evil Geniuses. He is the third addition EG have made this offseason, after signing former Cloud9 support Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme and mid laner Joseph “jojopyun” Joon Pyun.
Although huge news for the North American LoL esports scene, the signing of Inspired does not come off as a surprise to anyone. The Pole has been tied with Evil Geniuses since the free agency started; as leaks unveiled, he would leave Rogue this offseason.
Having joined Evil Geniuses, Inspired will play outside of Europe for the first time in his career. The Pole began his esports career in May 2017 with a stack Raz Dwa Trzy and has since established himself as one of Europe’s biggest talents.
After spending the first year of his career playing for some lesser teams, Inspired got picked up by Szata Maga in January 2018. There, he made his debut in the ESLMP, helping the team claim silver in the Spring split.
In May 2018, Inspired joined mousesports, which he led to the semi-finals of ESLM 2018 Summer, before joining 7more7 Pompa, with who he finished second in Ultraliga. Shortly thereafter, Inspired joined Rogue, who he led to the title of Ultraliga Season 1 champions.
In 2019, Rogue got confirmed as one of the ten partnered teams for the LEC 2019 Spring Split, allowing Inspired to debut in Europe’s highest tier of competition.
Even though Inspired hasn’t won a single LEC trophy, he came close twice. In LEC 2021 Spring, when Rogue placed second, and in LEC 2021 Summer, which they finished third.
And despite his lack of accolades, Inspired has gained renown as one of Europe’s best players.
A Full Rebuild Mode For Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses will enter the 2022 season with a freshened-up roster featuring a new jungler, support, and mid laner. The roster changes follow EG’s disappointing finish of the 2021 season, in which they placed fifth-sixth, missing out on the 2021 Lol Worlds.
With the addition of Inspired, EG’s roster for the 2022 season is complete. Last season’s only two returning players are top laner Jeong “Impact” Eon-young and ADC Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki, yet the rest of the team has been replaced.
Former mid laner, Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, left EG earlier this month and is currently a free agent. Meanwhile, jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun are still under contract, waiting to get signed.
Even though Evil Geniuses’’ offseason changes aren’t one of the biggest of the free agency, the team has done well to rebuild its roster. Impact and Danny both had excellent showings last season and have deservingly kept their sport on the team.
Meanwhile, adding Vulcan will help the 17-year-old ADC continue developing under the guidance of an experienced support player. Likewise, the addition of Inspired makes a lot of sense for EG’s ambitions to compete for the LCS title.
Inspired was a standout performer for Rogue in the LEC, displaying immense carry potential. Whether he will manage to translate his form to LCS remains to be seen, but he is definitely one of the best junglers in the world right now.
The Potential Is There
The only question mark is above EG’s new mid laner, jojopyun. The 17-year-old was one of the top performers in the LCS Academy league last season and has been billed as one of the future stars of the North American league.
However, he has no experience competing at the highest tier of the LoL esports competition. Regardless, with the support of Inspired from the jungle and veteran figures around him, the hype surrounding jojopyun is justifiable.
We will see EG’s new roster debut in the 2022 LCS Lock-In tournament, set to kick off on January 14. The tournament will run from January 14-30, featuring all ten teams, who will compete for the $150,000 prize pool.
Meanwhile, the LCS 2022 Spring Split is set to begin on February 5.