Evil Geniuses star AD carry Kyle Danny Sakamaki will not compete in the 2022 LCS Championship tournament after a ten-game series against Team Liquid this past weekend.
Nicole LaPointe, the CEO of the organization, said today that it took the 18-year-old a great deal of courage and self-awareness to take a step back from play, especially because he so much cares for his teammates and the situation at hand. But the organization acknowledges and supports his decision through and through.
Regarding the Chicago League roster, we thank you for understanding and sending nothing but wonderful vibes for the forever Prince of the Pentakills. pic.twitter.com/cMvZqqNtiH
Danny has been an integral part of EGs' ascension to the top over the past year, earning himself the nickname of King of Pentakills after debuting on the competitive scene as one of the youngest and most exciting players on the roster. At such a young age, it can be difficult to deal with the pressures of professional play, especially when so many expectations are placed on one's shoulders so early in their careers.
Danny forged a league-leading 88 kills with a 7.5 KDA throughout the 2022 LCS Summer Split, as he took control of the mid-to-late game with his perfect teamfight positioning and impeccable mechanics. Alongside Vulcan, Danny grew into a star almost overnight as a leader for the growing youth movement in the region.
Dannys' playoff run has been anything but stellar. He has already had nine more deaths than he had during the regular season, while also racking up 11 deaths from poor positioning and decision-making. This break might be appropriate at the appropriate time, but it is also necessary to safeguard the young talents' mental health.
Kyle is a member of this family, and we will continue to support him in every way we can while he is away, and we look forward to welcoming him back when he is ready. To fans of the LCS community, we ask that you show Kyle nothing but unwavering support and the empathy he deserves from all of us.
Dannys is not expected to be named as a temporary replacement, although the org does have MuhammedHasan Kaori Senturk as an option from its academy roster. EG will face 100 Thieves on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3pm CT.
With their victory against Liquid on September 4, EG qualified for Worlds 2022. At this time, it's unclear whether Danny will rejoin EG for Worlds after the conclusion of the LCS playoffs.