lurppis leaves Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses have announced their decision to replace Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen with Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman.
The Finnish veteran had signed for EG in April of 2009, moving to the United States to help rejuvenate a stalling team.
Kovanen, who became Evil Geniuses' captain, guided the team to a fourth-place finish at the IEM4 World Finals and first-place results at GameGune Mexico, MSI Beat It and several tournaments in North America.
Contacted by HLTV.org, the former Roccat player stated he will move back to Finland at the beginning of next year and did not rule out a return with fellow countrymen.
"I'm going to stay in Oregon until early February, when my current visa expires, and will then fly back home and continue school, work out, hang out with friends etc, the normal life, if you will," he told HLTV.org.
"I've had a couple of conversations with the guys back home but I can't really get more into it until I'm back in Finland."
Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman, who is mostly known for his time with x3o and compLexity, joins from Frag Dominant to bring in a new tactical approach to the game.
"It's a big honor for me to finally get a shot at playing for the top organization and best team in the United States," he told Evil Geniuses' website.
"I've always wanted to play with Jordan, Danny, and Tyler so I'm really looking forward to learning as much as I can from those guys as well as bringing my own unique viewpoint to help the team reach new heights.
This is the second roster swap for Evil Geniuses in the space of just three months, after Derek "dboorN" Boorn was picked up to replace Ediz "goodfornothing" Basol back in September.
Irukandji: new EG in-game leader
Timmerman will make his first appearance for EG in the upcoming ESEA season, which kicks off in January, after which the team is expected to attend the IEM5 World Championship.
Evil Geniuses now have:
Danny "fRoD" Montaner
Tyler "Storm" Wood
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
Derek "dboorN" Boorn
Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman