The role is not an unfamiliar one for the 30-year-old tactician, having previously held the same title on Cloud9 after he stepped down from a coaching position on the roster in July. valens most notably stood behind Cloud9 in their ELEAGUE Major title run in 2018, and coached the roster for a little over two years.
While his stint in Cloud9’s analytical division was brief, the role was one that valens aimed to continue exploring, saying in his departure statement from Cloud9 that he planned to “keep pushing the envelope when it comes to esports analytics” while helping to turn “this industry into a sustainable, ethical, and exciting one.”
The Stanford graduate will have the opportunity to do just that, aiming to help Evil Geniuses maintain their position as the No. 1 team in the world through analytics alongside in-game leader Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and coach Chet “ImAPet” Singh.