Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham's hard work has finally paid off. Other than a brief NA LCS stint with Winterfox in 2015, Akaadian has bounced from team to team in the Challenger scene for almost two years. He made the NA CS playoffs twice in 2016, first with Team Liquid Academy and then with Dream Team. But both teams came up short of joining the LCS.
Akaadian is finally getting his shot as an LCS starter with Echo Fox in 2017. He'll have to work quickly to build synergy with his new teammates, especially veteran mid laner Froggen. The 2017 NA LCS Spring Split is a big one for fresh jungle talent -- Akaadian's former opponent Contractz also made the jump. So while Akaadian has finally made it to the big league, the real work has only just begun.