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 finally got his shot as an LCS starter with Echo Fox in 2017. He didn't waste it; Akaadian took the NA LCS by storm early in the spring split. Although Echo Fox failed to reach playoffs, Akaadian proved he's got what it takes to be one of the best junglers in North America.