Evil Geniuses

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Evil Geniuses
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Team information
Region North America
Location United States
Coaches Ryan "Towey" Towey
Manager
CEO Alexander Garfield
Captain Eric "Snip3down" Wrona
Website
ESL [{{{esl}}} Profile]
Sponsor(s) Monster Energy
Xfinity
Steelseries
SanDisk
AMD
Scuf Gaming
100TB
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YouTube myegnet
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Facebook EvilGeniuses
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Organization
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History
Created November 21st, 2014
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Evil Geniuses is a North American esports organization which has fielded teams/players in a multitude of games over the years, such as Counter Strike, Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft II, Street Fighter and more.

Overview

Evil Geniuses was founded in 1999 as a Canadian Counter Strike team. Future CEO Alexander Garfield joined the organization in 2004. As time went on, EG expanded into many esports, such as Halo 2, DotA, StarCraft: Brood War, and Street Fighter. Today, they are one of the most prominent organizations in North America.

Halo History

Halo 2

Team EG

Evil Geniuses first entered the Halo scene in 2005, sponsoring a team of Canadians Nelson "G-SpOt" Triana and Jason "SadPandaEh" The alongside Americans "BLACKJAK" and Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh. Team EG's first tournament was MLG Los Angeles 2005, where they finished 3rd. G-SpOt and SadPanda represented Canada and Evil Geniuses at the 2005 World Cyber Games Finals. They took 2nd at the event, losing only to the American Ogre twins of Team 3D. Team EG returned at MLG Atlanta 2005, where they placed in the top 6. Following Atlanta, Strongside left and was replaced by Austin "Mack" Davis. At MLG Chicago 2005, Team EG placed top 8, and at the 2005 MLG New York National Championships, they placed top 6, out of the prize money.

Team EG returned for the 2006 season with a roster of G-SpOt, "Prime", "Cypher" and "The Bo". They placed 13th at MLG New York 2006. The team disbanded after New York.

Halo 2: Anniversary

Evil Geniuses' return to Halo would come 9 years after their first stint. On November 21st, the organization announced its roster for HCS Season 1 - Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese, Eric "Snipedown" Wrona and twin brothers Justin "Roy" Brown and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown, with coach Ryan "Towey" Towey.[1][2][3] EG's first tournament was Iron Games Columbus 2014, where they finished 2nd. After the Grand Finals match against Counter Logic Gaming, Pistola injured his hand. This forced EG to place him on injured reserve and pick up a replacement - Tony "Lethul" Campbell, Jr.[4] The new roster's first tournament was UGC St. Louis 2015, where they finished 3rd. Over the following weeks, EG took part in five HCS Online Cups. They won the last two and went into Gamers For Giving 2015 hoping to carry that momentum forward. They did not disappoint at the event, sweeping CLG in the finals for their first live event win. They returned at the HCS Season 1 Finals where they again finished 1st, defeating CLG in the finals.

EG's average placing in HCS Season 1 was 1.75. Their total winnings amounted to $64,750.

During the off-season, Pistola officially left the team when it was confirmed that he was joining Cloud9.[5] Their first event of HCS Season 2 was Iron Games Atlanta 2015. They went into the Grand Finals from the Winners Bracket and actually lost the first finals series against Denial eSports, but reversed the result in the second series to win their third straight tournament. Over the following weeks, EG won five of the seven HCS Cups they competed in. They then won HCS Indianapolis, defeating CLG in the finals once again. At the HCS Season 2 Finals, though they defeated CLG in the Winners' Bracket, CLG battled out of the Losers' Bracket for a Finals rematch. CLG took the first series 3-2, but were swept in the second series as EG won its fifth straight tournament and second straight Season Finals, closing out Halo 2: Anniversary as the undisputed kings.

EG's average placing in HCS Season 2 was 1.00. Their total winnings amounted to $114,100.

Halo 5: Guardians

The dominant EG squad predictably stayed together through the offseason. In their first Halo World Championship 2016-affiliated tournament, NA Qualifier #1, they continued their official tournament winning streak, defeating Team EnVyUs in the finals. Their streak was broken the following week, as they finished top 4 in NA Qualifier #2. After EG failed to win the next two cups as well, Lethul was confirmed to have left the team on January 21st in a forum post by Snipedown. EG replaced him later that day with Hamza "Commonly" Abbaali. Despite the last minute change, EG continued their streak of event wins, defeating Lethul and CLG in dramatic fashion in the finals at the X Games Aspen 2016 invitational after losing to CLG earlier in the event in Group Play. In addition to prize money, EG were awarded X Games gold medals for their efforts. The next month at the HWC NA Regional Finals, EG were defeated 4-0 in the semifinals by CLG, ending their historic winning streak with a top 4 finish. At Worlds, EG came out struggling, losing a close series to Renegades in their group. This resulted in a quarterfinals match against CLG, which EG lost 3-0, exiting the tournament with a top 8 finish.

On March 22nd, two days after the conclusion of HWC 2016, Evil Geniuses announced the release of Commonly and the signing of Ayden "Suspector" Hill, formerly of Team Allegiance.[6] They were invited to the first LAN qualifier for the Pro League, taking place at PAX East 2016, alongside three other teams. EG defeated Team EnVyUs in the finals 4-2, securing their spot in the Pro League. EG had their ups and downs throughout the season, ultimately failing to qualify for the Finals at the last minute on a loss to CLG. They finished 5th in the League overall, enough to secure their spot in the Fall Season.

Shortly after the conclusion of the season, Snip3down unofficially left the team, opting to join Team EnVyUs. Suspector followed suit, joining Enigma6 Group. This left Roy and Lunchbox to recruit Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson, formerly of Cloud9. On August 25, the moves were made official by the organization, as well as the acquisition of Halo legend Tom "OGRE2" Ryan as a "remote analyst".[7] In their second match of the season, EG made a statement, becoming only the second team to defeat the OpTic Gaming (formerly CLG) roster in an official match since X Games. Prior to this series, EG had not managed to take a single game off of CLG in numerous tournaments and Pro League matches since defeating them at X Games. Over the following weeks, EG had less success, ultimately resulting in the decision to release Victory X and pick up Braedon "StelluR" Boettcher in his place. Their first event with StelluR was UGC St. Louis 2016, where they finished 3rd, following losses to a hybrid Team EnVyUs/OpTic Gaming lineup and Enigma6 Group. EG started off slowly in the Pro League season with StelluR, losing six straight matches and falling as low as 7th place. In Week 7, EG turned their performance around, winning their final two matches of the season to finish in 6th place and avoid Relegation.

On January 12, at the end of the pre-Halo World Championship 2017 season transfer period, Evil Geniuses announced the release of StelluR and Ninja and the signing of Cody "ContrA" Szczodrowski and Devon "PreDevoNatoR" Layton.[8] The team's first event together was UGC St. Louis 2017. In the Winners Bracket, EG was ousted early by the underdog Inconceivable team. In Losers, they managed to take out Velvet Gaming and Luminosity Gaming in 3-0 sweeps, but could not get past Team Liquid, who defeated them 3-1 to end their event with a top 6 placing. Following the disappointing placing and subsequent online qualifier results, PreDevoNatoR was released by Evil Geniuses on February 23rd and replaced by Tom "OGRE2" Ryan, coming out of retirement and moving up from his position as EG's analyst.[9] Days later, EG notably managed to get its highest placing of the online qualifier series with 3rd place in the fifth and final qualifier. At ME Las Vegas 2017, EG were upset in Winners Round 1 by Team CryptiK, sending them to the Losers Bracket early. They managed a 3-1 victory over Second Nature, but had the unfortunate circumstance of facing Splyce in the next round. Splyce won 3-1 and sent EG home with a top 12 finish. EG's final chance to qualify came in the Last Chance Qualifier. They started off strong with victories over Need Org, Wise Gaming and 3sUP, but were again ousted from the Winners Bracket by Team CryptiK in a 4-1 loss. In the Losers Finals, EG faced tournament favorites Splyce, who were undergoing a dramatic Losers Bracket run after an early loss. EG narrowly lost to Splyce 4-3 and missed out on Worlds.

Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2006
  • 2005

Roster

Active

ID Name Position
USA Lunchbox Jason Brown Player
USA Roy Justin Brown Player
USA ContrA Cody Szczodrowski Player
USA OGRE2 Tom Ryan Player
USA Towey Ryan Towey Coach

Former

ID Name Next Team
USA PreDevoNatoR Devon Layton 3sUPlogo std.png 3sUP
USA Ninja Tyler Blevins LGlogo std.png Luminosity Gaming
USA StelluR Braedon Boettcher TLlogo std.png Team Liquid
USA Victory X Cameron Thorlakson LGlogo std.png Luminosity Gaming
USA Suspector Ayden Hill E6logo std.png Enigma6 Group
USA Snip3down Eric Wrona NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA Commonly Hamza Abbaali RNGlogo std.png Renegades
USA Lethul Tony Campbell CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA iGotUrPistola Justin Deese C9logo std.png Cloud9
Canada G-SpOt Nelson Triana Logo std2.png KSI
USA Prime
None
USA Cypher Logo std2.png KSI
Canada The Bo Logo std2.png SuperMarioBrothers
USA Mack Austin Davis Logo std2.png Team KSI
Canada SadPanda Jason The Logo std2.png Team KSI
USA BLACKJAK Logo std2.png Team KSI
USA Strongside Michael Cavanaugh Logo std2.png IGS

Organization

Active

ID Name Position
USA Alexander Garfield Alexander Garfield CEO
USA Colin DeShong Colin DeShong COO

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
March 12, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd I1NQ HWC 2017 - NA LCQ LunchboxRoyContrAOGRE2
March 5, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A99 - 12th I1NQ ME Las Vegas 2017 LunchboxRoyContrAOGRE2Towey
January 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 6th $3,000 UGC St. Louis 2017 LunchboxRoyContrAPreDevoNatoRTowey
November 10, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A66th $8,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season LunchboxRoyNinjaStelluR
October 30, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55th $3,000 UGC St. Louis 2016 RoyLunchboxNinjaStelluRTowey
July 15, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55th $9,000 HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Season Snip3downLunchboxRoySuspector
April 24, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st I1Q HCS Pro League Invitational 2016 Snip3downLunchboxRoySuspectorTowey
March 20, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 8th $75,000 Halo World Championship 2016 Snip3downLunchboxRoyCommonlyTowey
February 21, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33 - 4th $5,000 HWC NA Regional Finals 2016 Snip3downLunchboxRoyCommonlyTowey
January 30, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st Gold.png $15,000 X Games Aspen 2016 Snip3downLunchboxRoyCommonlyTowey
July 26, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A11st $75,000 HCS Season 2 Finals Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
June 28, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A11st $20,000 HCS Indianapolis Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
April 19, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A11st $10,000 Iron Games Atlanta 2015 Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
March 8, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A11st $50,000 HCS Season 1 Finals Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
February 22, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A11st $6,000 Gamers For Giving 2015 Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
January 4, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A33rd $2,500 UGC St. Louis 2015 Snip3downLunchboxRoyLethulTowey
December 14, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A22nd $4,000 Iron Games Columbus 2014 Snip3downLunchboxRoyiGotUrPistolaTowey
April 24, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png B313th - MLG New York 2006 G-SpOtPrimeCypherThe Bo
February 26, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A55 - 6th - MLG New York Championships 2005 MackSadPandaEhBLACKJAKG-SpOt
December 18, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A77th - MLG Chicago 2005 MackSadPandaEhBLACKJAKG-SpOt
November 27, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A55th - MLG Atlanta 2005 SadPandaEhBLACKJAKG-SpOtStrongside
November 20, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd - World Cyber Games Finals 2005 SadPandaEhG-SpOt--
October 16, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd - MLG Los Angeles 2005 SadPandaEhBLACKJAKG-SpOtStrongside

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Other

See Also

Gallery

External Links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Welcome Home, John - youtube.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 Evil Geniuses' tweet - twitter.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Evil Geniuses Launches Halo Division - evilgeniuses.gg
  4. 4.0 4.1 Halo Division Roster Update - evilgeniuses.gg
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pistola listed on Cloud9's website roster on this date.
  6. 6.0 6.1 EG Welcomes Suspector to Halo Division - evilgeniuses.gg
  7. 7.0 7.1 Halo Roster Undergoes Changes - evilgeniuses.gg
  8. 8.0 8.1 Change comes to EG Halo for 2017 - evilgeniuses.gg
  9. 9.0 9.1 OGRE 2 returns from retirement to compete at 2017 Halo WC - evilgeniuses.gg