|Coaches||Tom "OGRE2" Ryan|
|Manager||Tom "OGRE2" Ryan|
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- 1 Overview
- 2 Halo History
- 3 Timeline
- 4 Roster
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournament History
- 7 Media
- 8 See Also
- 9 Gallery
- 10 External Links
- 11 References
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.
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.
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.
Halo 2: Anniversary
Evil Geniuses' return to Halo came 9 years after their first stint. On November 21st, the organization announced its roster for HCS Season 1 - Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese, Eric "Snip3down" Wrona and twin brothers Justin "Roy" Brown and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown, with coach Ryan "Towey" Towey. 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. 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. 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. 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". 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 of the Pro League, EG turned their performance around, winning their final two matches of the season to finish in 6th place and avoid Relegation. At ME Las Vegas, EG were able to secure wins over Most Wanted (3-0) and Enigma6 (3-2) before falling to EnVyUs 3-2 in the Winners Semis. They were then defeated 3-2 by Str8 Rippin and finished top 6.
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. 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. 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.
Following Worlds, EG let Contra and OGRE2 go, replacing them with the young Michael "Falcated" Garcia and the veteran Brett "Naded" Leonard. At their first event, UMG Daytona, EG went winless in Group Play against OpTic Gaming and Str8 Rippin, resulting in an 8th seeded berth in the Championship Bracket. They beat eRa Eternity early on, but could not put a dent in OpTic, who swept them out of Winners. In Losers, they immediately met Luminosity Gaming, who beat them 3-1 to send EG home with a top 12 finish. The following week, both Naded and Towey announced their retirement, paving the way for the acquisition of Mexican phenom Josbe "Tapping Buttons" Valadez and the return of OGRE2 in a coaching position.
- January 12th, StelluR and Ninja are released. ContrA and PreDevoNatoR join.
- January 22nd, 5th - 6th place at UGC St. Louis.
- February 4th, 5th - 8th place in HaloWC 2017 - NA Qualifier #2.
- February 11th, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #3.
- February 18th, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #4.
- February 23rd, PreDevoNatoR is released. OGRE2 comes out of retirement and joins active roster.
- February 25th, 3rd place in NA Qualifier #5.
- March 5th, 9th - 12th place at ME Las Vegas.
- March 12th, 3rd place in NA Last Chance Qualifier.
- May 5th, ContrA and OGRE2 leave. Falcated and Naded join.
- May 14th, 9th - 12th place at UMG Daytona.
- May 21st, Naded and Towey announce retirement. Tapping Buttons joins. OGRE2 joins as coach.
- January 3rd, 3rd - 4th place in NA Qualifier #2.
- January 10th, 9th - 16th place in NA Qualifier #3.
- January 17th, 2nd place in NA Qualifier #4.
- January 21st, Lethul leaves. Commonly joins.
- January 24th, 3rd - 4th place in NA Qualifier #5. Team qualifies for NA Regional Finals.
- January 30th, 1st place at X Games Aspen.
- February 21st, 3rd - 4th place at NA Regional Finals. Team qualifies for Halo World Championship.
- March 19th, 5th - 8th place at Halo World Championship
- March 22nd, Commonly is released. Suspector joins.
- April 24th, 1st place at PAX East 2016. Team qualifies for Pro League.
- July 15th, 5th place in Summer 2016 Pro League Regular Season. Team qualifies for Fall 2016 Pro League.
- August 25th, Snip3down and Suspector are released. Ninja and Victory X join. OGRE2 joins as analyst.
- October 18th, Victory X is released. StelluR joins.
- October 30th, 3rd place at UGC St. Louis.
- November 10th, 6th place in HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season.
- November 20th, 5th - 6th place at ME Las Vegas.
- January 4th, 3rd place at UGC St. Louis.
- January 11th, 5th - 8th place in HCS Cup #3.
- January 25th, 3rd place in HCS Cup #4.
- February 1st, 4th place in HCS Cup #5.
- February 8th, 1st place in HCS Cup #6.
- February 15th, 1st place in HCS Cup #7.
- February 22nd, 1st place at Gamers For Giving.
- March 8th, 1st place at HCS Season 1 Finals.
- April 5th, 5th - 8th place in Preseason Cup #1.
- April 7th, iGotUrPistola leaves.
- April 11th, 1st place in PGL Challenger Series $10,000 Playoffs.
- April 12th, 1st place in Preseason Cup #2.
- April 19th, 1st place at Iron Games Atlanta 2015.
- May 10th, 3rd place in HCS Cup #1.
- May 17th, 1st place in HCS Cup #2.
- May 24th, 1st place in HCS Cup #3.
- May 31st, 1st place in HCS Cup #4.
- June 7th, 1st place in HCS Cup #5.
- June 14th, 2nd place in HCS Cup #6.
- June 21st, 1st place in HCS Cup #7.
- June 28th, 1st place at PGL Indianapolis.
- July 11th, 3rd place in PGL Challenger Series $10,000 Playoffs 2.
- July 26th, 1st place at HCS Season 2 Finals.
- December 20th, 1st place in HaloWC 2016 - NA Qualifier #1.
- November 21st, Halo division formed - iGotUrPistola, Snip3down, Roy, Lunchbox and coach Towey join.
- November 23rd, 2nd place in Preseason Cup #1.
- November 30th, 33rd - 64th place in Preseason Cup #2 with Towey and FierceElite subbing in for Snip3down and Roy.
- December 7th, 1st place in HCS Cup #1.
- December 14th, 2nd place at Iron Games Columbus.
- December 21st, Lethul joins. iGotUrPistola placed on injured reserve. 3rd place in HCS Cup #2.
|Tapping Buttons||Josbe Valadez||Player|
|OGRE2||Tom Ryan||Head Coach|
|Ninja||Tyler Blevins||Luminosity Gaming|
|StelluR||Braedon Boettcher||Team Liquid|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||Luminosity Gaming|
|Suspector||Ayden Hill||Enigma6 Group|
|Snip3down||Eric Wrona||Team EnVyUs|
|LethuL||Tony Campbell||Counter Logic Gaming|
|Mack||Austin Davis||Team KSI|
|SadPanda||Jason The||Team KSI|
|Alexander Garfield||Alexander Garfield||CEO|
|Colin DeShong||Colin DeShong||COO|
|Towey||Ryan Towey||Head Coach||Retired|
- EG Halo - Untouchable - 4:04 - Official Evil Geniuses Halo team montage.
- A Legacy In Halo - Presented by Monster Energy - 4:53 - Evil Geniuses members talk about the rebirth of competitive Halo.
- X Games Preview - Evil Geniuses - youtube.com
- Welcome Home, John - youtube.com
- Evil Geniuses' tweet - twitter.com
- Evil Geniuses Launches Halo Division - evilgeniuses.gg
- Halo Division Roster Update - evilgeniuses.gg
- Pistola listed on Cloud9's website roster on this date.
- EG Welcomes Suspector to Halo Division - evilgeniuses.gg
- Halo Roster Undergoes Changes - evilgeniuses.gg
- Change comes to EG Halo for 2017 - evilgeniuses.gg
- OGRE 2 returns from retirement to compete at 2017 Halo WC - evilgeniuses.gg
- ESL Halo's tweet - twitter.com
- EG Halo Roster and Coaching Update - evilgeniuses.gg