Evil Geniuses rise at BLAST Premier Spring
After rebuilding this past January, Evil Geniuses Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) stable has finally put pen to paper at the BLAST Premier Spring group stage. After reuniting the former Cloud9 core of Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip, Timothy “autimatic” Ta, and William “RUSH” Wierzba, to file in around maintained stars like Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, expectations were high for the fresh team packing a level of experience that few could match. While their results failed to live up to the initial excitement, what performance did showcase was a massive amount of potential.
Drawing a top ten team in the world for your first debut as a team is already a rough bill, but Evil Geniuses would have it even harder–they drew Team Vitality, the fifth-best team in the world per HLTV.org’s world rankings. With that context in mind, the 3-16 loss for Evil Geniuses doesn’t surprise us all that much. However, what does stand out from this match was a quick flourish from autimatic on Round 10. Defending the post-plant in a 2v4 is not an easy feat, but for autimatic it seemed like lightwork. If this is something that Evil Geniuses can continue to count on, then 2022 should see the legendary North American organization return to contender with some of the region’s top teams. That said their following match against Team Liquid would prove to be much better statistically.
Rush led Evil Geniuses with 24 kills, 83.8 average damage per round (ADR) and a 77.8% KAST (the percentage of rounds where the player scored a kill, assist, survived or was traded). Following him was Evil Geniuses’ young ace Brehze would scored 26 kills, held a +3 kill to death differential, over 70 ADR, and nearly 70% KAST. However, it would be a Brehze who would rise to the occasion during Round 8 of Evil Geniuses’ T-Side on Inferno. Playing off of RUSH’s contact, Brehze takes down four of Team Liquids finest, which included a 1-on-1 with North American CS star, Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella.
Battling the 11th ranked team in the world in BIG seemed like a tough task for Evil Geniuses, but the team put up a respectable fight in their 1-2 loss against the German stars and continued to showcase why North American fans were champing at the bit to see this squad in action. In spite of their loss, HLTV.org gave autimatic the player of the match due to his impressive statistical performance. Across three maps, autimatic dropped 67 kills, a +11 kill to death ratio, 91.9 ADR, a 73.1% KAST, and a 1.27 rating. Again, while the loss is disappointing we encourage you to not be results-oriented, especially for such a fresh team.
With Evil Geniuses returning to the stage later this month for the ESL Pro League Season 15 group stage, this first outing should give North American CS fans some pause. Evil Geniuses, while their match history isn’t shocking, boasts an experienced core that with enough time has the potential and has shown the potential to contend with some of the world’s best. Their upcoming match forecast does feature the likes of Natus Vincere, Heroic and Astralis as EG battles through Group D of ESL Pro League, but we’re confident that as the year progresses, Evil Geniuses can rise to the occasion.