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Where Does Boostio Rank Among NA’s Duelists?

We’ve praised Evil Geniuses’ duelist core for nearly half the year and with 2021 coming to a close, it’s time to actually see how they shape up against some of North America’s best talent. And of their two front offensive, it is former Overwatch prospect Kelden “Boostio” Pupello who stands out amongst some incredibly prominent names. 

Keeping this within North America’s elite, within the top five teams within the region at the moment, many of which we just saw at VALORANT Champions, you start to see a picture of where EG’s rising star could be. Next, we will use a large sample size of 60 days to accurately attempt to eliminate any exceptions or one-off performances. And finally, we’ll keep this study tied directly to Jett, but will give credit to those who do venture out and feature an expanded agent pool.

This control group, consisting of Sentinels, Cloud9, Team Envy, 100 Thieves, and Rise is already a tough customer to compare Evil Geniuses biggest weapon against and yet the question remains; can Boostio hang with some of the biggest names in the region? 

Now, as a disclaimer, there are inherent flaws to these comparisons. One of the largest is that the level of difficulty the control group plays at is very different and more than likely has affected their statistics. That said, the exercise here is to examine their shared statistics, see how close they really are, and make inferences from that. 

That said, the results are interesting, to say the least.

First, let’s take a name that is synonymous with flashy plays and top fragging, someone like Sentinels’ Tyson “TenZ” Ngo. Within the last 60 days, per vlr.gg, he’s managed a 225.2 average combat score, a 1.06 kill to death ratio, and has 144.4 average damage done per round (ADR).  

Next, you’ve got one of North America’s quickest rising stars with Cloud9’s Nathan “leaf” Orf. He boasts a 270.7 ACS, a 1.21 kill to death ratio and has 170.7 ADR within the last 60 days

El Diablo himself and Team Envy’s leading man, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, racked up 242.7 ACS, a 1.23 kill to death ratio and had 160.9 ADR. 

When it comes to 100 Thieves, it’s difficult to measure them accurately due to their duelist-by-community approach featuring Counter-Strike legend Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella and their young gun Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk both on Jett. With nearly one-half to a third of the total rounds played when compared to the rest of the class, Asuna managed 223.3 ACS, a 0.96 kill to death ratio and had 146.9 ADR. On the other hand, Nitr0 held a 190.5 ACS, an 0.92 kill to death ratio and had 121.5 ADR. 

Rounding out the control group is Rise’s Jett ace Ryan “Shanks” Ngo who had 200.3 ACS, a 1.08 kill to death ratio and had 124.7 ADR across the last 60 days. 

EG’s own Jett star compares well. Boostio managed a 249.5 ACS, a surprising 1.21 kill to death ratio, and had 159.2 ADR across the last 60 days. 

This not only better showcases the type of potential Evil Geniuses have within it but it reveals what kind of talent still remains within North America. Even past these three metrics, Boostio compares well against the control group in other statistics as well. We will say it again; Evil Geniuses packed with skilled individuals and will become a problem moving forward into the new year. 

Images via Riot Games

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