It’s a homecoming for a legendary Counter-Strike and esports organization as Evil Geniuses rejoin the scene. The organization has signed the NRG lineup which will be competing under their new banner from ESL One New York this weekend.
The move was completed “after extensive negotiations” according to the official announcement from EG.
The move was leaked yesterday to the surprise of many given the recent success of NRG. Their run of success at the StarLadder major has upped the teams stock, especially in the North America region as they compete at the top with the worlds best in Team Liquid.
NRG has been in the Counter-Strike scene since the start of 2016 and fielded several different lineups prior to their current following the addition of Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz to replace Damian “daps” Steele as in-game leader.
It appears they’re not planning to be gone forever, either, stating “We love this game, we love this community, we love our fans, and we hope you all welcome us back when the day comes,” in a tweet as well as the corresponding announcement.
Those familiar with the history of Counter-Strike should be familiar with EG. The team fielded some of the best players in the world during their time in Counter-Strike 1.6 including a young Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert, Daniel “fRoD” Montaner, Garett “Grt” Bambrough, Corey “tr1p” Dodd, and Griffin “shaGuar” Benger, Matt “Warden” Dickens, Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen throughout its time in the scene.
“It is EG’s 20th year as an esports organization, and a huge part of that legacy is our success in Counter-Strike. I’m elated to be able to guide EG back into victory in that space after some time away; the franchise has proved that it deserves its cemented legacy as a competitive, crowd-pleasing esport,” Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole Lapointe Jameson said.
A call back to the game from their community of fans inspired the move she added.“CS is one of the spaces our fans have asked us to re-enter the most, and we’re happy to bring a touch of Evil back to the scene and its supporters — our roster is extremely enthusiastic to hit the ground running and uphold the EG brand, and we’re going to be putting our best foot forward this weekend,”
Evil Geniuses CS:GO division:
- Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
- Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
- Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
- Ethan “Ethan” Arnold
- Tarik “tarik” Celik
- Chet “ImAPet” Singh (Coach)