EG CEO hints at changes following elimination from BLAST Spring Showdown
BLAST Premier Spring contains eight of the best American teams fighting to take one of two non-partner spots in the Spring Finals, where teams will be competing for the lion's share of $425,000. However, before looking at the prize money, one team has to prove themselves as best of NA in the Showdown. The best came to rumble with FURIA, Liquid, and Complexity among those vying for that top spot.
Evil Geniuses had a lot to improve from their previous woes if they wanted to be in competition for the Finals invite. Unfortunately for the BLAST-to-the-past roster, their journey to Lisbon was cut short by a brief tussle with GODSENT which saw them wave farewell from the single elimination bracket. Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's Brazilians made quick work of the Americans, defeating them in 2-0 fashion with stand out performances from Eduardo "dumau" Wolkmer and Henrique "HEN1" Teles.
|GODSENT||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer||50 - 32||+18||103.8||72.5%||1.56|
|Henrique 'HEN1' Teles||39 - 25||+14||84.5||76.5%||1.30|
|Bruno 'latto' Rebelatto||34 - 28||+6||78.7||70.6%||1.12|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo||21 - 33||-12||54.1||62.7%||0.77|
|Bruno 'b4rtiN' Câmara||25 - 37||-12||50.7||62.7%||0.71|
|Evil Geniuses||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|William 'RUSH' Wierzba||41 - 32||+9||77.1||74.5%||1.13|
|Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte||38 - 38||+0||83.5||66.7%||1.05|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov||28 - 32||-4||57.4||64.7%||0.92|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Ta||28 - 34||-6||66.9||58.8%||0.90|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip||19 - 36||-17||58.1||58.8%||0.66|
The result is not too unexpected; GODSENT beat EG in the IEM Dallas Closed Qualifier just three days prior in another two map affair. Nonetheless, it's yet another disappointing tournament bomb-out to add to their ever-increasing tally. BLAST Spring Finals joins the list, along with the PGL Antwerp Major and IEM Dallas, of important tournaments that EG will not be attending. This leaves EG's calendar distressingly scarce until the player break.
Even after the player break, what do they have to look forward to? Another ESL Pro League Season or BLAST tournament to fall dead last in? The fact remains, EG is a partner team to BLAST and ESL. They should not be placing last in the make-up stage of their tournaments. Performances like these have prompted news regarding a possible evaluation of EG's ESL partnership status to fly around.
EG's underperformance has been of note for some time now. However, representatives from both the organization and the players had thoughts to share after tonight's loss, with the CEO of Evil Geniuses and William "RUSH" Wierzba taking to Twitter to voice their frustration.
RUSH laments that the team is showing little signs of improvement despite being together for four months, especially considering the prestige of the core, having been a part of the iconic Boston Major winning Cloud9 lineup. EG CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson does state that they are committed to CSGO, which is a sigh of relief after rumors swirled last year of Evil Geniuses potentially pulling out of the esport entirely. Interestingly, she also notes that they are "committed to making changes to improve". Whether that be relating to roster moves or behind-the-scenes changes, one can only speculate.