Evil Geniuses
USA
Joins Evil Geniuses
November 16, 2018
Xotic will leave Lightning Pandaz and join Evil Geniuses just a day before roster locks for the CWL Vegas Open.
ANALYSIS
It doesn't take long for drama to creep up in the Call of Duty scene, as Xotic's decision to leave what figures to be the new iteration of Lightning Pandaz for Evil Geniuses just hours before roster locks for the CWL Las Vegas Open creates a cascade of future ramifications. First and foremost, Xotic's Pro Points narrowly put Evil Geniuses over his former roster for the final spot guaranteed for CWL Las Vegas Pool Play - a massive ramification given the December tournament will play a critical role in qualifying for Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League. Second, the decision to leave his former teammates behind once again signals a disappointing start to the new CoD season for Parasite, who was the leader of Xotic's now previous team. At the very least, storylines have already surfaced throughout the first months of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and shouldn't die down with the first tournament taking place in just over three weeks time.
Signs on with Evil Geniuses
October 12, 2018
Goonjar will join Evil Geniuses for the start of Black Ops 4, the organization confirmed on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Goonjar thrived under Lightning Pandaz throughout World War II, dominating the CWL National Circuit and narrowly qualifying for the 2018 Call of Duty World Championships thanks to the Last Chance Qualifer. From there, Pandaz would register a 9th-12th place finish, becoming one of two teams to finish first in their respective pool after making it to the aforementioned tournament by way of the LCQ. Evil Geniuses organizationally is a step up for Goonjar from Lightning Pandaz, and other than Team Kaliber, who he had four separate stints with, represents one of the prestigious organizations in his entire career. However it remains to be seen if the team will perform better than last season, with a cobbled together group of explosive players giving the phrase "sink or swim" a whole new meaning.
Aligns with Evil Geniuses
October 12, 2018
Royalty will join Evil Geniuses, the organization confirmed on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
After selling their championship-winning organization in late September, Evil Geniuses made the move to acquire a jumble of available players, uniting two members of Lightning Pandaz, one player from eUnited, one from Echo Fox and the other from compLexity Gaming. Royalty figures to be one of the main slayers on this roster, and also presents the player with arguably the most career upside with the likes of Saints and Goonjar nearing the end of their respective runs. This roster should challenge for a Pro League spot, but its difficult to determine how high Royalty and company could reach in Black Ops 4.
Joins Evil Geniuses
October 12, 2018
Lacefield will play under the Evil Geniuses banner to begin Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
ANALYSIS
Lacefield appears to be moving up in the world, shedding compLexity Gaming for Evil Geniuses, an organization that can lay claim to the 2018 World Championship, albeit with an entirely different roster than currently constructed. An aggressive slayer through and through, Lacefield figures to reprise the role he played under compLexity with his new team, as the likes of Saints, Felony and Goonjar are not known for their slaying tendencies. The unorthodox lineup should still compete for a Pro League spot in 2019, but it remains to be seen how high the ceiling may be.
Joining Evil Geniuses
October 12, 2018
Saints will join Evil Geniuses, the organization confirmed on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Echo Fox's decision to close operations on their Call of Duty team likely advanced the inevitable for Saints, as the veteran slayer didn't have the best season under the organization. He'll look to turn it around under Evil Geniuses, alongside a hodgepodge of cast-off players including Felo, Lacefield, Goonjar and Royalty. The in-game leader might have his work cut out for him, but after winning the 2018 World Championships, its clear that Evil Geniuses is not willing to go away quietly, acquiring a five-man lineup that should be in contention for a Pro League spot in 2019.
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