Ethan leaves Evil Geniuses, moves to VALORANT*
Evil Geniuses have announced they are parting ways with the 20-year-old, who will be pursuing a career in VALORANT.
Ethan "Ethan" Arnold has become the first Evil Geniuses player to part ways with the team since the North American organization acquired the squad from NRG in September of 2019, doing so to join 100 Thieves' VALORANT division.
The American rifler, who became the 20th best player of 2019 shortly after joining EG, was part of the squads that won IEM Shanghai 2018 and cs_summit 3, while under the NRG tag, and ESL One New York 2019, StarSeries i-League Season 8, BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Americas Finals, cs_summit 6 North America and ESL One Cologne 2020 North America in Evil Geniuses.
Ethan, who also made the playoffs at the StarLadder Major in Berlin, was named MVP in two of his team's aforementioned victories, on LAN at StarSeries i-League Season 8 and at ESL One Cologne 2020 North America during the online era.
Ethan hit No.1 in the team ranking with Evil Geniuses twice, once in October of 2019 and once in September of 2020, albeit briefly on both occasions. After the second time, however, Evil Geniuses dipped into a slump at the turn of the year, falling to No. 18, a low for EG.
The American's departure comes after a slew of middling results on European soil for Evil Geniuses, who were recently eliminated from IEM Katowice 2021 in 9-12th place with a victory over Gambit in the first round of play followed by losses to G2 and Astralis.
Evil Geniuses hadn't been able to make much of a mark in their previous tournaments since the beginning of the year, when their sojourn in the old world began, falling out of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups in 4-6th place and finishing 5-6th at both DreamHack Open January and the BLAST Premier Global Finals.
Update: Ethan made a statement shortly after EG's announcement, saying "I will be leaving CS and officially moving over to VALORANT starting today. I've met many people through CS that I can now call friends and I'm extremely grateful for that. I've also made unforgettable memories that some people could only dream of experiencing. The one thing I ask is if you've supported me this long, you follow me into the next chapter of my career and I promise I will not let you down. I'm excited for this new challenge and I can't wait to give it my all over at 100Thieves."
Evil Geniuses are now:
Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)