Official: zews parts ways with Evil Geniuses; seeks new opportunities in CS:GO

The 33-year-old tactician remains dedicated to the game despite the departure from the American organization.

Wilton "⁠zews⁠" Prado's 14-month-long cooperation with Evil Geniuses has come to an end, the coach announced on Wednesday. The Brazilian steps down from the head coach position ahead of the start of IEM Summer 2021, where Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz and co. will compete without him.

The split between zews and the team happened by mutual consent over a difference of opinion regarding the team's direction, HLTV.org has learned, with the coach noting that he intends to stick to Counter-Strike moving forward.

zews is looking for a new project after parting ways with EG

"I love this game and have dedicated my life to it. This is not about to change anytime soon," zews said in a statement. "If you or your organization share my values and need a hungry and hardworking individual, don't be shy to send me a message. I want to hear from you."

zews' accomplishments with Evil Geniuses including climbing to the No. 1 spot in the world ranking in September of 2020 as they won three tournaments in a row during the online era: BLAST Premier Spring Americas Finals, cs_summit 6 NA, and ESL One Cologne NA.

The team started to show cracks soon after that, struggling in European competitions before losing two long-standing members in Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold and Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik. The additions of Owen "⁠oBo⁠" Schlatter and Michał "⁠MICHU⁠" Müller didn't help turn around the team's trajectory, as last-place exits from ESL Pro League S13, FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final, and cs_summit 8 saw them crash out of the top 30 in the world for the first time.

"I saw our team reach #1 in the world and lift many trophies, while also facing painful losses," zews wrote in his statement, summing up the turbulent period. "Even though my time here was brief, these are memories that I will not forget."

zews noted that he is still on Evil Geniuses roster and "will be working alongside them to figure out the best next steps for my future in the near future".

Evil Geniuses are now:

Canada Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz
United States Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte
United States Owen "⁠oBo⁠" Schlatter
Bulgaria Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov
Poland Michał "⁠MICHU⁠" Müller

United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1062
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1101
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
309
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1424
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1243
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1598
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Sad
2021-06-02 16:56
6 replies
sadge
2021-06-02 16:56
2 replies
#42
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Japan Yuukek
Coldzera is new EG coach confirmed
2021-06-02 17:17
1 reply
Zews works wherever he wants. Great professional.
2021-06-02 17:55
#59
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Denmark Zetix02
GOOD luck for zews
2021-06-02 17:33
2 replies
+1 How many people will have to exit EG before they remove stanislaw?
2021-06-02 18:35
1 reply
#95
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Denmark Zetix02
All of them
2021-06-02 20:54
RIP
2021-06-02 16:56
:( poor EG
2021-06-02 16:56
Godsent.zews
2021-06-02 16:56
11 replies
Godsent aren't bad but realistically Zews deserves a much better team
2021-06-02 17:28
10 replies
#65
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United States BombTaco
how about mousesports?
2021-06-02 17:41
3 replies
why would mouz downgrade from mithr?
2021-06-02 17:53
Mithr seems to be doing a fine job. The Zews change might be good but it's fairly unnecessary rn.
2021-06-02 18:00
1 reply
+1 mithR and dexter already have great chemistry from their time in Renegades
2021-06-02 19:48
Mad lions maybe? Peacemelaker left, if I'm not mistaken
2021-06-02 17:43
2 replies
Oh nvm kuben is their coach
2021-06-02 17:44
1 reply
but kuben said that the behind of the team is the most important for them, so adding a third coach might be a good idea kappa
2021-06-03 03:07
It's more of a long-term project, two of the newer players have almost 0 experience outside of SA/T2 NA, I think an experienced coach like zews could help a lot improving the 3 upcoming talents
2021-06-02 22:10
2 replies
Tbh from what I've seen, that team will never be an elite tournament winning team. They just don't have that kind of teamplay or firepower. Top 20-ish, sure, but I just can't see them any hogher than that.
2021-06-03 05:08
1 reply
They needed an awper, I'd exchange Taco for Fallen any day of the week in that team, +experienced IGL +AWPer
2021-06-03 05:14
#6
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India aR__
Expected!
2021-06-02 16:57
OK
2021-06-02 16:57
#8
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United States DV19
Head coach: Zews Assistant Coach: adreN
2021-06-02 16:57
16 replies
yeah zews would be a massive upgrade over adren.
2021-06-02 16:59
11 replies
Like when zews left liquid and became #1?
2021-06-02 17:02
10 replies
adreN 0 majors zews 2 majors. adreN is a fucking bum dude, he got lucky that he was coach of a highly skilled team who caught fire at the right time, and their strongest opponent was taking it easier at the time. As soon as things became tough adreN literally had 0 new variations of their playbook.
2021-06-02 17:11
8 replies
"zews was a fucking bum dude, he got lucky that he was coach of a highly skilled team who caught fire at the right time" can also be said about his time in luminosity/sk gaming or EG.
2021-06-02 17:25
7 replies
You cannot compare zews record with adreN, zews has won 2 majors and countless tournaments with a team that skillwise was not the best. He also took an entirely different team to #1 in the hltv rankings 3 years later. adreN took a team which was one of the most skilled teams ever in CSGO, and won a few tournaments, and then fell off a cliff and never recovered.
2021-06-02 17:29
6 replies
Wait, you think SK wasn't a skilled team at the time? Because that's just not true. Also, while I don't entirely disagree about adreN vs Zews with Liquid, the biggest issue for Liquid has never been the coach. But also comparing SK winning 2 majors to Liquid winning none is false equivalence. SK won their majors before Astralis was the dominant team. Liquid with Zews didn't win any majors when Astralis was at their peak either, so the comparison is absolutely fucking moot.
2021-06-02 22:52
5 replies
he said they probably werent the strongest at that time, and he is not 100% wrong, just look at Faze roster in 2017.
2021-06-03 02:33
2 replies
Was SK winning majors in 2017? The only real weak link statistically, on SK, was TACO. They had 4 players in the Top 20 in 2016. To say they weren't skilled top to bottom is sort of silly.
2021-06-03 03:52
1 reply
Were* Lord, you can tell I've a long day.
2021-06-03 04:08
Sk/LG were a skilled team, but not top to bottom like 2019 Liquid. When NAF is your third best player you have an insane team. SK were successful primarily through great team work.
2021-06-03 03:21
1 reply
SK/LG, in 2016, had 4 of their 5 players in the Top 20. Hell, in 2017 they had 3 of their 5 players in the Top 20 (1, 3 and 6). Do you know how many players Liquid had in the Top 20 in 2019? 3. nitr0 and Stewie2K were decent, but not earth shattering (neither have ever been in a Top 20, whereas Cold, FalleN and fer have all been placed higher than NAF, Twistzz and EliGE in back-to-back years). In fact, in 2019, Liquid's players were actually ranked lower than SK's in 2017, despite having more overall success (4, 7, and 9). Every top team is successful through both skill and teamwork. Some more than others, but the only team to have more players in the Top20 in a year than SK/LG was Astralis (with literally all of them). I'm getting sort of off into the weeds, but the fact remains: your criticism of adreN is equally applicable to Zews, as neither have guided Liquid to a major. SK/LG won 2 majors 5 years ago, to say that's more of an accomplishment than, say, the Grand Slam is sort of pointless, because both coaches had the opportunity to push the team to greatness, and only one of them mostly succeeded.
2021-06-03 04:09
#58
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Brazil RmM_oo
Probably you don't share the view that a coach work persist after he's gone, but it's the truth.
2021-06-02 17:33
#30
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United States yolotvbob
IDK about a massive upgrade but this move does make sense. Apparently zews was the only coach that lasted for a while with fallen so this move would benefit fallen and the team. Adren was never the energetic one so having someone like zews when the team is shutting down could be an upgrade. And we still have adren as the tactical mastermind.
2021-06-02 17:08
+1 million
2021-06-02 17:34
#91
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Chile cristiaan
not bad
2021-06-02 19:43
#103
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Brazil Largato
+1
2021-06-03 00:40
Sad but expected.
2021-06-02 16:57
#10
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North America drac0z
oh no
2021-06-02 16:57
1 reply
#41
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
wtf estonia flag again?
2021-06-02 17:17
Useless fake coach. What can he teach? How to drop 0.58 rating and lose the game?
2021-06-02 16:57
11 replies
#36
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Brazil Dengozo
do you even know what a coach does?
2021-06-02 17:12
5 replies
Teach players how to frag
2021-06-02 17:14
4 replies
#62
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Brazil mkonalves
WTF are u saying?
2021-06-02 17:36
3 replies
If all players have good rating they can establish an era. Look at prime SK, Astralis, current Gambit. Konstantin Pikiner is good example of great coach. He taught Gambit guys how to frag and made five mad fraggers from mediocre players. Now you can see how Gambit is rekting everyone =)
2021-06-02 17:46
2 replies
lmao dude players usually get signed to teams BECAUSE of their ability to frag, the coach job is to come up with new strats, watch replays, analize teams that his team is goin to play against and find their weakness and stuff that they usually like to do.
2021-06-02 18:32
prime SK has TACO.... and you really wanna talk about fragging
2021-06-03 02:30
zews one of the best coaches so nt
2021-06-02 17:15
1 reply
He was always standing like a statue lost for words while his team loses, I can see why EG kicked him
2021-06-02 17:19
Literally one of the best coaches out there Can you tell me what drugs you are taking I really want to see how fucked up your world is
2021-06-02 17:19
2 replies
Best coach? He destroyed this team single handedly
2021-06-02 17:20
1 reply
HAHAHAHAAHHA, Yeah like this team would have ever worked lmao, not a single team with stan on has been any good after the honeymoon period. They will disband anyway since na brain
2021-06-02 17:29
Sad but PLS KICK PENNYSLAW
2021-06-02 16:58
2 replies
i been saying this
2021-06-02 17:25
1 reply
same, i said it ever since eg came to europe in late october and even before it
2021-06-02 17:40
ok
2021-06-02 16:58
lol
2021-06-02 16:58
didnt we know this already
2021-06-02 16:58
Zews to Liquid for LAN events, adreN as an analyst/assistant coach.
2021-06-02 16:59
faze zews kek
2021-06-02 16:59
at a lower salary at that ....dude has not accomplished shit lately. professional sports only care about recent results. he honestly doesn't merit/deserve the "picky-ness" he is showing. he probably quit before being fired for shit results. Stanislaw needs to go too. EG prolly dead though or retreating to tier2/val. sad
2021-06-02 17:01
4 replies
#46
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Denmark gh00st
I really think the "difference of opinion" here is about -stan. Really possible that he wanted Stan out and someone on the org didn't. And we don't know exactly how much of the recent performances lays down on zews or Stan. But the fact is the mid round calls and the performance on the servers by Stan were shit on recent times
2021-06-02 17:20
3 replies
Tbh he couldn't be in the server during summit, so this bad result is mainly stan's fault.
2021-06-02 17:41
1 reply
#90
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Denmark gh00st
Yes, but a coaching job is not defined by what he provides on the server, pretty opposite. His job is to watch demos, work strats and anti strats, study adversaries tendencies and etc. working with the IGL to provide information for better decision making, and that's why we can't be sure what was stan's fault and what was zews's fault. Coaches being a second IGL on the server is an online era thing.
2021-06-02 19:27
Yeah Stan has been a problem lately that is 100% for sure ... just frustrating all around for NA CS
2021-06-02 17:45
#20
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Brazil Cidd
Zews = GODSENT
2021-06-02 17:00
#21
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Brazil rehbobina
Everyone leaves EG but who really should leave is still there, xD
2021-06-02 17:00
2 replies
#26
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Poland dawido0305
True
2021-06-02 17:05
#51
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Korea SmebJr
just like with allu xd
2021-06-02 17:25
#23
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Portugal OwnedBro
Zews + coldzera incoming?
2021-06-02 17:02
2 replies
i hope so
2021-06-02 17:07
It would make a lot of sense.
2021-06-03 07:51
The captain jumping from the deck of the Titanic
2021-06-02 17:03
#25
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Pakistan LoOuU2
From his interviews, he always looked to be a big advocate of Stanislaw and held his IGLing in high regards. Perhaps the org pushed for replacing Stan but he didn't want to agree with it so he left? Anyway good luck to him. He is a pretty great coach with alot of knowledge. Will find home somewhere.
2021-06-02 17:06
he probably is one of the most decorated coach in the scenario
2021-06-02 17:05
Dear admins was this rly worth a 2nd newspost?? U could add * to previous and add the tweet/text cmon
2021-06-02 17:07
4 replies
#35
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Brazil kantikz
I mean, zews is one of the best coaches in the world, so I guess... yes?
2021-06-02 17:12
2 replies
its not zonic nt
2021-06-02 17:51
1 reply
#81
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Argentina macrigato
He said one of the best n00b
2021-06-02 18:30
This is how they always do a report vs official announcement...
2021-06-02 17:35
ahahahahahahahaha
2021-06-02 17:09
All coach should be like a brother to their players that should make a team work better
2021-06-02 17:10
O PLANO COLD KNG TRK VSM LEO_DRK TIER 1 TEAM. THATS IT.
2021-06-02 17:12
1 reply
#80
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Argentina macrigato
+1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
2021-06-02 18:19
Same news as yesterday
2021-06-02 17:13
Gl
2021-06-02 17:17
luminosity will return
2021-06-02 17:18
unexpected!
2021-06-02 17:20
Sad for EG
2021-06-02 17:22
-stanislaw +shakezullah or +tarik
2021-06-02 17:25
zeus would be good in godsent imo
2021-06-02 17:28
since tarik left EG gone to shit yikes
2021-06-02 17:45
#70
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Sweden ezwuo
"accomplishments with Evil Geniuses including climbing" grammar mistake lul
2021-06-02 17:45
to o plano
2021-06-02 17:55
#77
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India Ez4ez
Oplano
2021-06-02 17:57
#86
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Poland Krzych0a
Oplano
2021-06-02 19:02
RiP EG june 2021
2021-06-02 19:17
#89
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Turkey 69kagan
EG what are you doink
2021-06-02 19:19
unlucko better team for him ahead though
2021-06-02 19:48
zews to FaZe!!!!
2021-06-02 19:56
1 reply
would be great
2021-06-02 20:59
Zews gets passed around more than a white girl on a casting couch
2021-06-02 21:20
2 replies
The guy coached like 4 teams in 6 years That's not a bad track record at all
2021-06-02 21:40
1 reply
Nah he gets passed around like a joint at a college party
2021-06-02 22:05
gl
2021-06-02 22:00
Faze + Zews?
2021-06-03 01:01
Stanisnake
2021-06-03 07:47
Well I'm not even surprised by that, he is one of the best coaches this game has ever had, he deserves better than this, I'm sure he will find a much better team in close future, GL Legend.
2021-06-03 13:31
#117
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France niouke
who gives a damn about that failed coach
2021-06-03 13:33
Lose coach. Win map.
2021-06-03 16:34
expected
2021-06-17 11:52
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