wiz on EG's Blueprint project: "I've gotten a lot of resources that I've never had before"

After an up-and-down start to his first tournament with the main Evil Geniuses roster, Jerric "⁠wiz⁠" Jiang talks about his debut at an international level.

Evil Geniuses began their BLAST Premier Spring Groups campaign with an unexpected win against Heroic, the number-one team in the world. Their performance surprised many in the community, with even wiz admitting the result was somewhat unexpected for the team.

wiz says he needs to work even harder to adapt to tier-one competition

The North Americans faced Vitality in their second test of the tournament with much less success, being condemned to defeat following a brutal 16-1 loss on Inferno.

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After EG's defeat at the hands of Vitality, HLTV spoke to wiz to get his thoughts about both games and his general thoughts on the Blueprint project.

I wanted to first touch Thursday's game against Heroic. How does it feel to beat the number-one team in the world?

Yeah, it feels pretty good to beat the number-one team in the world, especially in my debut game. Personally, honestly, we didn't really expect it, but I think the team had a really good atmosphere and chemistry that day. We just played our game, and then we won against them.

What would you say the deciding factor for your win was?

I think the deciding factor was probably a combination of reading the game from neaLaN and the mid-game communication from everyone all around. Everyone was also hitting insane shots that day too. I know Brehze, HexT, autimatic, and everyone just contributed in different ways, and that's why we won.

How does it feel to step up from your previous level to now playing tier-one teams?

It's a lot of responsibility to step up to this level because teams here play very differently compared to what I'm used to. They're a lot more disciplined, a lot more drilled, and better at punishing your mistakes. So for me, I think I need to work a lot harder than before to get used to it.

Today you played against Vitality And fell short, but are there any positives you can take from today's game?

I can't say much about map two. They kind of stomped us, but toward the end of the map one, I think we kind of found our groove a little bit. We started talking a bit more, coming up with more ideas, and being more confident. But overall, I guess in terms of positives, we had a slow start, but we managed to come back a little bit.

What do you think went wrong on Inferno?

On Inferno, I think our communication wasn't there. We kind of lacked initiative and also they were just hitting their shots individually. They were just a better team overall today, and we couldn't really match it.

Okay, so you meet Heroic or Astralis in the next round. Are you ready for them?

Whoever we play, Heroic or Astralis, we're definitely ready for a rematch, for sure.

On a more general note, how is it to work under the Blueprint project?

Yeah, I think overall the Blueprint project has been positive for me. I've gotten a lot of resources that I've never had before and a lot of people who are helping me. So overall yeah, really great thing for sure.

United States Jerric 'wiz' Jiang
Jerric 'wiz' Jiang
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
585
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Latvia emzijs
zamn
2023-01-21 20:03
2 replies
1-16
2023-01-21 20:05
1 reply
Why not 0-16?
2023-01-22 04:16
#2
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
yes
2023-01-21 20:03
cool
2023-01-21 20:03
Resources=money
2023-01-21 20:04
2 replies
Kinda yh also coaches analysis bootcamps travel fees are paided on top of getting paided to play CS so you don't need a day job pretty useful for a tier 2 team/player being able to focus on just CS
2023-01-21 22:41
Well he's probably referring to things like coaching staff, analysts, managers, better hardware, etc. but I'm sure the money doesn't hurt
2023-01-21 22:45
helping players develop is cool
2023-01-21 20:06
i got money money money ey i got money money money ey
2023-01-21 20:07
#9
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Israel michnass
why is there a super loser interview?
2023-01-21 20:13
5 replies
their roster is brand new
2023-01-21 20:17
2 replies
#12
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Israel michnass
so?
2023-01-21 20:17
1 reply
So you don’t want looser interviews, you skip it after the matches aswell, you think we shouldn’t hear interviews from losing teams? Or not from new kids, like him, headtrick or npl? what is the reason of this wierdo take?
2023-01-21 21:33
#24
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North America minte
??????????? Reply needs to have actual content
2023-01-21 23:41
flag
2023-01-22 05:35
Clash of Clans LESSGOOO
2023-01-21 20:16
resources dont convert into talent in NA though. Shame.
2023-01-21 20:37
Wiz the vietnamese ChrisJ 🤙🏾
2023-01-21 20:51
let's go wiz cannon
2023-01-21 21:24
new stew
2023-01-21 21:51
#18
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Poland miedzianek
this team is money laundery, for real...
2023-01-21 21:56
2 replies
ikr ahahahahah
2023-01-21 23:31
I don't think you know what that term actually means. It sounds cool when you say it though.
2023-01-21 23:44
#21
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Vietnam _Liam_
Cool
2023-01-21 22:49
Heroic just didn't show up "...and that's why we won." There, I fixed it.
2023-01-21 22:50
3 replies
astralis scene hasnt showed up ever since the og renegades roster died what are yall doing
2023-01-22 04:12
2 replies
#28
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Australia LinksClone
g2 and mouz are honorary australians so get rekt
2023-01-22 04:18
I'm commenting on the article which doesn't have anything to do with astralis, the renegades or any scenes, what are you on about?
2023-01-22 04:33
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