Official: Evil Geniuses promote four EG Black players
The incoming quartet will link up with Timothy "autimatic" Ta as the organization's new main roster.
Evil Geniuses have officially added Jadan "HexT" Postma, Colby "Walco" Walsh, Paytyn "junior" Johnson, and Jeorge "Jeorge" Endicott to their starting lineup, with Tommy "Axed" Ryan acting as the team's coach and William "RUSH" Wierzba coming in as a substitute.
The five former EG Black members now join autimatic on the organization's new main roster, while Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte, Jerric "wiz" Jiang, Ismail "refrezh" Ali, and Sanzhar "neaLaN" Iskhakov have all been allowed to explore other opportunities.
Evil Geniuses initially targeted a number of international players during their rebuild phase, engaging in discussions with the likes of Aleksandr "zorte" Zagodyrenko, Audric "JACKZ" Jug, and Denis "electroNic" Sharipov.
These talks died out at the eleventh hour, however, with Evil Geniuses instead promoting their academy roster — a move consistent with a June 22 report by Dust2.us — as they look ahead to the fall season and the release of Counter-Strike 2 later in the summer.
This new-look Evil Geniuses roster notably lack experience at the tier-one level. The quintet have only played at two LAN events during their time with the organization, with ESL Challenger Melbourne in April, where they finished in joint-last place, being their only international LAN.
Given Evil Geniuses' status as a partner team with BLAST and ESL, the newly-promoted side will now be the ones receiving invites to the tournament organizers' competitions. These include the BLAST Premier Spring Groups in July and ESL Pro League Season 18 in August-October, events which will inevitably be a big step up compared to their usual appearances in mostly domestic outings within North America.
The American-Canadian outfit have just under three weeks to prepare for their debut as Evil Geniuses' main roster, with autimatic and company set to participate at the BLAST Premier Fall Groups in Denmark on July 13-23.
Evil Geniuses head into the fall season with the following starting roster: