Evil Geniuses CEO issues apology over team elimination from BLAST Premier
After a disappointing finish for Evil Geniuses in the first round of BLAST Premier Spring Showdown on Wednesday, franchise CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson issued an apology to fans on Twitter recently.
EG had seen better days in the competition before being defeated by the full-fledged Brazilian GODSENT 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the American showdown.
EG’s last BLAST Premier victory was in the 2020 Spring American Finals after the franchise successfully annihilated Team Liquid in an absolute 3-0 win. Surely, Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and co. would be looking for more wins.
EG’s poor performance in BLAST Premier
This year’s Spring Showdown features a single-elimination bracket format for the playoffs and a $67,500 prize pool for the top four teams.
There are a total of eight teams contending for the top spot. EG is one of three other Spring Groups teams, along with Liquid, Complexity Gaming, and MIBR. The playoffs also invited two teams, namely GODSENT and an additional Brazilian-side, FURIS Esports. The last two, paiN Gaming and ATK were both seeded directly from the Ace North American Masters Spring 2022.
For EG, the defeat dealt a heavy blow. After failing to get qualified in both PGL Major Antwerp and IEM Dallas in April this year, EG does not have anything left that can seed them to yet another prestigious tournament, IEM Cologne.
It is important to keep in mind that EG’s last IEM Cologne win was in 2020 with a tight 3-2 finish over Liquid. Since then, EG’s performance has continued to slump.
Prior to BLAST Premier, EG was also defeated by GODSENT 2-0 in the North American qualifier of IEM XVII Dallas. EG did not make it beyond the qualifier.
Moreover, EG has two of its current members, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, struggling over the last two years. All despite the two being joined by a trio of former Cloud9’s core, Stewie2K, William “RUSH” Wierzba, and Timothy ”autimatic” Ta, who brought with them a choke-full of experiences, such as winning the 2018 Boston ELEAGUE Major.
The current lineup combination has been struggling to find the pace to claim victories, which was admitted by RUSH via his tweet on April 28.
RUSH said that the team’s limping performance was “unacceptable”, adding that EG have yet to accomplish anything for four months.
“It was tough to not get a little emotional in my interview with @BanKsEsports after our loss vs @GODSENT today. It’s been 4 months with this squad and we haven’t accomplished anything and have improved very little. Its a hard pill to swallow but ultimately its unacceptable,” RUSH’s tweet reads.
CEO issues apology, promises to not stand idly
Jameson, via her Twitter, posted an apology to the team’s fans over the franchise’s disappointing and poor finish in BLAST Premier.
“Disappointing finish in CS:GO today,” the CEO wrote. “I’m sorry to all the fans.
Jameson then affirmed that both she and the organization are not fond of the result and are committed to setting forth changes in the future.
“We are not complacent with these results and are committed to making changes to improve!” she added.