Evil Geniuses/Halo History
Evil Geniuses first entered the Halo scene in 2005, sponsoring the team of G-SpOt and SadPandaEh, alongside Americans BLACKJAK and StrongSide. EG's first tournament was MLG Los Angeles 2005, where they finished 3rd. G-SpOt and SadPanda represented Canada and Evil Geniuses at the 2005 World Cyber Games Finals. They took 2nd at the event, losing only to the American Ogre twins of Team 3D. Team EG returned at MLG Atlanta 2005, where they placed in the top 6. Following Atlanta, Strongside left and was replaced by Austin "Mack" Davis. At MLG Chicago 2005, Team EG placed top 8, and at the 2005 MLG New York National Championships, they placed top 6, out of the prize money.
Halo 2: Anniversary
Evil Geniuses' return to Halo would come 9 years after their first stint. On November 21st, the organization announced its roster for HCS Season 1 - Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese, Eric "Snipedown" Wrona and twin brothers Justin "Roy" Brown and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown, with coach Ryan "Towey" Towey. EG's first tournament was Iron Games Columbus 2014, where they finished 2nd. After the Grand Finals match against Counter Logic Gaming, Pistola injured his hand. This forced EG to place him on injured reserve and pick up a replacement - Tony "Lethul" Campbell, Jr.The new roster's first tournament was UGC St. Louis 2015, where they finished 3rd. Over the following weeks, EG took part in five HCS Online Cups. They won the last two and went into Gamers For Giving 2015 hoping to carry that momentum forward. They did not disappoint at the event, sweeping CLG in the finals for their first live event win. They returned at the HCS Season 1 Finals where they again finished 1st, defeating CLG in the finals.
EG's average placing in HCS Season 1 was 1.75. Their total winnings amounted to $64,750.
During the off-season, Pistola officially left the team when it was confirmed that he was joining Cloud9. Their first event of HCS Season 2 was Iron Games Atlanta 2015. They went into the Grand Finals from the Winners Bracket and actually lost the first finals series against Denial eSports, but reversed the result in the second series to win their third straight tournament. Over the following weeks, EG won five of the seven HCS Cups they competed in. They then won HCS Indianapolis, defeating CLG in the finals once again. At the HCS Season 2 Finals, though they defeated CLG in the Winners' Bracket, CLG battled out of the Losers' Bracket for a Finals rematch. CLG took the first series 3-2, but were swept in the second series as EG won its fifth straight tournament and second straight Season Finals, closing out Halo 2: Anniversary as the undisputed kings.
EG's average placing in HCS Season 2 was 1.00. Their total winnings amounted to $114,100.
Halo World Championship 2016
The dominant EG squad predictably stayed together through the offseason. In their first Halo World Championship-affiliated tournament, NA Qualifier #1, they continued their official tournament winning streak, defeating Team EnVyUs in the finals. Their streak was broken the following week, as they finished top 4 in NA Qualifier #2. After EG failed to win the next two cups as well, Lethul was confirmed to have left the team on January 21st in a forum post by Snipedown. EG replaced him later that day with Hamza "Commonly" Abbaali. Despite the last minute change, EG continued their streak of event wins, defeating Lethul and CLG in dramatic fashion in the finals at the X Games Aspen 2016 invitational after losing to CLG earlier in the event in Group Play. In addition to prize money, EG were awarded X Games gold medals for their efforts. The next month at the HWC NA Regional Finals, EG were defeated 4-0 in the semifinals by CLG, ending their historic winning streak with a top 4 finish. At Worlds, EG came out struggling, losing a close series to Renegades in their group. This resulted in a quarterfinals match against CLG, which EG lost 3-0, exiting the tournament with a top 8 finish.
On March 22nd, two days after the conclusion of HWC 2016, Evil Geniuses announced the release of Commonly and the signing of Ayden "Suspector" Hill, formerly of Team Allegiance. They were invited to the first LAN qualifier for the Pro League, taking place at PAX East 2016, alongside three other teams. EG defeated Team EnVyUs in the finals 4-2, securing their spot in the Pro League.