Evil Geniuses Comes to America
What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.
That's a quote that's been stuck in my head ever since reading the "A song of ice and fire" series. And I think it can be used to describe the situation here. We've had an amazing two years together as a team. Starting off as CLG EU, winning kings of Europe, and becoming Moscow5's kryptonite. Living together in so many different countries, with the highlight being Korea. You become more than strangers working together when you're crammed into a tiny, Korean hotel room and practice 10-12 hours a day there. The hard work paid off, though, and we reached the OGN summer 2012 finals only to lose the finals to Frost in an epic bo5.
We were one of the top teams & fan favourites. The highlight of our performance was a tied 3rd place at the season 2 world championship. And after that it all went downhill. It started poorly at IEM Cologne - a fluke, perhaps? The first split didn't turn out as well as it should have, we were losing to teams we shouldn't have lost to. Another fluke? No. Perhaps it was the meta switch, perhaps the playing field got leveled with more top players arising everywhere, who knows. We tried hard to make it better in the 2nd split, and we improved drastically towards the end. But then we fell short yet again. After being 1-0 up against Gambit we dropped the following two maps and that was all she wrote. No Evil Geniuses at the world finals. A disappointment to all our fans, our organisation, and most of all to ourselves.
I avoid looking back to that moment because it was one of intense sadness. I was shattered, where did it go wrong? What mistakes did I make? Is it too late to turn it all around? After crying like a little girl backstage, I ended up going outside to find hundreds of fans waiting for us, trying to cheer us up, telling us not to give up & get 'em next season. I'd like to thank every single one of you that've been there supporting us, it was amazing. But something was broken, that loss was the final crack, the drop that made the bucket overflow. We knew that come next season, things wouldn't be the same again.
These last two years have been the best of my life, with so many memories and stories to tell. And I hope none of you forget the era that was CLG EU / Evil Geniuses. Remember the highs and the lows, the funny interviews, the trolls, the intense matches, and the five friends that tried their hardest to make it work.
What is dead may never die...
At this point, decisions had to be made. This is where I'd like to thank Alexander Garfield, who heads up the EG and Alliance brands. He did his utmost and best to find a solution for all five of his players, and succeeded. Both Henrik & Mike wanted to play in Europe and find/create a new team there. Stephen, Pete and myself were open to more opportunities. At the same time, over in NA, Velocity found itself without a starting line-up. The three of us connected the dots and decided to go on an adventure. Evil Geniuses is an American organisation that has always wanted a North American team to put its name on, and we decided that we could be that presence in LoL. The three musketeers will try to make it into the LCS in NA whilst the Danish duo takes over our old LCS slot in Europe representing Alliance. From a broken unit, two new teams arise.
...but rises again, harder and stronger.
Joining us will be Eugene "Pobelter" Park & Tyson "Innox" Kapler. We looked for good, unsigned local talent and found these two gems. So far their work ethic and team spirit have been amazing. We found a way around Eugene's school commitments and are still able to scrim 6-8 hours a day. We're improving every day, and hopefully we'll be able to beat TBD to make it into the LCS.
Looking back at it all, there are a few things I would have done differently. I'll never want to point any fingers at anyone except myself. I could have worked a little harder, played a little better and practiced a little more. And that's my lesson out of all of this. Don't ever take what you love for granted. While it's sad that the team won't be the same again, I'd like to believe that we all learned from our mistakes and can use that knowledge to perform our best in the future.
Finally, I just want to thank all of our fans, our sponsors, my teammates, and Evil Geniuses. It was a fun ride, may the next one be even better.
- Mitch "Krepo" Voorspoels