COUNTER-STRiKE

PLAYERS

Cvetelin Dimitrov

CeRq

Originally from Bulgaria, CeRq moved to the US at a young age to pursue his CSGO career. The team’s designated AWPer, you can always count on him to hit his shots. His abilities have earned him recognition at international events such as IEM Shanghai 2018 where he won MVP. His most notable victory was at ESL One Year York 2019, which was his first tournament under the EG banner.
Cvetelin Dimitrov

CeRq

Originally from Bulgaria, CeRq moved to the US at a young age to pursue his CSGO career. The team’s designated AWPer, you can always count on him to hit his shots. His abilities have earned him recognition at international events such as IEM Shanghai 2018 where he won MVP. His most notable victory was at ESL One Year York 2019, which was his first tournament under the EG banner.
Vincent Cayonte

Brehze

Brehze has been teamed with CeRq for over two years and his roster consistency also extends to his in-game abilities. Only four years into his career, he’s proven himself as a huge threat by always putting up numbers. Known for being an all-around outstanding player, Brehze is the superstar you can trust to pull clutch up for your team. He won MVP for ESL One New York 2019.
Vincent Cayonte

Brehze

Brehze has been teamed with CeRq for over two years and his roster consistency also extends to his in-game abilities. Only four years into his career, he’s proven himself as a huge threat by always putting up numbers. Known for being an all-around outstanding player, Brehze is the superstar you can trust to pull clutch up for your team. He won MVP for ESL One New York 2019.
Timothy Ta

Autimatic

After winning the ELEAGUE Major Boston in 2018, Tim was rated as one of the 20 best players of the year by HLTV. He stuck around in the North American CS scene for a few more years, but upon the announcement of VALORANT in 2021, tried his hand at Riot’s new creation. Reuniting with one of his Major winning brethren, he ground the first year of the VCT with T1. After the first year, though, Tim was itching to return to CS:GO, and when the opportunity presented itself to join such a storied organization, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Timothy Ta

Autimatic

After winning the ELEAGUE Major Boston in 2018, Tim was rated as one of the 20 best players of the year by HLTV. He stuck around in the North American CS scene for a few more years, but upon the announcement of VALORANT in 2021, tried his hand at Riot’s new creation. Reuniting with one of his Major winning brethren, he ground the first year of the VCT with T1. After the first year, though, Tim was itching to return to CS:GO, and when the opportunity presented itself to join such a storied organization, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
William Wierzba

RUSH

Following the dissolving of his Major-winning roster, Will forged his own path, joining the international roster of Complexity. Competing in Europe for most of his time, Will found success at the BLAST Spring Finals in 2020. After a rough run in 2021, Will began to look back fondly on his time in North America and sought the opportunity to rejoin a primarily-North American roster. When Evil Geniuses confirmed they were picking up his fellow Major champions in North America, the script seemed to be set for a fairy tale reunion of the Cloud9 core.
William Wierzba

RUSH

Following the dissolving of his Major-winning roster, Will forged his own path, joining the international roster of Complexity. Competing in Europe for most of his time, Will found success at the BLAST Spring Finals in 2020. After a rough run in 2021, Will began to look back fondly on his time in North America and sought the opportunity to rejoin a primarily-North American roster. When Evil Geniuses confirmed they were picking up his fellow Major champions in North America, the script seemed to be set for a fairy tale reunion of the Cloud9 core.
Hey there! I am Jonji or Jon, I am the entry fragger for EG. A little back story on me, what made me get into gaming was a mixture of things, my grandfather and best friend at the time was ill with cancer and as a young man that is just kind of how I dealt with things. Gaming through the pain and unknown as a kid. When I was just 16 I got the opportunity presented to me by a good friend and mentor of mine Ocean, to got Brazil, Mexico, and China for WESG(a tournament circuit back in the day) and that kind of just kick started my love for competing, I also got second at my first “international” so that helped ignite that fire as well. I went on to play with some very experienced guys such as mitch, ptr, fns, els, vSa, Davey, etc and that kind of just molded me into the person and player I am today. 13k hours is all it took and I can’t wait to see where I will be after another 13k. Happy to be part of this legendary organization and I hope with all the resources we flourish and start lifting some trophies for you guys ❤️
Hey there! I am Jonji or Jon, I am the entry fragger for EG. A little back story on me, what made me get into gaming was a mixture of things, my grandfather and best friend at the time was ill with cancer and as a young man that is just kind of how I dealt with things. Gaming through the pain and unknown as a kid. When I was just 16 I got the opportunity presented to me by a good friend and mentor of mine Ocean, to got Brazil, Mexico, and China for WESG(a tournament circuit back in the day) and that kind of just kick started my love for competing, I also got second at my first “international” so that helped ignite that fire as well. I went on to play with some very experienced guys such as mitch, ptr, fns, els, vSa, Davey, etc and that kind of just molded me into the person and player I am today. 13k hours is all it took and I can’t wait to see where I will be after another 13k. Happy to be part of this legendary organization and I hope with all the resources we flourish and start lifting some trophies for you guys ❤️
Hey guys! My name is Jonathan Dallal but most of my friends and family call me Jon or by my in-game alias ‘djay’. A little history about me: I first played CS 1.6 when I was around 10 years old and ever since then I fell in love with the game and basically became addicted. I started out by playing public servers like fy_iceworld, gungame and scoutzknivez but quickly found my way competing towards the end of CAL league. Soon after I began playing ESEA leagues starting with a group of friends around late 2010 and my fondness for competition only continued to grow from there. Once CS 1.6 died and CS:GO came out I took an extended break only to come back with the drive for success and the desire to become the best player I know I could be less than a year later. Since then I’ve spent most of my time competing in ESEA Premier aka Mountain Dew League aka ESL Challenger League trying to break through to the next stage of competition with small progressions every season. Shortly after Party Astronauts was founded we became a very consistent team managing to win 1st Place in Season 38 of ESEA Premier and secure ourselves a spot at EPL Season 15, but not without some bumps along the way. Unfortunately we didn’t play well there but it was a great first European competition for the majority of us. Not long after, we had a chance at making the Major in Antwerp but once again fell short due to the lack of experience. Knowing we had been so close to potentially realizing our dreams it only continued to push us to search for opportunities to compete abroad and that’s where EG comes in. I’m incredibly thankful to Evil Geniuses for stepping up when we really needed it and providing us the support we so desperately desire to allow us to hit the next stages of our competitive careers. I’m stoked to be here, representing such a legendary organization like EG, one that has such rich history in esports.
Hey guys! My name is Jonathan Dallal but most of my friends and family call me Jon or by my in-game alias ‘djay’. A little history about me: I first played CS 1.6 when I was around 10 years old and ever since then I fell in love with the game and basically became addicted. I started out by playing public servers like fy_iceworld, gungame and scoutzknivez but quickly found my way competing towards the end of CAL league. Soon after I began playing ESEA leagues starting with a group of friends around late 2010 and my fondness for competition only continued to grow from there. Once CS 1.6 died and CS:GO came out I took an extended break only to come back with the drive for success and the desire to become the best player I know I could be less than a year later. Since then I’ve spent most of my time competing in ESEA Premier aka Mountain Dew League aka ESL Challenger League trying to break through to the next stage of competition with small progressions every season. Shortly after Party Astronauts was founded we became a very consistent team managing to win 1st Place in Season 38 of ESEA Premier and secure ourselves a spot at EPL Season 15, but not without some bumps along the way. Unfortunately we didn’t play well there but it was a great first European competition for the majority of us. Not long after, we had a chance at making the Major in Antwerp but once again fell short due to the lack of experience. Knowing we had been so close to potentially realizing our dreams it only continued to push us to search for opportunities to compete abroad and that’s where EG comes in. I’m incredibly thankful to Evil Geniuses for stepping up when we really needed it and providing us the support we so desperately desire to allow us to hit the next stages of our competitive careers. I’m stoked to be here, representing such a legendary organization like EG, one that has such rich history in esports.
My name is Wesley or Wes and I have been grinding CSGO and attempting to become a professional since August 2018 day in and day out. Being a professional in Esports is something I’ve always wanted to do even thinking back to when I was a little kid watching Halo 3 tournaments. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to play under such a storied organization in the game I love. It is such a surreal feeling and I’ve never been more motivated to grind and be successful.
My name is Wesley or Wes and I have been grinding CSGO and attempting to become a professional since August 2018 day in and day out. Being a professional in Esports is something I’ve always wanted to do even thinking back to when I was a little kid watching Halo 3 tournaments. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to play under such a storied organization in the game I love. It is such a surreal feeling and I’ve never been more motivated to grind and be successful.
My journey to joining EG started long ago, when CS first came out. I would go to a friends house and game with him along side his brother and dad. For years I would go over there and we would take turns playing Warcraft 3 mod, along with PUB servers where I met a lot of people from different walks of life. I finally got internet and was able to play from home with my friends. I spent most of my playing time playing PUB servers, until I started playing open with some friends from the pub servers. Years later when I started working, I wasn’t able to play as much as I did when I was a kid. Around 2016 I joined an IM team which I had been asked to tryout for and I took a leap of faith, as I was working 40+ hours at a job. While playing with that team, we made it to main, and made it through to Premier. I quit my job 2 years later and pursued RANK S and FPL, while playing premier. I’ve been grinding premier for years with a mixture of different players and rosters to finally break through to make pro league. Along the way to getting picked up by the EG organization, I’ve made it to two different events in EU which has been eye opening to say the least. Now with this new opportunity, I’m going to try to become the best player, human, and teammate I can be. I’ve learned a lot along the way, met tons of amazing people, played with some of the best talent NA has to offer, and I’ve grown as a person. I’m looking to better myself along with my teammates and organization. I might be 31 and old in esports years, but I haven’t peaked yet and I’m here to show age is just a number.
My journey to joining EG started long ago, when CS first came out. I would go to a friends house and game with him along side his brother and dad. For years I would go over there and we would take turns playing Warcraft 3 mod, along with PUB servers where I met a lot of people from different walks of life. I finally got internet and was able to play from home with my friends. I spent most of my playing time playing PUB servers, until I started playing open with some friends from the pub servers. Years later when I started working, I wasn’t able to play as much as I did when I was a kid. Around 2016 I joined an IM team which I had been asked to tryout for and I took a leap of faith, as I was working 40+ hours at a job. While playing with that team, we made it to main, and made it through to Premier. I quit my job 2 years later and pursued RANK S and FPL, while playing premier. I’ve been grinding premier for years with a mixture of different players and rosters to finally break through to make pro league. Along the way to getting picked up by the EG organization, I’ve made it to two different events in EU which has been eye opening to say the least. Now with this new opportunity, I’m going to try to become the best player, human, and teammate I can be. I’ve learned a lot along the way, met tons of amazing people, played with some of the best talent NA has to offer, and I’ve grown as a person. I’m looking to better myself along with my teammates and organization. I might be 31 and old in esports years, but I haven’t peaked yet and I’m here to show age is just a number.
Hello my name is Ben but you probably know me as ben1337. I’m an IGL and my love for the game has only evolved year after year. I have been playing CSGO since 2015 and full time for a couple years now and have been floating around the top of the T2-3 NA scene for a couple years now and finally started to break through recently and now I’m trying to work even harder and showcase my true potential under the Evil Geniuses banner. #LIVEEVIL
Hello my name is Ben but you probably know me as ben1337. I’m an IGL and my love for the game has only evolved year after year. I have been playing CSGO since 2015 and full time for a couple years now and have been floating around the top of the T2-3 NA scene for a couple years now and finally started to break through recently and now I’m trying to work even harder and showcase my true potential under the Evil Geniuses banner. #LIVEEVIL
Joe Lima

muenster

Coach
Yes, my alias is muenster, like the cheese. Don’t ask me why I picked it because I honestly don’t know. Compared to some of my teammates, I’m relatively new to the CS scene with only 3 years of serious coaching experience under my belt. I got my start in ESEA Main and quickly worked my way up to MDL/Premier where I began stacking accomplishments, most notably qualifying for ESL Pro League and being 1 map win away from qualifying for the Major. During that time our roster caught the attention of not only the CS community but also Evil Geniuses’ management and they reached out to me with a very interesting proposal.
Joe Lima

muenster

Coach
Yes, my alias is muenster, like the cheese. Don’t ask me why I picked it because I honestly don’t know. Compared to some of my teammates, I’m relatively new to the CS scene with only 3 years of serious coaching experience under my belt. I got my start in ESEA Main and quickly worked my way up to MDL/Premier where I began stacking accomplishments, most notably qualifying for ESL Pro League and being 1 map win away from qualifying for the Major. During that time our roster caught the attention of not only the CS community but also Evil Geniuses’ management and they reached out to me with a very interesting proposal.
My journey in competitive cs started back in 2017 when I joined my first team in ESEA open. As I continued to grind the ESEA leagues, I transitioned into an AWPer and joined RBG soon after. While competing with RBG, I was still in school full-time but managed to balance schoolwork and gaming somewhat. After leaving RBG, my current team played under the Carpe Diem roster until recently getting picked up by Evil Geniuses.
My journey in competitive cs started back in 2017 when I joined my first team in ESEA open. As I continued to grind the ESEA leagues, I transitioned into an AWPer and joined RBG soon after. While competing with RBG, I was still in school full-time but managed to balance schoolwork and gaming somewhat. After leaving RBG, my current team played under the Carpe Diem roster until recently getting picked up by Evil Geniuses.
My journey started back in mid to late 2015. I played casually with friends mostly until I discovered ESEA through over hearing people talk about it in a 1v1 server. After discovering ESEA I quickly got hooked into the competitive side of things and never stopped.
My journey started back in mid to late 2015. I played casually with friends mostly until I discovered ESEA through over hearing people talk about it in a 1v1 server. After discovering ESEA I quickly got hooked into the competitive side of things and never stopped.
Connor Sullivan

chop

I started seriously pursuing a career in Counter-Strike in around 2019 because I got to a level where I thought there actually might be a future in the game. I joined my current team in December of 2020 and it’s been consistent progress ever since then. For myself personally, My most favorite tournament placing is making the finals of ECL Season 40 just because it was a super stressful season for us and we proved to ourselves and everyone else that we are as good as we think we are.
Connor Sullivan

chop

I started seriously pursuing a career in Counter-Strike in around 2019 because I got to a level where I thought there actually might be a future in the game. I joined my current team in December of 2020 and it’s been consistent progress ever since then. For myself personally, My most favorite tournament placing is making the finals of ECL Season 40 just because it was a super stressful season for us and we proved to ourselves and everyone else that we are as good as we think we are.
My Journey to EG has been fairly straightforward grinding through the ranks and slowly getting better over time. Where my path is different from most people is I got extremely lucky with my teammates who I found so early on in my career which eventually led to my favorite memory being us finally qualifying for ECL or MDL at the time. Staying together after multiple seasons of advanced to finally make the breakthrough was so gratifying.
My Journey to EG has been fairly straightforward grinding through the ranks and slowly getting better over time. Where my path is different from most people is I got extremely lucky with my teammates who I found so early on in my career which eventually led to my favorite memory being us finally qualifying for ECL or MDL at the time. Staying together after multiple seasons of advanced to finally make the breakthrough was so gratifying.
I started playing Counter-Strike in 2014 after my real life friends introduced me to the game, and I quickly got addicted to the idea of becoming the best and focusing on improving. I started playing the game competitively on ESEA in 2015 with friends I met through gaming, but I quickly outgrew them and started playing Premier shortly after. I grew up playing sports and had to dedicate my focus on my education, so I never really felt like I had the chance to really gamble all in on myself, which probably stunted my growth both in and out of the server. Counter-Strike has easily become my favorite game of all time over the last seven years and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent Evil Geniuses!
I started playing Counter-Strike in 2014 after my real life friends introduced me to the game, and I quickly got addicted to the idea of becoming the best and focusing on improving. I started playing the game competitively on ESEA in 2015 with friends I met through gaming, but I quickly outgrew them and started playing Premier shortly after. I grew up playing sports and had to dedicate my focus on my education, so I never really felt like I had the chance to really gamble all in on myself, which probably stunted my growth both in and out of the server. Counter-Strike has easily become my favorite game of all time over the last seven years and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent Evil Geniuses!
Lucy Verkaik

empathy

Hey, I’m empathy, but many people still refer to me as “RidgeWolf,” which is my old alias from when I played PUBG. I started grinding CSGO in 2019. I managed to qualify for FPL-C after only playing for about eight months, and I qualified for FPL two years later. After all the time I spent improving and hoping for an opportunity, a friend and now teammate of mine recruited me to the team. I know this is the opportunity to prove myself that I have been looking for.
Lucy Verkaik

empathy

Hey, I’m empathy, but many people still refer to me as “RidgeWolf,” which is my old alias from when I played PUBG. I started grinding CSGO in 2019. I managed to qualify for FPL-C after only playing for about eight months, and I qualified for FPL two years later. After all the time I spent improving and hoping for an opportunity, a friend and now teammate of mine recruited me to the team. I know this is the opportunity to prove myself that I have been looking for.
Hi! My name is Kiara, and my in-game alias is “m1lky”. I was born and raised in Hawaii. I’ve played Counter-Strike since 2007 and switched to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2014. I have had many great memorable achievements over the years, but the one that sticks out to me the most because no other female team was able to achieve this is getting first place at IEM Katowice Intel Challenge for two consecutive years (2018 & 2019). Another notable achievement is taking second at N3rd St Gamers Local Host Denver (2019). This was a mixed tournament, and I was super proud to have beat a lot of great teams there!
Hi! My name is Kiara, and my in-game alias is “m1lky”. I was born and raised in Hawaii. I’ve played Counter-Strike since 2007 and switched to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2014. I have had many great memorable achievements over the years, but the one that sticks out to me the most because no other female team was able to achieve this is getting first place at IEM Katowice Intel Challenge for two consecutive years (2018 & 2019). Another notable achievement is taking second at N3rd St Gamers Local Host Denver (2019). This was a mixed tournament, and I was super proud to have beat a lot of great teams there!
I am PiggyKiki, and I’m from China. I have been playing video games since I was 7, and I started my competitive career in Call of Duty. I wanted to challenge myself even more with a new game, so I started playing CSGO and have been playing since 2020. We started competing in the ESL Impact league and even made it to the ESL Impact LAN finals in Dallas. This was my first LAN ever, and the moment that I felt like I had become a professional CSGO player.
I am PiggyKiki, and I’m from China. I have been playing video games since I was 7, and I started my competitive career in Call of Duty. I wanted to challenge myself even more with a new game, so I started playing CSGO and have been playing since 2020. We started competing in the ESL Impact league and even made it to the ESL Impact LAN finals in Dallas. This was my first LAN ever, and the moment that I felt like I had become a professional CSGO player.
Anna Gutierrez

garden

Hello, my name is Anna, or garden in-game. In 2015 I tried my first PC game in CSGO, and I was instantly hooked. Teams came and went, and I had varying levels of success in mixed rosters, but none of them ever amounted to much. When I realized that I was trans, I took an extended break to begin my transition. I found my way onto a team that would go on to qualify for the ESL Impact finals in Dallas. I am grateful to be on this journey with my friends on this team and honored to represent such an amazing organization in the game that I love.
Anna Gutierrez

garden

Hello, my name is Anna, or garden in-game. In 2015 I tried my first PC game in CSGO, and I was instantly hooked. Teams came and went, and I had varying levels of success in mixed rosters, but none of them ever amounted to much. When I realized that I was trans, I took an extended break to begin my transition. I found my way onto a team that would go on to qualify for the ESL Impact finals in Dallas. I am grateful to be on this journey with my friends on this team and honored to represent such an amazing organization in the game that I love.
With CSGO being my first shooter ever, I sucked, and many people put me down. However, I knew that no matter how much I sucked at the beginning, I was determined to become better. No one would beat me in how hard I work to improve. Eventually, I ended up joining an ESEA-main team, and it was during this time, the ESL Impact League was announced. If there’s anything I learned on my journey, it is that it starts with dreaming and believing and comes to life with hard work. DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE MEMES. JUST DO IT!
With CSGO being my first shooter ever, I sucked, and many people put me down. However, I knew that no matter how much I sucked at the beginning, I was determined to become better. No one would beat me in how hard I work to improve. Eventually, I ended up joining an ESEA-main team, and it was during this time, the ESL Impact League was announced. If there’s anything I learned on my journey, it is that it starts with dreaming and believing and comes to life with hard work. DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE MEMES. JUST DO IT!
Onter Contreras

onter

Coach
My name is onter. I started playing CS in 2015 when my friend introduced me and let me play on his Steam account. I’ve been addicted ever since. I remember playing open matches with my friends and having a lot of fun while gradually advancing through the leagues. Now that I have transitioned from a player to a coach, I have found coaching rewarding. I can’t wait to see how far hard work and dedication take us.
Onter Contreras

onter

Coach
My name is onter. I started playing CS in 2015 when my friend introduced me and let me play on his Steam account. I’ve been addicted ever since. I remember playing open matches with my friends and having a lot of fun while gradually advancing through the leagues. Now that I have transitioned from a player to a coach, I have found coaching rewarding. I can’t wait to see how far hard work and dedication take us.
Matt Speidel

Sunshine

CSGO Team Admin
Matt “Sunshine” Speidel started in the esports space on the event production side, running the Main Stage for DreamHack and working on the digital products team for Turner & IMG’s esports product, ELEAGUE. After graduating from the University of Akron, where he helped launch their varsity esports department, he was hired by Ohio State University to construct a similar esports program. After the successful launch of the program and running teams across a variety of titles, the COVID lockdown began, and the growth opportunities in the collegiate esports space began to slow down. In returning to his original esports title, Sunshine joined Evil Geniuses in 2021 to manage our CS:GO division and now works very closely with our Blueprint project, supporting multiple rosters in their various events and needs within EG.
Matt Speidel

Sunshine

CSGO Team Admin
Matt “Sunshine” Speidel started in the esports space on the event production side, running the Main Stage for DreamHack and working on the digital products team for Turner & IMG’s esports product, ELEAGUE. After graduating from the University of Akron, where he helped launch their varsity esports department, he was hired by Ohio State University to construct a similar esports program. After the successful launch of the program and running teams across a variety of titles, the COVID lockdown began, and the growth opportunities in the collegiate esports space began to slow down. In returning to his original esports title, Sunshine joined Evil Geniuses in 2021 to manage our CS:GO division and now works very closely with our Blueprint project, supporting multiple rosters in their various events and needs within EG.
Nathan Retterath

madcow

CSGO Team Admin
Nathan “madcow” Retterath is a current Coach/Manager for Evil Geniuses and a former professional player/coach for various North American teams in CS:GO. After finding a good amount of success on Bad News Bears as Head Coach and leading them to multiple international tournaments (Bad News Bears becoming the first unsigned team to be invited to IEM Cologne), Nathan joined Evil Geniuses to help progress and prop up the entire North American region.
Nathan Retterath

madcow

CSGO Team Admin
Nathan “madcow” Retterath is a current Coach/Manager for Evil Geniuses and a former professional player/coach for various North American teams in CS:GO. After finding a good amount of success on Bad News Bears as Head Coach and leading them to multiple international tournaments (Bad News Bears becoming the first unsigned team to be invited to IEM Cologne), Nathan joined Evil Geniuses to help progress and prop up the entire North American region.

ACHIEVEMENTS

1st
June 21, 2020
BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals
1st
August 29, 2020
ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online – North America
1st
July 5, 2020
cs_summit 6 Online: North America
1st
October 10, 2019
StarSeries & i-League Season 8
1st
September 19, 2019
ESL One: New York
1st
September 10, 2011
ESEA Season 9