The Brazilian ends his 14-month stay at EG’s helm.
Wilton “zews” Prado announced through Twitter that he will be parting ways with Evil Geniuses. The 33-year old Brazilian, who has been coaching for Evil Geniuses since April 2020, has left the North American gaming organization over disagreements on the issue of guiding the team’s direction. Evil Geniuses will next be competing in the Intel Extreme Masters 2021 Summer tournament, where they are pitted against Team Spirit in the first round of Group B.
zews has had a storied coaching career leading teams like Luminosity Gaming, SK Gaming, and Team Liquid to first-place finishes in various Majors. He also guided Evil Geniuses to the champion’s spot in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals in June 2020 just three months after joining the squad. EG had to go through zew’s former team, MIBR, to claim the trophy.
During the first four months of zews’ stay in Evil Geniuses, the team won three regional titles. But EG had a run of poor finishes after traveling to Europe in October. The team failed to make it out of the group stages in many of their recent competitions. They failed to win a single match in their last two tournaments: FunSpark ULTI Europe Final and cs_summit 8. The team is now ranked 38th in the world and has been outside of the Top 20 since April.
Evil Geniuses continue to make changes
Zews’ exit is now the third roster change for Evil Geniuses in three months. Ethan "Ethan" Arnold, who left the squad to play for 100 Thieves’ Valorant squad, was replaced by Owen "oBo" Schlatter in March. The team also decided to bench Tarik "tarik" Celik and recruited Michał "MICHU" Müller from Virtus.pro to take his place when no improvements were seen.
There is no word yet from Evil Geniuses as to who will be taking zews’ place. There is also no news yet where zews will be heading.
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