Following an upsetting start of the 2022 CS:GO season, EG announces the first roster change. Damien “maLeK” Marcel, the head coach of the organization’s CS:GO roster, has been moved to inactive status. According to the announcement, maLek is free to pursue new opportunities and find new organizations to continue his coaching career.
EG makes its first roster change following a disappointing performance by the team in the American RMR, where coach maLek and the squad failed to qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp. Despite winning three out of the six matches at RMR, they lost the most important one to 9z.
Furthermore, the team has also parted ways with assistant coach Paolo “EVY” Berbudeau and analyst Juan “Hepa” Borges. According to its official statement, Evil Geniuses is looking for “a fresh start” and looks to replace the current coaching staff with new individuals capable of maximizing the present roster’s potential.
Before joining EG in December 2021, maLek served as a head coach for G2. The team saw outstanding results during his time with the team, with the most prominent being the second place at the PGL Major Stockholm 2021. Even though G2 lost to NAVI in the grand final, the team managed to claim 1400 EPT circuit points and $300,000 in prize money.
G2’s appearance at the Intel Extreme Masters Cologne was another accomplishment by the team under maLek’s leadership, although the team was disappointed to finish second again after losing against NAVI in the finals.
Evil Geniuses performance under maLek
Following the upsetting 2021 CS:GO season, a series of changes were made by EG before the start of the new esports season, including signing maLek and three new players. However, the team’s performance continued to decline.
At the start of the new season, EG was eliminated from the Blast Premier Spring 2022 Groups stage after losing to BIG. The second blow came with the ESL Pro League Season 15, which was a complete disaster for EG. During the group stage, the squad faced Natus Vincere, Heroic, Astralis, AGO, and Complexity Gaming, but failed to win any of the five games.
However, EG did make it to the semifinals of the NA qualifier for the upcoming IEM XVII, but were soon eliminated and lost a chance to qualify for the championship in Dallas. After a string of disappointing exits, the team was in desperate need of a major breakthrough.
The recent BLAST Premier Spring American Showdown ended up being another blunder as the squad faced another early elimination by Godsent.
Evil Geniuses’ recent attempts have been largely unsuccessful despite multiple changes since December 2021. The squad is still trying to make a comeback, but the team’s performance in most regional and international events has been a “tale of disappointment”. That said, the arrival of the new head coach and other roster changes that are likely to come in the future could potentially change the situation for EG.