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Evil Geniuses will field a new, fluid, 15-player Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, the organization announced on Thursday. EG have signed the rosters of Party Astronauts and Carpe Diem, two previously organization-less NA teams.
The new “Blueprint” project is EG’s attempt to reinvigorate North American CS:GO by developing homegrown talent. In a press release, EG said Blueprint is the “first-ever fluid roster in the CS:GO scene.” The 15-player project was first reported by Jaxon and Dust2.us on Wednesday.
“We know the strength North America can offer the CS:GO community and Blueprint is the first step in rectifying the past and showing that North America can once again be the home of the world’s best teams,” Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO of Evil Geniuses, said in the press release.
— EG CS:GO (@EG_CSGO) June 2, 2022
The changes come in light of disappointing results from EG’s new roster, helmed by veteran NA player Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip. Evil Geniuses added Stewie2k, along with Timothy “autimatic” Ta and William “RUSH” Wierzba, to the roster in the hopes of finding more consistent Tier 1 success. That has not been the case, with EG falling short of big milestones like qualification for PGL Major Antwerp 2022.
Party Astronauts have consistently been a contender in ESL Challenger events and local NA events. They’ve pushed top American teams but have rarely found international success. Most players on their roster have been CS:GO competitors for years. In contrast, Carpe Diem can be characterized as a more “up-and-coming” squad of players.
EG will also bring the coaching staff of both teams into their Blueprint project.
In 2023, the team will operate by allowing the best performing players to compete in the biggest events. Other details regarding how the unprecedented 15-player Evil Geniuses roster will function are still unclear. Dust2.us reported that the org are hoping to field an academy team that will compete in WePlay Academy League.
With the 15-player roster, EG aim to build on their reputation of developing local talent in lieu of seeking international imports. The Seattle-based org had massive success using this model with their League of Legends team, which recently won the League Championship Series Spring and competed internationally at the Mid-Season Invitational.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.