In one of the biggest roster moves in the off-season, Team Envy have acquired the roster of Evil Geniuses for use in the upcoming Black Ops 4 competitive scene. The move was solidified on September 22, 2018 via the Team Envy Twitter.
The Power Move
In a rostermania filled with speculation and rumors, this move was a secret fairly well-kept. At this point, nothing was indicating that the Evil Geniuses squad were looking to move. With the recent announcement of five versus five on the Black Ops 4 esports reveal , the team was looking for a fifth. They will be joining longtime Team Envy member, Cuyler “Huke” Garland on the prestigious Call of Duty team. Team Envy is already looking like a tournament winning contender in the upcoming season. The updated roster is as follows:
- Patrick “ACHES” Price (Captain)
- Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov
- Cuyler “Huke” Garland
- Justin “SiLLY” Fargo
- Adam “Assault” Garcia
- Embry “Bevils” Bevil (Coach)
The Evil Geniuses squad are coming off of one of the biggest tournament wins of their careers. Out of all the teams in the off-season rostermania, they were least likely to change their lineup. With the announcement of five versus five, they have been forced to make moves. As indicated by ACHES’ official statement, the players would have stayed with the organization in the new season. The sudden and late announcement of roster rules for Call of Duty esports, forced the team to make bigger moves than they expected.
Watch team owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail give his official statement on the roster move:
Today we combine 6 Call of Duty World Championship rings with the winningest organization in Call of Duty World Championship history. #TeamEnvy
— Envy (@Envy) September 22, 2018
Cuyler “Huke” Garland is a massive addition to this roster coming into the new game. Originally breaking out during Advanced Warfare, Huke switched to Halo for a few years due to tournament age restrictions. Coming into the World War II season, Huke was hyped as one of the hottest commodities to pick up. Unfortunately, the year was lackluster and Huke never performed to expectations until the end of the season.
A Revitalized Team Envy
Despite having a rather quiet year, Team Envy now looks to be a top team. Being one of the oldest teams originating on Call of Duty, this move has arguably revitalized Team Envy and has a multitude of implications coming into the year. With the slaying power of Assault and Huke combined with the leadership of ACHES, this team will undoubtedly be dangerous. Apathy also sees a return to Team Envy, after representing the organization in Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare. Team Envy has maintained the best average placing in Call of Duty Championships and is looking to maintain that streak going into the new game and its competitive scene.
The Coming Year
This also brings an interesting twist on the OpTic Gaming and Team Envy “eClassico” match up. The term was coined when the two oldest Call of Duty organizations would face each other. This classic rivalry hit its peak near the end of the Infinite Warfare season where the competition was fierce. Unfortunately, the past season has seen the rivalry die down with the two teams barely facing off in World War II. The introduction of ACHES to Team Envy adds on to this rivalry. Known as “OpTic’s Kryptonite”, ACHES has been known as one of OpTic’s hardest counters.
The off-season rostermania continues as we slowly get closer to the release of Black Ops 4. Everyone is waiting for the next major team announcement. With Team Envy set and 100 Thieves announcing power players day by day, this upcoming season looks to be the most competitive yet. With a six million prize pool, Call of Duty is set to explode.
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