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Evil Geniuses return to Call of Duty

by theScore Staff Nov 21 2016
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After a two-year hiatus from the Call of Duty competitive scene, Evil Geniuses have returned with Colt "Havok" McLendon, Jared "Nagafen" Harrell, Jeremy "StuDyy" Astacio and Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler on their roster.

The organization first became a huge name in the CoD scene in May 2014, when they signed compLexity Gaming's roster, which had just won the Call of Duty World Championship earlier that year. This kicked off what would be later known as the coL/EG dynasty.

Their former roster, which consisted of Damon "Karma" Barlow, Patrick "ACHES" Price, Tyler "TeePee" Polchow and Ian "Crimsix" Porter competed together under EG until November (Karma, however, left in September and was replaced by Ken "Dedo" Dedo) when they disbanded. During their time together, the team took first place at MLG Anaheim 2014 and ESWC 2014.

With big shoes to fill, EG's managing director Peter Dager discussed his decision to bring the organization back into the scene.

"I'm thrilled to make EG a part of the Call of Duty family once again," Dager said. "Hearing what Activision has planned for this year, along with finding such a talented squad with Nameless as their captain, it was a no-brainer."

The roster's current members come from several organizations. NAMELESS and StuDyy were most recently free agents after being dropped by Luminosity Gaming, Nagafen comes from Elevate and Havok comes from compLexity Gaming.

Havok spoke to theScore esports about not only being a part of EG's second chapter, but reliving the 2014 dynasty by coming to the team from compLexity.

"I want this team to have more success than EG's previous CoD team no matter how difficult that may be," Havok said. "I feel like we, as a team, have the opportunity that not many teams will ever have. We want to establish EG as a powerhouse in the CoD scene and we are all willing to put in the work to do so.”

Nagafen also spoke to theScore esports about what he wants to work on going into a new organization, and how he feels about being part of EG's next venture into the scene.

"I want to work on being more vocal in game, it's really been one of the main things I've needed to work on but with this new team I'm finding it easier to do that and be more of a leader in game," Nagafen said. “Definitely feel like we have some big shoes to fill seeing as their last team was so successful, but I'm excited to start writing the second chapter.”

Evil Geniuses' first event with their new roster will be the PlayStation Experience Invitational, which takes place Dec. 3-4.

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. She likes piña coladas, getting caught in the rain and dank no-scopes. You're eligible for free high fives if you follow her on Twitter.