Evil Geniuses confirm Call of Duty roster shakeup, cite internal issues
Evil Geniuses have officially confirmed a massive change to their roster ahead of the first LAN event of the Call of Duty season, CWL Vegas.
Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield announced on Thursday, November 15 that he was a free agent, and searching for another team – move that has now been confirmed.
Lacefield will be replaced by John ‘Xotic’ Bruno, confirming the roster change that was first made public by Xotic’s former teammate, Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte.
Xotic sketched for EG and gave away our pool play spot to a team we are better than lmfao. He didn’t even tell us until just now and he knew for days. Scum.
— Christopher Duarte (@Parasite) November 15, 2018
The organization have now confirmed the change, posting a statement on their Facebook page explaining why they made the decision.
EG’s Call of Duty Manager Ryan Towey stated: “Team changes are always a difficult situation. It was brought to my attention very recently that there were several internal issues with our team that resulted in fundamental differences in how we’ve approached both preparation and practice.
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“After much discussion, a decision was made that it would be in the best interest of the team to make a roster change immediately. Andy is an extremely skilled player and this decision was not made based on performance; we wish him the absolute best at CWL Las Vegas and the remainder of the 2018-2019 CWL season.”
The signing of Xotic to their roster will likely see Evil Geniuses sneak into the final pool play spot for CWL Vegas. The team who will miss out is the team that Xotic left, with former teammate Parasite furious at the situation, labelling the former Lightning Pandas player as “scum.”
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It’s possible that Duarte could face off against Xotic and Evil Geniuses at CWL Vegas, as his team should have enough points to qualify for the play-in tournament once they officially announce their fifth.
CWL Vegas Open is set to take place on December 7-9, at the Hard Rock Rotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.