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Evil Geniuses acquire League of Legends LCS spot from Echo Fox

Published: 26/Sep/2019 19:33 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 23:52

by Scott Robertson


Evil Geniuses are jumping back into League of Legends by acquiring the North American League Championship Series franchise spot from Echo Fox, according to ESPN Esports’ Jacob Wolf.

Update: The acquisition has been confirmed by Evil Geniuses, as of 5:32 pm EST.

It’s been a memorable Thursday for Evil Geniuses. The North American organization made early morning waves with the acquisition of the NRG Esports CS:GO roster just before those players appeared to compete at the ESL One NY tournament. 

But the Blue brand didn’t stop there, as they have made another big splash in North American esports by acquiring the lone available LCS slot from Echo Fox, as initially reported by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.

Evil Geniuses attempted to buy the Echo Fox slot earlier in the summer, after Riot gave the Echo Fox organization an ultimatum to sell following the debacle with an investor in the 2019 campaign. The previous attempt fell through after a report showed financial issues with EG’s bid.

Just like how their CS:GO announcement marked a return to the scene, their LCS announcement today marks a return to the competitive League of Legends scene as well. At the beginning of 2013, Evil Geniuses became a part of the European scene by acquiring the Counter Logic Gaming EU squad after they walked from CLG.

EG EU finished third in the 2013 Summer EU LCS Playoffs, but missed out on 2013 Worlds. Evil Geniuses then gave up their EU spot and moved to North America, and qualified for the NA LCS via the promotion tournament. 

But after GoodGame Agency was purchased by Twitch, both its brands in EG and Alliance were forced to rebrand at the beginning of 2015, to Winterfox and Elements respectively. Winterfox failed to retain their spot in the NA LCS, and then finished dead last in the Challenger Series before disbanding in July 2015.

RiotKrepo with Evil Geniuses in 2014. He stayed with EG when they moved from Europe to NA.

The past few months have seen incredible changes for Evil Geniuses, not just including the CS:GO acquisition. The organization announced in July that they would not pursue a franchise spot in the upcoming Call of Duty league, and recently announced surprising departures to their legendary Dota 2 roster.

With the acquisition, all the upcoming changes to the teams competing in the 2020 LCS have been set.

Clutch Gaming will rebrand to Dignitas following the slot purchase from the Houston Rockets. OpTic Gaming will rebrand to Immortals following Immortals’ purchase of Infinite Esports. And now Evil Geniuses will join the LCS following the purchase of the Echo Fox slot.


Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifiers: teams, streams, schedule

Published: 26/Oct/2020 22:16 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 22:19

by Bill Cooney


The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers start on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition.

First Strike is being called “the first major in VALORANT esports,” at least by Riot Games and their organizing partners Nerd Street Gamers.

There are certainly enough teams to keep track of as the bracket of the first Open Qualifiers get going, so let’s get right into it and take a look at some of the bigger teams competing, streams to catch the action, and the tournament schedule.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifiers schedule

The competition will begin on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open. This will whittle down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier.

From there, the top four teams will advance straight to the First Strike main event which starts on November 4. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier teams

Like we mentioned before, there are a total of 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers. To keep things from going too long, we’ll be listing the top-tier teams below:

  • Spacestation Gaming
  • 100 Thieves
  • Immortals
  • Team Envy
  • FaZe Clan
  • Phoenix1.gg
  • Luminosity
  • Dignitas
  • Sentinels
  • Complexity
  • T1
  • NRG
  • Cloud9 Blue
  • Cloud9 White
  • Renegades
  • TSM

A full list of every single participating team can be found right here, for those that are interested as well.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams

You’ll be able to catch all the action on Nerd Street Gamer’s Twitch channel which is hosting the main stream, but how they will keep track of 64 different matches will be very interesting to see.

If you want to just follow one team in particular, there are a number of casters following along with some major teams on their personal channels. Not every team will be listed below, but we will update the list as more become available.

T1 – CastawaysTV

Dignitas – Door_Casts

TSM – Keith LaFortune

Cloud9 Blue – Keglunneq

Cloud9 White – SUNSfanTV

There you have it, streams, teams (the big ones at least) and the schedule for the Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifier #1. Be sure to check back as we will have the final results once things wrap up right here on Dexerto.