Evil Geniuses acquire League of Legends LCS spot from Echo Fox - Dexerto

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.


Cloud9 Blue win Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifier: results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 1:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:45

by Bill Cooney


The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers started on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition. However, only one could be the winner, and that was Cloud9 Blue.

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. Let’s get right into it and give you a rundown of the week’s action if you missed it.

Cloud9 Blue win NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier over Envy

Envy were fast out of the gates in the Grand Final of the NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier against Cloud9 Blue.

They took a hold of Ascent, and looked like the more clean and coordinated team as they eked out the win on the final round of regulation.

However, it may have just been a flash in the pan. Cloud9 hit back hard on their pick of Split, and it was easy to see why they picked it. TenZ solo out-fragged the entirely of Envy in the first half, and ended up with 29 kills when all was said and done.

The 11-1 score line at halftime was too much for Envy to overcome, eventually falling 13-7.

Cloud9 rode that Split momentum into Bind in the final-map decider. While Envy won the pistol on attack, Cloud9 steadied the ship to go on a spree. They won the next seven rounds to cement their lead, and put Envy on the back foot in the second half yet again.

Cloud9’s aggressive B-site takes on attack overwhelmed Envy’s defence, as they continued to push forward on the gas. Envy only got one round on their defence as they were decimated 13-5 on the final map, with Cloud9 securing the title and the first seed heading into the Closed Qualifier.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams

If you missed the first First Strike NA qualifier, you can catch up on the official Valorant channel. They’ve uploaded a VOD of the stream from every day of the open qualifier.

We’ve embedded the final for you below, but you can find the rest here.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier format

The Valorant First Strike tournament is the first of its kind for Riot Games’ newest FPS. The tournament kicked off with 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers, which got cut down to 32 teams.

All of the top 16 teams will advance to the first official qualifier on November 4 – 8, so being included on the podium here is more about pride than anything else.

As long as teams finish in the upper half of the 32-team bracket, they’ll get another chance in the second round of opening qualifiers.

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With the NA qualifiers in full swing, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier schedule and results

The competition began on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open, with each day seeing further action at the same time until October 30. This whittled down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier on November 4.

The top four teams from the closed qualifier will advance straight to the First Strike main event. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.

Below is the schedule for each day of the event. Please be aware that these times are subject to change at the discretion of the organizer.

Tuesday, October 27

Round of 32 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Round of 16 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Wednesday, October 29

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Quarterfinals Sentinels 0 – 2 Gen.G Esports 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals Team Envy 2 – 1 T1 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals TSM 2 – 0 100 Thieves 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM
Quarterfinals Cloud9 Blue – 1 Slimy Boogermen 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Thursday, 29 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Semifinals Gen.G Esports 0 – 2 Team Envy 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Semifinals TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Friday, 30 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Grand Final Team Envy 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier: Final Placements

NA Open Qualifier 1 Top 16

Place Team
1st Cloud9 Blue
2nd Envy
3rd TSM
4th Gen.G Esports
5th – 8th Sentinels
100 Thieves
Slimy Boogermen
9th – 16th Spot Up
Equinox Esports
Built By Gamers

All of the teams above have now qualified for the first closed qualifier, the NSG Tournament, scheduled for November 4 to 8.