Joey ‘MerK’ Deluca has revealed that Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov had the option to join FaZe prior to joining Evil Geniuses.
The 2016 Call of Duty World Champion left team EnVyUs after placing second at the 2017 World Championship on Infinite Warfare.
The Infinite Warfare season was a frustrating one for EnVyUs who kept the same roster that won the Black Ops 3 World Championship for the entire year.
The second place at the 2017 Champs was not enough to convince the team to stick together and they went their separate ways with only Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat remaining with the organization.
In September 2017 Apathy joined Evil Geniuses alongside the 2014 World Champion Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt, and Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler.
However, in the first HARDPOINTS podcast of the WWII season, MerK revealed to Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow that Apathy had the option to join FaZe but chose to join Evil Geniuses instead.
Calling the new Evil Genius roster a “boots on the ground” team, the two ex-players discuss their belief that Apathy deserves a better team after his performance during the past two titles.
MerK then reveals that the 23 year old had texted him during the off season discussing his invitation to join the likes of Dillon ‘Attach’ Price and Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparratto on FaZe.
MerK states that he advised Apathy to take the opportunity with FaZe but it seems that Apathy chose to team with proven boots on the ground champions like ACHES and NAMELESS.
Later in the podcast TeePee concedes that the new title should be the perfect game for a player like ACHES who is one of the most successful players in Call of Duty history.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts World Champion struggled to find the same form during the advanced movement era of the franchise. However, his style of play should suit the newest title perfectly which may have influenced Apathy’s decision to side with Evil Geniuses over FaZe Clan.