HexT competing with Evil Geniuses' CS:GO roster.
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EG fails to sign star players for CS roster, set to play BLAST Fall Groups with underwhelming lineup

Well, that's a disappointing U-turn.

Evil Geniuses’ plans to move to Europe have fallen through and the organization will instead field four players from its secondary CS:GO roster—Colby “Walco” Walsh, Jeorge “Jeorge” Endicott, Paytyn “junior” Johnson, and Jadan “HexT” Postma—alongside veteran autimatic for the BLAST Premier Fall Groups in July.

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EG was reportedly trying to sign Team Liquid’s franchise player EliGE, Natus Vincere’s star electroNic, the French veteran Audric “JACKZ” Jug, and the Russian AWPer Aleksandr “zorte” Zagodyrenko for the second semester of 2023 and consequently for CS2‘s launch, but the negotiations fell through on June 22.

With no time to seek alternatives due to BLAST Premier Fall Groups’ roster lock, EG scrambled a roster with four players from its secondary CS:GO project EG Black plus autimatic, and will remain in NA for now.

Related: Live Counter-Strike 2023 roster tracker: CS:GO signings and rumors ahead of CS2 release

Out of the four players promoted to the main roster, junior is one with more experience in tier-one. He played for FURIA in 2021 and for Complexity in 2022, but couldn’t replicate the same performance he had in tier-two tournaments. HexT also has experience in tier one after playing for EG’s main roster between Aug. 2022 and April 2023, but was demoted to EG Black after poor individual showings.

On top of promoting the four EG Black players to the main roster, the organization will also field the coach Damien “maLeK” Marcel as the head coach for the BLAST Premier Fall Groups. The future of former head coach Daniel Vorborg is unclear.

Of course, EG could surprise everyone at BLAST Premier Fall Groups between July 13 to 23, but it’s more than likely that the organization will have yet another disappointing result due to fielding unproven players in a competition full of top teams. EG has become the laughing stock of CS esports throughout 2023 as the main team repeatedly failed in every tournament and even got outranked by EG Black in May.


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Staff writer and CS:GO lead. Leonardo has been passionate about games since he was a kid and graduated in Journalism in 2018. Before Leonardo joined Dot Esports in 2019, he worked for Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Leonardo also worked for HLTV.org between 2020 and 2021 as a senior writer, until he returned to Dot Esports and became part of the staff team.