From Rags to Riches - EG Suspector
On March 22nd, it was announced that he would be replacing "Commonly" on the Evil Geniuses roster. Just one year ago, some members of the community were scoffing at statements made by his former teammate, "Nemassist", implying that their team, Velocity eSports, was almost as good as EG. Keep in mind, however, that at the time EG was at the apex of their Final Boss style dominance. Nemassist's full post-Iron Games Atlanta interview can be found here.
But things weren't always so great for the young Colorado native. Having his competitive start in Halo 4, he was rather late to the game. Nonetheless, he and his teams saw some success at a handful of AGL events, teaming with many players that would become familiar. The most notable of these players include the aforementioned Nemassist, as well as Wintur, Sargoth and Mikwen. Over the course of H4, Suspector peaked at RTX 2014, where he placed in the top six and narrowly missed his first chance at winning in the money.
After getting his first taste of competitive Halo, Suspector had to wait for another chance to prove himself. Finally, with the release of the Master Chief Collection and Halo 2 Anniversary, he could get back in the game. The competition now, however, was much stronger than it was before. Pros that had disappeared were now returning, hoping to come back to the same glory that they had to walk away from in Reach.
[caption id="attachment_21794" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Suspector playing with Team Allegiance at Halo Regionals.[/caption]
He saw some success. Across the two seasons of the Halo Championship Series he finished in the top eight twice at LAN events . He even managed to win a little bit of money playing for Noble eSports at HCS Indianapolis.
With the launch of the much-anticipated Halo 5, it appeared that this same trend of finishes would continue; at least initially anyway. Attending Iron Games Daytona representing the "Crowd Pleaders", the team barely broke into the top eight despite the weak show of talent at the event. Regardless, anyone watching or playing at the high level could see that Suspector was good. Maybe too good for where he was placing.
These doubts were soon proven to be true. Upon joining Team Allegiance, Suspector truly began to shine. Although getting off to a slow start in the first qualifier, they proceeded to dominate the road to the Halo World Championship. Outside of the first qualifier, Allegiance finished no lower than second at any that followed.
Their other accolades include a bronze medal at the X-Games, a top four finish at Regionals and of course, second place at the Halo World Championship itself. Suspector has clearly cemented himself as a top player and worthy of bleeding blue.
But this raises the question, was it really a rags to riches story? He may have started out slow, but even his earliest days of playing were better than most players could ever dream of. The Halo 4 days may have been weak in opportunities and competition, but those who did play made the best out of a bad situation.
We wish Suspector the best moving forward with his new team and hope they succeed in the upcoming league. He's shown that he can play with the best, now he needs to prove to the world that he is the best.
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