Where Does EG Go From Here?
Going from being the most feared team in the HCS to having to face the probability of not even being able to qualify for the Season Finals is not an easy pill to swallow. It doesn't matter how long it's been since you have been able to bring a championship home, in the end of the day you are still a champion therefore you will always have the mindset of one in any area you are competing in. This basically sums up everything that former champions Evil Geniuses is going through now. Once such a dominate force in the HCS, but now being nothing but a shell of their former self. Now that their season is most likely over, where dose EG go from here?
This season has said a lot about the situation EG is currently in. After TJ “Lethul” Campbell's unexpected departure last season, EG has been left in a very tricky situation trying to find a suitable replacement for what Lethul previously brought to the team. Finding someone that can provide them with the same consistent slaying power Lethul brought in as well as being able to mesh well is not an easy task and it's probably impossible to find an exact replacement. This has left EG searching through a pool of players trying to find a solid pick in an efficient amount of time. With EG still having problems even with their newest 4th Ayden “Suspector” Hill, one may think that finding a solid slayer may not be the answer.
One of EG’s greatest abilities just like every great team is their ability to adapt. In order to continuously win and overcome new challenges opponents will give you, adapting is a necessary ability to have. Throughout Halo 2: Anniversary EG was able to continuously adapt to every situation they were put in. This ability in my opinion was the primary reason why EG was able to constantly win even though teams such as CLG and Denial would constantly put up a great fight. Still having 3/4ths of that championship winning roster, I still believe EG has what it takes to be the best without having a major roster change.
Considering that this season is pretty much done for them, EG is most likely already planning out their future. With several promising young prospects emerging from the Open Circuit as well as a couple of Pro League players who I believe may fit in well with this team, EG has quite a couple of options moving forward. Here are just a few of the players I believe may fit in very well with EG.
1: Justin “iGotUrPistola” Deese
Being a former member of EG back in HCS Season 1 and being a longtime and successful teammate for Eric “Snip3down” Wrona, Justin “Roy” Brown and Jason “Lunchbox” Brown, Pistola could easily mesh well with these three. After an unfortunate injury in Iron Games Columbus 2014, Pistola could not longer compete for the rest of Season 1 forcing him to give up his spot on the EG roster. His injury prevent us from witnessing what could have been another successful team for EG especially considering the great mixture of slaying, support and objective power that was on that team. Pistola having a great combination of slaying, support and objective abilities makes him a rare breed amongst all the other players. Being able to play all three roles very efficiently makes him a very valuable asset to any team he is on and we have seen just how valuable he is to this EnVyUs team because of what he can do. Pistola is one of the smartest players in the game and his intelligence truly shines whenever he is playing. Analyzing each map in depth, studying the strengths and weaknesses of every weapon and constantly watching the footage of each game allows Pistola to master the game much faster than most players. Pistola’s strong dedication and natural talent would definitely be useful to this EG roster.
2: Abel “Rammyy” Garcia
Although as I said previously, slaying power may not be what EG needs to succeed. However, I am not one the the EG members therefore I have no idea what they want in a player. If EG is still interested in pursuing a “Lethul like” player, Rammyy may fit the description very well. I recently wrote about how Rammyy’s slaying talents have taken him a long way and he has proven in his time subbing for CLG and Allegiance that he is capable of keeping up with the big time players. Rammyy’s ability to slay efficiently at such consistent level makes him one of most talented and entertaining slayers I have ever seen. I also talked about how his great personality has allowed him to build relationships with some of the top pros therefore I don’t see him having any conflictions with anyone on EG.
3: Tyler “Spartan” Ganza
Although this may be a bit of a long shot considering that he is the cornerstone player for Team Liquid, Spartan’s abilities cannot be ignored. His fast growth over the past year has allowed him to reach heights most players can only dream up. Quickly transforming into a great leader for Liquid has shown us just how dedicated he is to becoming the best player he can possibly be. He can slay, support and run objective and his great personality allows him to not have too many conflictions with other players. Although his team has not had the best season, Spartan’s individual performance has been great making me believe that he could really help bring EG to the top.
4: Cuyler “Huke” Garland
After transitioning from CoD to Halo, many were curious to see how well Huke could adapt to the new mechanics. We have seen several Halo pros adapt to CoD but we rarely see CoD Pros make an attempt to go Pro in Halo. After an explosive performance in the Halo World Championship of 2016 with Denial. We were all excited to see if Huke could continue performing well this season. So far he has only gotten better and under this Enigma 6 team, his talents are definitely paying off. Being a very talented slayer, he could provide EG with a lot of the slaying power they may still want and his great personality would allow him to fit in well.
These are the four players I believe would be solid picks for EG to potentially pick up. Although they may not want to make any team changes and would rather build up their chemistry with Suspector, these four players are players I believe would mesh in really well with this team. If EG were to make a team change, I would strongly recommend that they don’t break the trio of Snipedown, Roy and Lunchbox since their chemistry is vital to this team. These are all just my thoughts and EG’s future is only in the hands of the Halo roster itself. Since it's in their hands, I truly hope this team makes very smart decisions after this season.
This season has been a great embarrassment to the EG name and considering how EG just brought a team house for their players, this team definitely needs to step up their game.
What do you think about EG’s future and my picks for possible players they may want to pick up? Let me know in the comments section below.