Evil Geniuses Shuffles FGC Roster, Drops StarCraft II
ESports fans were just as ready to kick off the new year with a string of announcements from their favorite organizations and, so far, it’s been pretty quiet with the exception of Evil Geniuses, who dropped a bomb on their followers via Twitter.
Evil Geniuses announced Sunday that they will be making a massive change to their FGC lineup. The organization has parted ways with Justin “JWong” Wong, whose achievements was recently recognized by Guinness World Records, and FGC power-couple Yusuke “Momochi” Momochi and Yuki “ChocoBlanka” Momochi. Jwong and Momochi are considered two of the strongest Street Fighter competitors in the world, with Shoryuken’s Street Fighter V rankings placing them at 9th and 7th respectively. Meanwhile, ChocoBlanka primarily competes in Japan’s Ultra Street Fighter IV’s competitive scene.
JWong denied allegations of Evil Geniuses having dropped him as a player, explaining that the decision to part ways was one made on his own.
“I just wanted to explore my own options,” wrote JWong via Twitter, “Don’t worry guys, I’ll be just fine!! Let’s be positive.”
ChocoBlanka and Momochi also took to social media to express their gratitude towards Evil Geniuses for the opportunities the organization gave them but did not clarify whether or not the decision was made mutually. However, they both promised to continue on with their careers in competitive Street Fighter.
Kenneth “KBrad” Bradley and Ricki Ortiz will both be staying with Evil Geniuses, and Kevin “PPMD” Nanney will be returning from his hiatus to continue on his legacy as one of the Five Gods of Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Meanwhile, EG also announced that they have picked up Marvel vs. Capcom player Christopher “ChrisG” Gonzalez. He will be representing the brand in both Street Fighter V and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in the coming year.
Unfortunately, the organization had bad news to accompany the slew of good. Leaving Evil Geniuses will be Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson and Chris “HuK” Loranger as the organization moves on from StarCraft II. Unlike the previous announcements, however, this wasn’t entirely unforeseen. INcontroL spoke about Evil Geniuses no longer seeing StarCraft II as a scene that is stable and profitable enough for the organization to continue supporting it, and that he doubted that he would remain with EG in 2017. Both iNcontroL and HuK have moved on from competitive StarCraft II, with HuK spending time in the Overwatch scene as an analyst and iNcontroL diving into streaming.
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