The Evil Geniuses are a League of Legends squad from North America.
Evil Geniuses is a North American esports community, and one of the world’s oldest, that features a collection of players/teams across a variety of genres, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DotA 2, League of Legends, Quake Live, StarCraft II, Super Street Fighter IV, and World of Warcraft. Team EG began looking for a lineup to support the League of Legends circuit in late 2012 and early 2013. With the purchase of the former Counter Logic Gaming EU lineup in January 2013, the organization launched their first League of Legends squad.
In December 2013, Evil Geniuses relocated their gaming house to America and acquired a spot in the North American LCS from Velocity eSports at the promotion stage. However, mid-laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and top laner Mike “Wicked” Petersen left the team and formed Alliance to take over Evil Geniuses’ spot in the EU LCS.
Due to a new guideline introduced by Riot on November 21 that limits the capacity of GoodGame Agency to brand LCS teams, Evil Geniuses had to modify their brand for the 2015 season. Winterfox won their NA LCS place in the end.
PEAK6 Investments bought Evil Geniuses on May 29, 2019.
Evil Geniuses, now under new management, revealed on September 26, 2019, that they had bought Echo Fox’s LCS spot and will return to the LCS in 2020.
EG signed many high-profile players for their first split back in the LCS, including 2019 LCS Summer Split MVP jungler Svenskeren, involved retired Team Vitality mid-laner Jiizuke, and former World Champion bot laner Bang. Evil Geniuses were competitive to start the Spring Split. Still, they were unlikely to truly challenge the rankings, with former Cloud9 Academy top layer Kumo and ex-C9 support Zeyzal rounding out the squad. The team was more effective in public relations, getting attention with their unique “Evil” logo. After a 5-7 start, the team turned things around and went 5-1 for the rest of the season to end in a three-way deadlock for second place with 100 Thieves and FlyQuest. EG beat 100 Thieves in the last round in the subsequent tiebreaker to secure the superior seed going into the playoffs. They were planted into the winner’s frame of the latest LCS playoff structure and defeated FlyQuest 3-1 in the first round, only to fall 3-1 in the next match against eventual winners Cloud9. Evil Geniuses were given a second shot in the loser’s bracket, where they were placed against FlyQuest again, but this time lost 3-1. They finished third in their comeback split.