Evil Geniuses captain Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip responded to criticism from former EG coach Paolo ‘EVY’ Berbudeau by questioning his version of events, while admitting blame for his poor form and leadership.
The Evil Geniuses roster coming into 2022 was a mix of North American talent that had been on the fringes of Tier 1 in CS:GO for much of the previous year. Along with former Cloud9 teammates Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba and Timothy ‘automatic’ Ta (just back from a stint on Valorant), he was joined by Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte and Bulgarian AWPer Tsvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov.
Despite hopes that this team could be an obscure NA lineup, it quickly became clear that this would not be the case. The failure to qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp was followed by a series of early exits in the ESL Pro League, the IEM Dallas qualifier and the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
In an interview with 1pv, EG’s former assistant coach EVY blamed many of the team’s failures on Stewie2K, specifically his inability to work with head coach Damien ‘maLeK’ Marcel. He said that Stewie did not greet maleK and that he walked away when he spoke.
EVY also questioned Stewie2k’s form within the server, who has undoubtedly been a shadow of the player who once won a Major and shone on the Cloud9 and Liquid rosters. “He no longer challenges himself as a player and is not a good leader,” EVY said.
Stewie denies being involved in kicking trainers
Address EVY’s comments directly on streamStewie said: “I can’t believe I ever had any respect for this man, ever. […] In my life, I had nothing to do with the changes in the coaching staff. I didn’t even know what was going on. No one on the team knew.”
EVY had claimed that Stewie2K was the only EG player who didn’t approach him and maLeK after they got kicked out. He also claimed that he found out he had been kicked out through Twitter posts.
Stewie addresses his performance
Stewie also responded to EVY’s criticism of his personal rating and poor performance. “Don’t you think I’m aware that I suck? That I’m putting the team in front of me? What worries me the other side of the map?
“Even the fact that we are not ready and trying to focus on everything but my game. Like, yeah, it takes its toll. And I don’t blame anyone for that. I took responsibility for that.”
He said that after his departure from the EPL, he took the blame. “I sucked, I don’t know why I can’t kill anyone, I don’t know why I can’t put numbers. There is much more to explain. East [rating] It doesn’t define what happened to me this season.”
“You do not think [I know] Did I fail the project? you do not think [I know] Did I fail being a captain? I want to turn back time and fix it the right way. I want to do all of that. But I can not. And I feel sorry for all the fans who had to see our results this year. We couldn’t win a map. We couldn’t do any of that.”
Stewie concluded by explaining that he contacted maLeK after his removal to apologize and acknowledged that he was “not cut out to be a captain.”
What comes next for this list of Evil Geniuses is unclear. EG launched its ‘Blueprint’ project in June, and it now includes three complete NA player rosters. Operating as a “fluid” roster, the Blueprint is intended to be a development program for NA talent.