Home is where the 💙 is.— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) September 26, 2019
After seven long years, Evil Geniuses will be returning to our Counter-Strike roots.
A big thanks to @NRGgg for helping it happen in time for #ESLOne NYC this weekend.
Full details, presented in partnership with @Xfinity: https://t.co/zoYXEQXTQh pic.twitter.com/Vjdpqzq0bx
The move comes as a huge surprise to the CS:GO community. News initially broke following Jarek "DeKay" Lewis's report on Dexerto revealing the move on Wednesday.
Images of the former NRG team in EG jerseys were leaked in advance of the reveal. A now-removed ESL photographer's live Instagram story alongside further images confirming Marcelo "coldzera" David's addition to FaZe Clan before the FaZe Tweet concerning the move.
The new EG roster had established itself as the second best North-American team in their previous home. A strong showing at the StarLadder Berlin Major saw NRG manage a deep run that was stopped by the eventual champions Astralis as they acquired their fourth Major title.
With a handful of organisations seeking to enter or re-enter CS including 100 Thieves and Dignitas, as well as Complexity's CEO Jason Lake pledging to rebuild their team into a 'juggernaut', the Evil Geniuses move marks the most significant and esteemed move thusfar.
100 Thieves looks set to pick up a team following Nadeshot attending the Major. Some have suspected the organisation could pick up Renegades, with contracts said to be expiring soon, or a resurging ex-OpTic, who have been searching for a new home for months following parent company Infinite Esports and Entertainment's acquisition by Immortals Gaming Club.
With a plethora of free agents and benched talent such as Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and Richard 'Xizt' Landström, a new mix team could also be a strong pick-up option going into the future for new and old organisations alike.