Cloud9 & 100 Thieves Deny Rumors of Negotiations With Former Evil Geniuses Roster
While most of the roster shuffle activities are currently happening in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region, the North American (NA) region has started to pick up its own transfer activities during the off-season as it was rumored that the former roster of Evil Geniuses are in talks with multiple organizations for the upcoming season.
Evil Geniuses had recently released its NA roster into free agency after a decade of dominance in the NA region. However, the organization has since relocated its Dota 2 roster to South America as it had recently announced its newest Dota 2 roster featuring former Thunder Awaken & beastcoast players.
Cloud9 & 100 Thieves representatives denies rumors of ex-EG roster acquisition
It was rumored that the ex-Evil Geniuses roster were in negotiations with several North American (NA) organizations which included the likes of Cloud9 & 100 Thieves. While Cloud9 is a well known name within the Dota 2 scene, having fielded rosters with notable players such as Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao, Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling and Wu "Sneyking" Jingjun in the past, 100 Thieves’ entry into the Dota 2 scene would be a first for the organization that is well-known for their League of Legends & Valorant squads.
However, after the rumors went public both representatives from the aforementioned organizations have denied the rumors. Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne responded to the rumors on the Dota 2 subreddit by saying that his organization is not in negotiations with the ex-EG roster.
On the other side, 100 Thieves Vice President of Esports and former Dota 2 player/broadcast talent Jacob "Maelk" Toft-Andersen also responded to the rumors that was being posted on the 100 Thieves’ subreddit by saying that the organization is not currently in talks with the roster.
Following the response from both representatives, it is safe to say that both Cloud9 and 100 Thieves are not in talks with the ex-EG roster. However, many are optimistic of Cloud9’s return to the competitive scene, since Cloud9’s CEO statement only refuted rumors of the organization negotiating with “this roster.”
Earlier in November, former EG captain Tal "Fly" Aizik announced during a livestream that many members from the former EG-roster will continue playing together in the North American region. However, it would undergo roster changes.