Credit: Adela Sznajder, ESL
Evil Geniuses, one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world, have announced the signing of Ismail "refrezh" Ali from Sprout. Refrezh, a Danish professional player, will join the team's active roster following the team's recent poor results.
Refrezh's move to Evil Geniuses is no surprise to many CS:GO fans, as rumors had been floating about him and the North American team. He departed from Sprout in February after being replaced by Rasmus "Zyphon" Nordfoss and has since then not played on the competitive scene.
Evil Geniuses have been struggling in recent tournaments. Evil Geniuses also failed to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris Major Americas RMR but were given a second chance as a replacement team. However, they fell short against Paquetá. With only a 28% win rate in the past three months, Evil Geniuses is in a hurry to make things better within the team and their performance.
Refrezh is expected to bring great communication and tier-one experience to the Evil Geniuses roster. After almost 2 years under the Heroic banner, refrezh has to bring back some life to the North American roster which seems out of line at the moment. The Dane will be joining Evil Geniuses as a rifler, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming tournaments.
With refrezh joining the active lineup, Evil Geniuses will look as follows:
Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
Jerric "wiz" Jiang
Sanzhar "neaLaN" Iskhakov
Timothy "autimatic" Ta
Ismail "refrezh" Ali
Daniel "Vorborg" Vorborg (coach)
Ismail "refrezh" Ali has already played his first game as an Evil Geniuses player. The North American roster lost their opening match at ESL Challenger Katowice 2023 North America Open Qualifier against WITHOUTWARNING. When looking at the Danes' stat line, It's fair to say that Ismail "refrezh" Ali hasn't got the perfect start under the Evil Geniuses banner.
refrezh against WITHOUTWARNING: 6-18 K-D/-12 +/- / 55.2 ADR / 0.50 rating.
The next time fans get to see the Evil Geniuses in action will be at the IEM Dallas 2023, which starts on May 29. With the addition of refrezh, Evil Geniuses will hope to bounce back from their recent poor performance.