North American Counter-Strike team Evil Geniuses and coach Chet "ImAPet" Singh are expected to part ways, according to multiple sources close to the team. The move comes after an alleged conflict between ImAPet and the duo of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and Tarik "tarik" Celik.
ImAPet has coached the Evil Geniuses players since mid-2018 when they were a part of the NRG Esports organization. In late September, they moved to Evil Geniuses and became the first roster to play for the organization in CS:GO. With ImAPet as coach, the core of the lineup won IEM Shanghai in 2018, ESL One New York 2019 and StarSeries Season 8.
ImAPet got his start with CLG as an analyst before moving to coach full time in late 2016. In mid-2017 he joined OpTic Gaming and spent nearly nine months there before joining NRG Esports. While ImAPet was with the Evil Geniuses core, the only players replaced were Damian "daps" Steele and Jacob "FugLy" Medina, who were swapped for stanislaw and tarik at different points.
Following their StarSeries Season 8 victory last October, Evil Geniuses struggled to retain their event winning form at the end of the year. Their final three LAN events saw them knocked out of the playoffs early by Mousesports, who would go on to win two out of the three events. At IEM Katowice in February, their most recent offline event, Evil Geniuses missed the playoffs entirely.
Thus far in Season 11 of ESL Pro League North America, Evil Geniuses are in second place and in place to make the playoffs if they can retain that position. The entire season will be played online, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear at this time when the next offline event will be played.
Evil Geniuses did not immediately respond to a request for comment.