Evil Geniuses has added Wilton “zews” Prado as head CS:GO coach, the organization announced yesterday. Zews boasts an extensive history as a Counter-Strike player and coach, dating back to 2005. His addition follows the team’s removal of former coach Chet “ImAPet” Singh.
After competing in Counter-Strike, Source, and Global Offensive, Zews took on the coaching role with Games Academy, a Brazilian esports organization owned by Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo. Zews was acquired by FalleN’s team in November of 2015, now playing under the Luminosity Gaming banner. In April of the following year, Zews led Luminosity to a victory at the MLG Columbus Major – the first CS:GO Major to offer a $1,000,000 prize pool.
After multiple tournament wins under the Luminosity name, Zews and co. transferred to SK Gaming. Shortly after the team’s second consecutive Major victory at ESL One Cologne 2016, Zews parted ways with the team to play for Immortals. His return to competitive play was cut short in November of that year, and Zews quickly went back to coaching with Team Liquid.
Zews spent two years with Team Liquid, leading the team to world-class form. Liquid reached new heights in 2018, placing second at five big events including IEM Chicago and ESL One New York. They were also able to return to Major contention in 2018, reaching the semi-finals of FACEIT London.
A late 2018 trade saw Zews and Epitácio “TACO” de Melo return to FalleN’s squad, now playing under the MIBR name, in exchange for Jake “Stewie2K” Yip. In Zews’s first outing back with the Brazilian roster, MIBR placed 3-4th at the IEM Katowice 2019 Major. The team struggled throughout 2019, and eventually released Zews in March of 2020.
Zews now joins Evil Geniuses, replacing former coach Chet “ImAPet” Singh. ImAPet first joined the squad in May of 2018, when they played under the NRG Esports banner. Following his addition, the team placed second at StarSeries Season 5 and later won IEM Shanghai. The team made consistent top-four placings at big events in 2019, including the StarLadder Berlin Major.
After transferring to Evil Geniuses, the team won ESL One New York and StarSeries Season 8, and briefly stood as the number one ranked team in the world. Evil Geniuses released ImAPet earlier this month, with the coach citing internal issues as reason for his departure in a TwitLonger.
Evil Geniuses is currently competing online in ESL Pro League Season 11 North America, where they are set to face Team Liquid in the Grand Final on Sunday, April 12th.
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