Aches
Patrick Price 
United States
Evil Geniuses
Struggles to break through in win
May 18, 2018
Aches did not have his best game, but Evil Geniuses took the win anyway, beating Team EnVyUs 3-2 on Day 3 of Week 1 of Stage 2 of CWL Global Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Aches had some struggles in this matchup. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him stay back in a support role behind the strong games from Assault, SiLLy and Apathy. The three of them really did the heavy work, and Aches plugged up the holes behind them. He amassed 25 kills, but died 31 times and had 48 seconds on the hill. He was not terrible, but his slaying was a little inconsistent. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him play a similar role to the first round. He played support, and filled in when needed. While that worked well in these two rounds, it did not in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. The big guns did not show up in this round, and he maintained his support-level role. Round 5 Hardpoint saw him struggle, but the team still went 6-0 to finish off the win.
Hot start to win
May 17, 2018
Aches had a nice start to the 3-1 win over FaZe Clan on Day 2 of Week 1 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Aches had an incredible start to this match, putting in a great showing in Round 1 Hardpoint. Aches had 32 kills, and 1:10 on the objective, both good for second on the team. He was a key piece of the puzzle for Evil Geniuses. The combination of Aches, Apathy and Assault kept Evil Geniuses one step ahead of FaZe Clan throughout the round. He struggled in Round 2 Search & Destroy, getting just two kills through five games, and limping to the end of their 11-game loss. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him put in a performance somewhere between the two previous rounds; he went 16/16, falling into a support role behind strong games from SiLLy and Assault. He had a support performance in Round 4 Hardpoint as well, going just 22/24 but notching a solid 1:13 on the objective, good for second on the team in the win.
Doesn't find redemption and revenge
April 23, 2018
Aches was blown out in a back-to-back grand finals loss to Rise Nation at the CWL Seattle Championships, losing the first series 3-1 and the second series 3-0.
ANALYSIS
Aches has never been on the best terms with Rise Nation's SlasheR and this series looked set for Aches to make his big comeback. At least at first. The first Round 1 Hardpoint saw Aches pick Saint Marie Du Monte, a map Aches has mapped out with almost surgical precision over the weekend for rotations from Lookout Post to Restaurant to Winery Lot. But Aches truly began to falter in Round 2 Search & Destroy as his slow pushes burned too much time, forcing Evil Geniuses to make a play rather than Rise Nation. Things only spiraled further out of control from there as Aches slowly began to lose more and more battles. By the second Round 3 Capture the Flag Aches was delivered a 7-0 loss by Rise Nation.
Finds new and smart angles to play
April 22, 2018
Aches played a smart game against eUnited in a 3-0 sweep on Sunday of CWL Seattle to advance to the grand finals.
ANALYSIS
The championship winner Aches is back in full force. Not only has he started to slay consistently well, but he's been able to make some cerebral plays against the veterans in eUnited. Round 2 Search & Destroy on London Docks saw Aches take up strange positions to frag and smoke eUnited, such as throwing grenades from the underground tunnel. These strange positions allowed Evil Geniuses to continually catch eUnited by surprise and win out a Game 11. Then, in Round 3 Capture the Flag, Aches gave a strong 22/16 KD that allowed his team to dominate the map with seven flag captures.
Plays smart by taking advantage of grenades
April 22, 2018
Aches played a nuanced series in a 3-0 win over Team EnVyUs on Saturday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Always known for being a smart player, but rarely ever a powerful one, Aches had a reasonably solid presence in this series. He gave decent numbers in his SMG role and called plays, scouting lanes while Assault and Apathy dominated the scoreboard. This was best seen in a fairly dominate Round 2 Search & Destroy on Ardennes Forest. Aches coordinated grenades with his team to flash and smoke his opponents over Bomb B, making them easy targets for his hot-handed teammates. Combine Aches' strong utility usage with his willingness to change strategies, such as attacking Bomb A instead of B, and he becomes a strong opponent without having to slay out.
Wild final two rounds in loss
March 30, 2018
Aches had a poor start but finished strong in the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
The first two rounds were forgettable for Aches. Aches never was able to run with OpTic Gaming in this one, as his 22/34 KD shows. They were close for half of it, and OpTic ran away with in the second half. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a 6/0 loss. It was as bad as that sounds. He did, however, turn it up in the second half of this match. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him go 16/11, and have a big defensive stand to return that secured the win. He went off to a 43-kill performance in Round 4 Hardpoint, and was the sole reason why they did not get run out of the building in that round. He kept them incredibly close, but his teammates did not give him the support needed to force a Round 5.
Consistent in loss
March 22, 2018
Aches had a consistent performance, but Evil Geniuses still fell 3-1 to Splyce on Day 2 of Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Aches was great, whether it was in the three round losses, or their only round win. That win came right away, in Round 1 Hardpoint, and it was a rather impressive one. They won 250-180, pushing back every Splyce push and quickly answering with their own. Aches was key to the win, going off on big kill streaks on multiple stages. Splyce did not have an answer for him, and he finished 34/29 with 1:27 on the objective, putting in a strong two-way performance. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Aches do a lot of work in bringing them back from down 5-2 to force a Game 11, one that they would lose. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him play well, netting 11 first half kills before finishing 20/19. He was their only good player, however, being the only one to hit the 20 kill mark, and finish with a 1.00 KD. He finished his strong play with a hot start to Round 4 Hardpoint, netting 15 kills as they led 113-58. They looked well on their way to a Round 5, before Splyce came back and stunned them.
Up and down in loss
March 16, 2018
Aches had a hard time finding his footing in the 3-1 loss to FaZe Clan on Day 2 of Week 3 of CWL Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a weird round for Evil Geniuses. They were outslaying FaZe for the majority of the round, but FaZe was stuck on the objectives and Evil Geniuses managed to get to just 180 points. Aches actually struggled in this going, netting less than a minute on the objective and finishing 27/37. He kept was the only good player for them in the beginning of Round 2 Search & Destroy, but they trailed 5-1 behind a terrific display by FaZe. However, NAMELESS woke up behind Aches, and they forced a Game 10 with three straight game wins. They would lose in the 10th game, however. They won their sole round in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he was hardly involved. He went 15/14 in the round, a solid but pretty vanilla performance. Round 4 Hardpoint housed a crazy comeback by Evil Geniuses, where they came back from down by 100 to get to 226 before losing. Aches struggled to slay (23/31) but managed over two minutes on the Hardpoint in the midst of their comeback.
The Hardpoint hero
March 15, 2018
Aches was essential in getting the ball rolling on Hardpoint during Evil Geniuses' 3-0 sweep of Team EnVyUs on Wednesday of Week 7 of the CWL Pro League Division B.
ANALYSIS
Aches was the slayer to beat in Round 1 Hardpoint, and his lying prone in key locations to get kills paved the way for his teammates to get onto the hardpoints. All the while, Aches almost dropped a 40-kill bomb with a 39/32 KD. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, Aches broke even in KD with 6/6 as he expertly defended the bomb sites from many incursions from EnVyUs. Round 3 Capture the Flag was the worst round for Aches, however, as he went negative in KD with 20/22 and no flag captures. Thankfully, Aches was still able to help prevent a last-minute rally by Team EnVyUs, earning Evil Geniuses a 3-0 sweep.
Solid showing not enough
March 9, 2018
Aches had a nice game, but they were still swept by Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of the CWL Atlanta Open.
ANALYSIS
Aches, on an individual level, had a very pleasing performance. He slayed rather well in all three rounds, and made a positive impact for his team in each of the three. However, the team lost two close ones and was completely outclassed in a third, as they were swept. Round 1 Hardpoint was an excellent example of the difference between his game and his team's. He had 34 kills, and played well throughout the ups and downs of his team. They were leading early on, and they kept it close until they hit 181 points. After that they were stifled, finishing with 188. Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag were the same. He was at his worst in his Search & Destroy round, but he was still solid. He went 22/21 in Capture the Flag, easily leading his team. After losing a lead in the first round and losing a Game 11 in the second, they were drained, and got blown out in the third.
A star slayer right until the end
February 16, 2018
Aches slaughtered UNILAD members left and right during Evil Geniuses' 3-2 victory on Day 5 of the CWL Pro League Division B.
ANALYSIS
Aches certainly wasn't wanting for kills this series against UNILAD, as he scored consistently positive KDs right until the end. Even as the Evil Geniuses lost Round 1 Hardpoint, Aches still went positive in KD with 23/21 and contributed the most hardpoint control time of his team at 2:02. Aches stayed alive long enough to help his team during Round 2 Search & Destroy, as his positive KD of 7/6 indicates. Aches may have played it a bit too safe in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he got no flag captures to his name, but at least in terms of slaying his strategy paid off with a positive 20/19 KD. Aches was the only member of his team who went positive in Round 4 Hardpoint with an impressive 34/28, even as Evil Geniuses were put into the 100-point club. Aches finally went negative in KD during Round 5 Search & Destroy with a measly 5/10, but his teammates picked up his slack nonetheless.
Left aching after a pounding by Splyce
February 16, 2018
Aches felt the pain of a renewed, full roster Splyce as Evil Geniuses fell 3-0 on Day 6 of the CWL Pro League Division B.
ANALYSIS
If Aches wasn't hurting before, he certainly is after a sound thrashing by Splyce left him and Evil Geniuses bamboozled. Aches almost had a solid start in Round 1 Hardpoint with his barely negative KD of 23/24, but he certainly lacked hardpoint control time with a measly 10 seconds as Evil Geniuses were handed their membership card to the 100-point club. Aches was helpless to watch as his team was decimated in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as Splyce won six straight games, Aches walking away with a mere 2/6 KD. Aches was put out of his misery at the end of a lengthy Round 3 Capture the Flag where the Evil Geniuses attempted to show signs of life but were quickly put down by Splyce as Aches walked away, his ego heavily bruised, with a 19/20 KD and no flag captures.
Hot start in sweep win
February 14, 2018
Evil Geniuses swept eUnited convincingly Tuesday, and Aches' hot start was a key part of it.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a rather easy round win for Evil Geniuses. They were comfortably ahead of eUnited for the majority of it, which left eUnited with just one impressive push. Aches was the most consistent Evil Geniuses player in the round, and he got 31 kills for his efforts. Apathy was the leader early, and Enable ended strong, but Aches was the steady pillar in the middle while his teammates had ups and downs around him. He did not reach the heights he did in the first round in the last two, but he made some big kills. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Apathy dominate to the tune of a 16/2 KD, and the rest picked up his scraps. No one really played poorly for Evil Geniuses, but there just was not many kills to go around due to Apathy. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Aches put together a terrible, two-kill first half, but pick it up for some big kills late. He had two kills that forced overtime as the clock expired, and played solid defense in overtime to help complete the sweep.
Plays well despite sweep loss
February 7, 2018
Aches had a good individual performance, but Evil Geniuses were still swept by Luminosity to finish off the Tuesday matches of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Aches had a rather solid Round 1 Hardpoint performance, leading his team in kills with 26. They did, however, get blown out of the building by Luminosity. They trailed early and often, at one point 106-12 and 250-83 by the end. Despite the individual performance from Aches, it was a round to forget. Round 2 Search & Destroy was close, with Evil Geniuses coming back from a 5-2 deficit only to lose the 11th game. Aches was a support player more than anything else in this round, and did not make the final kill cam once. He did, however, play a part in a big moment in the round. He lost a 1-vs-1 to John that finished off Game 11. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a close 1-0 affair that had a lot of offense that did not end with points. Aches was fine -- a 14/13 KD ratio -- but it was not enough to get them on the scoreboard.
Shines in boots-on-the-ground
February 6, 2018
Aches showed off his mastery of boots-on-the-ground in a 3-2 win over Epsilon eSports on Day 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Aches didn't just come out and guide his team's tactics, but he also led his team in KD. It's an unusual sight to see Aches leading a Scoreboard after close to two seasons of jetpacks, but boots-on-the-ground is his home field. He absolutely dominated in both Search & Destroys. In Round 2 Seacy & Destroy, Aches was fully streaked out in Game 10, only to whiff his streaks in Game 11 and failed to coordinate a pinch with Enable in a tense situation. But Aches easily made up for this by dropping a 15/5 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy, easily clutching the series for his team by winning a 1-vs-3 through a bold flank onto Epsilon eSports.
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