Aches
Patrick Price 
United States
Evil Geniuses
Outslays a brainy opponent
August 18, 2018
Aches was able to outsmart and outplay Team EnVyUs in a 3-2 reverse-sweep win on Day 4 of the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championships.
ANALYSIS
Aches, who has scored an unflattering reputation in recent years as a "wash-up", proved his doubters wrong in this series. Not only was Aches able to outsmart Chino, another brainy veteran, but he was able to slay as well. Early in the series, Aches and his team struggled to chip away at Team EnVyUs' defense as they played a slow, calculated game that forced teamfights. However, by Round 3 Capture the Flag, Aches as able to spread his team out to thin Team EnVyUs' defenses. This would work spectacularly in Round 4 Hardpoint, where Aches would also land an eight killstreak to close out the round. He'd also clutch up Round 5 Search & Destroy by winning a 1-vs.-1 fight against Team EnVyUs' slayer, Huke, in Game 10 to win the series.
Strong showing in win
August 17, 2018
Aches played well in each round of the sweep win over Team Vitality on Day 3 of the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championships.
ANALYSIS
Aches paced Evil Geniuses early in Round 1 Hardpoint, as he was their best player out of the gate, and he was a key part in getting them to their 103-36 lead. While SiLLy ended up with the best statistical performance of any Evil Geniuses member, Aches' 26/12 KD and 1:29 on the objective are nothing to scoff at. He had a strong game, even after SiLLy took the reins from him, Round 2 Search & Destroy was a hard-fought 10-game win, and Aches was a big part of it. He was not the star, but he and Apathy gave them a strong support system, and the balanced attack was a little too much for Team Vitality. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Aches explode for 24 kills, easily leading the lobby (the second highest was 19). He was huge in both opening lanes for SiLLy and keeping Vitality off the board in the 3-1 win.
Crumbles under pressure
June 27, 2018
Aches struggled to clutch up against Red Reserve in a 3-2 loss to Red Reserve on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Aches' leadership skills were on display this series as he attempted to rally his team to win their first Search & Destroy in over two weeks. However, Aches' poor communication resulted in Evil Geniuses losing their chance to take the top seed of Division A and a Search & Destroy win. The weak call-outs weren't helped by Aches' lackluster slaying. For example, Round 1 Hardpoint saw a listen-in during the match where Aches and his teammates struggled to pinpoint Red Reserve's spawns. Aches' struggles were even clearer in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy, where Aches failed to defend against pushes as the opponent rushed him through smoke grenades.
Carries his team in later rounds against Team Kaliber
May 26, 2018
Aches started slowly against Team Kaliber but came alive before long to lock up a 3-0 sweep over Team Kaliber on Thursday of Week 2 of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Aches didn't do any heavy lifting in Round 1 Hardpoint, where he went negative in KD with 26/28 and the least hardpoint control time of his team at a mere 45 seconds. Aches turned out to be saving his energy for later rounds, however, as from Round 2 on, he flat out dominated the opposition. Aches got the most kills of his team in Round 2 Search & Destroy with a solid KD of 10/7, helping to shut down a Team Kaliber comeback. He showed no signs of weariness in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where in addition to getting an early flag capture that Team Kaliber was unable to counter, he went almost double-positive in KD with an impressive 24/13.
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.
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