Aches
Patrick Price 
United States
Evil Geniuses
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.
Overcomes rough start
December 9, 2017
Aches finished with a bang in Evil Geniuses' 3-1 win against Ghost Gaming on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Although Aches came out the gate with a double negative KD for most of the first Hardpoint, he proved that it's truly not how you start but how you finish. Not only did he end up with a massive 30/19 KD in that first Hardpoint, but he kicked off a strong run in the second Hardpoint that ended up giving his team the win. EG's scrappy playstyle is truly working out well for them so far, and has put them on the road towards finishing strong in Pool Play.
Poor finish in recent 2K not enough to miss CWL Dallas pool play
November 28, 2017
Aches and the rest of Evil Geniuses have earned a pool play spot at CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
It hasn't been easy, but Evil Geniuses have slowly begun to build momentum in Call of Duty: World War II after wholesale changes to their roster over the offseason. A surprising loss to Ground Zero in the most recent online North American 2K means that Evil Geniuses won't have one of the top pool play spots at CWL Dallas, but that might not matter, given the foursome historically has had more success on LAN then online.
Officially signs on with Evil Geniuses
September 22, 2017
Aches has officially joined Evil Geniuses along with the rest of his new roster, the organization announced on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
After two essentially disappointing seasons for the charismatic veteran, Aches enters the 2018 competitive year in a practically "must succeed" situation. One of the prime beneficiaries of the return of "boots on the ground" to the competitive landscape, Aches' unparalleled knowledge of the game along with arguably the best roster he's had in the last two years should put him on the highway to lucrative finishes to begin the new season. But with a lineup chalk full of former in-game leaders, it'll be interesting to see whether this team can mesh together and fully reach it's potential. If they do, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Evil Geniuses among the best teams in North America throughout the duration of Call of Duty: World War II.
Free Agent
Announces new team
August 30, 2017
Aches announced Tuesday he will be teaming with NAMELESS, Enable and Apathy.
ANALYSIS
The first shoe has officially dropped on Rostermania. With so many pros announcing their return to the scene, it seemed like only a matter of time until a handful of them would actually reveal who they would be teaming with. Enter Aches, who was recently let go from Cloud9, but now seems to have found himself in an infinitely better situation that at any point during the Infinite Warfare season. While it's true NAMELESS may have lost a step if you judge his career solely off of his time with Evil Geniuses in 2017, it's hard to argue his knowledge and understanding of the game aren't still top tier. Not to mention, his friendship roped in Apathy, a former World Champion who just finished second at the most recent Call of Duty World Championships. With Call of Duty: World War II being the first "boots on the ground" since 2013-14, the real question will be whether Aches can regain his top-tier form when not having to worry about flying jetpacks and wall-running. Should he rebound from a fairly lackluster two years in competitive Call of Duty as expected, this team may be one of the premier ones entering the new year.
Free agent heading into new season
August 21, 2017
Aches is a free agent to begin the World War II season, the player confirmed on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The rest of Cloud9 hit free agency on Sunday, piling onto an already loaded class that has been inflated due to multiple veterans of the scene returning for the next boots on the ground game. Aches is most surely the best free agent available, given his veteran leadership and success in past iterations of the game. While his slaying skills may have taken a step back, there's no question Aches is still an elite leader, and that alone should get him on another team in the coming weeks. Should he be surrounded on a team with young up-and-coming slayers, look for Aches to rebound from an uneven 2017 season.
Poor showing from C9's leader
August 12, 2017
Aches barely managed a 62/93 KD in Cloud9's defeat at the hands of Ghost Gaming on Friday that put C9 in the losers bracket of Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
Despite being one of the stalwarts of this C9 team, Aches didn't do much of anything to prevent his team from being picked apart by Ghost Gaming in this series. In just about every round, he was at the bottom of his team, unable to contribute by way of kills or objectives. His 1:29 of time on the point in Round 4 Hardpoint somewhat evened out his 27 seconds in Round 1, but his performances in the other two rounds left much to be desired. Despite his team doing pretty well in Round 2 Search & Destroy, he only managed a 2/3 KD while the rest of his team pushed things along. He was equally bad in Uplink, as he failed to tally a single point and again had the lowest KD. He will need to play much better in the losers bracket if they wish to go all the way.
Better with time in loss
August 11, 2017
Aches' best round came at the end of the sweep loss to Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The loss eliminated Cloud9 from Champs.
ANALYSIS
Aches saw some struggles in Round 1 Hardpoint, as did Cloud9. Cloud9 fell to a 160-30 deficit, and never recovered, despite making it a 200-111 deficit. Aches went 19/23 with 53 seconds on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Priestah carry the offense, with Aches the rest of Cloud9 trailing behind. They lost 6-3. Round 3 Uplink was his best round. He went 26/23 with one point in the round, but that did not stop them from blowing an 8-5 lead with two minutes left, losing the round and match.
Gets annihilated on the Hardpoint rounds
August 11, 2017
Aches felt the pain after Cloud9's loss to Enigma6 on Day 2 of the 2017 CWL Championships, where he got flattened during the Hardpoint rounds and ultimately only scored an overall KD of 62/84.
ANALYSIS
Aches has some glaring weaknesses to correct if he hopes to keep himself and his team alive during the CWL Championships, and that weakness is one thing: Hardpoint. Round 1 Hardpoint, for instance, saw Aches only notch a 15/22 KD, and a paltry give seconds in Hardpoints that barely helped his team. At least during Round 2 Search & Destroy he would score a positive KD of 8/7, but it ultimately wasn't enough to stop Enigma6 from beating Cloud9 that round by a margin of three games. Aches would go negative in KD again in Round 3 Uplink with 19/23, but at least he'd contribute to Cloud9's victory during that round by scoring two of his team's nine points. But Aches would be steamrolled once again during Round 4 Hardpoint, where his weak KD of 20/32 and only 19 seconds of Hardpoint control time would doom Cloud9.
Solid effort helps put down Rogue
August 10, 2017
Aches posted a KD of 79/73 in Cloud9's 3-1 win over Rogue at Call of Duty Champs 2017 on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Aches performed decently for Cloud9 in Game 1, putting in an unremarkable performance on Scorch. Aches did particularly well in defending Hardpoints as C9 took a decisive win. Aches would start Game 2's S&D run on Breakout on a hot streak but significantly cooled off as Rogue went on a four-round win streak to close out Game 2 6-4. When things turned to Hardpoint, though, Aches channeled his inner Steve Nash, dictating the pace of C9's relentless attack with solid ball movement and mid-map frags. While Aches only posted a 24/23 KD, it nonetheless led C9 to a convincing Game 3 win. Finally, when it came to another Hardpoint game, Rogue got blown out by Cloud9, who moved freely around the map en route to a 25/17 win and a 3-1 series victory.
Fails to give a strong finish
July 24, 2017
Aches gives an inconsistent game with a 70/89 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Despite having a strong Day 2 performance, Aches sunk back to mediocre levels. He has the knowledge and the game sense, but he just can't slay out. This became a massive sore spot for Cloud9 in their incredibly close games against EnVyUs. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Cloud9 lose the map 250-249 with Aches and company choking a significant 50-point lead. This was partly the result of his 23/29 KD combined with some sloppy pushes. Once Team EnVyUs got map control, Aches couldn't coordinate his teammates to break the point. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Aches burn out with an 18/32 KD, a poor scoreline.
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