THIS IS ZEYZAL
Tristan “Zeyzal” is an American League of Legends pro player currently running as support for Evil Geniuses. It was his amazing performance in Worlds 2018 with Cloud9 that propelled Zeyzal into the spotlight—entering the semi-finals within his first year in the scene and capturing the hearts of fans worldwide. Not only is Zeyzal famous as the “Bearded Support” in China, he is also known as an effective strategist and shot-caller in his team.
One of the most unforgettable moments in his career would be his second match against RNG in Worlds 2018. When all was seemingly lost, it was his insane Alistar plays that formed the basis of a triumphant team comeback.
When Zeyzal’s not competing, his love of gaming extends to a natural passion for PC building. Working on his first computer at the age of 17, his interest and knowledge has since grown to include more advanced hardware, networking and audio. Until today, Zeyzal enjoys building computers for himself and his friends.
Founded as a Quake clan in 1999 in Canada, Evil Geniuses is one of the oldest and most recognisable names in the world of professional gaming.
The organization entered League of Legends with Counter Logic Gaming Europe, and within the year itself, finished third in the EU LCS Spring 2013 Season and 4th in the EU LCS Summer 2013 Season.
Despite the strong start, Evil Geniuses left the LoL scene in 2015 but returned stronger than ever in 2019 with a killer roster debuting at NA LCS—Svenskeren, Zeyzal, Kumo, Bang, and Jiizuke.
Beyond the packed stadiums, flashy buzzwords and million-dollar prizes, lies the real soul of esports. It’s the discipline to train non-stop and develop the strategy and skills to bend your opponent to your will. It’s the camaraderie and bonds made between teammates, fans and countrymen as you experience painful losses and the euphoria of victory. And most of all, it’s the never-ending drive and passion to keep competing—and win.
THIS IS ESPORTS.
THIS IS #TEAMRAZER.
Esports is now a global phenomenon and breaking new records every day—but it didn’t happen overnight. What started from LAN parties has evolved to tiny competitions with more contestants than audience, to maxed-out stadiums and online viewership that dwarfs other traditional sports. And Razer was there since the beginning—backing events and sponsoring Team Razer Esports athletes.
Check out our milestones below.
Year 2000, the year that started it all. From sponsoring Cyber Athlete Professional League (CPL) with $100,000—an unprecedented amount at the time—to partnering with one of the world’s first pro gamers, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, we began to make our mark on the Esports scene.
As competitive gaming grew, so did our pool of elite Esports athletes. With teams like Team Liquid and LGD Gaming, and athletes like SlayerS_BoxeR and Method coming on board, we expanded to over 50 teams competing in dominant titles, and just kept on growing. In 2012, we formed a singular banner to spotlight the world’s elite Esports athletes—Team Razer.
Team Razer started to dominate. In 2013, Team Alliance took home US$1.43 million at The International 3, the biggest Dota 2 competition at the time. Just two years later, SK Telecom T1 secured their 3rd consecutive win in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, clinching US$2 million in prize money. This cemented their status as the world’s most dominating League of Legends team.
In 2017, we hit new milestones and big wins. We grew to 175 top Esports elites from 30 different countries, including SK Gaming, who won both ESL Cologne 2017 and EPICENTER 2017, and MenaRD who emerged champion for Capcom Cup. But nothing got bigger than this—Team Liquid were crowned Champions for The International 7 with $11.8 million in prize money.
The global phenomenon continues. In 2018, we’ve signed on Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Valiant for Overwatch, mobile-only esports team Team Queso, and more. With a growing involvement in mobile Esports and active plans to get Esports into the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and 2024 Olympics, we continue to provide relentless support for our passionate athletes and teams—Esports will always be in our blood.