Evil Geniuses Return to Majors with IEM Rio

1Play CSGO News
Oct 09

After the disaster that was Stewie2k’s EG, the legendary organization has bounced back. Going 3-0 in the Americas RMR, Evil Geniuses have guaranteed a spot at IEM Rio. This will be the team’s return to Majors after they failed to make it into PGL Antwerp.

And what better team to play against for that major spot than 9z? The South American squad had been the ones to eliminate EG from Major contention at Romania, albeit with a different roster. This time around however the two teams met in the 2-0 game rather than the 8th-place decider.

The game kicked off on Overpass with Evil Geniuses winning the pistol round before 9z answered in the first gun round. But before 9z could gain a foothold, a triple kill from HexT swung the momentum back in the favor of EG. They raced ahead to a 10-1 lead eventually closing the half at 13-2 with Brehze and HexT dominating the 9z defence.

Autimatic was the hero of the pistol round, putting EG up to match point. Despite taking a couple of round losses to gain control of the economy, the North American side closed the map out 16-5.

Just one map away from IEM Rio, Dust2 began with another early start for Evil Geniuses. Again 9z had a strong reply, but this time, the South American team kept their balance and raced ahead to an 8-round win streak in their favour. Dominating the first half, 9z ended up in the lead 12-3. Evil Geniuses quickly found themselves 15-5 down. Despite the nearly insurmountable odds, they gave a good account of themselves. The map however went the way of 9z 16-11.

The Great Equalizer, Mirage was the decider. The boys in blue took an early lead building to a 5-3 start. 9z’s individuals pulled together a few rounds, but EG’s T side was nearly unstoppable. The NA side eventually closed the half 10-5. But 9z started their comeback attempts early, reaching almost neck and neck with EG at 12-11. This time it was HexT stepping up to put Evil Geniuses in the driver’s seat. The team wasted no time and shut the game down 16-13, locking in a spot at IEM Rio.

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