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Shubh | 24. September 2022

EG thrash Movistar to make things interesting at ESL Pro League S16

Evil Geniuses thrashed Movistar Riders 2-0 to keep their playoff hopes alive at ESL Pro League Season 16. 

The ESL Pro League Season 16 Group D just got more exciting as Evil Geniuses battled back to a 2-2 after being brutally defeated in the opening matches. By defeating the Spanish underdogs, the team recorded their second victory in the competition, challenging Team Liquid for third place in the standings.

 

American AWPer Timothy “autimatic” Ta powered Evil Geniuses to an 18-9 triumph at Overpass, and marksman Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte’s dominance sealed the deal for EG with a comfortable 18-6 victory at nuke. The North American side is presently fourth in the standings behind Team Liquid, therefore a victory over FURIA tomorrow will be essential for qualifying.

Match Summary

The best-of-three series got off to a hot start on Overpass with the North American team leading the way early on as they built up a sizable 7–3 advantage to start their T-side. After a great individual performance by Alejandro ‘alex’ Masanet, the Spanish side did, however, wake up and pull back the lead to a more manageable 7-8 score.

Once the sides switched, though, EG wasted no time in cruising to a convincing 16-9 victory as their star Awper autimatic came to the rescue on perfect time. Despite Movistart’s best attempts, the team maintained complete control of the game and denied them any opportunity to gain an advantage.

 

While the first map didn’t go well for Movistar Riders, things only got worse as they struggled to have an influence on their own map choice, Nuke. As they continued their momentum from the previous round, Evil Geniuses pushed Movistar to their defenses early on. The North American squad battered the Spanish team back and forth, building a commanding 9-1 lead in the process. Movistar Riders, though, bounced back and won five straight games to reduce the lead to 6-9.

 

Brehze’s exceptional rifle work completely wrecked Movistar’s momentum in the second half after he secured back-to-back rounds to turn the pressure factor in EG’s favor. Brehze and autimatic continued to lead their squad with a stellar K/D of 25/15 and 23/13, propelling EG to a comfortable 16-8 victory.  Alejandro “alex” Masanet was the only player from the Spanish team sitting in the green with a rating of 1.14, leaving Movistar to bemoan their dismal performance in today’s game. Their 0-4 record means they have lost all playoff hopes, while EG along with Liquid, Furia, and Eternal Fire remain in the hunt.

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