EG come back to oust NiP, set up Astralis matchup in ECS semis

Evil Geniuses managed to come back from behind against NiP in a tightly-contested series (2-1; Train 11-16, Nuke 16-14, Inferno 16-12) to advance to the playoffs in Arlington, setting up a matchup against Astralis in the semi-finals.

Coming back from a series deficit and a 5-10 scoreline on the second map, Evil Geniuses can breathe a sigh of relief after a hard-fought victory against the Swedes, who have been handed their second consecutive early exit after the recently concluded second stage of ESL Pro League Season 10.

Meanwhile, the North American side have made a confidence-boosting top-half appearance after two unsuccessful outings at two Chinese events, IEM Beijing and CS:GO Asia Championships, where they went out in 5th-6th place each time earlier in November.

The series began on Train, where EG started off the better on the offense on the back of a second-round forcebuy win, courtesy of Tarik "tarik" Celik and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold, but things soon spiraled out of control as NiP took a stand after a couple of comfortable rounds went their way.

Evil Geniuses couldn't break through for nine rounds in a row, only managing one more while the Swedes clinched an 11-4 half and went on to secure match point without much struggle following a second pistol win. Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's efforts in a poor forcebuy kicked off a respectable comeback attempt, but NiP ultimately ended the map before it got dangerous, at 16-11.

Ethan and Brehze put up a fantastic map each to pull off the comeback

Nuke followed with EG getting off the line first with a 3-0 lead on the T side only to drop the ball once again when it came down to the gunrounds, with NiP looking dominant on the defense, conceding just two en route to another convincing halftime scoreline.

The five-round lead was soon gone, however, as this time the comeback began right off the bat from EG, who rallied to a 13-11 scoreline with a near-perfect defense. Individual plays kept NiP in the map, with Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson clutching a 1v2 and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg topping it off with a flashy quad-kill, but Evil Geniuses stepped up in the last two rounds to bring the series to the third map at 16-14.

Having struggled on the Terrorist sides throughout most of the tournament, Evil Geniuses' looked in serious trouble when they started Inferno down 0-5 on the offense without ever getting close, but they managed to get back on their feet with a six-round streak as they punished NiP's banana aggression, eventually switching over with a promising one-round lead.

Starting off 3-0 on the other half, EG extended that advantage, but NiP did not scare easily, as a quad-kill from f0rest set off a five-round streak going the Swedish team's way. Powered by an in-form Ethan, the North American squad tightened up the defense in the late stages, answering with five in a row of their own to win the series 16-12, 2-1.

Matchpage
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29th November 2019
Sweden
11
Train
16
16
Nuke
14
16
Inferno
12
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 66 - 59 +7 86.4 1.28
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 73 - 52 +21 87.1 1.26
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 58 - 54 +4 66.3 1.04
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 40 - 56 -16 66.0 0.91
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 47 - 58 -11 60.8 0.89
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 73 - 55 +18 80.2 1.19
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 60 - 51 +9 79.1 1.14
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 52 - 60 -8 73.4 0.96
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 48 - 62 -14 71.5 0.88
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 45 - 57 -12 54.4 0.84
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1029
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1633
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
799
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#2
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
gg love u f0rest
2019-11-30 01:23
#3
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United States RiseCS 
Ez4eg
2019-11-30 01:23
#5
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United States Trump2020KAG 
3 great games. GG.
2019-11-30 01:24
rdy to see lulquid lose to fnatic??
2019-11-30 01:30
#17
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United States Trump2020KAG 
I don’t see liquid losing anything this event. Everyone had liquid anti strated. They look fresh and new again.
2019-11-30 01:33
They haven't played against any good team so far
2019-11-30 01:38
#27
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Nip is good liquid shit on them EG is good liquid shit on them Liquid is looking fresh and rejuvenated. First time in past 4 or so events. Much needed boot camp and rest.
2019-11-30 01:41
NIP is a dead team, f0rest basically left already. EGroupstageexit is garbage, they haven't been good for months. If Liquid beat fnatic we can say they are fresh and new.
2019-11-30 01:43
#29
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Fair enough
2019-11-30 01:44
#47
JW | 
Greece CMi_ 
1 win doesnt say you are back tho. Just like Astralis. They had to win the entire major just to be seen again as a top team
2019-11-30 09:25
#49
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Germany killmichi 
Let's say they look promising. If they lose in a close way to fnatic we can still say they are on the right way since they played garbage the last few month..If they become second, they need to focus on their doom enemy Astralis again, but look decent, and if they win, they might actually be back on mid 2019 form. Still I liked what I saw in this tournament until now. Especially Stewie put in well needed indidvidual training.
2019-11-30 10:43
#55
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United States Trump2020KAG 
GG
2019-12-01 03:41
#7
BnTeT | 
China Crocisme1 
They go to semis just to get beaten by astralis What a lul
2019-11-30 01:24
gg
2019-11-30 01:25
ez 4 Brehzy f0rest should find better team (not Dignitas)
2019-11-30 01:25
#10
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Poland Lukovsky 
they will not even get double digits against blastralis
2019-11-30 01:26
GGWP
2019-11-30 01:26
#12
zonic | 
Denmark Quientus 
Train & Overpass repeat from Starladder Berlin Inc !
2019-11-30 01:28
Fnatic forrest lets go, kick out brollan 👌🏻
2019-11-30 01:28
#54
Poland wims 
That would be a perfect comeback to base where he became a superstar :)
2019-11-30 17:13
#16
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
So ez lads GG tomorrow good game against astradogs
2019-11-30 01:31
#19
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Romania Obuz8 
Disband nip
2019-11-30 01:34
Its not really NIP anymore anyway, magic is gone
2019-11-30 01:37
NIP should have gotten Nuke, good game!
2019-11-30 01:36
SO EZ FOR NA XAXAXXA jk fk eg
2019-11-30 01:38
#32
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Poland LeNootNoot 
You live up to the best NA user title
2019-11-30 02:12
can eg just kick bot tarik and bot stan lmfao they’re getting carried every game now
2019-11-30 01:39
They can’t because when they vote-kick tarik, stan will press F2, and vice-versa for when they vote-kick stan. Brehze has to run in tarik’s molly three times so tarik gets a cooldown. Finally they can vote kick stan off EG
2019-11-30 01:49
who cares theyre both shit or just send cerq and ethan to liquid cus brehze is just poor mans elige
2019-11-30 04:17
Liquid would be worse with Brehze. Brehze is inconsistent asf.
2019-11-30 04:50
this +1, elige just so much better have a nice day fellow real liquid fan)))
2019-11-30 04:51
men)) u 2
2019-11-30 17:06
#26
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
Let's go boys!
2019-11-30 01:40
EG can win astralis cuz they have crowd now and we all know what eg likes info from crowd
2019-11-30 02:03
#33
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Sweden Kasidro 
Damn f0rest is still such a beast, will be sad to see him leave the top tier of cs.
2019-11-30 02:39
Rez is ass
2019-11-30 02:57
rez was so sick 3-4 months ago what happened.
2019-11-30 03:36
#38
NAF | 
India FosFate 
A role change....with Plopski
2019-11-30 04:24
#36
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United States jay_320 
NiP played way better then I expected them to against EG. Although the clock is ticking on the NiP lineup wheras it's essentially just begun for EG. Regardless serious shout out to Forest for still looking like the most aggresive and on point player on his team at 31. Unbelievable at times. Also, what the fuck happened to Rez? I thought the guy was going to be a superstar one day. He reminds me of Kyarjyjbeeeeee and Autimatic.
2019-11-30 03:42
Yep, REZ is really underwhelming for quite some time now, especially if you consider hes supposed to be a star player. Sad that twist didnt better this match, he is quite good since he joined NiP.
2019-11-30 09:19
#39
JW | 
China Thalamus 
forest deserves a better team.NIP is shit now
2019-11-30 04:25
How are nip still so shit
2019-11-30 05:08
SAVE FOREST PLS
2019-11-30 05:51
#45
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
gg nt f0rest
2019-11-30 08:26
#48
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African Union mikecool 
EG come back, or NIP choke?
2019-11-30 10:36
#52
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United States jay_320 
Well Nip was up 5-0 but they didn't really choke. EG just finally showed up on map 3.
2019-11-30 15:14
-REZ -Twist +GTR xD +Olof
2019-11-30 11:28
#51
keev | 
Germany Adenauer 
wtf NIP
2019-11-30 14:46
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