Evil Geniuses defeat forZe in Moscow

While using a stand-in for their star player Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte, Evil Geniuses secured a strong victory over forZe to advance to the winners' match of group B at EPICENTER.

Just as the event in Moscow kicked off, it was announced that Brehze was unable to take part in his team's first matches due to visa issues, with Evil Geniuses opting to field HellRaisers player Igor "⁠crush⁠" Shevchenko as a stand-in. Things weren't looking too good initially as forZe grabbed a 13-6 lead on Mirage and crush struggled individually, but the North American side managed to recover and take the series win after two dominant CT sides.

The absence of Brehze went almost unnoticed with an in-form CeRq

A 3-0 CT-side start for forZe was quickly replied on by Evil Geniuses on their map pick of Mirage, but with more aggression coming out from the Russian team, they started to gain momentum. Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov and Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov stood out with important frags, resulting in the score being 9-4 as the half came to a close. Then, Evil Geniuses stole away a low-buy round and finished the offense with six rounds.

Dmitriy "⁠facecrack⁠" Alekseyev claimed three kills on the pistol round push on A, which would soon see forZe grab a 13-6 lead. Then, another mixed buy from Evil Geniuses worked out as Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz clutched out the final 1v1 on A. The North Americans gained momentum there, and with Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov shining on the AWP, brought back the game and secured a 16-14 victory.

CeRq kicked off Nuke with a triple kill on the defense and Evil Geniuses managed to hold off the second-round force buy to claim a strong early lead on the map, 6-0. The Russians managed just one bomb plant in that streak, and then Jerry's triple allowed them to get their first on the board. That would end up also being their only round of the half, as CeRq was once again exceptional, powering his team to a 14-1 lead.

After the switch, crush chimed in with a double to help Evil Geniuses claim the T-side pistol, but the defenders managed to hold them off for a moment by winning the following force buy. However, that was too little, too late, and Evil Geniuses eventually broke through to finish off the map 16-4 and claim the series 2-0.

Matchpage
0
2
18th December 2019
14
Mirage
16
4
Nuke
16
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
36 - 40 -4 86.7 1.11
35 - 36 -1 77.1 1.04
33 - 37 -4 64.8 0.98
29 - 36 -7 65.8 0.82
19 - 40 -21 52.2 0.64
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 29 +24 95.1 1.48
38 - 30 +8 82.6 1.13
33 - 28 +5 83.2 1.12
34 - 34 0 79.9 1.11
29 - 31 -2 56.9 0.87
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1146
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1033
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
575
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Fluke win! Mouz will destroy them
2019-12-18 13:01
9 replies
Likely
2019-12-18 13:02
4 replies
losing to crush LUL
2019-12-18 13:02
3 replies
#15
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Argentina cheapdeed
biggest cutie of EU
2019-12-18 13:04
2 replies
cmonBruh
2019-12-18 13:11
1 reply
God crush
2019-12-18 14:08
#6
OK | 
Albania Edjon
+1
2019-12-18 13:02
+1 but forze should be ashamed... losing to NA LULW
2019-12-18 13:02
1 reply
ForZe should disband, sexpower should go to navi and the rest can go to spirit/Gambit youngsters
2019-12-18 13:08
so Mouz > EG ?
2019-12-18 13:09
not so easy for team choKe 14-8 14-16 HAHAHAHHA
2019-12-18 13:02
1 reply
Cerq Bulgarian beast
2019-12-18 13:46
ez comeback
2019-12-18 13:01
Crushed
2019-12-18 13:02
2 replies
#9
OK | 
Albania Edjon
nt LULW
2019-12-18 13:02
1 reply
Crush
2019-12-18 14:26
#7
iM | 
Romania AdryaaN
this was unexpected
2019-12-18 13:02
3 replies
What, not at all. Odds 1.7 on EG everyday. ForZe struggled against fucking HAVU the other day. They could have won 4n5.
2019-12-18 13:04
2 replies
#24
iM | 
Romania AdryaaN
they just came to moskow + stand in + 14-8 lead 1st map, was unexpected:)
2019-12-18 13:17
1 reply
Yes, them throwing first map a bit unexpected. But them getting to 14-8 unexpected as well.
2019-12-18 13:55
CIS CHOKE BEST CHOKE AS ALWAYS
2019-12-18 13:02
EG's logo.... not cool.....
2019-12-18 13:03
1 reply
#22
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Switzerland Juuzou_
Stop reminding me.. seeing my flair is painful enough
2019-12-18 13:11
expected, forZe came later than EG from NA , jetlagged obviously
2019-12-18 13:04
#16
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Portugal faizk
What a player CeRq is..!
2019-12-18 13:05
#17
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Czech Republic Xedys
EG crushed them
2019-12-18 13:06
1 reply
#20
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United States clockworkk
I see what u did tbere
2019-12-18 13:10
#23
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Pakistan LoOuU2
THE BULGARIAN POWERHOUSE BEST AWPER
2019-12-18 13:14
Mouz #1
2019-12-18 13:17
And EG goes to gulag
2019-12-18 13:19
so american beat the Soviet union again (sad)
2019-12-18 13:19
1 reply
this is not NA team
2019-12-18 13:22
#29
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Europe dan1elsen
Forze disappointed me -_-
2019-12-18 13:22
Those EG bettors must be feeling really good with those odds rofl I would say losing to crush must be one of Forze's lowest point, but EG stepped up in Nuke. Free sexpower to navi and -guardian when
2019-12-18 13:23
1 reply
#48
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South Africa @FyreCS
Just get Fl1t for clutch purposes Or Somedieyoung for Hyrbid
2019-12-18 17:51
#33
tarik | 
Norway MD!
So ez for crush mens
2019-12-18 13:30
Crush to navi instead of s0mple
2019-12-18 13:33
actually its rigged as fuck
2019-12-18 13:39
Ez choke by chokrze
2019-12-18 13:57
gg!
2019-12-18 14:13
when they show up they win, shame that’s 1 in 4 tournaments
2019-12-18 14:31
#45
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Hungary Shiron212
Nice
2019-12-18 15:43
Well you could say they got CRUSHED on nuke
2019-12-18 16:14
#47
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South Africa @FyreCS
Imagine losing to Crush lmfao Forze disband, what an embarrassment to lose to shaky tier 1-2 NA roster + BOT
2019-12-18 17:51
Blind guy design the new EG logo?
2019-12-18 19:25
got crushed lmao
2019-12-18 19:27
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