forZe take revenge on EG to round out EPICENTER group stage

forZe have won a rematch against Evil Geniuses 2-1 to ensure the second seed in Group B.

forZe took their revenge after losing to Evil Geniuses in the opening match of the group, when the North American side fielded Igor "crush" Shevchenko instead of Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte, whose return in the rematch didn't have the desired effect despite the star ending the series as his team's highest-rated player.

With the victory, Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov & co. have secured a favorable matchup in Heroic in the quarter-finals, putting Evil Geniuses up against Natus Vincere in a high-profile clash on the other side of the bracket.

forZe closed out a big lead on Inferno the second time around

Nuke kicked off the last series of the group stage and it began with the two teams going at it in a back-and-forth forcebuy war, until eventually Evil Geniuses came out on top to take control of the first half on the CT side, clinching a 9-3 lead spearheaded by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov's AWPing outside.

Although forZe closed the first half with three in a row, they found themselves unable to compete against the North American team's offense, which went on an undefeated streak on the back of a pistol round win to claim a series lead at 16-6 before going over to their own pick, Mirage.

The difference was like night and day from the opening map, as the Russian squad were the ones to come out on top of the forcebuy battle in the early stages and with Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov picking up a couple of triples in a row, they started mounting a huge defensive half.

Brehze's return didn't go as planned

Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's 1v2 clutch in the second-round forcebuy ended up being the only round the North American team could convert in the entire map, as forZe never let their foot off the gas even when their opponents switched up the pace with some fast tactics, equalizing the series with a 16-1 whitewash.

Things looked dire for Evil Geniuses when forZe strung six rounds together after a pistol round loss on the T side, but they were able to stabilize thanks to some individual heroics from CeRq and stanislaw to end the half with six to their name.

Nonetheless, with Almaz "almazer" Asadullin putting up a triple in the pistol round, the home team cruised to 14-7 and were relieved to be able to close out the big lead despite an earlier fumble against Virtus.pro, clinching the higher quarter-final seed from Group B at 16-10.

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Nuke
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Mirage
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Inferno
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 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 39 - 44 -5 66.9 1.02
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 44 - 43 +1 66.2 0.99
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 43 - 48 -5 71.8 0.94
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 35 - 49 -14 76.5 0.88
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 32 - 45 -13 59.2 0.72
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' MekhryakovJerry 58 - 35 +23 83.6 1.38
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikovxsepower 46 - 36 +10 73.2 1.25
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' LebedevFL1T 45 - 40 +5 77.6 1.11
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack 43 - 42 +1 71.4 1.08
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullinalmazer 37 - 40 -3 67.9 1.01
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
902
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
613
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
679
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
599
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.09
EG AFTER SG NERF LULW
2019-12-19 22:07
EZ4SEXPOWER
2019-12-19 22:08
#8
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North America ProudNAfan 
Tactical throw to rekt NAVI tomorrow
2019-12-19 22:09
#13
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Spain Granjero 
To lose vs navi?
2019-12-19 22:10
EVIL KRIEGS XAXAXAXAXAX
2019-12-19 23:31
#78
Denmark _GG_ 
kriEG
2019-12-20 00:23
Crush > Brehze
2019-12-20 01:37
#118
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Germany N00bsF1rst 
+1
2019-12-20 18:32
3:/
2019-12-19 22:21
You again. I can play your game. Brehze = Cayonte = Malaysian = Asian CS LUL CeRq = Dimitrov = Bulgarian = EU CS LUL tarik = Celik = Turkish = EU CS LUL Stanislaw = Jarguz = Slavic = EU CS LUL Ethan = nathE = dyslexic = EU CS LUL Hard for EU CS
2019-12-19 22:42
Ethan = nathE = dyslexic = EU CS LUL nice one
2019-12-19 23:03
#61
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Europe dan1elsen 
nathE = nazi = german = EU CS LUL o wait
2019-12-19 23:06
nathE = nathan = NBK = EU CS LUL
2019-12-19 23:08
#58
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
Then where's NA?
2019-12-19 23:04
Well according to Attom Research, the biggest purchasers of million-dollar homes in US are the following surnames: Chen, Wang, Lin, Zhang, Wong, Wu, Liu, Huang, Li, and uh... Smith. So the best NA team Tyloo is about to beat the major finalists from EU Ence in a few hours. EZ 😎
2019-12-19 23:31
#109
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
> in US > NA team Tylooo
2019-12-20 11:11
#120
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Australia Am2de 
lmao
2019-12-21 00:52
lol
2019-12-19 23:31
When they were winning, they were fully american, now suddenly they are Europeans. Potato brains
2019-12-20 06:38
Potato brain? Never heard that on tarik’s stream before so it must be a racist comment about the Irish potato famine. Reported
2019-12-20 08:07
thank you
2019-12-20 17:09
AUG NERF => Flukia SG NERF => BOT Geniuses ONE RAUND WIN => M16R ONE RAUND ERA PLAY FINAL WITH GODTRALIS => LULQUID and Silence2k NA and BRAZIL CS REALLY REALLY BADDD
2019-12-19 22:16
what do u mean sg nerf they just upped price for 300?
2019-12-19 22:21
#44
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Poland rude_wredne 
techically it is a nerf xd just like krieg price is a nerf
2019-12-19 22:25
krieg and sg are same weapon and no its not that big of a nerf with this new cs economy where t side can buy most of the time
2019-12-19 22:27
#52
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Poland rude_wredne 
its still a nerf
2019-12-19 22:37
#55
SpawN | 
Switzerland fanb0yyy 
u so dumb sorry
2019-12-19 22:55
u mad?
2019-12-19 23:01
#60
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Poland rude_wredne 
you literally said "its not that big of a nerf" which means you think its nerf but not big one. wtf?
2019-12-19 23:05
#75
SpawN | 
Switzerland fanb0yyy 
i didnt said anything to u before.. (expected from a dumb guy) ur talking shit there is no sg nerf every pro team is still playing sg, EG aswell, they didnt got rekt because of any nerf... monkey go sleep 0iq bot
2019-12-19 23:34
Well 0iq spreaders....upping the price is a nerf to the krieg....its only a small, almost unnoticable one, but its a nerf ffx.... If the Tempo Limit on a street goes down from 80 to 70 its a decrease of max Speed U can go there so ist Takes U longer to get from A to B...only slightly longer but still longer Short example for Mister 20000 iq....its late btw and i couldnt think of sth better
2019-12-20 00:43
BoOOm! 1337 IQ. Well played my friend, well played!
2019-12-20 01:16
Lol;D
2019-12-20 07:11
u put it down from 80 to 70 but people are still driving 80.. thats my point for the „krieg nerf“
2019-12-22 10:59
I get Ur point and i agree that its not changing much at all but its still a nerf....a small one but a nerf
2019-12-22 16:19
#82
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Poland rude_wredne 
i cant believe you are from switzerland. You must be from brazil, there is no way
2019-12-20 01:11
#97
fat | 
United Kingdom zakariin 
Indonesia
2019-12-20 04:30
u can believe what u want my life is amazing i will never have problems with money and u live in poland
2019-12-22 10:59
#125
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Poland rude_wredne 
nt medkit
2019-12-22 11:22
#91
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Stfu med kit
2019-12-20 02:01
xaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-19 22:22
#47
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United Kingdom alcazar4 
EVIL BOTS
2019-12-19 22:27
MiBR>>> 🦃
2019-12-19 23:37
liquid beats every team minus astralis about 75-80% of the time just eg is fucking shit lmao
2019-12-20 00:59
Pog
2019-12-19 22:07
#4
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Spain Granjero 
NA is so fucking bad axaxax, easy for Europe!
2019-12-19 22:07
+1
2019-12-19 22:08
Reported :)
2019-12-19 22:10
#20
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Spain Granjero 
for
2019-12-19 22:11
+1
2019-12-19 22:13
#32
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United States EUIRRELEVANT 
-1 EU poor and overrated
2019-12-19 22:20
#40
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Spain Granjero 
Only eastern Europe is poor, and you still lost to them lul
2019-12-19 22:31
lmao u rekt him
2019-12-19 23:13
#70
bruttJ | 
Australia JPT 
Hahaha
2019-12-19 23:24
#102
ZywOo | 
France iNolake 
xaxaxa
2019-12-20 07:07
#114
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Europe Axell6996 
eastern Europe it's poor just for the people that don't want to work. If you really want to live a decent life i'm sure you can do it even in the east side
2019-12-20 18:15
#115
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Russia Mike_Shinoda 
for CIS*
2019-12-20 18:16
#116
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Spain Granjero 
CIS is not a continent idiot
2019-12-20 18:17
#117
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Russia Mike_Shinoda 
WHy so rude dude, i mean region, who knew that you mean continent
2019-12-20 18:22
Europe is not a continent niether
2019-12-21 08:06
NA Forzed home edit: not yet i know but they will loose against Navi and Lord Guardian
2019-12-19 22:08
EZ4ZE NA CS KKKKKKKK Crush > brehze
2019-12-19 22:09
XSEPOWER > CeRq
2019-12-19 22:09
#11
woxic | 
Ukraine ^vAl^ 
-Brehze +crush
2019-12-19 22:09
#14
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
They forget how to play with Brehze
2019-12-19 22:10
ex-nrg most overrated shit ever yanki go home
2019-12-19 22:10
#16
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Estonia MorsAlbum 
Imagine winning 2-0 with a standin then getting raped as full roster. The fact people still somehow consider eg a top5 tier 1 team is beyond me Edit: that map 2 was the most disgusting map I've seen from any excuse of a top team. They did the same shit on nuke Vs grayhound a while back after losing the first few rounds
2019-12-19 22:11
#23
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CIS kryto203 
Ahahahaha i know whats worse that 16-1 EG know too btw hltv.org/stats/matches/mapstatsid/96232/..
2019-12-19 22:15
#119
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Estonia MorsAlbum 
nah, eg didnt even play that bad in this match its just that mouz were all fucking playing insane and reading the game perfectly that map on mirage was pure tiltshit running in like retards every round 1 by 1 across the map and dying, when at 1-5 or 1-7 they should have known theyre not "better" and can just run and shoot
2019-12-20 21:21
#17
NiKo | 
CIS swikzie 
EG ERA 5 KRIEGS LUL
2019-12-19 22:10
#18
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United States EmperorTrump 
SAD!
2019-12-19 22:10
What? EG OMEGA LUL
2019-12-19 22:10
Heroic says thanks
2019-12-19 22:15
choke
2019-12-19 22:15
They are simply fixing match accroding to bet value. 100% match fixed.
2019-12-19 22:15
EG lul
2019-12-19 22:15
Not bad today for EG, they only lost 16-1 on Mirage 👏😂
2019-12-19 22:15
Virtus noob need -sanji +jerry as IGL and jame just awper
2019-12-19 22:16
No Just forZe needs to save their squad Other teams don't matter
2019-12-19 22:22
Sanji has so much impact that it’s unbelievable This team can perform, they just need to get more consistency Jame played like shit on this event
2019-12-20 06:00
EG bad team, they has pretty readable playstyle with fast rounds, every team that watched their demos will ez win against them, they cant adapt cuz Stanislaw is bad igl
2019-12-19 22:18
Jerry 1.38 best igl
2019-12-19 22:19
+100 Jerry = CIS gla1ve
2019-12-19 22:21
So ez for maboyzzz The future for forZe should be really good Watch them winning EPICENTER
2019-12-19 22:20
I think they're more structured than NaVi Heroic should be ez stomp, then Zywoo and 4 living baits just ban dust2 or maybe even nuke and they should have some real chances #GOFORZE
2019-12-19 22:23
Fast but still good analytics +1 But Heroic actually can upset forZe on Nuke/Inferno, that is what i'm afraid of. And Vitality with removing Dust2 should be real ez stomp EZ44ZE B)
2019-12-19 22:26
Yeah i always thought Nuke is by far most dangerous map to play against forZe but for now i think it's mirage I think Heroic don't stand any chances on Inferno i think lost vs VP was just small choke but yeah nuke could be really interesting map to see with many overtimes
2019-12-19 22:30
With look on map pool I think we'll have Overpass, Mirage and Nuke decider so this is surely gonna be full bo3 with maybe yeah OTs
2019-12-19 22:41
"zywoo and 4 living baits" LMFAOOOOOOOO 8/8
2019-12-20 01:30
#35
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Russia LeGoBoys 
NA CS OMEGALUL
2019-12-19 22:21
Brehze was the problem
2019-12-19 22:23
“Crush was the problem” LuL
2019-12-19 22:24
#48
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Sweden Trkmag 
ez
2019-12-19 22:29
Clearly Stan told his team they'd rather play Navi than Heroic. 2 million IQ logic play. No but seriously what the actual fuck was this match?
2019-12-19 22:29
NA SO BAD OMEGALUL
2019-12-19 22:35
jetlag
2019-12-19 23:04
#62
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Myanmar xdcc 
getting to QF with 33% winrate
2019-12-19 23:07
HAHHAHAHAAHAHAH
2019-12-19 23:11
#66
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United States skroobdoober 
Literally called it on Twitter, Forze will do what Avangar did at Epi 2018 and make it to semis, while VP would pull an Ence and go out in groupa
2019-12-19 23:14
Crush >>> Brehze
2019-12-19 23:20
Also wtf is this format? Eg still goes to playoffs wtf?
2019-12-19 23:21
Too good for NA :o such pro, many wow!
2019-12-19 23:22
#71
bruttJ | 
Australia JPT 
Forze and ehome worst at nuke. Good to see forze wins series :D
2019-12-19 23:25
#77
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
and those bots were top1 world lmao biggest fluke in csgo's history
2019-12-19 23:47
crush > brehze LMFAO BREHZE MALDING RN actually makes sense tho in a way, crush made room for cerq to shine more by running in first and doing bitch roles while brehze is just an average rifler without being able to buy krieg every round and isnt willing to make room for cerq
2019-12-20 00:58
That's actually a good point but what's most important over here that you are completely RIGHT LOL!
2019-12-20 01:21
makes a lot of sense. egs best performances almost always came when cerq was absolutely electric. that quad ot win vs astralis on train for example happened because cerq was clutching 1vXs all over the place and made massively impactful frags. if u let cerq off the chains of making room for brehze and rather have someone make room for cerq to get trades and get more impact frags as a result, theres really no team that can stop him. its kinda like electronic+s1mple on navi when theyre on fire just a shame cerq plays on eg, if he was on liquid they would actually be so much better and can go 50/50 with astralis rather than losing 80% of the time. also cerq has some of the best movement ive ever seen, reminds me of jw
2019-12-20 01:29
Delusion CeRq fantasy. You ever watch Astralis play vs top tier awpers? They don’t let them get into the game due to their utility usage and strats. A tier 2 awper like CeRq would get fucked 9/10 times
2019-12-20 04:15
everything checks out nt geng fangay did you watch the major by any chance? esl one new york? im not saying cerq is this s1mple level consistent carry but he is definitely a tier 1 awper and will be top 20 this year at least. he has insane impact and is why they were even able to beat astralis in 3 bo3s
2019-12-20 04:50
Don't bother your time with delusional kids.
2019-12-20 13:31
#86
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North America Coach_Classy 
jEtlaG
2019-12-20 01:29
-Brehze +Crush
2019-12-20 01:30
16:1
2019-12-20 01:32
#92
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African Union mikecool 
They're a forZe to be reckoned with!
2019-12-20 03:34
Almost 0-16 again.
2019-12-20 04:20
#95
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United States Bochanka 
ALMOST 16-0 XD and people say this is a top 5 team. Lmfao more like a top 20
2019-12-20 04:20
#105
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Sweden Waduhek 
Lmao so true
2019-12-20 07:26
#96
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United States Bochanka 
Honestly NA CS is so bad. Liquid suck balls and EG lick them for em XD
2019-12-20 04:21
#100
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Russia razorVJ 
H@H@H@HH@ Go forZe
2019-12-20 06:02
#104
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Sweden Waduhek 
Lmao EG get rekt xD, NA cs OMEGALUL
2019-12-20 07:25
LMAO WTF NA!!
2019-12-20 07:45
Good Game, Russia > forZe > Spartak!
2019-12-20 10:52
gg
2019-12-20 14:36
CRUSH : YOUR WELCOME
2019-12-20 15:16
crush>fat bot
2019-12-21 02:32
nice matchfixing
2019-12-23 00:35
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