Evil Geniuses edge past FURIA as fight for top two tenses up

Evil Geniuses came back from behind to beat FURIA in a nail-biting finish to the three-map series, joining the fight for a top-two placing.

With the triumph against the Brazilians, the North American side have secured a second consecutive victory out of three matches. That puts them in provisional first place among four teams who have two wins on the board, ahead of FURIA, who have also played three matches, as well as Liquid and 100 Thieves, both of whom went 2-2 thus far.

Evil Geniuses had to fight from behind at multiple points of the series, as they were down 0-1 in the best-of-three after a convincing loss on Mirage and got off to slow starts on both Train and Nuke, pulling out late-game comebacks each time to clinch a hard-earned triumph.

Mirage began as a rather one-sided affair when FURIA, despite conceding the opening pistol round and later a 5v2 advantage as well as an anti-halfbuy, mounted a dominant run on the offense. Late-half efforts earned Evil Geniuses a chance as they lowered the deficit to just three rounds, but when sides switched the Brazilians were back in the driving seat and rallied to a 16-8 victory without breaking much of a sweat.

Brehze's heroics late on Train spearheaded EG's comeback

Train looked just as dire for the North American side at the beginning after they were unable to convert the second round once again. This time, they stopped FURIA's onslaught earlier, but Henrique "HEN1" Teles's side still made it to the Terrorist side with a 9-6 lead.

Although FURIA looked like they would be able to close things out after securing the second pistol round, Evil Geniuses still held on and made the map go the full distance on the back of a strong defense. When it came down to the wire, Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte stepped up with three big multikills with the AWP, single-handedly turning things around from a 12-14 deficit to force the decider.

Slow starts were very much a theme for Evil Geniuses, who started Nuke down 0-6 on the CT side but still managed to fight back with Brehze and Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov leading the way, going on an 11-1 streak to take back the control. The tide turned again when FURIA got a hold of weapons on the defense, but a 1v1 clutch from the Bulgarian AWPer at 11-13 ensured that EG stayed in contention and allowed them to clinch a 16-13, 2-1 victory.

 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 71 - 61 +10 86.6 1.18
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 53 - 51 +2 68.1 1.05
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 53 - 55 -2 66.7 1.02
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 47 - 57 -10 69.7 0.95
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 41 - 59 -18 59.8 0.81
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih 68 - 51 +17 87.9 1.29
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO 61 - 47 +14 72.5 1.15
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI 56 - 58 -2 74.8 1.06
Brazil Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT 53 - 66 -13 74.5 0.96
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 44 - 43 +1 58.6 0.95

With five matches to go, here are the standings of ESL Pro League Season 11 North America:

United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
BR CS KKKKKK
2020-04-02 01:37
#10
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Brazil d1rk 
brazil 0 major coldzera 0 top1 ? LOL
2020-04-02 01:42
#31
pinto | 
Brazil GrilO_O 
Baited lul
2020-04-02 04:20
#32
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United States MEEBAH 
Keep living in the past buddy.
2020-04-02 04:25
bruh, u are a fan from envy wtf
2020-04-02 04:44
bruh, u are a fan from SK wtf
2020-04-02 06:26
#41
Nifty | 
Norway zyl3r 
bruh fan finn andersen wtf
2020-04-02 13:10
#42
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Germany Chockzz 
bruh fan of valorant player xaxaaxa
2020-04-02 13:24
+1 lul
2020-04-02 17:19
#46
Nifty | 
Norway zyl3r 
bruh fan of mousesports toxic luljj botz carrygan stayzen
2020-04-02 21:38
#48
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Germany Chockzz 
Yeah mouz need kick karrigan and add god guprei the french beast!!!
2020-04-05 18:42
#49
Nifty | 
Norway zyl3r 
0/8 flag checks out delusional german CS fan
2020-04-06 13:51
#12
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United States Frotha 
WP, Brehze always beasting
2020-04-02 01:46
#16
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Estonia MorsAlbum 
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2020-04-02 01:54
#24
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Brazil Ahab 
top of the group lol
2020-04-02 02:35
They have the same number of points as both EG and Liquid, and currently don't have the head-to-head vs. EG?
2020-04-02 03:06
So FURIA has to win every single match in the group stage? KEKW
2020-04-02 08:13
#2
nexa | 
United States Killerhawk 
EZY
2020-04-02 01:37
#3
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Japan boysdontcry 
Furia choking so hard twice :facepalm:
2020-04-02 01:37
#21
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
EG having the mental fortitude to comeback twice
2020-04-02 02:24
Second map okay,eg was good .third map furia threw it
2020-04-02 17:20
#4
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Portugal Pedro_Betacock 
bad news for neymar
2020-04-02 01:38
#5
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Tbh EG are playing bad (compared o before ofc). Prob cuz it's online
2020-04-02 01:38
#22
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Nah they just can't start games right, always down 7-0.. they rely too much on firepower, no tactical depth
2020-04-02 02:25
#23
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Oh okay, I really dont watch many of their Games, Just see the results. That sucks for them though. - Stan? :D
2020-04-02 02:32
#34
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Stan + ImApet, chet is just an analyst, he doesn't have the impact and the charisma a coach should have.
2020-04-02 05:09
imagine bottomfragging while going positive
2020-04-02 01:38
#18
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Stonks
2020-04-02 02:07
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-04-02 01:38
Furia was so dominant on Mirage and was like 6-1 up on T side nuke when I last watched. How did they lose
2020-04-02 01:39
Kscerato and yuurih will someday win a major
2020-04-02 01:40
#20
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
idk about that one chief, 5 years locked on furia
2020-04-02 02:23
#11
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Japan pawbeast 
I was not even worried when odds for eg was like 4 on nuke Cs not changing much FURIA still more like FLUKIA
2020-04-02 01:44
#17
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Says the polish loser lol
2020-04-02 02:07
#13
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Brazil SecondKS 
NT NT NT NT furia
2020-04-02 01:47
#14
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Brazil oldStar 
T T
2020-04-02 01:48
#15
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
Yeah :(
2020-04-02 01:51
#19
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Very ez mens, furia annoying to play against, always rushing everywhere wtf
2020-04-02 02:22
#25
fer | 
Brazil Mackvp 
how many teams qualify in each group?
2020-04-02 02:39
#26
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United States jay_320 
WHAT A THRILLING SEASON THE UPS THE DOWNZ THE PING!
2020-04-02 02:53
Good game, Furia! You're improving day-by-day in order to represent your country in a good fashion in the next major.
2020-04-02 02:53
Brehzy smurfing
2020-04-02 03:05
#30
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Brazil millerjmatos 
gg
2020-04-02 03:31
What a fluke, FURIA America Best Team
2020-04-02 06:39
Hen1 is too inconsistent to Furia become a tier1 team. He literally missed the easiest shot in the most crucial round on nuke and lost them the game.
2020-04-02 07:04
NT
2020-04-02 11:56
#40
Twistzz | 
Germany t.o.p 
Brehze is just too good
2020-04-02 12:22
EG Is so bad. Struggle to beat tier 2 team. Jesus.
2020-04-02 17:04
#47
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Brazil Fauchard 
what means "edge past" ?
2020-04-04 10:55
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