100 Thieves pull off double comeback against Evil Geniuses; advance to ESL Pro League grand final

The Australian team recovered from 10-5 deficits on both Dust2 and Inferno to take down Evil Geniuses and secure a spot in the title match against FURIA.

The lower-bracket run in ESL Pro League Season 12 North America continues for 100 Thieves, as after taking down Liquid on Friday, the squad defeated the highest-ranked team in the region, Evil Geniuses, 2-0.

A vintage performance from Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage inspired the victory, as the 24-year-old dropped 30 kills on Dust2 and averaged a 1.50 series rating, but it was the composure to come back from 10-5 halves on both maps that was particularly impressive, as was Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward's work in creating space for his team's star.

Going into the series, 100 Thieves were 0W-3L in matches played against Evil Geniuses since the addition of the North Americans former coach Chet "⁠Chet⁠" Singh, with their most recent encounter finishing as a convincing 2-0 for Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's men. This time around, with different maps coming into play, 100 Thieves secured the victory and ensured a place in the BO5 grand final on Sunday, where they will face FURIA who start with a one-map advantage.

AZR's 10 first kills in the series opened up space for 100 Thieves

Pushing A on the pistol round worked out for Evil Geniuses, setting them up for a near-perfect 6-1 start on the T-side of Dust2. AZR's pistol-armor heroics in mid stopped the bleeding and pushed his team to 6-4, with the rest of the half being a brawl. jks and Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik stood out with four multikill rounds for the half each, but it was Evil Geniuses that finished it confidently, 10-5.

100 Thieves faked out their opponents on the second-half pistol, securing the round easily and equalized the scorline after AZR's anti-eco ace. Slowly but surely, the Australians grabbed the momentum and with successfully coordinated splits, powered to a 15-10 lead. Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov and tarik combined for the North Americans to stay alive, but it was only a matter of time before the map was concluded as jks' earned his team's sixteenth, dropping a 30-bomb in the process.

Evil Geniuses looked strong on the T-side of their map pick to start things off on Inferno, with Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai being the catalyst of success for 100 Thieves. After the score was 6-4, stanislaw and co. caused issues for their opponents with good mid and late round calls, ending the half 10-5 ahead.

Just like on Dust2, 100 Thieves bounced back in the second half, winning the pistol and stamping down their authority in Banana fights. AZR was leading by example, finding openings and multikills as they edged towards victory (14-11), accompanies by Jay "⁠Liazz⁠" Tregillgas. As the end neared, Evil Geniuses secured two in a row with some impressive holds, but 100 Thieves got across the finish line with a a critical B push and a classy 1v2 clutch from jks in the final round, making it 16-13.

 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 50 - 46 +4 84.5 1.09
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 35 - 34 +1 65.0 1.05
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 37 - 35 +2 62.2 0.99
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 29 - 40 -11 59.2 0.85
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 26 - 44 -18 63.8 0.77
 100 Thieves K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 50 - 30 +20 94.3 1.50
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 47 - 43 +4 74.2 1.16
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 34 - 36 -2 68.4 1.06
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 35 - 35 0 63.1 1.01
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 30 - 36 -6 65.4 0.97
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
983
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1027
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Chet 'Chet' Singh
Chet 'Chet' Singh
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1366
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.16
#1
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Germany BIG_FAN
Easy for the thieves!
2020-09-26 21:44
aussies vs. brazilians na cs lol
2020-09-26 21:47
NA final without any NA players LMAO
2020-09-26 21:53
#55
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United States Gonginator
Yeah, it's kind of a feelsbadman lol.
2020-09-27 01:26
NA CS OMEGALULLL BR and Kangaroo 3 majors NA 0 ez clap for furia and YTB NA SCENE PLS DISBAND
2020-09-27 03:39
Na has 1 major tho
2020-09-27 05:45
thats a fake major, niko wintraded so it doesnt count
2020-09-27 06:43
well they had to beat sk to get there and that was supposed to be sk era. MIBR bad xaxaxa
2020-09-27 06:45
why do i remember them playing like the hardest 3 teams in quarters semis then faze in finals
2020-09-27 18:54
#75
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United States Gonginator
NA CS is kind of omegalul, but that's just the way it is. There aint a damn thing I can do about it lol. Brazil has more majors than NA, but NA has 1 major, so the whole NA 0 argument is invalid. Either way, right now, both Brazil and NA only have 1 good team each - FURIA and EG.
2020-09-27 06:55
lul NA mad cuz bad
2020-09-28 07:55
#77
EliGE | 
North America Beecs
Mlg 2016 doesnt count cuz guardian injured olof injured
2020-09-27 08:52
EG pull off double choke
2020-09-26 21:54
less choke than liquid 2016 major colombus semis
2020-09-26 22:33
N1
2020-09-26 22:03
Lol, that's cool.
2020-09-26 22:20
Unexpected
2020-09-26 21:43
Expected for me thats why i bet on them
2020-09-26 21:43
#41
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United States Festive_
how much? seems like not a smart bet considering EG’s form
2020-09-26 22:37
i guess mans had a gut feeling or soemthin i dunno
2020-09-27 03:39
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
YEAH THE BOYS
2020-09-26 21:43
#16
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Romania burtiqutz
not #1 this time :(
2020-09-26 21:46
#19
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Finland Cucumber))
happens(
2020-09-26 21:49
#36
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Spain N0Love
Savage!
2020-09-26 22:32
JKS ubergreat
2020-09-26 21:43
love you BOIS so much
2020-09-26 21:43
JKS GOD
2020-09-26 21:43
#7
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Australia popoto
OMEGALUL
2020-09-26 21:43
Still Furia Beat them 2-0
2020-09-26 21:43
#30
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Brazil Projectrv
BO5
2020-09-26 22:12
1 map advantage
2020-09-26 22:18
100t are hot rn but furia are on a greater level, should make a good grand finals
2020-09-26 21:44
100T is a very likeable team
2020-09-26 21:44
#58
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China L0n35
do you eat tandoori with your left or right hand?
2020-09-27 03:27
ofc right :D
2020-09-27 05:52
let's go australia
2020-09-26 21:44
#13
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Panama FUN4ENCE
NA CS 2020 smh
2020-09-26 21:44
ez for 100t
2020-09-26 21:45
the man the myth the legend justin savage
2020-09-26 21:45
Fuck yeah lads. But please fix your CT side.
2020-09-26 21:46
#20
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New Zealand SkirmishX
YTB
2020-09-26 21:50
#22
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Pakistan LoOuU2
correction : classic 1v3* clutch from Jks , Professur but holy hell what a fucking godlike clutch that was , such a smooth spray transfer
2020-09-26 21:53
#25
NAF | 
India FosFate
EPL 12 NA Grand Finals, between Brazil and Australia (+NZ and Norway)
2020-09-26 21:57
ironic isnt it? that the NA finals does not have a single NA player
2020-09-26 23:11
#26
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Norway PeteZz
Ez for jks aka godks
2020-09-26 21:58
+1
2020-09-27 00:56
#28
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Finland drinn
My friend just did a bid for 100T a 2-0 result. . Crazy stuff! Should have been easy for TOP 3 ranked team to win 100T. 100T currently at 19th rank.
2020-09-26 22:03
#66
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Australia CaZeR01
Remember its online so anything can happen
2020-09-27 04:06
Don't forget before online era 100t was one of the top teams :) if they find form again they'll be fantastic again too
2020-09-27 21:05
#29
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Sweden Lagge15
Can someone confirm or deny whether or not Chet was in the server?
2020-09-26 22:07
#32
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United States cyrus2121
na cs
2020-09-26 22:19
#34
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Poland Blaszek
aussies are back?
2020-09-26 22:28
Jks is so damn good. He's awesome to watch
2020-09-26 22:31
#38
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World Beard43
jks going beast mode! Well played 100T.
2020-09-26 22:34
#39
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Brazil renatorib
NA final: Oceania vs. South America omegalul
2020-09-26 22:36
#43
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
NA CS in a nutshell
2020-09-26 22:46
#57
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Australia Cheesle2
And a Norwegian LUL
2020-09-27 03:15
Haha
2020-09-27 09:24
TARIK TOPFRAGGING OMEGALUL. eg needs to disband, everyone is inconsistent on this team.
2020-09-26 22:37
#45
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Serbia bakedcs
Tarik topfragging is nothing unusual
2020-09-26 22:48
XDDDDDDD
2020-09-26 22:57
#42
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
JKS AUSSIE GOAT
2020-09-26 22:46
he's savage
2020-09-27 05:33
Congratz 100Thieves! Well played!
2020-09-26 22:47
NA tournamnet 0 NA players in the finals wtf lol
2020-09-26 23:24
australia scene so strong that they dominate north american stars
2020-09-26 23:46
100 Thieves is looking insane, I think it's just the matter of time before they will re-enter TOP 10. Evil Geniuses is looking really good aswell, 100 Thieves was just better this time. It is going to be a great final tomorrow.
2020-09-26 23:46
jks is god
2020-09-27 00:11
they just needed azr and grata to step up and now they are kinda doing it
2020-09-27 00:18
Werd.
2020-09-27 00:23
NA final and no single NA player on the final KEKW
2020-09-27 02:37
#59
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Korea thr33o
Wow unexpected but hopefully the form keeps up!
2020-09-27 03:28
KEKW NA CS KEKW
2020-09-27 03:37
Gg wp
2020-09-27 03:56
#64
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Brazil fadefedora
nice game wp
2020-09-27 04:01
Choke Geniuses
2020-09-27 04:02
#67
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Australia CaZeR01
LETS FOOKIN GOOOO BOYYYS
2020-09-27 04:08
#68
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South Africa @FyreCS
C9 JKS please
2020-09-27 05:00
#72
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Australia Ataynu5
up the boyz!
2020-09-27 06:02
#76
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Russia razorVJ
> ESL Pro League Season 12 North America Final: Brazil vs. Australia
2020-09-27 08:21
Good job to them, they totally deserve it.
2020-09-27 09:12
#80
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United States vs3veN
The problem is that neither Brezhe, Cerq or Ethan stepped up. Maybe it's some 10am thing, but if anyone of those stepped up, it should have been a 2-0 by EG.
2020-09-27 09:37
#82
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Denmark twinseN
I Hope 100t wins the titel
2020-09-27 10:16
THE bois
2020-09-27 10:33
#84
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Israel rvt1
great
2020-09-27 18:08
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