Evil Geniuses eliminate FURIA from BLAST Premier Global Final

Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov and co. won the crucial series 2-1, bouncing back from a poor opening map.

Evil Geniuses stay alive in the $1 million BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 with a victory over FURIA, who were playing with their newly-announced sixth player Lucas "⁠honda⁠" Cano.

The North American team has been out of the spotlight since their last tournament in Europe, when losses to NIP and OG cut their BLAST Premier Fall Series campaign short. Today's victory ensured they don't suffer back-to-back last-place finishes on the Old Continent.

The lower-bracket match started with Inferno, which FURIA won, but Evil Geniuses turned it around after a tight Mirage and a blowout on Nuke. Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's men will continue the event in the lower bracket, where they will face the loser of Vitality and Liquid next.

Evil Geniuses finally turned things around

The action started on Inferno, Evil Geniuses' map pick and the same map they defeated Astralis on the previous day, but the game was a quite different one this time around. Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan and his team dominated things from start to finish, with the FURIA in-game leader standing out individually with a 1.66 rating in a 16-9 win.

On Mirage, Evil Geniuses managed to stabilize, winning seven CT rounds in a row after losing the opening three, but FURIA pulled back for an 8-7 half. The back-and-forth continued until the end of the map, but after FURIA brought it to 14-14, Evil Geniuses managed to pull across the line.

The conclusion was reached on Nuke, where Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte and Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold were rock-solid, leading their team to a comfortable 11-4 CT half which they converted on for a 16-6 victory.

Matchpage
2
1
20th January 2021
9
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
14
16
Nuke
6
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 51 +8 80.6 1.18
51 - 45 +6 71.6 1.07
49 - 57 -8 75.6 1.02
48 - 50 -2 69.6 1.01
49 - 56 -7 74.2 0.97
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 47 +14 86.3 1.22
57 - 46 +11 83.1 1.19
54 - 52 +2 73.5 1.13
47 - 54 -7 70.0 0.95
40 - 59 -19 55.6 0.71
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1010
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1044
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
759
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Lucas 'honda' Cano
Lucas 'honda' Cano
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1191
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
961
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Honda is very talented but still has a lot to learn!
2021-01-20 23:06
8 replies
YESH
2021-01-20 23:07
1 reply
arT said honda is arT 2.0, well said
2021-01-21 08:23
+1 hope they keep him
2021-01-20 23:07
3 replies
dont think they will, they’re probably only using him cuz he’s from the academy team.
2021-01-20 23:10
2 replies
hltv.org/news/30981/furia-add-honda-as-s.. ? FURIA said before they want a 6man roster so this could be it with changing out junior/honda
2021-01-20 23:14
1 reply
#34
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Brazil Rafaking
Guerri said in his twitter that Honda is a 6 player only until junior arrives
2021-01-21 00:47
#11
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
true, finally good to see EG playing solid
2021-01-20 23:08
agree they'll probably keep him for several matches at least
2021-01-21 16:23
KKKKKKKKKKKK HONDAAAA...
2021-01-20 23:06
lucky
2021-01-20 23:06
Pog
2021-01-20 23:07
Ez
2021-01-20 23:07
Honda lol All aim no brain just like Tenzera!!
2021-01-20 23:08
1 reply
+1
2021-01-22 02:29
FLUKIA Flukes again
2021-01-20 23:07
#10
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Brazil Gildocsg0
ez
2021-01-20 23:08
GG EG
2021-01-20 23:09
French cs lul
2021-01-20 23:09
#14
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Honda`s like Flamie and ChrisJ i.e getting highlights but shit in other rounds. Problem is Flamie and BongJ were actually good before they went to shit. Kid`s impressive but lacks apparent experience.
2021-01-20 23:09
2 replies
#33
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Argentina fxzo
This is his first tournament m8 Give him some time and he will probably be a beast
2021-01-21 00:41
1 reply
#35
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Pakistan LoOuU2
That's what basically I implied.
2021-01-21 00:54
#16
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World Beard43
GG!
2021-01-20 23:12
EBIC fail
2021-01-20 23:13
Thats a good experience for honda, but vini have to perform better and art stop to lose every round
2021-01-20 23:14
1 reply
I agree, good take. With junior taking over main awp and if Vini can start playing better, this could be a good lineup for Furia
2021-01-21 03:08
Get a Toyota
2021-01-20 23:15
KSCERATO saving just for stats was the worst thing on that match
2021-01-20 23:20
4 replies
KSCERATO baits even more than blameF and Yuurih still is a better player...
2021-01-20 23:33
3 replies
+1 yuurih is a beast
2021-01-21 06:18
In yuurih we trust
2021-01-21 14:20
+1
2021-01-21 15:32
#22
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Denmark EY2ZY
honda lmao better be car than being a player
2021-01-20 23:23
1 reply
0/8
2021-01-21 21:20
Expected against 0 iq team
2021-01-20 23:24
#24
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Bulgaria goshyy
CeRq and co.
2021-01-20 23:25
#26
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Brazil Aitch
EG is Brazil!!!!!
2021-01-20 23:39
#27
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Brazil g4laxI
I miss hen1
2021-01-20 23:40
worse than 7-1
2021-01-20 23:41
Lets go NA!
2021-01-20 23:42
Good fucking day for NA.
2021-01-20 23:52
Thank god brehze woke up
2021-01-20 23:53
<3 gj turok
2021-01-21 00:19
kia cerato and honda are natural enemies.
2021-01-21 00:57
#37
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Israel GrandpaZ
No hen1 no win...
2021-01-21 01:41
Seriously? No...... Novelty
2021-01-21 02:20
At least no more stupid cs incoming. 0 tactics and lucky kill = that's all about furia
2021-01-21 04:29
2 replies
Do I spy a fake flag?
2021-01-21 10:26
1 reply
Gj 007
2021-01-21 15:35
I'm not saying Furia was overrated but it makes a big difference when EG and Liquid are back together in the same room and playing on 5 ping rather then scattered across a continent playing in their rooms versus a Furia team that was always together. Think Furia is solid but I also think these performances are a regression to the mean. They have some crutches that don't work when the playing field is leveled. Still think it's a top 10 roster but just kind of borderline.
2021-01-21 04:35
2 replies
Tbh EG only had a chance because they didn't have HEN1, they would have lost mirage as well if he had been there.
2021-01-21 09:04
1 reply
Their relentless aggression just looks mediocre on low ping IMO. It'll catch teams by surprise but they need more depth. They have the riflers to be good so I hope they can develop that.
2021-01-21 10:14
Furia back to being t2. Nothing special. Just that Eg and liquid are coming back to their old self.
2021-01-21 04:58
4 replies
#43
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United States EDBX
They just lost their awper man, chill. We don't know yet how they will be with Junior
2021-01-21 05:10
3 replies
It's not about that. Once their rushing strat fails they look really mediocre. That's what happened in blast and iem global's last year. Even in nuke again eg last match. It's clearly visible
2021-01-21 06:48
1 reply
#57
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United States EDBX
I agree it isn't a sustainable strat.I absolutely despise their playstyle, but they took a map off Eg and G2. If Heni was there instead of Honda there is a real possibility they would win at least one of those series.
2021-01-21 11:51
In T2 furia will be strong because of their fast pace. In tier 1 they are a joke. How can you be overpushing, overagressing, overpeeking, overextending everything?? Doesn't matter T or CT just very stupid plays. Glad they got put in their place.
2021-01-21 10:27
Honda waste of Furias time. Another wasted year for br cs it seems.
2021-01-21 05:43
Art 2.0 as Braindead as art 1.0
2021-01-21 07:55
not today toddynhos. furia super overated, had a good run in the online era, thats it. they kicked their best player, without hen1 the team will go full trash. I wonder if the toddynho kids will keep cheering for furia, or will jump ship, as they always do hahahaha #artOVERATED
2021-01-21 08:01
2 replies
Learn to read, they didn't kick him, he benched himself.
2021-01-21 09:05
1 reply
+1 guy just throwing shit from his mouth
2021-01-21 14:18
#52
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Evil Geniuses is looking really good. And FURIA is looking dead with honda, hopefully it will be better with junior.
2021-01-21 09:35
1 reply
+1
2021-01-21 14:18
#56
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Argentina mpocsgo
FURIA with junior would be scary AF
2021-01-21 11:04
nice
2021-01-21 13:35
Art is a good awper we saw some sick plays in recent matches, but his agression is just too much, you cant spend 4750$ just to kill one guy, and them give the other team an awp, art will always be agressive so we need junior asap, the only one who is consistent in the team is yuurih but its not enough to win games.
2021-01-21 14:17
FURIA completely overrated.
2021-01-21 19:14
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