EG squeeze past Vitality in BLAST Premier Spring Groups

The North Americans will get a shot at revenge against G2 in the decider stage of the group.

Evil Geniuses keep their BLAST Premier Spring Final qualification hopes alive following a 2-1 win against a resolute Vitality in Group B's elimination stage. The French side, playing their first match without in-game leader Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire, who is taking a break from competition, gave a good account of themselves and pushed the series to a third map after being soundly beaten on Nuke, and they rallied from three match points down on the decider map, Inferno, before agonisingly falling in overtime.

EG's fans will have breathed a sigh of relief after the much-needed victory, which sets the team up for a grudge match against G2 and boosts their confidence after a series of poor results.

"It feels really good," Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik said after the match. "Obviously, these are not the circumstances in which we wanted to get the win, with apEX not being there, but a win is a win. It was a big one for us, we've been fighting really hard to get something going lately.

"Results have not been good at all, it's been really bad. We really needed something and hopefully, this is something to get us kick-started and doing better for the upcoming games."

The North American team made a dominant start to the match as they raced to a 6-0 lead on the T side of Nuke - their own map pick - before Vitality finally managed to get a round on the board following a fast trio of frags by Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy in an eco round. The French side found their footing after that difficult opening stretch, bringing the scoreline to 4-7, but then Evil Geniuses ramped up the pressure and finished the half with 10 rounds to their name.

EG move on to the decider stage to face G2

The second half began with EG taking the pistol round, but there was no follow-up as Vitality hit back in the following round, with Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier picking up four kills with the Desert Eagle. The French side were given a taste of their own medicine shortly afterwards, however, as EG won a full eco round that began with a timely flank and a knife kill by Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold. The North American team ran away with the game after that, expertly fending off Vitality's comeback attempts.

After a lengthy break due to technical issues, play resumed on Vertigo, where Vitality took a 3-0 lead following a lively start to their CT side. EG struck back with a 2v4 clutch by Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte and tarik and won the ensuing anti-ecos to level the score. Things were looking promising for the North Americans, but the rest of the half was all Vitality, who kept the Terrorists at bay with a resolute defensive performance, with Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom leading the charge with 18 frags.

Vitality added to their lead after switching sides following a hectic pistol round that almost went EG's way. Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's troops attempted to respond after buying up, but the French team kept their composure and locked down the map without even letting their opponents reach double-digits.

Evil Geniuses got off to a fantastic start on Inferno, winning five rounds in a row before Vitality finally managed to stabilise. Nivera racked up 12 frags as the French team tightened up and managed to take the lead, but EG picked up the pace in the closing stages of the half to head into the break with a narrow advantage.

Vitality came out of the break looking likely as they picked up the first three rounds of the half to retake the lead. The game entered a scrappy period as neither side managed to gain a stranglehold, but then EG tightened up and reached match point at 15-12. With no margin for error, the Frenchmen pushed the game to all 30 rounds with back-to-back A hits before finding the equaliser with a B execute against a very weak buy. EG didn't let the setback shake their confidence, though, and won all CT rounds in overtime before wrapping things up on the offence.

Matchpage
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2
9th February 2021
9
Nuke
16
16
Vertigo
8
16
Inferno
19
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 51 +16 85.3 1.26
62 - 57 +5 79.6 1.09
58 - 58 0 70.2 0.96
49 - 55 -6 67.3 0.93
46 - 63 -17 66.3 0.88
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 52 +4 72.5 1.15
66 - 56 +10 81.6 1.11
56 - 58 -2 78.4 1.09
56 - 57 -1 76.5 1.07
49 - 61 -12 62.8 0.87
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1029
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1478
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
189
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1762
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1210
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Estonia ropzfangirl
well played cerq! vitality without apex :(
2021-02-10 00:04
5 replies
#3
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
LETS GO EG!
2021-02-10 00:04
1 reply
no.1 and no.3 team lmao
2021-02-10 06:14
#15
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Estonia theHeniek
Ropzieeeee
2021-02-10 00:13
1 reply
rahpz
2021-02-10 00:20
#FreeZywho Astralis best team in da world Number 1 world ranking #TOTHESTARS
2021-02-10 06:24
Zy ... excuse me WHO?
2021-02-10 00:04
1 reply
#61
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Denmark Zetix02
More like shitality
2021-02-10 07:40
#4
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United States notawaffle
too easy for na cs
2021-02-10 00:04
3 replies
#26
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France Terapiah
Top HLTV isn't amazed
2021-02-10 00:26
#71
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France Il_padrino
Top HLTV isn't amazed
2021-02-10 11:05
#78
shox | 
France pashh
EZ struggle against a team without IGL
2021-02-10 12:01
Unluko vita Apex pls come back
2021-02-10 00:05
#7
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Czech Republic Kliber
EG are still in a samer lineup. They might get back to the top
2021-02-10 00:05
1 reply
#94
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Czech Republic xANUx
yeah sure, imagine loosing map to a team without an IGL, EG is really back lol
2021-02-10 16:51
Cerq finally played to his potential again and EG win. Hope he keeps it up.
2021-02-10 00:06
1 reply
+ 1
2021-02-10 12:12
#9
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Poland sosiad
blast be like
2021-02-10 00:07
1 reply
Be like what
2021-02-10 09:08
Yo les noobs, It’s really worrying for EG that they managed to drop a map to a leaderless team (with a player playing a map he doesn’t normally do)
2021-02-10 00:10
2 replies
#18
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Estonia simondoggo
EG was never really strong on vertigo, and vitality was. Plus EG is still getting used to EU bro, not being able to face against the best teams for so long can really kill your experience. And, Nivera has been around for awhile so one could argue that vitality should’ve been ready for something like this to happen. I just hope EG can beat g2 🤞🤞
2021-02-10 00:17
Not really, to be honest #55
2021-02-10 06:34
Rpk not le tank anymore. Bad bad bad ☹️☹️☹️☹️
2021-02-10 00:08
1 reply
I love RpK, but he is struggling this year =( He was so consistent and greatly fragging last year, but 2021 so far isn't working out for him 23-15 1.55 rating vs "danish complexity" 23-15 1.34 rating vs Liquid 20-19 1.10 rating vs Trashtalis 17-17 1.08 rating vs Trashtralis the rest 10 maps from 2021 were really weak.
2021-02-10 00:45
Too much hope for EG against a team with a stand in IGL in shox and still almost lost. Not impressed.
2021-02-10 00:13
Zywoo smiled on camera when they were losing
2021-02-10 00:13
13 replies
at that time, he probably was like "imagine losing to EG, lmfao"
2021-02-10 00:20
12 replies
#29
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France Terapiah
Or maybe cause 3 maps and OT without IGL and losing to cod players tonight. Yeah probably that
2021-02-10 00:32
11 replies
gj by eg, atm we see the real vitality, keep dreaming the fan of t2 team and cry is free.
2021-02-10 02:28
4 replies
#99
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France Terapiah
Sweedish blaming T2 LMAO
2021-02-12 12:55
3 replies
nt 13 yo prodka, but Im not se, Im from cis hahaha cis is navi and etc, the one who raped ur favorite team , u know?
2021-02-12 14:07
2 replies
#101
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France Terapiah
Stop saying shit so we can discuss retard blyat
2021-02-12 17:57
1 reply
no need to talk with fan of trash t2 cs xi twu
2021-02-12 18:20
Firstly, this is online and not LAN. Coach can talk all the time and call strats (unlike LAN, where coaches are only allowed in timeouts). Also, shox is a very experienced veteran IGL. Secondly, Vitality doesn't have a stand-in (like CoL with Jugi). They have been with Nivera for 4 months or so and they have practised most maps. Thirdly, Nivera is a huge fragging upgrade over apex. Overall, this is better for Vitality. They probably only lost because of being mentally upset, not because of no apex.
2021-02-10 06:34
4 replies
how stupid it is to be online or not, they are. the same players in both cases, find another excuse, decadent conversation ...
2021-02-10 12:18
#85
RpK | 
France pol44r
Top 10 worst excuses
2021-02-10 13:24
2 replies
Excuses for what? On the contrary, I gave the reasons to *not* have any excuses for losing.
2021-02-10 13:31
Cry more frenchie
2021-02-10 15:32
That is decent excuse.
2021-02-10 17:03
Free win for G2 tomorrow, thx Vitality lol
2021-02-10 00:14
1 reply
This aged like wine
2021-02-10 19:49
this was close :(
2021-02-10 00:18
Not too bad considering they suddenly had to do without their IGL.
2021-02-10 00:19
12 replies
#41
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Poland Mickol
i don't think it was suddenly for them
2021-02-10 02:15
5 replies
Shhhh let the kids believe this decisions just happen all of the sudden, especially in big orgs
2021-02-10 04:42
4 replies
Lul stop trying to look smart, you don't know shit about the situation. Ofc it was unexpected
2021-02-10 11:24
3 replies
You really believe apex came yesterday all of the sudden to his bosses and said ye Im burnout, I need rest. Because thats how normal people do things ......
2021-02-10 14:41
2 replies
If they had as much notice as you're suggesting -- why would apEX have played against coL?
2021-02-10 15:28
Lol yeah you're right, when you have a burnout you usually plan it 3 months ahead at least. Just like the personal issues he had, he must have planned it long ago. I don't know how but 13 years later the level of retardness on this website still amazes me
2021-02-10 16:37
You would have had a point in regular 5-man teams in a LAN situation. But it's just not true in this situation. #55
2021-02-10 06:36
5 replies
I can tell for sure that you've never played in a competitive team from your comment only
2021-02-10 11:26
4 replies
Well, I don't respond to personal comments. And you gave no arguments either. So, I won't bother. Have a nice day :)
2021-02-10 11:50
3 replies
Damn you destroyed him calmly.
2021-02-10 15:33
I thought it was obvious but, if you want explanation : - You're greatly underestimating the impact of a leader on a team. Having someone you trust making calls you're used to is extremly important for the cohesion of the group and its confidence. Extqz and shox have never been capable leaders + they're not the one the players are used to, they have different personalities and visions. - You're greatly underestimating the impact of having to change roles and position out of nowhere. Players had to switch to roles and position they never had to fill for apEX, play with new binomes on bombsite. It impacts their confidence and performance + the executions of calls and strategies that they've been drilling for months is greatly impacted / less smooth and rigorous. - You're greatly underestimating the importance of having balanced profiles on a team. Apex has a unique playstyle, he's by far the most agressive of the team, taking space to allow his teamates to execute strategies. He has 10 years of experience in this role and opening, that's not something anyone can come with in a few days. Without him the team miss someone to take the risks, start the agression, collect information. Basically what you're saying is that they're fine they have 5 players on the server, which shows that you believe that top pro level where things are decided on small details = random PUG on Face It. So I can say for certain that your counter strike experience boils down to a few soloQ PUGs. I really don't think something so obvious deserved such a long explanation but hopefully you're happy that I bothered. Have a nice day :)
2021-02-10 16:53
1 reply
Okay, I was a bit short-sighted in my original answer. Thanks :)
2021-02-11 05:09
Free 3.0 odd win, bookies too slow
2021-02-10 00:21
Losing to eg, holly molly.... There's nothing that can be worse i think.
2021-02-10 00:27
Botality so bad
2021-02-10 00:30
2 replies
+1 Botality so bad without cheats even losing to NA bots
2021-02-10 03:51
1 reply
yeah streamsniping was too good for botality
2021-02-10 07:50
zyTWO telling you everything you need to know about hltv top 20.
2021-02-10 00:39
2 replies
apex got benched literally the next day after he asked 2ywh0 to play 1 map without baiting and he ended up with 2 kills lmao
2021-02-10 03:50
1 reply
S1mple still without a major though
2021-02-10 15:34
#31
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
Nivera is a beast man!
2021-02-10 00:40
I parlayed complexity and EG. 20 to 170 cdn $ EZ
2021-02-10 00:44
#35
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United States authies
you know vitality is bad when they lose to pea brain size EG...
2021-02-10 00:48
#40
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Brazil Gunzel
Lucky NA bots
2021-02-10 01:25
yay
2021-02-10 03:08
No tv no win. Funny thing is they never won anything after tv went away
2021-02-10 03:33
2 replies
still 0% winrate without tv lmfao
2021-02-10 08:19
1 reply
Yeah. Interesting
2021-02-10 11:08
no cheats no win
2021-02-10 03:48
Top5 2020 losing to NA? lol
2021-02-10 03:51
expected
2021-02-10 03:57
#save_cerq pls , no way very talented player play as NA player . wasted talent , cerq should join EU team.
2021-02-10 06:33
Zywoo to G2
2021-02-10 07:08
Nt Vitality
2021-02-10 07:12
#62
ropz | 
Netherlands ONGix
If NA > EU CS, and most of NA moved to Valorant, that means Valorant > CSGO. LMAO and people here even thought Valorant would be dead at this point.
2021-02-10 07:44
#66
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Poland SebL
It will be a close game against G2 for sure. Vitality out in last place is a huge surprise for me.
2021-02-10 08:44
Wtf top 1 and 3 lost. Next will be navi?
2021-02-10 08:50
1 reply
top 1 team is NaVi and they are yet to play.
2021-02-10 13:07
ahahahaha shitality with zybot get in face from NA ahahahahahaha so loosers cry shitality fans
2021-02-10 09:00
#70
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Ukraine McSwell
Turn the TV on. Enable spectator bug. Put 12 supports with mobile phones to player room. Bring back old Vitality.
2021-02-10 09:16
3 replies
Haha savage bro +1
2021-02-10 11:08
This is so accurate. Thx man
2021-02-10 12:09
hahaha xD
2021-02-10 13:08
no apex no win
2021-02-10 12:18
Is shox igl’ing? or XTQZZZ
2021-02-10 13:47
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