EG defeat Gambit in IEM Katowice Group A opening match; Spirit send G2 to lower bracket

Evil Geniuses broke Gambit’s Overpass winning streak before securing a 2-0 victory, while it took Spirit three maps to take down G2 in the other Group A opener.

Out of the two CIS squads coming into IEM Katowice Group A after qualifying from the play-in, only one was able to come out on top in their opening match, as Gambit fell to a superior Evil Geniuses while Spirit were able to rally on Inferno, the decider map in their series, to secure victory over G2.

Evil Geniuses won four very close rounds on the CT side of Overpass, but Gambit’s relentless pressure paid off as they won the fifth round and sent EG on a pistol buy and then an eco, which Gambit converted on the way to an 8-7 lead. A scrappy few rounds early on in the second half saw the match tilt in EG’s favor, however, as they ran away to end Gambit’s Overpass winning streak, which was up to 14 in a row.

With the wind in their sails Evil Geniuses ran circles around their CIS rivals on Inferno, going up 11-4 on the T side with Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold leading the charge, just as he had done on Overpass. Gambit tried to gain control early on in the second half, but were neutralized by their more experienced foes as Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz and company closed the map out 16-10 to continue through the Group A upper bracket.

mir and sdy were big performers for Spirit in the victory over G2

G2 held firm on the CT side of Train, winning a second-round forcebuy to take a 5-1 lead, but little by little Spirit brought it back, in large part thanks to two 2vs5 rounds by Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev and Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov, to win the half 8-7. The work on the attacking side paid dividends as Spirit struggled to close out the map on the defense, but finally did so in the last round, 16-14.

G2 felt at ease on the attacking side of Mirage, where they amassed a 10-5 lead powered by Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač, after which they continued to manhandle Spirit, taking the map 16-8 to push the series to a decider map.

With everything on the line on Inferno the CIS squad put on an impressive performance on the attack, in large part thanks to multiple big plays by Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov and Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev. Despite a slow start on the CT side, Spirit kept heir cool and rallied to close the map out 16-10 to stay on track in the upper bracket.

Matchpage
2
0
18th February 2021
16
Overpass
13
16
Inferno
10
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 37 +12 97.8 1.37
35 - 31 +4 70.4 1.10
37 - 37 0 69.2 1.01
28 - 38 -10 60.8 0.86
21 - 41 -20 51.7 0.69
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 30 +14 75.6 1.36
36 - 30 +6 75.9 1.19
35 - 33 +2 69.4 1.04
31 - 36 -5 82.2 1.04
36 - 41 -5 73.7 0.96
Europe
Matchpage
1
2
18th February 2021
14
Train
16
16
Mirage
8
10
Inferno
16
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 54 +6 81.4 1.20
51 - 55 -4 78.9 1.08
59 - 60 -1 79.0 1.03
41 - 53 -12 63.5 0.97
38 - 53 -15 43.9 0.75
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 53 +4 84.5 1.24
62 - 47 +15 84.0 1.20
57 - 47 +10 70.4 1.07
52 - 47 +5 66.3 0.98
45 - 56 -11 63.9 0.90
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1211
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
828
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
447
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1212
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
401
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Expected from pros from Spirit!
2021-02-18 15:48
2 replies
#8
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United States ShawnM
LETS GO EG
2021-02-18 15:49
+1
2021-02-18 15:56
#2
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Lithuania Extazis
FIX KENNY ASAP
2021-02-18 15:48
1 reply
Kick*
2021-02-18 18:20
ez 4 spirit
2021-02-18 15:49
#4
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
Kenny lol
2021-02-18 15:49
#5
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Myanmar Guzhas
g2 kennys is really weird
2021-02-18 15:49
Amanek second awp on CT train wasn't it chief.
2021-02-18 15:49
#7
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Russia Kalacia
Keep it up spirit
2021-02-18 15:49
kennyS trash nexa stupid NiKo overrated
2021-02-18 15:51
1 reply
Lulquid flair omegalul
2021-02-18 16:51
Kick whiffyS
2021-02-18 15:52
Imagine play Train and Mirage in a series as an awper and end with 0.75 rating
2021-02-18 15:53
1 reply
imagine been good four/five years ago, and still try to live from past glories
2021-02-18 16:25
PennyS :DDDDDDD WORST AWPER EVER
2021-02-18 15:53
jee poo
2021-02-18 15:53
g2 xaxaxaxaxa
2021-02-18 15:54
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Should have bought Acor when you had the chance to do so.
2021-02-18 15:57
1 reply
True. Kennys is done.
2021-02-18 16:06
gg gambit, gl next match <3 hobbit beast as always
2021-02-18 16:00
1 reply
gg
2021-02-18 17:08
As always Spirit showed us how good they are
2021-02-18 16:02
“G2 held firm on the CT side of Train, winning a a second-round forcebuy” a a second-round
2021-02-18 16:03
#21
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Poland SebL
That's a big surprise that EG won 2-0 today, honestly I felt like they are a dead team, and they still might be but this is surprising, well done from them. Gambit still has stuff to work on, it's been seenable in this match. Spirit is insane, I expect them to make a really deep run in this tournament. And G2 just like Gambit, still has a lot of work to do, we will see how it goes in the future.
2021-02-18 16:15
cmon gambit
2021-02-18 17:29
G2 go disband fkin idiots
2021-02-18 18:10
#28
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Bosnia and Herzegovina StigmaKG
-kennyS -AmaNEk +EspiranTo +ottoNd. This team is done without changes.
2021-02-18 18:33
1 reply
Yup. They are just so fucking scared all the time, and absolutely disorganized. What a mess.
2021-02-18 19:28
#30
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Hungary szia
the honeymoon period for G2 is long gone
2021-02-19 04:46
sdy, degster, chopper ♨️ go go team Spirit
2021-02-19 04:51
#32
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South America merv24
It hurts to be a G2 fan
2021-02-19 18:11
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