Liquid eliminate Evil Geniuses from BLAST Premier
Evil Geniuses will compete in the Showdown for the chance to reach BLAST Fall Final.
Liquid confidently took down Evil Geniuses after a 2-0 series, bouncing back from yesterday's defeat against Vitality. The North Americans will face Astralis on Saturday to decide who will secure a spot in the Fall Final and the chance to face Vitality for the top spot in Group A.
"It was a good easy win for us, as expected," said Liquid's coach Eric "adreN" Hoag in regards to their win against Evil Geniuses, who played with two stand-ins after Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz decided to sit out the event for personal reasons.
When talking about Liquid's preparation for the match, the American coach stated they focused more on themselves rather than on their opponents: "This match was more about ourselves, just making sure we don't have a bad mental state or breakdown."
Evil Geniuses were not able to find success on their pick of Mirage, only taking five rounds on their T side despite an exemplary performance from Michał "MICHU" Müller. Liquid meanwhile executed a rock-solid defense with some great retakes on the B bombsite on their way to close the half 10-5.
The situation deteriorated even further on Vertigo for Evil Geniuses as they struggled to find their footing on the CT side, only being able to claim three rounds thanks to the heroics of Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov and Owen "oBo" Schlatter. Liquid cruised to a 12-3 half with Michael "Grim" Wince shining for the North Americans.
Evil Geniuses were able to put up a more competitive offense, winning a force buy and taking a further three rounds to make it 7-14, but it was too late to make a difference. Liquid managed to win the two necessary rounds to close the map 16-7, securing the series 2-0.
|Evil Geniuses||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|34 - 33||+1||78.3||1.02|
|29 - 29||0||71.6||1.02|
|20 - 34||-14||56.1||0.80|
|19 - 36||-17||66.6||0.73|
|19 - 35||-16||49.9||0.63|