EG.PA take down BIG Academy to win Fragadelphia 17

Evil Geniuses's Blueprint Project sees its first success in a North American LAN.

EG White emerged victorious at Fragadelphia 17 after three days of competition. The squad captained by Ben "⁠ben1337⁠" Smith started off their adventure in Philadelphia during the Last Chance Qualifier and went all the way through the group stage and playoffs to claim the trophy and $40,000.

Josh "⁠PwnAlone⁠" Pigue was the standout player for the North American squad at the event as the 31-year-old averaged a 1.27 rating across the 11 maps played in the latter two stages of the tournament.

EG.PA dropped only one map in the playoffs on their way to the title

The GLS group stage gave way to the knockout phase, and there were no surprises in the quarter-finals. Apeks and EG White came out on top in their matches against ATK and Iron Blood respectively while BIG Academy dispatched Electrify Steel after a narrow win on the CT side of Dust2.

TeamOne vs EG Black was the only series to go all the way to three maps. The Brazilian squad recovered from an opening 14-16 loss on Inferno to beat the North American squad featuring Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz and William "⁠RUSH⁠" Wierzba.

None of the teams that were invited to the main stage of Fragadelphia through their previous tournaments and affiliated ESEA Cash Cups made it past the first round of playoffs.

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Apeks showed signs of weakness throughout the event after being relegated to the lower bracket of the Last Chace Qualifier at the hands of BIG Academy. Their struggles continued with a 0-2 by Squirtle Squad in Group B which prevented them from topping the group and surpass TeamOne. A semi-final rematch against the young German squad was the perfect chance to get back on their feet, but the series went again the way of BIG Academy as they claimed a spot in the final.

The visiting Germans were joined in the final by EG White who cruised through their series against TeamOne, courtesy of two fantastic performances by PwnAlone and Wesley "⁠viz⁠" Harris. The two Americans registered a 1.38 and 1.28 rating respectively in the semi-final during the home team's dominance on Dust2 (16-4) and Nuke (16-9).

TeamOne secured a spot in the semi-final after defeating EG.CD

EG White didn't drop a single map on the way to the grand final. They struck first in the last match, converting an 11-4 lead on the CT side of Nuke (16-11) to go ahead in the series before BIG Academy's response on Vertigo (16-6).

Elias "⁠s1n⁠" Stein had a fantastic tournament, but he really stepped up in the final. The 20-year-old rifler averaged an incredible 1.47 rating across the three maps and pushed his squad to tie up the series on Vertigo with a 2.08 rating.

The trophy was decided on Mirage, and it was EG White to come out victorious after a solid offensive half from PwnAlone and Jonathan "⁠djay⁠" Dallal. The Germans failed to build on their pistol round victory in the second half due to a North American force buy in the second round which broke the CT economy. EG White then maintained their advantage, before closing the series with a 16-9 victory.

Matchpage
2
1
12th September 2022
16
Nuke
11
6
Vertigo
16
16
Mirage
9
 EG White K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 49 +2 74.4 1.08
59 - 56 +3 82.0 1.05
46 - 53 -7 69.7 0.95
46 - 53 -7 74.5 0.94
44 - 52 -8 67.7 0.91
 BIG Academy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 52 +19 109.2 1.47
65 - 48 +17 91.4 1.37
44 - 46 -2 64.5 1.01
41 - 48 -7 50.6 0.91
42 - 53 -11 66.3 0.85

The final placings for Fragadelphia 17 are:

1. United States EG White - $40,000
2. Germany BIG Academy - $20,000
3-4. Europe Apeks - $10,000
3-4. Brazil TeamOne - $10,000
5-8. United States EG Black - $5,000
5-8. United States Iron Blood - $5,000
5-8. Other ATK - $5,000
5-8. North America Electrify Steel - $5,000

United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Germany Elias 's1n' Stein
Elias 's1n' Stein
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
United States Wesley 'viz' Harris
Wesley 'viz' Harris
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
384
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Very naise eg.pa! I thought they were paycheck stealers! Guess im wrong!
2022-09-12 12:55
14 replies
EG.PA>EG
2022-09-12 13:11
1 reply
Apeks LUL
2022-09-12 16:03
31 yo talent
2022-09-12 13:11
They will forever remember this moment as the peak of their carreer when they managed to beat an european academy team
2022-09-12 13:48
9 replies
#49
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Denmark Rubix__
why hate .be happy for others .only then will you find happiness in yourself
2022-09-12 14:25
3 replies
#56
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United States 1Tuurtle
nah man, you have to hate NA. Its one of the fundamental truths of life. The sun shines, water flows, and Euro's must hate NA for no reason
2022-09-12 14:45
2 replies
it's not true, nobody in eu hates na. it's just banter i think
2022-09-12 15:46
1 reply
#65
2022-09-12 17:27
They are literally an academy team btw.
2022-09-12 14:59
They are an academy team for EG and they beat a team that was 3rd in WePlay S5 so that is something to be proud of for their level.
2022-09-12 15:29
both academy teams LOL
2022-09-12 16:00
2 replies
yeah i didn't realize until now but an academy team with an average age of 25 is somewhat embarrassing imho
2022-09-12 19:28
1 reply
embarrassing to win
2022-09-12 23:01
no only main EG is paycheck stealers, 31 yo talent pwnalone would never
2022-09-12 17:22
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
Jonji amogus
2022-09-12 12:54
NA STRONG
2022-09-12 12:55
#4
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Poland Neo[T]orius
NA era starts here
2022-09-12 12:56
Nt BIG, gg PA
2022-09-12 12:56
USA
2022-09-12 12:57
young pwnalone deserved win.
2022-09-12 12:58
They still got 2-0d by wings up a couple weeks ago 💀💀, so wings up > NA
2022-09-12 12:59
3 replies
so NA = OG :o
2022-09-12 13:01
2 replies
And OG won against FaZe so Wings Up > OG = EG.PA > FaZe!!! Wings Up era?
2022-09-12 13:52
1 reply
Can't argue with those maths
2022-09-12 14:45
#9
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Russia WiHuu
POG EG beat an academy team
2022-09-12 12:59
8 replies
exactly.. Don't think EG.PA could even win next academy league
2022-09-12 13:20
#29
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Estonia simondoggo
This EG is also an academy team
2022-09-12 13:24
6 replies
#31
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
30yo prospects lmao
2022-09-12 13:27
4 replies
More promising than some of current eg.
2022-09-12 15:07
3 replies
#89
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
Main squad was actually competitive last time we saw them. PA on the other hand never won shit
2022-09-12 17:15
2 replies
#126
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Puerto Rico NA_KEKW
Neither did MOUZ NXT I guess or any other academy team prior to being picked up
2022-09-13 01:52
1 reply
Wtf are you talking about. PA were around since forever, they're 30 year old farts, not 15 yo academy kids
2022-09-15 08:33
#91
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Greenland LilPeep
It's more of a B team than a academy team lol
2022-09-12 17:23
why so ez for godji?
2022-09-12 13:00
so ez for NA as always
2022-09-12 13:02
Pwnalone forever young
2022-09-12 13:02
1 reply
#83
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United States 1Tuurtle
Pwnalone forever young up and coming talent
2022-09-12 16:25
gg nt big
2022-09-12 13:06
NA CS on same level like the EU academy teams?!
2022-09-12 13:05
#16
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Israel McBeany
Now let EG.PA play against top 20 opposition and we'll see if 32 year old talent Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue will shine like he did in pinnacle
2022-09-12 13:06
13 replies
how much ?
2022-09-12 13:08
3 replies
#20
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Israel McBeany
I have never betted in my life I just think that the EG projects are bad
2022-09-12 13:08
2 replies
but like how much
2022-09-12 19:12
1 reply
#109
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Israel McBeany
I don’t bet
2022-09-12 20:54
It's almost like their squad isn't supposed to play against mainly top 20 opposition? That's the point of the main squad
2022-09-12 13:19
4 replies
really? they created a roster with the goal to be shit?
2022-09-12 15:04
3 replies
#84
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United States 1Tuurtle
Is an academy team meant to be a top 20 team or a way to develop talent?
2022-09-12 16:30
2 replies
they are finished players, not future talent if you wanted an academy team, you would get young, promising players and not 50 year olds
2022-09-12 16:39
1 reply
#95
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United States 1Tuurtle
Older players can still get developed into future stars. Roej is 27 and having the best year of his career. Age matters sure, but if a player is willing to continue trying they will eventually make it big
2022-09-12 17:30
#30
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Estonia simondoggo
Wow it’s almost as if this team is an academy team and won a tournament of their caliber….
2022-09-12 13:25
2 replies
#42
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Israel McBeany
>academy >Average player age 25.9 ok dude , why not sign actual young talent instead of throwing money at a bot retirement house? Edit: Also forgot to add that if players start to be shit after 25 like that HLTV report stated it means that on average the team is past it's prime LMAO
2022-09-12 14:04
1 reply
#85
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Estonia simondoggo
They aren’t shit, but there isn’t much young American talent in counter strike thanks to valorant and Covid. So, EG has to sign other American teams. This “bot” retirement home just won a tournament lmao. This team is showing improvement. I get what you mean about the age but sadly there aren’t many options in American counter strike to create a younger academy team.
2022-09-12 16:37
Top 50*
2022-09-12 15:14
APEKS LUL
2022-09-12 13:07
#18
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United States cybonics
Love to see it
2022-09-12 13:07
#23
 | 
Canada _penguins
Just another day at the office 🥱
2022-09-12 13:14
#24
 | 
Fiji RichHours
NA>JERMANS
2022-09-12 13:15
#25
 | 
United States B0b3rT
Ez for na
2022-09-12 13:15
Bug taking Ls everywhere lmao
2022-09-12 13:20
ez called
2022-09-12 13:31
30 year old neverbeens barely win vs eu elementry school acadamy team. lol@the hype for nothing
2022-09-12 13:32
3 replies
#46
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United States Zedsamcat
How much?
2022-09-12 14:15
2 replies
how much does america suck at CS? a lot
2022-09-12 17:28
1 reply
#96
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United States Zedsamcat
But then why didn't EU win if they are so good?
2022-09-12 17:39
Tier 4 vs tier 4. Jonji trash clown bot
2022-09-12 13:41
3 replies
#35
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Australia xteN7331
What exterior is your Dlore?
2022-09-12 13:46
1 reply
lmao
2022-09-12 14:27
+1 JONJI trash bot
2022-09-12 15:57
Not cool viz, where are your manners and sportsmanship behavior?
2022-09-12 13:51
1 reply
All of them are clowns
2022-09-12 14:02
Nice
2022-09-12 13:52
Too good for NA but still can’t compete against tier 1 teams in Europe 😢
2022-09-12 13:56
2 replies
Tbf if eg.pa can beat a t3 and eg.main beat a t2 team, it is better than before... Better for their confidence.
2022-09-12 14:04
#71
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North America minte
Ok?
2022-09-12 15:22
wow tier4 beat a tier5 team...
2022-09-12 13:57
1 reply
#68
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United States MrNorwood
#64 ranked team beat #60 ranked team.
2022-09-12 15:15
lmao are they hyped just beating kid team?
2022-09-12 14:04
3 replies
#47
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United States Zedsamcat
Lmao they got 40k
2022-09-12 14:17
2 replies
wow impressive
2022-09-12 15:21
1 reply
#74
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United States Zedsamcat
Ikr
2022-09-12 15:42
40k ez money
2022-09-12 14:18
EG.PA already better than main EG
2022-09-12 14:26
For that $40,000 prize… only 40% goes to the players..each one got less than $4,000… Because the EG club pays their salary…
2022-09-12 14:33
1 reply
#97
 | 
United States Zedsamcat
only 4k extra, I guess they are so sad
2022-09-12 17:40
Jonji is having a huge spirit on this game
2022-09-12 14:34
#54
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
Meanwhile Wings UP clapping EG.PA like nothing...
2022-09-12 14:43
LMAO VIZ with the MIDDLEFINGERS xDD
2022-09-12 14:44
What the hell is wrong with Apeks?? STYKO having an abysmal start to life as an IGL. Better shape up or he'll be on the chopping block soon
2022-09-12 14:47
#59
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Nice one ! Happy for the PA core of Pwn , Dj and Ben . It's not that big of a tournament but still it's quite something !
2022-09-12 14:56
The team to make fun of here is Apeks. Shox, Jkaem, Nawk and Styko? Can't beat Pwnalone? lol.
2022-09-12 15:02
7 replies
#66
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United States fade4182
They lost twice to big academy and lost 2-0 to “squirtle squad” the actual fuck lol
2022-09-12 15:10
6 replies
Crazy. They should be a borderline tier 1 team. Depending on their cohesion I'd honestly expect maybe a top 10 spot. Maybe. Definitely top 20 though.
2022-09-12 15:28
wtf never heard of squirtle squad.. hope they qualify for something just bc of stickers
2022-09-12 16:15
4 replies
#98
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United States Zedsamcat
ex-Gamin Gladiators, clown org dropped them after they qualified to RMR
2022-09-12 17:41
3 replies
Its really weird considering that two weeks after Semphis published tweet about departure, GL announced ex-Gambit Apex legends roster signing and were about to relocate them in Serbia. Idk how big GL is, I just know they have dota roster and they gonna compete in TI, but could it be that they dropped cs go roster because it was too costly to maintain the team and they didn't see that the team could make it through RMR and instead signed Apex roster?
2022-09-12 21:13
2 replies
I meant GG yeah
2022-09-12 21:14
1 reply
#124
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United States Zedsamcat
We don't know everything going on behind the scenes but on the surface it looks weird to say the least
2022-09-13 00:15
LETS GOOOOO!!!! NA CS IS BACK!!’n
2022-09-12 15:07
#70
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North America minte
Unexpected tbh
2022-09-12 15:21
well the blueprint seems to work on its way.
2022-09-12 15:56
almost lose to german children omegalulll 😂 jonji thinks he won a major final against NAVI lmao 🤣😆 Jonji bot
2022-09-12 16:01
apeks fashed af
2022-09-12 16:10
Pwnalone 31 y/o talent
2022-09-12 16:44
i can't wait to see 'ben1337' shit on s1imple
2022-09-12 16:55
I'm sure the goal is to merge the rosters in some way. They already added HexT to the main roster. They're giving Stanislaw a chance to return, considering he was very successful (BY NA STANDARDS) back in the day. Maybe he replaces neaLan as IGL (he would have to improve a lot from his current form, though). Maybe a final EG.Academy roster of pwnalone djay Jonji RUSH Stanislaw
2022-09-12 17:47
NA CS > German CS
2022-09-12 17:51
1 reply
This has never not been true in CSGO.
2022-09-12 22:33
#102
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United States GiantDays
Evil Geniuses PwnAlone
2022-09-12 18:23
EG won a game make a wish
2022-09-12 19:08
#108
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Brazil Anarchybr
I was rooting for EG.PA but even though they’re fun to watch they make a lot of dumb plays lol They overpeek a lot even with man advantage Jonji is like the Canadian arT which is nice But it seems like viz and PwnAlone are the only ones that uses their brains to play the game PwnAlone is clutch which saved them a lot of rounds
2022-09-12 19:41
It’s cool to see fragadelpjia get some hype.
2022-09-12 22:34
was sad when i saw grand final plyed 2 am EU thankfully got delayd so much so when i wake up 6 am EU i can watch last map and it was bager and last map was a banger
2022-09-13 00:23
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