Cloud9 scores opening ESL Pro League victory over Evil Geniuses

The Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov-led squad dominated on Dust2 to secure the win in Malta.

Cloud9 claimed their opening ESL Pro League victory over Evil Geniuses. They did so in two straight maps, taking home a closely-fought battle on Inferno 16-12 before annihilating their North American opponents on Dust2, 16-5. Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov and Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov were Cloud9's heaviest hitters on Inferno and Dust2, respectively, as the pair topped the scoreboards with 1.62 and 1.77 ratings.

As a partnered organization, Evil Geniuses have now lost their last 15 consecutive games at ESL Pro League, a streak which dates back to March 2021. Their last win came in the event's 13th season where they defeated Astralis 2-1 with Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik, Owen "⁠oBo⁠" Schlatter, and Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz still part of the lineup.

Cloud9 wrapped up the series with a convincing display on Dust2

Cloud9 opted against the usual CT side selection and started as the attackers on their opponents' map pick, Inferno. nafany's squad opened the series with a convincing 7-1 lead, only dropping the second round after a Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte triple-kill.

Evil Geniuses converted a semi-eco in the ninth to break their opponents' momentum, and eventually reduced their deficit to just two behind Brehze and Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov's impact on the A and B sites, respectively. nafany delivered a triple-kill in the 15th round to secure his team the 9-6 lead at halftime.

Multi-kill rounds from Jadan "⁠HexT⁠" Postma and Brehze gave Evil Geniuses a crucial boost early in the second half as the North Americans scored their first lead at 12-11. In the end, Cloud9 wrapped up Inferno 16-12 with nafany's 1vs2 clutch in the 24th and triple-kill in the subsequent round proving to be the turning point of the map.

Cloud9 kicked off Dust2 in dominant fashion and held a whopping 13-2 lead at the break with Ax1Le's 18 kills and 102.7 ADR leading the way in terms of fragging. Evil Geniuses scored the first three rounds of the second half, but ultimately just delayed the inevitable as the Russians closed out the map 16-5, and the series 2-0.

Cloud9's next match will be against the Turkish superteam Eternal Fire led by Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli, while Evil Geniuses find themselves in a North American derby with Liquid for a shot at their first EPL victory.

Matchpage
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21st September 2022
16
Inferno
12
16
Dust2
5
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 28 +18 95.9 1.47
40 - 27 +13 88.6 1.45
37 - 24 +13 82.1 1.33
34 - 26 +8 81.9 1.22
34 - 30 +4 71.6 1.15
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
31 - 39 -8 68.7 0.92
25 - 38 -13 57.3 0.79
27 - 39 -12 67.9 0.74
23 - 39 -16 63.5 0.71
26 - 39 -13 58.1 0.64
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1186
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Canada Jadan 'HexT' Postma
Jadan 'HexT' Postma
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
515
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United States Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
362
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
887
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1357
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
Good.
2022-09-21 15:13
1 reply
#5
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Estonia simondoggo
No
2022-09-21 15:14
Ez kz
2022-09-21 15:13
excepted
2022-09-21 15:14
#4
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Estonia simondoggo
Inferno looked good Sadge. Cerq gotta go :/
2022-09-21 15:14
2 replies
I wish i could get 30k a month to awp a 0.79 rating
2022-09-21 17:36
1 reply
#47
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Estonia simondoggo
I don’t want cerq in eg big sad
2022-09-21 18:37
#6
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Pakistan LoOuU2
oh wait notable twitch clips from the games now embedded into victory articles too ? when did this change happen .
2022-09-21 15:16
17 replies
tomorrow
2022-09-21 15:15
dunno but hltv stole it from vlr.gg
2022-09-21 15:18
14 replies
Yeah for sure absolutely no way anyone could think to put clips in a match report, HAS to be a stolen idea
2022-09-21 15:25
7 replies
say what you want, valorant artilce writers did this first.
2022-09-21 15:33
6 replies
And sports websites have been doing it for decades.
2022-09-21 15:38
5 replies
okay, maybe saying "stole" was a bit harsh, but i can see where hltv got their inspiration from
2022-09-21 15:58
3 replies
cool but just not true, I saw a football clip on a croatian news site and messaged striker saying we should embed twitch clips glad you like it though!
2022-09-21 20:21
2 replies
i take the L then, nice addition though
2022-09-21 20:29
Admitting to stealing ideas from traditional sports media -- noted and archived for future reference :()
2022-09-21 20:31
#33
arT | 
Czech Republic vojtyy
+1
2022-09-21 15:59
#16
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Poland tailal
yeah like vlr didnt copy the whole website design from hltv 😂
2022-09-21 15:26
isn't val is just a rip off of hltv for valorant?
2022-09-21 15:45
1 reply
yeah kind of
2022-09-21 15:53
Ironic since vlr.gg is an exact and shameless copy of HLTV. Better Collective could sue them down to submission.
2022-09-21 16:24
2 replies
why don't they
2022-09-21 16:30
1 reply
no clue
2022-09-21 16:30
#19
ayy | 
United States Virgin Islands zj2
when nothing else to say about this game
2022-09-21 15:27
Step up Ax1Le. It is Fantasy time!
2022-09-21 15:15
oh well
2022-09-21 15:15
Nice
2022-09-21 15:17
imagine the T hides ct spawn with a stairs plant in a 1v3 (awp and pistol) you still let him win... just disband
2022-09-21 15:20
15 matches without winning on Pro League. 0-5 on the last three pro leagues... How are they still playing it? Other partners should votekick them out of the tournament.
2022-09-21 15:21
2 replies
Lmaoo
2022-09-21 18:24
They want free wins for extra prize money
2022-09-21 19:08
NA kekw. Astralis is a mess now but they would dumpster all NA teams anyway xD
2022-09-21 15:24
2 replies
1 reply
LOL
2022-09-21 16:04
Lose 12 rounds to EG lol
2022-09-21 15:26
#18
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Lithuania Jaguaras
Flair
2022-09-21 15:26
#22
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North America go1x1n00b
MASSIVE W
2022-09-21 15:33
#23
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Norway Snaids
Shocking!
2022-09-21 15:33
Expected
2022-09-21 15:34
How can I be an EG fan in todays day and age :(
2022-09-21 15:39
#29
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United States B0b3rT
Que triste
2022-09-21 15:49
I like the additions of twitch clips, very nice if u want a quick match summary
2022-09-21 15:57
EZ
2022-09-21 16:00
they should win EGs partner spot
2022-09-21 16:32
#40
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Russia 1hebest!
Easy for Gambit9
2022-09-21 16:36
#41
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Brazil Elakk
To however is running things at EG, please understand this: you have some of the biggest funding in the world and one of the best brands in e-sports, YOU CAN MAKE A COMPETITIVE LINEUP, JUST BE CLEVER
2022-09-21 16:56
1 reply
#46
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United States snakedrake
How dare you try to ruin a NA tradition
2022-09-21 18:36
EZ
2022-09-21 17:03
Legit free win for everyone in this group
2022-09-21 18:18
#48
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Europe kuu1
Three NA teams in this group. Let's see if any of them will progress.
2022-09-21 19:02
Hext megabot
2022-09-21 19:03
eg...
2022-09-21 19:28
#52
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Europe xrnavkha
NA = Near Airport
2022-09-21 19:32
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