Evil Geniuses overwhelm Eternal Fire to secure first win in Malta

Evil Geniuses brushed aside Eternal Fire in a two-map series to earn their first EPL win since Season 13.

Evil Geniuses took home their first win in ESL Pro League since Season 13 with a commanding 2-0 victory over Eternal Fire. The North American squad made light work of their Turkish opponents, moving past Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli and company 16-9 on Overpass before turning things up a notch with a 16-4 thrashing on Dust2 to hand Eternal Fire a 0-3 record in Group D.

Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta looked considerably more comfortable in his game versus the Turks, averaging an impressive 1.41 rating across the two maps — a huge jump compared to his 0.50 rating versus Liquid on Thursday. Eternal Fire, meanwhile, will lament their poor showing in today's game, with Ahmet "⁠paz⁠" Karahoca being the only member of the Turkish squad sitting in the green with a 1.01 rating.

With this defeat, Eternal Fire are now close to being knocked out of playoff contention altogether. The Turkish roster will be unable to do any better than a bottom-three finish should Liquid defeat FURIA in their 19:30 game later on Friday. The victory also marks the first time Evil Geniuses have beaten a European opponent in over 476 days, the last time being versus Heroic at IEM Summer 2021.

Brehze was on-point all throughout the series, posting a joint-high 1.41 rating

The series kicked off on Evil Geniuses' pick of Overpass, with the North American squad looking tuned in as they ran up an overpowering 6-2 lead to start their T-side. The Turks, spurred on by a strong individual performance from Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş, did wake up, though, adding a few scrappy round wins to bring the deficit back to a more manageable 5-7. Evil Geniuses were able to maintain their hold on the game in spite of Eternal Fire's recovery, however, posting two of the remaining three rounds to lead 9-6 by the side swap.

Evil Geniuses' lead was further extended once the second half got started, the North American roster laying down the law as they went on a five-round spree to go up 14-6. Much like the first half, Eternal Fire slowly began to find their footing, winning three crucial rounds in a row to keep themselves in the fight. Alas, any chance of a Turkish comeback was quickly put to bed, as Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov gunned down four on the A site in the final two rounds to lock in a 16-9 victory — their first map win of the tournament thus far.

Evil Geniuses put up a strong defensive line to get Dust2 underway, neaLaN and co. finding five rounds on the trot before Eternal Fire could find a way to break through. The Turkish roster's lone round win in the sixth did little to change the course of the game as they continued to be pulled apart at every turn as the half progressed, with Evil Geniuses sitting firmly in the driver's seat at 12-3 up by the interval. Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte and autimatic's strong form from Overpass carried over to Dust2, the pair being their team's difference-makers as they combined for 31 kills by the end of the half.

Evil Geniuses didn't break a sweat once on the T-side, clinching the second pistol round of the map before converting the following two rounds with ease to reach match point, 15-3. Another single round win by the Turkish side only delayed the inevitable, as Evil Geniuses put the final nail in the Eternal Fire coffin with an eco-round win to take Dust2 16-4 and the series 2-0.

Evil Geniuses will be aiming to get their second win of the group stage on the board as they square up against the Spaniards of Movistar Riders on Saturday at 12:30 . Eternal Fire, on the other hand, are still on the hunt for their first victory of the tournament; they battle it out versus Liquid on September 24 at 16:00 .

Matchpage
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23rd September 2022
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Overpass
16
4
Dust2
16
 Eternal Fire K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
33 - 36 -3 78.8 1.01
30 - 36 -6 74.3 0.92
24 - 35 -11 68.8 0.81
24 - 37 -13 72.6 0.77
20 - 38 -18 55.6 0.63
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 29 +15 94.0 1.41
39 - 27 +12 95.8 1.41
41 - 26 +15 93.2 1.38
32 - 26 +6 71.1 1.14
26 - 24 +2 64.6 1.06
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1811
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.68
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
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Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1180
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1180
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
#1
Maniac | 
Switzerland Xsara
yikes
2022-09-23 18:21
2 replies
#9
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Brazil Necro_Spa
losestreak is over finally Pog
2022-09-23 18:23
common EG W
2022-09-23 18:30
#2
jks | 
North America Benso
EZ FOR EG
2022-09-23 18:21
Welp loosing to EG
2022-09-23 18:21
#LIVEEVIL
2022-09-23 18:22
ez
2022-09-23 18:22
imagine losing to EG lmao disband
2022-09-23 18:22
1 reply
not only losing, the whole eg is getting positive kd ratio
2022-09-23 19:08
Xantares when he isnt playing in mickey mouse tournament 😹😹
2022-09-23 18:23
1 reply
#68
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Whot??? Isn't that LeBron's #1 hate comment??? LeBron hater spotted
2022-09-23 21:15
HEXT is an upcoming American Ax1le
2022-09-23 18:23
3 replies
I am sorry he is a canadian
2022-09-23 18:28
2 replies
#48
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Canada 6witts
apology accepted
2022-09-23 18:59
Canada is just the US's tophat.
2022-09-23 19:15
#11
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Denmark slacking
turkish cs LUL
2022-09-23 18:24
2 replies
#72
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Europe kuu1
Why do they say they beat a European team after x days in the article? Turks are 80% in Asia.
2022-09-24 01:19
1 reply
Cause EF participate in European tournaments and not in Asia ones (the RMR for example)
2022-09-24 07:54
#12
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Finland Zikii
TOOEZ4EG
2022-09-23 18:24
#13
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Denmark Rubix__
Disband ef
2022-09-23 18:25
3 replies
#17
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Denmark Rubix__
imorr needs to step up
2022-09-23 18:25
2 replies
He needs to step down… dude is ass
2022-09-23 18:43
1 reply
lmao
2022-09-24 01:14
FAZE OR SOMEONEELSE PLS SAVE XANTARES
2022-09-23 18:25
thats what you get destroying a well playing team with bringing in washed bots
2022-09-23 18:25
hahahahahaha
2022-09-23 18:25
I BELIEVE IN BREHZE (and autimatic) SUPERMACY
2022-09-23 18:26
1 reply
Asians topfragging
2022-09-23 20:43
#19
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Ukraine d3adLY
NOOO, eg have to take last place, so ESL will consider kicking them from EPL
2022-09-23 18:26
3 replies
#25
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Australia boblao
It never worked like that
2022-09-23 18:30
2 replies
#28
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Ukraine d3adLY
it is, if team takes last place in EPL multiple times in a row, ESL will consider team`s participation in this league
2022-09-23 18:31
actually EG met the criteria where their participation seat to be evaluated after the last EPL.But ESL was doing stuffs to save NA CS so they have EG passed.And they might survive this time by their own.
2022-09-23 18:51
Not looking good
2022-09-23 18:26
#21
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United States cr4zy_m3
expected
2022-09-23 18:27
#22
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Belgium FLNX
Getting smacked by EG, its time to disband
2022-09-23 18:28
1 reply
They cant really disband , noone will ever pickup anyone from the team including xanti. They need to get soulfly + xfloud instead paz + imorr. But I believe friendship over professionalism denies that as well. Turks are morons.
2022-09-23 18:30
wtf eg is back
2022-09-23 18:29
#29
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
CeRq 26-24? That's not good for your AWP'er.
2022-09-23 18:35
8 replies
When was Cerq ever good since 2020 lmao
2022-09-23 18:40
2 replies
#41
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, he really dropped off but still has the odd round where he does disgusting things with the AWP.
2022-09-23 18:51
1 reply
Maybe in 2019
2022-09-23 18:51
EG with a really good AWP would be a completely different team (I always liked CeRq and wish he still performed like he used to, but have to be realistic)
2022-09-23 18:42
4 replies
#40
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, I think if they replace CeRq with a more consistent AWP player, they would be a force to be reckoned with.
2022-09-23 18:47
3 replies
Like Junior??
2022-09-23 19:51
2 replies
#60
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Probably not, no... Though I agree even Junior might be more consistent than CeRq.
2022-09-23 19:58
God Junior
2022-09-23 20:45
#30
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United States fade4182
Say what you want. Brehze is starting to not look like a liability while cerq… man what happened to this guy.
2022-09-23 18:38
2 replies
I ageee, Brehze actually shows some promise again but cerq is still trash EF losing to them is super embarrassing though
2022-09-23 18:41
#61
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Brehze has been carrying EG for ages now, even back before they became EG.
2022-09-23 19:59
13 rounds lol The article should be "EG dismantle turkish super team to go 1-2 in Group D"
2022-09-23 18:39
6 replies
Group D is the toughest group though. 3 elite teams (Cloud 9, Furia and Liquid) and 2 elite up and coming teams (EG and Movistar) and Eternal bots. All the other groups only had 1 elite team and the rest were bots
2022-09-23 18:44
5 replies
#47
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Poland miedzianek
wtf u talking xD A:Vita, Navi B:Faze, G2 C:None rn D:C9, Liquid If u want to count furia as elite(kekw) then we should count astralis, ence, heroic, mouz from C, also Spirit from A, Outsiders from B, then in D it is C9, TQ, Furia
2022-09-23 18:59
3 replies
#53
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Turkey _Gamer
what do you expect from a guy who hates aoe2
2022-09-23 19:09
None of those teams excelt Faze and Navi are elite. And Faze is carried by Twistzz who is from.NA
2022-09-24 16:19
1 reply
#77
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Poland miedzianek
cloud9 is carried by players from russia lol 'Group D is the toughest group though. 3 elite teams (Cloud 9, Furia and Liquid)' furia and liq being elite lel xD
2022-09-24 16:43
#75
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Belgium FLNX
Group D is litterally full of bots? None of these are gonna do great in playoffs the way they keep playing besides c9 But flag makes sense I guess
2022-09-24 14:27
#36
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Ukraine SwissRolls
huge L for for EF lmfaoo
2022-09-23 18:42
Brehze 2019/2020
2022-09-23 18:44
na cs > asian scene
2022-09-23 18:53
#46
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Poland miedzianek
buahahahahahah xD
2022-09-23 18:54
Eternal Suffer, hope they can improve soon enough
2022-09-23 19:01
#51
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Iceland Voidsphere
Eternal Fire is one overrated joke fo sho. Also, XANTARES doesn't seem to be smart at all. He could've had a decent career but instead of adjusting and learning other languages, he wastes his career with washed bots.
2022-09-23 19:02
2 replies
he is probably making a lot of money on EF
2022-09-23 20:47
1 reply
#69
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Iceland Voidsphere
Cool, money isn't everything tho.
2022-09-23 22:06
yes, papa autimatic is back
2022-09-23 19:10
#56
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United Kingdom Leftie
I feel the morale of EF has totally just sunk now and no one really tries/cares anymore :(
2022-09-23 19:21
#57
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United States charybids
Respect NA CS
2022-09-23 19:28
#59
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
That's what they get for -xfloud +paz bot
2022-09-23 19:53
Imagine losing to eg
2022-09-23 20:03
turks went really quiet today, lol. Usually, there are a bunch of them spamming EF posts.
2022-09-23 20:35
Too ez4eg. eg will win pro league
2022-09-23 20:37
#70
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Brazil GsV
losing to EG lol, that's a disband right there
2022-09-23 22:38
EF shame on you
2022-09-24 11:11
nice
2022-09-24 21:56
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