Evil Geniuses take down Movistar Riders to claim second win in EPL

Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov's men keep their playoff hopes alive with a victory over the Spaniards.

Evil Geniuses secured their second win at ESL Pro League Season 16 after defeating Movistar Riders 2-0. The Spanish squad struggled to make an impact on the T side of Overpass (9-16) before fading away on their pick of Nuke (8-16). The North American squad can still secure a top 3 finish in Group C but will need several results to go their way across the last two days of play.

This is the fourth consecutive defeat for Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet's men at this edition of EPL who are already eliminated from playoff contention and now sit at the bottom of Group D with only one map against Liquid to their name. The last match for Movistar Riders will see them lineup up against Eternal Fire, the other struggling team in the group.

autimatic was the star of the show with a 1.60 rating across the series

The action between Movistar Riders and Evil Geniuses got started on the latter's map pick of Overpass. Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte opened up the match with a 4k on the pistol round which gave the North Americans the early advantage on the T side. The 24-year-old started off well, but it was Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta to shine the most for Evil Geniuses as the American rifler registered a 1.52 rating during the first half.

Movistar Riders came back from a 3-7 disadvantage thanks to their ability to defend the A bombsite, with Raúl "⁠DeathZz⁠" Jordán Nieto performing well around the mid area. The Spanish squad salvaged a 7-8 scoreline going into the break.

Evil Geniuses's breakthrough came early in the second half after alex's men took the second pistol round, but failed to build on that success. The North American Deagles halted the Spaniards around the toilets position to kickstart a period of defensive dominance for neaLaN's men. Evil Geniuses squad only dropped one more round on their way to a 16-9 victory.

Things only got worse for Movistar Riders as they struggled to make an impact on the T side of Nuke. Evil Geniuses were comfortable on their opponents' map pick, and the North American CT aggression initially worked wonders, with neaLaN's men cruising to a 9-1 lead. Facing elimination, the Spanish squad managed to stabilize and take five consecutive rounds to reduce the deficit to 6-9.

Evil Geniuses claimed the second pistol round courtesy of a crucial triple-kill by Brehze, kickstarting a short streak that put the North Americans on the brink of victory with a 13-6 scoreline. autimatic was on fire, and together with Brehze and Jadan "⁠HexT⁠" Postma, powered his squad to a 16-8 victory to take the series.

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Nuke
16
 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 35 +4 85.0 1.14
27 - 33 -6 71.8 0.90
28 - 38 -10 64.1 0.87
28 - 36 -8 54.1 0.77
22 - 39 -17 58.8 0.65
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 24 +24 102.2 1.60
44 - 32 +12 84.8 1.34
32 - 27 +5 81.8 1.15
29 - 31 -2 67.6 0.95
28 - 32 -4 62.3 0.92
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
Spain Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
Canada Jadan 'HexT' Postma
Jadan 'HexT' Postma
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
521
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Expected
2022-09-24 14:50
16 replies
#8
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North America Ju11ien
g2 fans on the us virgin islands is INSANE
2022-09-24 14:52
#35
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Yugoslavia Acceb
I think we can all thank Sunpayus for killing off a team and 4 people's careers while also going to a team that isn't going to win anything. Thank you Sunpayus
2022-09-24 16:10
13 replies
#38
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United States Gonginator
ENCE is probably paying him more, so why would he not take the offer? As much as people want to stay with a team, they also have to look out for themselves and make wise financial decisions. He also needs to make money because being a CSGO pro is his job right now.
2022-09-24 16:28
3 replies
#61
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Make more money getting top 3 than losing qualifiers with ence
2022-09-24 17:09
2 replies
#65
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Tournament prize money in Tier 1 isn't a motivating factor for players , they already get paid alot as per their salaries and sticker money so there was little for Sunpayus to stay regional .
2022-09-24 17:28
#66
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United States Gonginator
ENCE most likely has a higher base salary than Movistar Riders does. Tournament winnings are more like a bonus whereas the base salary is kind of what matters more, at least in the beginning of a CSGO pro's career, or any pro gamer for that matter.
2022-09-24 17:29
flukepayus lol. He is the one who got lucky, stealing paychecks in ence for 6-12 months even though EVERYONE KNOWS HE IS A FLUKE
2022-09-24 16:41
Bro lmao, that movistar was a fluke it was just that deathz and dav1g were overperforming, they were never truly going to win anything big
2022-09-24 16:45
5 replies
#60
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Tell me you don't know cs without telling me
2022-09-24 17:09
4 replies
Everybody replying to you saying you are not right, and your only counter argument is: you don t know cs
2022-09-26 04:03
3 replies
#94
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Yugoslavia Acceb
right, and the problem is?
2022-09-26 20:15
2 replies
Not a valid argument, your argument is, you are not right, i am right(?)
2022-09-26 23:44
1 reply
#96
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Tell me you don't know cs without telling me
2022-09-26 23:58
well, if sunpayus was carrying them alone, maybe he's better off in a team that has other players too?
2022-09-24 19:50
Imagine thinking sunpayus killed the team while it was a fluke major run that happened with ence, bne, spirit etc
2022-09-25 16:58
+1
2022-09-24 21:55
EZ EG
2022-09-24 14:50
3 replies
EG era coming?
2022-09-25 00:35
2 replies
I hope so, I want the old eg to come back
2022-09-25 07:49
Maybe the whole problem with cerq is that he does not shoot well, but no matter how you look at it, he is in the red in every game, you need to be like Complexity, when they kicked out junior, they began to play better, and not merge everything in a row
2022-09-25 08:02
Eg era
2022-09-24 14:50
EG to playoffs Pog
2022-09-24 14:50
Lets go eg
2022-09-24 14:50
#6
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United States Zedsamcat
EZZZZZZ
2022-09-24 14:50
spain era is over
2022-09-24 14:50
EG REdemption?
2022-09-24 14:52
#10
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Spain elk878
Vamos riders💙 we will come stronger
2022-09-24 14:54
7 replies
#13
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Nigeria YengSheng
sad that one player can break a team
2022-09-24 14:59
6 replies
#14
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Spain elk878
I dont think its martinez’s fault its more mental things
2022-09-24 15:06
1 reply
its not mental things. its the fact that the whole lineup is tier3 at best.
2022-09-24 16:41
#15
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Australia Sify
martinez good tbh
2022-09-24 15:07
1 reply
#40
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United States Gonginator
I agree. I think he's a good replacement for Sunpayus and that he needs time to adjust, as well as the rest of the team. Movistar Riders have always been a "surprise package" team in the sense that they are inconsistent. They could always beat top 10 teams in 1 event, but then they'll get rofl stomped the next event they attend (or play online).
2022-09-24 16:29
#32
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Spain AlfonGD
nah, it's more in the mental side of things, i'm sure they'll be good again in 2023, maybe not as good as they were between march and the player break, but i believe they can be pretty solid again
2022-09-24 16:07
1 reply
#41
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United States Gonginator
I hope so. I have faith that they'll be good again. It'd be nice to see more diversity in terms of multiple countries having good teams as opposed to only a handful of countries being able to field good teams. Though I have to say, Spain was a lot better at CS 1.6 than they have been in CSGO since its initial release 10 years ago. The same is true for a lot of other countries though, such as China, South Korea, and so forth.
2022-09-24 16:31
Imagine if EG had a real awper lmao
2022-09-24 14:55
6 replies
#42
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United States Gonginator
A lot of NA orgs with money don't know how to spend it lol. Cloud9 and Complexity with their jokes of rosters for their "Colossus" and "Juggernaut" projects respectively. Now, EG joined the party with their "Blueprint" project. What a shame that while NA has some decent talent, they choose to muddy the waters with shit rosters and not supporting the Tier 2 scene with more online and LAN events, even if the prizepools aren't as big as they used to be a few years ago.
2022-09-24 16:34
5 replies
Spot on mate
2022-09-24 16:36
3 replies
#47
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United States Gonginator
This is one of the biggest reasons as to why NA has become a joke after CS 1.6 and CS: Source. They were first to jump onboard the CSGO ship, but then EU, CIS, Asia, and AU/NZ caught up. It just boggles my mind as to how one region can have so many resources, yet everything is just managed poorly and they squander their own hopes of being able to compete with the rest of the world. I personally find it a bit tough to be an NA fan when a feasible goal is within arm's length and 9 times out of 10, they throw it away (the NA teams).
2022-09-24 16:41
2 replies
It's because video games still aren't as mainstream in the US as they are in EU. People don't see the money in it when MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, etc are still so much bigger. Bars aren't gonna make money putting on a match of noodle-thin armed CSGO players screaming like nerdgins. I still cringe when I see the cheesy entrances of these professional dweebs. Only EU cares because they have futbol and nothing else. Muricans demand physicality in their sports.
2022-09-24 17:14
1 reply
#68
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United States Gonginator
That's true regarding the differences between EU and NA. I don't think video games will become that mainstream in NA though, like - ever. At least not for a few more years.
2022-09-24 17:31
Tbf the initial coL roster had real potential, was “cheap” to establishment and were extremely consistent. oBo leaving the roster completely ruined them, but I wouldnt consider the initial coL a failure at the level C9 was.
2022-09-24 16:42
Godmatic
2022-09-24 14:57
lmao col and eg are doing well unexpectedly
2022-09-24 15:07
3 replies
#43
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United States Gonginator
Complexity is going to get destroyed in playoffs. I think they got lucky and that other teams like Astralis and ENCE played worse than they should have. If EG somehow make playoffs, I think the same thing will happen for them too.
2022-09-24 16:35
2 replies
of course they are already better than expected just qualifying to playoffs lmao
2022-09-24 17:10
1 reply
#67
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United States Gonginator
Kek :) Let's just wait and see how they do. Maybe I'll have to eat my own words about Complexity doing bad in playoffs.
2022-09-24 17:30
#17
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Imagine eg with a normal awper not bot cerq
2022-09-24 15:10
3 replies
#44
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United States Gonginator
Imagine an NA org that knows how to spend their money to acquire a competent roster. Oh wait, that ship sailed back in 2018 with Cloud9's ELEAGUE Boston Major winning roster. I mean, Liquid have always had a relatively competent roster, but they haven't won much in the past year or so, so there's that I guess.
2022-09-24 16:36
2 replies
#75
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Even when liquid was prime in 2019 they still lacked when it came down to their roster, that's why they never won against astralis, they had a lot of talented riflers but no awper to combat device
2022-09-24 18:07
1 reply
#79
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United States Gonginator
At least Liquid could beat most other teams and SOMETIMES put up a fight (double digits) against Astralis. Look at them now though, losing to a team their NA counterpart destroyed.
2022-09-24 18:48
#18
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United States snakedrake
-cerq +mantuu
2022-09-24 15:12
1 reply
#55
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United States Gonginator
I'd be down to see this. I miss seeing mantuu play because I always thought he was a good player. He definitely wasn't and isn't the BEST, but he's relatively consistent overall.
2022-09-24 16:53
God autimatic, expected Get rid of cerq tho pls
2022-09-24 15:17
#20
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China RADNIKEY
Easymatic
2022-09-24 15:21
How is cerq still going negative with this scoreline
2022-09-24 15:30
1 reply
#22
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Brazil batcompany
Is it that hard to find AT THE VERY LEAST an 1.10 awper that can live in the US?
2022-09-24 15:34
gg no SunPayus no wins
2022-09-24 15:37
dude cerq sucks
2022-09-24 15:44
The fairytale is over for Movistar Riders.
2022-09-24 15:48
#27
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Argentina cheapdeed
we should support cerq that way eg will do the exact opposite like all the t1 orgs
2022-09-24 15:48
1 reply
Cerq = jackz
2022-09-24 17:59
Im not blaming Martinez but he's just not on Sunpayus' level, yet. But well its his first tier1 together with team anyway so its not the end of the world for them
2022-09-24 15:54
6 replies
#29
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United States charybids
He's been doing pretty well I think, specially in maps where the team had the money for the AWP. SunPayus is also very unproven against T1 opposition
2022-09-24 16:00
5 replies
1.12 against top20 and 1.14 against top10 is pretty good imo
2022-09-24 16:07
4 replies
#34
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United States charybids
From what I've seen on this EPL so far, Martinez has HUGE upside
2022-09-24 16:08
3 replies
#46
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United States Gonginator
I think people just have unrealistic expectations for up and coming, young talented players like Martinez. The guy is nutty, but he's not ZyWoO or s1mple level of carrying his team. At least he's not there yet.
2022-09-24 16:37
2 replies
i think he is pretty close to solo carrying lol
2022-09-24 22:25
1 reply
#89
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United States Gonginator
Solo carrying is completely different from being compared to the likes of s1mple and/or ZyWoO though. They're miles ahead of everyone else basically.
2022-09-25 02:52
#30
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United States charybids
NA CS is back!
2022-09-24 16:01
#31
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Denmark slacking
This group sucks
2022-09-24 16:07
2 replies
+1
2022-09-24 16:19
1 reply
big are onliners
2022-09-25 00:33
EG so fkin stromg thats unbelivable!
2022-09-24 16:16
lol
2022-09-24 16:28
See.. EG can dab on all the haters I believe we can even make playoffs
2022-09-24 16:52
3 replies
#56
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United States Gonginator
Maybe, but don't get your hopes up. They'll just get stomped in the first round of playoffs if they make it.
2022-09-24 16:54
2 replies
Honestly though, yeah It's just kind of nice to see them finally improve after playing awfully for so long. I'd be happy with more NA representation overall
2022-09-24 16:56
1 reply
#64
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United States Gonginator
Fingers crossed my man, we can hope!
2022-09-24 17:28
I can't believe Riders is in the top 5
2022-09-24 16:55
Autimagico you are a monster
2022-09-24 17:01
AUTIMATIC GOATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
2022-09-24 17:38
Spanish hltv users gone really quiet after both ence and Mr shitting the bed. Haha enjoy not amounting to any wins XD
2022-09-24 17:38
New Overpass Boost AWP Wallbang by Martinez youtube.com/shorts/1GcFdya-0Fk
2022-09-24 17:42
How are Movistars 5th in the rankings?
2022-09-24 17:46
3 replies
They r doing a forsaken ;)
2022-09-24 17:51
These ranking are crap, that's how
2022-09-24 18:32
1 reply
+1
2022-09-24 19:14
Spains lul
2022-09-24 18:27
#5 in the World baby !!!!!!!
2022-09-24 18:31
EG is half a year late to replace CeRq with anyone decent...
2022-09-24 19:12
#85
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Croatia Makz_CRO
People talking like Sunpayus had any say in the matter lmao. He was under contract, his contract got sold. He got to a better team who is paying him more and playing better tournaments. Also Spanish scene? Sure MR were doing good, but they were gonna get off their peak eventually.
2022-09-25 00:27
EG would be able to hang in t1 with a good awp
2022-09-25 01:32
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