Sprout send Evil Geniuses packing in Katowice

Sprout will face Spirit in the last day of the play-in for a spot in the Polish event's group stage.

Sprout have eliminated Evil Geniuses from the IEM Katowice Play-In with a 2-0 victory and live to fight another day. The European combine didn’t fret and chose to pick their Ancient stomping ground despite it being where Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov’s men upset Heroic during the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.

Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali and company started their map pick on the attack and put pressure straight out of the gate to secure an early cushion, something which would prove crucial later on in the map. Down by two Evil Geniuses settled to win the half out 9-6 to keep their hopes of stealing the map away from Sprout.

Newcomer Jerric "⁠wiz⁠" Jiang showed glimpses of brilliance with both rifles and the AWP, and was the second-highest rated player on his team with a 1.20 behind only neaLaN, but it wasn’t enough to stop a hungry Sprout that found the key to gain mid-round advantages. Rasmus "⁠Zyphon⁠" Nordfoss won a crucial 1vs2 as the map went down to the wire and Sprout pounced back from a 12-14 to take victory in the last round.

lauNX topped the board in the series with a 1.27 rating

Evil Geniuses went into Mirage reeling from their defeat on Ancient and were once again put in a complicated situation from the get-go as a won T-side pistol round was turned on its head after losing to a forcebuy and Sprout linked five on the trot. Despite the destabilizing events Evil Geniuses found their footing on the attack and won the half out 10-5.

Fast plays on the T-side and trust in individuals was the key for Sprout to seal the deal in the second map as they brought a 6-12 deficit to a tie before EG could retaliate. Even then, it was just a lone round in a map that was always going to go to a Sprout with all players in the lineup firing on all cylinders that made their attacks look simple.

Sprout closed it out 16-13 and avoided going to the Inferno decider, where they lost an overtime affair to OG in their IEM Katowice Play-In opener, and will now go on to play Spirit at 19:30 for a spot in the tournament’s group stage.

Evil Geniuses are still far from full form after being knocked out of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups and IEM Katowice, but Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta sees possibilities for improvement. "Even though we lost, I’m happy about our performance." autimatic said about falling to Sprout, which he said was easier to swallow than the 8-16 loss to fnatic in their opening best-of-one. "Obviously we wish we would have gotten a better result, but we can learn a lot from this match."

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Mirage
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 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 35 +7 73.5 1.16
41 - 42 -1 77.1 1.03
39 - 41 -2 80.7 1.03
39 - 43 -4 76.8 0.98
31 - 44 -13 57.3 0.80
 Sprout K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 37 +14 85.6 1.27
43 - 40 +3 84.2 1.12
38 - 38 0 72.7 1.04
40 - 42 -2 76.0 0.98
33 - 38 -5 58.0 0.87
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
518
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
United States Jerric 'wiz' Jiang
Jerric 'wiz' Jiang
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.64
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United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1221
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
ez for launx tier 1 player already and started playing cs in late 2019
2023-02-02 22:45
6 replies
EG is not tier 1
2023-02-02 23:10
+1
2023-02-03 02:23
hltv.org/stats/players/20761/launx?start.. 1.01 vs top20, not really t1 yet
2023-02-03 02:28
3 replies
karrigan has 0.87 rating vs top20, so basically he isn't t1?
2023-02-03 11:19
1 reply
Yeah idk what he is talking about. 1 is average
2023-02-03 11:48
i mean ence and vitality wanted him so i guess he is tier 1 isnt he ?:)
2023-02-03 15:21
#3
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Fiji Ape_Killer
NA LUL
2023-02-02 22:45
#4
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Europe g4nl0cK
ro goats
2023-02-02 22:45
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
WOOO
2023-02-02 22:45
#6
DD | 
China huxishox
Ridiculous ct rounds on mirage, well it's not matchfixing, but it's definitely funny lol
2023-02-02 22:46
wiz and nealan the only bright spots on this roster
2023-02-02 22:46
3 replies
Bright spots apparently are not as bright as they used to be
2023-02-02 23:15
2 replies
a dim light in absolute darkness is bright
2023-02-03 06:00
1 reply
Poetry
2023-02-03 23:47
hext OMEGALUL
2023-02-02 22:47
launx god
2023-02-02 22:50
EG GG NOT EZ
2023-02-02 22:52
i had hope on Brehze, i truly believed until the very end he'd recover and turn into a beast again but he simply isn't feeling it anymore. Go to valorant lil bro
2023-02-02 22:52
-cerq + wiz and I think EG top 3
2023-02-02 22:53
#13
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Portugal dracø
waste of spot as per usual
2023-02-02 22:53
-HEXT PLEASE
2023-02-02 22:56
xellow aint better than slaxz
2023-02-02 23:05
5 replies
he is hitting the shots he is supposed to, i remember how much i wanted to poke my eyes out seeing slaxz missing shots from behind
2023-02-02 23:26
He has like 4 or 5 officials with the team lmao, give him some time
2023-02-03 09:21
1 reply
Thats correct sure, but u gave up alot of time building up chemistry, tactics for sth that might not even be an upgrade. I expected or hoped that he would be a noticeable improvement. Time will tell.
2023-02-03 15:34
i mean when you have zyphon staehr and launx ur awper needs to be passive so he cant get high rating if he is always last
2023-02-03 15:25
1 reply
Thats my point, if he doesnt make a noticeable improvement, you could have stuck with slaxz and ketpt building on ur success.
2023-02-03 15:35
Ez4Kassad
2023-02-02 23:16
launx 17y old. bright future, lets see against t1 teams
2023-02-02 23:29
Kick Hext please get bymass
2023-02-02 23:31
#22
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United States B0b3rT
Gg rip eg
2023-02-02 23:32
Predictable
2023-02-03 00:19
1 reply
Incredibly predictable.
2023-02-03 01:23
Wiz trying so hard to keep that kd so they will not kick him
2023-02-03 00:23
#26
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China Rynaki
Hext is Apex except he can't play the IGL card for being bad.
2023-02-03 01:34
1 reply
Apex has good games
2023-02-03 09:45
poor Brehze from one of NA's most talented players to a wasted talent in a shitty roster
2023-02-03 02:38
#31
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Finland H0rnPub
Classic bomb-out
2023-02-03 04:35
#33
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Germany who|cars
nice sCreaM more hext..
2023-02-03 06:54
add nealan for what ?
2023-02-03 11:04
#39
NiKo | 
Asia R3nder
EG TRY NOT BE DEAD LAST CHALLENGE: IMPOSSIBLE
2023-02-03 12:04
expected
2023-02-03 16:12
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