Evil Geniuses have finished on top of the ESEA Invite Season 8 Playoff, following a 2-0 victory against DINC in the Grand Final.
Going into the season eight LAN finals, Evil Geniuses came as the second seed, with a 12-4 record after playing the online part of the season. In their first match at the event, EG were on a tough challenge against UMX.US, who managed to take one map off the defending ESEA Invite championship. Moving on, EG won the upper-bracket final against Backfire with a 2-0 manner, booking the spot in the final.
Facing EG in the final were DINC, who despite a shaky start in the early stages of the tournament, produced fine results later on, defeating Area 51, UMX.US and Backfire in the lower-bracket.
First map in the Grand Final, the two teams squared off on the ESEA custom map de_lite. DINC got to a rocking start playing the CT side, having a 12-3 lead at half-time. It did however not scare away EG, who took seven straight rounds, as second half started. DINC were able to string together two rounds, but the money situation hurt them bad and EG wrapped it up with a 16-14 win on the map their in-game leader Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman helped develop.
This pushed the match to de_dust2, which was picked by DINC. EG started on the Terrorists side, but it was DINC who managed to win the pistol round. In the next round EG shattered DINC's great start by winning the second round, as they had decided to go for a full buy. EG pushed to build up a big lead and DINC did not find much luck to stop them, ending up securing a total of five rounds, while EG had sealed a five round lead with a 10-5 score line at half-time.
A catwalk push from DINC in the second half pistol round was shut down by EG and increased their lead. As rounds passed by, DINC tried to close the big gab, but EG shut to them down as DINC reached 11 rounds won, EG sealed the victory with a 16-11 score and 2-0 overall.
ESEA Invite Season 8 Playoff Final Standings
1. Evil Geniuses - $7,000
2. DINC - $3,000
3. Backfire - $1,800
4. UMX.US - $1,200
5-6. Area51 - $1,000
5-6. Blight - $1,000
With the win Evil Geniuses do not only score the $7,000 cheque, but also their sixth ESEA Invite title, the fourth in a row.