Evil Geniuses have won their seventh ESEA Invite title, defeating Full Gaming 2-0 in the Grand Final to bag the $10,000 first place prize.
The three day event in Dallas has finished and once again Evil Geniuses have been crowned as champions. EG did have a bit of a rocky start, but still managed to stay in the upper-bracket, following a 2-1 win over Full Gaming in the semi-finals.
Following the upper-bracket final win against UMX.us, EG had a great standpoint before the final, as they would have to win one best-of-three, while the challenger, which turned out to be FG, would have to win two best-of-threes.
The Grand Final started on de_nuke and it was Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert who turned out to be the deciding factor, finishing off with 29 kills and 17 deaths as EG won 16-11. Moving on to second map de_tuscan, first half saw FG on the Terrorists side, able to claim a small lead with a 9-6 score line at half time. EG were able to replicate the 9-6 score when they got the go on the Terrorists side, forcing over-time.
The first over-time couldn't settle the map, with both teams winning three rounds. Second over-time EG claimed a 2-1 lead after first half as CT. ESEA Invite season nine finished with Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman winning a 1-versus-3 situation, last man standing for FG was stuck at the A site, while the bomb went off at the B site.
ESEA Invite S9 Playoff final standings
1. Evil Geniuses - $10,000
2. Full Gaming - $4,000
3. UMX.us - $1,750
4. Backfire - $1,250
5. eMazing Flaking - $1,000
With the win Evil Geniuses do not only score $10,000 cheque, but also claim their seventh ESEA Invite title, the fifth in a row. Next time you will be able to see EG in action will be next month in New York, where they will take part in the IEM6 Global Challenge New York.