We hit our stride in time to take home another victory to secure the series 2-1! GGs to @NiPGaming.— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) November 30, 2019
We'll be back tomorrow for the #ECS8 Finals playoffs where we'll face off against @astralisgg for a spot in the grand final! #LIVEEVIL pic.twitter.com/RStuP7k5Sk
Although Evil Geniuses lost the first map and narrowly claimed victory during the second map, Evil Geniuses avoided the CS:GO tournament taking a bad turn for the team and was able to claw out a victory in the series.
NiP was able to take a 16-11 lead in Train, much in part due to remarkable CT-side play by the team, allowing them to win nine consecutive rounds during which Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg was able to top-frag for the team with 25 kills. NiP continued their solid CT-side play once again as the teams headed over to Nuke, but Evil Geniuses were able to pull themselves together after the teams switched sides. As the game was tied 14-14, Evil Geniuses snuck out a victory during the last few rounds with Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte contributing in a huge way by finishing with 33 frags for the team.
As the series headed to the last match of the series, the teams took to Inferno where f0rest took over once more with 25 kills. However, f0rest’s play wasn’t enough to carry the weight of the rest of his teammates, as Fredrik “REZ” Sterner and Simon “twist” Eliasson managed for 19 combined kills. Evil Geniuses were able to take advantage of the poor final outing for the team and won the map 16-12 with Ethan Arnold being the team’s star in the final round and finished with 28 kills while even managing an ace in the second half.
The loss for NiP comes hours after the team claimed their 1,000th map win in CS:GO after eliminating AVANGAR earlier today.
Evil Geniuses will take on Astralis during the first semifinals of the tournament tomorrow beginning at 12 PM CT.