The BLAST Premier and cs_summit 6 champions made it three event wins in a row after besting their North American rival in a long match that lasted six hours.
Evil Geniuses won their third tournament in a row following a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Liquid in the grand final of ESL One Cologne’s North American division, while also stretching their winning streak to 11 matches across all competitions.
After going seven matches without dropping a single map, EG were given a run for their money by a combative Liquid side, who looked the better team heading into the fifth map of this series following dominant performances on their map picks of Vertigo and Mirage.
But EG — who had struggled on Nuke and looked unconvincing on Inferno — pulled off a miraculous comeback from 11-6 down on Dust2 to add another trophy to their 2020 cabinet and pick up their fifth victory in a row against their North American rival.
“It was so exhausting, this entire series; it took so long, it’s hard to stay focused and energised,” Tarik “tarik” Celik said after the match. “I want to give props to them [Liquid], throughout the series they played really well, it was a hard match and they just made a roster change. It’s really hard to go into a series and play so well against a team like us. Kudos to them for putting up a good fight.”
The defeat will certainly sting Liquid, who were chasing their first trophy in almost five months, in particular Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, who deserved a better result after being the best player on the server on three of the five maps. He and his team will get a chance to rebound next month as they will compete in ESL Pro League Season 12, taking on Chaos in their first match of the tournament.
Liquid came out guns blazing as they raced to a 6-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke, with Michael “Grim” Wince leading the charge with 11 kills to his name and zero deaths. Liquid’s grip on the game loosened as EG’s menace grew, however, and only three rounds separated the two teams at the break following a period of dominance from the cs_summit 6 champions.
Keith “NAF” Markovic opened up the action in the second half with a 1v3 clutch — even knifing the last opponent — to kick Liquid further into the lead. The shape of the game changed dramatically when Evil Geniuses finally had money to work with as they kept the Ts at bay with a water-tight defense, taking the lead for the first time in the game at 15-14. They would fall at the final hurdle, however, as Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken rescued his team with a trio of frags in the final round, but they came alive once again in overtime, winning four rounds in a row after losing the first to lock up the map.
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