Evil Geniuses have won their first series in ESL Pro League’s Group D, beating Astralis 2-1 (Nuke 16-12, Vertigo 10-16 Inferno 16-7). The Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz-led squad got off to a successful start with their newest addition, Owen “oBo” Schlatter, who played his first official series since he had been benched in Complexity in September.
The 17-year-old looked rusty on the first two maps, Nuke and Vertigo, but he came alive on the deciding Inferno to help lock in EG’s first victory in the round-robin as the best fragger on the map.
“I was super-excited to join this team and start playing,” oBo said in an interview on the official broadcast shortly after the match. “Obviously, I didn’t play for a little bit there, and it feels super-good to be back competing.”
oBo had a shaky but successful first official series in over six months
Evil Geniuses started off the series by winning their pick, on the back of momentous runs in each half. Although oBo struggled to find impact individually, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte was there to pick up the slack as the main driving force behind the North American team’s seven-round streaks on both sides. The 22-year-old ended the first map as the best player on the server, recording a 1.57 rating as he hit the 30-kill mark in the 16-12 victory.
Astralis replied on Vertigo to tie the series. Evil Geniuses had the upper hand in early gunrounds on the CT side, but the Danes got things under control in the late stages of the opening half with Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen leading the way and went on to rack up a sizable lead immediately after switching sides, claiming the second map in comfortable fashion.
The North American team clinched the series on Inferno after they quickly seized control on the Terrorist side following a next-to-impossible 1v3 clutch from Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, locking down the half 12-3 before closing things out without too much trouble on the defense.
Group D’s standings at ESL Pro League Season 13 look as follows after the first day of action: