The representative of North America shows stable results for the past four seasons, but for some reason can not win the International. Today we will look at their 2018/2019 performance and evaluate their chances of winning the title.
Evil Geniuses is one of the oldest eSports clubs in NA. The American side had a very impressive 2018/2019 Pro Circuit season. The squad of Arteezy, SumaiL, Gustav s4 Magnusson , Andreas Frank Cr1t- Nielsen and Tal Fly Isaic performed brilliantly. They did not miss a single major and made it to the top three. On most occasions, EG was eliminated by the two best teams of this year – Virtus.pro and Team Secret .
At The Kuala Lumpur Major, the team went into the playoffs after a first place finish in the group stage. But then unexpectedly they lost to Ninjas in Pajamas in winners bracket. In the lower bracket, EG fought hard and made it to the grand finale, where they were beaten by Virtus.pro. At the next major in Chongqing, the line-up reached the semifinals, but the strongest team of the tournament, Team Secret, eliminated EG in the playoffs,.
No luck for EG
At the third major season – DreamLeague Major – after another great run in the group stage. EG unexpectedly lost to Keen Gaming and were eliminated by VP in the lower bracket . At MDL Disneyland® Paris Major, the squad was pushed to lower bracket by Team Secret. They made their way to the semifinals, where they lost to Team Liquid.
The last major of the season was an utter disappointment for Evil Geniuses. The team finished the group stage in third place, and in the first match of the playoffs lost OG. However, the tournament meant nothing to the American club, because even before it began, EG secured a ticket to The International 2019.
What to expect in TI9?
The competitive results of EG have been quite decent over the years. The team knows well how to control the game, yet they fail to bring consistency to their important tournaments. If the eSports were presented with medals, Evil Geniuses would have collected several bronze medals. They could easily melt the metal into a monument to commemorate their victory at The International 2015.
To reign supreme in China, Evil Geniuses need to figure out how to make a new qualitative breakthrough. If we take into account the results of the whole season, then EG could be put in the top 4. But there are two factors that do not allow it. Firstly, TI9 will be held in China, where there are plenty of Chinese teams that will pose a problem for the side. Secondly, Virtus.pro and Team Secret will arrive in Shanghai, EG have never won against these two giants this season. Therefore, our forecast is top 8.