While Evil Geniuses have come out on top more often than not against the Danish powerhouse that is Astralis in recent showings, this one feels different.
Seemingly always a threat, Astralis also showed a very strong form on their way to a victory at IEM Beijing that looked to be a glimpse into the past. Their unwillingness to budge led to their flawless run certainly which had those watching thinking back to the dominant run that earned them the respect they have today.
The North American side has struggled to find anything close to consistency. Evil Geniuses have won two events in the last six, however, they also placed very poorly in three of them, exiting last at DreamHack Masters Malmö following a win at ESL One New York.
From what we’ve seen thus far in Arlington, Evil Geniuses are still looking to gain a more stable output but things haven’t been too bad. Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and company took down AVANGAR in their opener before suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of a strong-looking Team Liquid to set up the decider against Ninjas in Pyjamas. NiP came out swinging with a map one victory, but EG was able to bounce back and secure the final two maps to book their place in the semifinals today.
Astralis had a shocking debut match in Arlington with a narrow overtime victory over Sharks before looking confident once more in their 2-0 victory over fnatic to help extend their undefeated streak from Beijing through this event.
A close series should be expected if we take past matches between these two teams and put them alongside the current form of the squads, however, if there was a time that Astralis could get revenge, this is it.