Credit: ESL - Adela Sznajder
The second game of the day was a clash between the two North American teams in Group D. Complexity and Evil Geniuses were both desperately looking for a victory after a disappointing showing so far.
The Action kicked off on EG’s pick of Inferno, and the “Stewie2K”-led squad got off to a great start on the T-side. Everything was looking good for them at 6-1, but suddenly Complexity woke up and started to resist. After a very slow start, Complexity had to be happy as they went to halftime with six rounds to their name.
Straight out of halftime Complexity equalized the score, and now had a chance to take their first lead of the game. EG denied that chance as they took all but one round from that point, leading to a 16-10 victory on the first map of the North American clash.
The brawl continued on Complexity’s pick of Vertigo, and again it was the Geniuses to go ahead early on. Complexity quickly equalized and looked much fiercer than they did on Inferno. With two winstreaks of three rounds or more for each team, the score at halftime was 8-7 in favor of the Geniuses.
“Stewie2K” was leading from the front this whole game and made sure that his team had a great start to the second half as he picked up an extremely swift 3K to secure the pistol round. Unfortunately for them, they were not able to hold on to the lead that they had found, as “Grim” and the rest of the Complexity squad started cranking up the heat. “JT” and co. won the map at 16-11 after going on an impressive eight-round winstreak to wipe out the Geniuses.
The Bo3 now had to be decided on Nuke, where EG would start on the CT-side after having won the knife round.
Even though they started on the harder of the two sides, “JT” and Complexity managed to outcall EG at every turn, and with “CeRq” being the only one to show up individually for the Geniuses, the halftime score was a very lopsided 11-4.
Surprisingly, EG came out of the break with much more firepower, and it looked like they might be able to make a comeback after having been down seven rounds at halftime. But unfortunately for them, Complexity were able to find the level they had displayed in the first half, and the map ended at 16-10.
Complexity - Evil Geniuses 2-1 | ESL Pro League Season 15 (Group D)
10-16 (Inferno) | Brehze - 1.37 Rating / 22-11 K-D / 79.6 ADR
16-11 (Vertigo) | Grim - 1.65 Rating / 27-14 K-D / 103.1 ADR
16-10 (Nuke) | Grim - 1.42 Rating / 23-17 K-D / 89.5 ADR
MVP: Michael "Grim" Wince - 1.29 Rating / 64-50 K-D / 86.1 ADR