The final series of the week started on Train, Cloud9‘s map pick, with Damian “daps” Steele‘s men starting on the offense. Tarik “tarik” Celik opened up the fragging with a double and set his team up for success, and Evil Geniuses built on that to go 6-0 up, despite Cloud9 getting quite a few bombs planted. Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov ensured the streak continued with an AWP quad kill, roaming around on the A bombsite, which saw Evil Geniuses only looking stronger as the half progressed.
Timothy “autimatic” Ta‘s four frags finally got Cloud9 on the board after being 11-0 down, and they followed that up with a B contact play that was also successful. Unfortunately for Cloud9, that was all they managed to put together as Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and co. bounced back, finished the half 13-2 up, added a successful Ivy rush in the pistol and concluded the map 16-2.
The action then moved to Inferno, where rounds were frantically traded-back and forth as both teams found success on force-buys. The score was 3-3 when Evil Geniuses started to stabilize on the CT side, with CeRq leading the fragging for his side as they took a 7-3 lead. Kenneth “koosta” Suen did the majority of the work as Cloud9 added their forth following a successful 2v2 clutch on B. Evil Geniuses didn’t falter, though, continuing with aggression that got them entry kills and big advantages shortly into the round.
Cloud9 finished the half 11-4 down, secured their first pistol after the switch, but faltered against a force buy which forced them on the back foot again. It was 14-5 before Cloud9 afforded their first full buy on the CT side of Inferno, giving them limited rounds to work with. daps and co. brought it back to 15-9, but eventually faltered to a B split and Evil Geniuses claimed the series, 2-0.
With Evil Geniuses joining the team list, half of the participants for ECS Season 8 Finals are now known: