Cloud9 Vs EG: Can Evil Geniuses Impose a Fight On Cloud9?

Cloud9 Vs EG: Can Evil Geniuses Impose a Fight On Cloud9?

How will the first match of group D go?

The matches of the last group of the ESL Pro League start today. Three more participants in the playoffs will be determined. In the first match of the group, Cloud9 will meet with Evil Geniuses. Can EG do anything against Cloud9?

Maps

It is complicated to predict map veto in this match. Cloud9 did not play a single game after the break, and Evil Geniuses clearly changed their map pool after the failed BLAST Premier Fall Groups. This can be seen from their last matches. Earlier, Evil Geniuses banned Ancient in the first stage, but now the Americans are ready to choose this card themselves. Variants of the veto map in this meeting are huge because Cloud9 could also change their game. We will most likely not see Nuke and Vertigo because these are current permabans of teams. Next is a selection of options from Mirage, Inferno, Overpass and Ancient maps. Both teams play these maps, and one of them will also remain on the decider. The most likely veto options are Mirage-Inferno-Overpass and Overpass-Ancient-Mirage. On paper, the map veto looks more favourable for Cloud9.

Statistics of veto maps of both teams
Statistics of veto maps of both teams

Shape

Judging the shape of teams at the current stage is very difficult. Cloud9 did not play a single game in the second half of the season, so there is no information about the quality of their performances. At the same time, EG failed at BLAST Premier Fall Groups, not winning a single series. However, it was already clear from the open qualifications at RMR that the American team is changing its game, and perhaps surprises should be expected from it. However, based on past results, Cloud9 looks much stronger.

Teams' shape
Teams' shape

Result

Cloud9 are clear favourites of this confrontation. The team looks much stronger than its opponents, but the result can be affected by the lack of tournament practice, and EG can still surprise because they have changed their game.