The Evil Geniuses have won the ESL One New York 2019 after defeating Astralis 3 – 1 in the grand final. EG will take home the top prize of $100,000 USD with Astralis receiving the runners up prize of $40,000. This year’s ESL One New York saw 8 pro CS:GO teams battle it out for the right to be called champions and to take home the ESL One trophy.

This year’s ESL One New York saw the Evil Geniuses battle their way to the grand final for a match up against what is a very strong Astralis team. Astralis were the favourites coming into this competition after their excellent performance at this year’s StarLadder Berlin, being crowned champions after defeating AVANGAR 2 – 0.

EG had other ideas however, and were not to be denied beating Astralis 3 – 1 after some excellent form throughout the competition. Astralis finished in 2nd place behind EG in Group B with a 2 & 2 record: they opened their first game against OpTic Gaming winning 2 – 0. Next up for Astralis was EG, EG winning comfortably 2 – 0. Astralis finished off the group stages with another 2 – 0 win over OpTic Gaming.

This set up a semi final against Group A winners Team Liquid. The game finished 2 – 1, sending Astralis into the grand final, where EG awaited patiently. EG’s journey to the grand final was a simpler one. Finishing on top of Group B with a 3 & 0 record, EG started off the competition with a 2 – 0 win over FaZe Clan. They followed this up with a 2 – 0 win against eventual finalists Astralis, setting up a semi final match-up against Group A runner-ups G2 Esports.

This semi final was a less close fought affair, EG handling G2 quite comfortably, the game finishing 2 – 0 and EG advancing to the grand final against an in-form Astralis team. The first round of the Bo5 final was played on Inferno (game 1 highlights), and EG took it home comfortably winning 16 – 3. Next up it was Dust II (game 2 highlights) and Astralis showed better form on the second map. The second game of the final round finished 16 – 12, EG hanging on for the victory despite some push-back from Astralis.

Next up was Train (game 3 highlights), and Astralis this time were not to be stopped. The game ran all the way to a 22 – 20 score! Next up was Nuke (game 4 highlights), for what turned out to be the final round of the competition. EG held firm, showing their strength, determined to prove their talent. The game finished 16 – 8, giving EG the title, the top prize and bragging rights over Astralis until the next CS:GO major event taking place this week: the DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019.

“Sooner or later we will be looked at as one of the top teams in the world” said Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte from Evil Geniuses during the competition. Should they show similar form in Malmö this week/weekend, maybe CS:GO fans will begin that conversation, but for now EG should savor their victory while they can still taste it.

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