EG and OG Draw Even in Tense Group Stage Series
The International 10 (TI10)'s group stage saw Evil Geniuses (EG) and OG square off in arguably the most hyped series yet. A series filled with voice lines, tipping, brawls, and top-notch plays eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. OG dominated the first game against Evil Geniuses as they forced them to tap out in 21 minutes, making it the shortest game of the tournament so far. As for the second one, the defending champions did look like they were on their way to victory with Sébastien "Ceb" Debs’s offlane Io, but Evil Geniuses waited for their item timings to rebound and win the game. Both teams continue to remain among the top four in Group A following this series.
OG vs Evil Geniuses: Match Recap and Highlights
Game 1 saw Evil Geniuses crumble. Along the course of the match, there was no significant fighting, but OG was far more efficient on the map and started attacking the Evil Geniuses early on with SumaiL's Empowered Juggernaut. While Evil Geniuses seemed helpless, OG forced them into a teamfight and beat them. As a result, Evil Geniuses was forced to tap out of the game after just a mere 21 minutes.
OG went for the speculated Io offlane strategy in game 2. It was an extremely successful laning phase for them as they once again took a lane of Barracks fairly early on in the match. Evil Geniuses avoided fighting and only engaged after Iceiceice's Lycan gained the Aghanim's Scepter for Arteezy's Ursa. In combination with Abed's flashy Ember Spirit, Evil Geniuses came back into the game and won in 39 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
With the history of these teams clashing along with the spot in the upper bracket up for grabs, this was an important series for both OG and Evil Geniuses. The former remained on the offensive throughout the two games, relentlessly hunting down enemy heroes. Although for the most part, the latter fell into the trap, but eventually they decided within reasonable time to play to their strengths.
On the points table for Group A, OG is currently ranked second, while Evil Geniuses is ranked fourth. Evil Geniuses will go up against Thunder Predator in its next series for the day, while OG shall take on Team Undying.
You can find the full schedule, the standings, and the results from TI10's group stage in the following article.