Written by Austyn W.
Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves will face each other in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Showdown tournament. The BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Showdown is an eight-team online European tournament. The event has a prize pool of $142,500 and the top three teams will qualify for the BLAST European finals. The first-place team gets $35,000 in the prize pool, but more importantly to some, it also contributes 800 BLAST Premier points.
Each group has four teams and they compete in the best-of-one matches. The teams receive three points for a win and one point for a tie. The top four teams from each group advance to the playoffs. The playoffs take place from June 5 -7th, 2020. The playoffs feature two single-elimination gauntlets. No grand finals match is played, but there will be a third-place match. The top three teams advance to the American finals.
Evil Geniuses is one of the top CS:GO teams in North America. The former NRG roster rose to the top of the scene shortly after StarLadder Berlin Major. The team which comprises some heavy hitters in Brehze and Tarik has an abundance of skill. With Stanislaw leading the team, they also have a strong in-game leader to help the team advance to the next phase.
However, in this period of the coronavirus pandemic, EG’s online performance does not match their dominance on LAN. The team has not been able to put up a strong performance in their online matches and has failed to live up to expectations. Some of its recent matches include two losses to Gen.G and a loss to Cloud9. However, Evil Geniuses defeated 100 Thieves 2-1 in the DreamHack Master's Spring EU.
100 Thieves is a strong opposition to Evil Geniuses. The Australian players have been stepping up repeatedly and have a very good chance of taking this best of one series.