Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and Chaos Esports Club improved their records to 2-0 with one-sided wins Thursday in the Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America event.
In Group A, Evil Geniuses rolled to a 2-0 win over the New England Whalers (1-1). Group B featured a pair of 2-0 sweeps, Liquid handling Mythic (0-2), and Chaos toppling 100 Thieves (1-1).
In the day’s other match, Team One (1-1) pulled out a 2-1 victory over RBG Esports (0-2) in Group B.
The $60,000 North American division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 12 teams divided into two groups for round-robin play. Each group winner will advance to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs, while the second- and third-place teams will move into the playoff quarterfinals.
All matches are best-of-three except for the Oct. 18 final. The champion will earn $25,000 and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV Global Challenge, Dec. 15-20 in Cologne, Germany.
Evil Geniuses downed the Whalers 16-11 on Mirage and 16-6 on Inferno. The star of the match was the United States’ Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte, who recorded 56 kills and a plus-30 kill-death differential for Evil Geniuses. The United States’ Brandon “BOOBIE” Roberts had 39 kills and a plus-6 K-D differential for New England.
Liquid demolished Mythic 16-3 on Mirage and 16-6 on Inferno behind 52 kills and a plus-28 K-D differential from the United States’ Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski. The United States’ Erik “fl0m” Flom finished with 30 kills and a minus-2 K-D differential for Mythic.
Chaos defeated 100 Thieves 16-7 on Nuke and 16-9 on Dust II. The United States’ Erick “Xeppaa” Bach produced 47 kills and a plus-16 K-D differential for Chaos. New Zealand’s Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai had 37 kills for 100 Thieves, who received a team-best even K-D differential from Australia’s Justin “jks” Savage.
After RBG claimed Vertigo 16-14, One took Train 16-7 and Nuke 16-3 to escape with the victory. Brazil’s Bruno “b4rtiN” Camara topped One with 69 kills and a plus-29 K-D differential. Canada’s Jadan “HexT” Postma logged 62 kills and a plus-10 K-D differential for RBG.
Four matches are scheduled for Friday
Evil Geniuses vs. FURIA Esports
Triumph vs. ImPerium Esports
Rebirth Esports vs. New England Whalers
Team Liquid vs. Chaos Esports Club
Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America standings, with won-loss record and map differential
T1. Evil Geniuses, 2-0, +38
T1. FURIA Esports, 2-0, +16
T3. Rebirth Esports, 1-1, +4
T3. New England Whalers, 1-1, -2
T5. Triumph, 0-2, -25
T5. ImPerium Esports, 0-2, -31
T1. Team Liquid, 2-0, +41
T1. Chaos Esports Club, 2-0, +33
T3. Team One, 1-1, +2
T3. 100 Thieves, 1-1, even
T5. RBG Esports, 0-2, -36
T5. Mythic, 0-2, -40
–Field Level Media