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Game info Evil Geniuses x Cloud9


Evil Geniuses and Cloud9 will compete this Wednesday, November 2, in Swiss round 4 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage. After an exciting victory in the last round against Imperial, Cloud9 arrives with morale for this duel. On the other hand, the Americans have just lost their second consecutive game and will probably leave the tournament in this duel. As a round that will eliminate the tournament's loser, Swiss Round 4 1-2 (1 loss and 2 wins) will be played in the MD3 format (best of three maps). The match is scheduled to take place at 21:00 UTC.


How the IEM Rio Major 2022 works


In principle, the IEM Rio Major 2022 is a competition that will bring together all the best teams in the world in search of the most coveted title in CS:GO (Counter Strike Global Offensive), the Major. The tournament will start at the Challengers Stage. In this stage, the games take place in the Swiss format. That is, the winners face each other, and the losers also face each other. In the next stage, called Legends Stage, the Challengers Stage qualifiers join the 8 Legends teams of the competition, which were the teams that passed with the best placement in the RMR.


Finally, the last phase is called the Champions Stage, which works like a knockout. The eight best teams face each other until the tournament's grand champion is defined. All games in this phase will be in MD3 (best of three maps). The prize pool for the IEM Rio Major 2022 is US$1.250.000, which will be distributed to the best place: first place will receive US$500.000, second place will take home US$170.000, third and fourth will with a prize pool of $80.000 each.


Evil Geniuses

Initially, the Evil Geniuses team appeared in this match after losing Swiss round 3 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage against the 9z Team. Before analyzing the last round of the Americans, it is worth remembering how they acted in Swiss round 2. Facing MOUZ on the mirage map, even starting on the good side (counter-terrorist), they suffered a vast disadvantage of rounds after a start in which they demonstrated several defensive breaches (4×11). In the second half, they showed some reaction and were better than in the beginning, but nothing changed the final destination, where they ended up defeated by 10×16.


In the last match, they faced the South Americans of the 9z Team on the nuke map and ended up surprised in the duel. In the first half, they opened up a good advantage being on the counter-terrorist side by 10×5. In the second half, they continued to improve until they opened 15×12 and had three match points ahead, but were surprised by the resilience of their opponents, who, in addition to taking it to extra time, managed to win by 17×19.



On the other hand, the Cloud9 Team appears in this clash after winning Swiss round 3 of the IEM Rio Major 2022 Challengers Stage against Imperial. Before analyzing the last round of the Russians, it is worth remembering how they acted in Swiss round 2. Playing against Grayhound in dust2, they opened up a significant advantage (10×5) on the counter-terrorist side. However, they did not expect the incredible reaction of their opponents, who managed to tie the match. In overtime, the Australians got the better of it and finished 17×19 on aggregate.


In the last match, they faced the Brazilians from Imperial in a series of MD3 (best of three maps) and managed to win after showing incredible resilience on both maps. In the first overpass map, they had to play with 4 match points (11×15) against, being on the terrorist side and reverted the score to 15×19. On the next map, the turnaround was even more incredible, where they had 9 match points (6×15) against vertigo and again managed to reverse the score by 19×22 on aggregate.

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