Evil Geniuses Win ESL One New York, Vitality Signs Shox, More – CS:GO Recap 9/30/2019
Welcome back everyone to another exciting day of CS:GO news. Today we’ve got a recap of ESL One New York, a look at the new Cache and some drama around it, confirmation of Shox to Vitality, and more!
As always, we’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s dive on in.
ESL One New York Recap
The weekends over, and with it so too has ESL One New York once again come to an end, and boy what a tournament it was.
While several storylines ran throughout the event, the biggest would without a doubt have to be the story of Evil Geniuses. Formerly NRG, they stormed their way through the tournament after their rebranding. Their performance resulted in a 3-0 win in their group in the early stages, including 2-0’ing FaZe Clan and Astralis in their respective best of three series.
EG went the entire tournament only dropping a single map against Astralis in the Grand Final. Given Team Liquid’s recent struggles since the international break, many in the community have begun touting them as the best team in North America right now.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Grand Final, Astralis was beating itself up for having lost out in the end but their overall performance at the event was still fantastic.
They had a fantastic showing in groups against OpTic Gaming, who they played twice due to the way the bracket works there. They held them to a mere 28 rounds across four maps, including a smackdown on Dust II in their first meeting that saw OpTic only take a single round.
Astralis also took down Liquid once again in the Semi-Finals 2-1, proving their superiority over the current No. 1 team in the world, and holding them back from making another Grand Final.
While these two teams put up monster performances throughout the event, other teams were not quite as good looking during their runs.
EUnited, ENCE, and FaZe Clan all came into the tournament with new roster changes that had come in very recently, causing all of them to struggle.
EUnited were massive underdogs coming into the tournament, either way, even without Freakazoid having just joined. ENCE also looked shaky following Sunny’s addition to the line-up, only managing to beat EUnited themselves in the group stage.
FaZe, though, looked off-tilt in their play, with new additions Coldzera and Broky struggling to find their place in the squad. Coldzera, in particular, had the worst performance of his career with a poor .76 HLTV rating.
The team needs some more time to gel, but with all the skill there it shouldn’t take too long before we see them popping off.
Speaking of ESL One New York, the event was also home to one more exciting piece this weekend: the reveal of the newly reworked Cache!
The newest edition to the highly popular map sees an update to the map’s textures and graphics, as well as changes to the layout. The changes include a CT-side window for mid, the removal of the upper building blocking the throwing path to A from the truck, the replacement of the roof near Vent on B-site, and other changes to help balance the map out.
While the rework was relatively well-received, some fans were pretty disappointed. The graffiti honor S1mple and his double no-scope were removed, though developer Volcano noted they are working on it.
Shox to Vitality
While things were all over the place at ESL One New York, over in France, we got some exciting news out of Team Vitality regarding their roster.
After a week of rumors around who their new fifth would be, the team was excited to announce Shox would be joining the starting line-up from G2 Saturday. In a post on Twitlonger, the long-time French player called the move a “new start.”
Shox’s move to Vitality has excited the community. More exciting news came from coach XTQ. He noted this would be Vitality’s last French roster, with the team planning to look internationally in the future.
Given their popularity in France, seeing them stray away from their roots would be heartbreaking to see. But, if the team wants to take the world by storm, they may have to.
That’s all we have for today, thanks for reading. We’ll be back tomorrow with more CS:GO news, so stay tuned!