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The North American division of IEM New York is only moments away. Will FURIA make it two in a row after winning ESL Pro League, or will Evil Geniuses and Liquid have something to say about it?

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
6th Oct, 2020·☕️ 5 min read
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The North American division of IEM New York is only moments away. Will FURIA make it two in a row after winning ESL Pro League, or will Evil Geniuses and Liquid have something to say about it?

Competition Information

IEM New York North America will feature $60,000 in prizes in addition to RMR points and a spot in the Global Challenge this winter.

The twelve teams have been split into two groups of six and will battle through a round-robin group stage with BO3s for all matches. Once the group stage is finalized, the top three teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination playoff bracket. The winner will really have to earn their stripes, as the playoffs will feature BO3s all the way through to the BO5 grand final.

The North American region isn’t particularly strong at the moment, with a plethora of players outside the top flight making the move over to Valorant. The likes of MIBR and Gen.G on the sidelines after making changes, which further weakens the field. The likes of FURIA and Evil Geniuses are big favourites after showing brilliant form, with Liquid still trying to figure things out with Grim. Chaos EC are the dark horse of the tournament, having looked solid despite an abundance of roster changes.

The groups for IEM New York North America are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇧🇷 FURIA
  • 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses
  • 🇺🇸 Triumph
  • 🇺🇸 New England Whalers
  • 🇺🇸 Rebirth
  • 🇺🇸 Imperium

Group B

  • 🇺🇸 Liquid
  • 🇦🇺 100 Thieves
  • 🇺🇸 Chaos
  • 🇺🇸 Mythic
  • 🇧🇷 TeamOne
  • 🇨🇦 RBG

The tournament kicks off October 6th and runs through October 20th on Twitch and YouTube.

The Current Season

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 64 / 1 / 37
Most Played Map: Inferno (78.6%)
Best Map: Inferno (78.6%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (45.5%)

Evil Geniuses have played some incredible CS throughout this online period, winning BLAST Premier Spring Finals, cs_summit 6 and ESL One Cologne. They have been one of few teams that have been able to overcome FURIA consistently, but they finally lost to them at ESL Pro League and had to settle for a 3rd place finish as a result. With three teams making it through from each group, Evil Geniuses should be able to make playoffs without too much difficulty and they will definitely be among the favorites to win this one.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid
Record: 26 / 0 / 18
Most Played Map: Inferno (54.5%)
Best Map: Vertigo (75.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (33.3%)

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Team Liquid since acquiring Grim from Triumph in August. They made it to the finals at DreamHack Open Summer and ESL One Cologne, but fell at the final hurdle on both occasions. ESL Pro League was probably their most disappointing showing with Grim so far, losing out to 100 Thieves in the lower-bracket final to finish the event in fourth place. The skill on this team is undeniable, but they have found it troublesome to deal with both Evil Geniuses and FURIA over the last few months. 

FURIA

FURIA
Record: 78 / 0 / 41
Most Played Map: Inferno (62.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (88.9%)
Worst Map: Nuke (56.5%)

FURIA are coming in hot after taking down 100 Thieves to win the 12th season of ESL Pro League. This team has been one of the teams to watch so far this year, with arT playing a big part with his aggressive playmaking ability. They consistenly lost against Evil Geniuses to start the year, but they managed to beat them twice in ESL Pro League which bodes well for them moving forward. 

Triumph

Triumph
Record: 13 / 0 / 17
Most Played Map: Inferno (54.5%)
Best Map: Inferno (54.5%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (0.0%)

Life has been rough for Triumph ever since they let go of Grim to Liquid. They have actually taken maps off some of the giants in the region, such as Evil Geniuses and Liquid, but it does seem like they just don’t have enough quality to really pull them over the line in these matches. 

Chaos

Chaos
Record: 9 / 0 / 8
Most Played Map: Nuke (50.0%)
Best Map: Train (100.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (0.0%)

Despite steel leaving the team, Chaos continues to play well. They were one of the few teams to beat FURIA at ESL Pro League, and they beat both Gen.G and Cloud9 in the group stage. I am not quite sure how they do it, but this team has always performed well despite going through a ton of roster changes over the past year. With the likes of Gen.G and Cloud9 going through some roster turmoil at the moment, Chaos and 100 Thieves are the ones who could potentially do some damage against the big three (FURIA, EG & Liquid).

100 Thieves

100 Thieves
Record: 42 / 1 / 42
Most Played Map: Vertigo (44.4%)
Best Map: Dust2 (77.8%)
Worst Map: Nuke (27.8%)

100 Thieves are coming off one of their best performances in a long time, having made it all the way to the grand final of ESL Pro League. They were absolutely torched by FURIA in the finals, but their run to the finals was impressive, beating Liquid, Evil Geniuses and FURIA. I still question if they are capable of more than what they have already showed, but perhaps this performance will give them a solid motivational boost moving forward.

Betting Tips

Realistically, there are only three potential winners of this tournament; FURIA, Liquid and Evil Geniuses. Liquid haven’t quite found their feet yet with Grim, but it is only a matter of time before they win a tournament like this. I could see Chaos doing some damage, potentially even ruining someones party in the playoffs. 100 Thieves are coming off a brilliant showing in ESL Pro League, but they are somewhat overvalued in the betting market compared to Chaos, in my opinion.

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