Last year Evil Geniuses accomplished the dream of Dota 2 players around the world and took home first place at The International 5. After years of vying for a world championship, Clinton “Fear” Loomis led his team of top North American pros to victory, with a resounding win over dark horses CDEC in the grand finals. After a year of ups and downs and several roster changes, the newly revamped EG are looking to make history by becoming the first two-time winners at The International.
At the core of EG’s success is their excellent support duo. Supports form the base on which any good team is built, and EG are shining examples of that rule. Captain, and position 5, Peter “ppd” Dager lays the foundation of the team. His complete, unabashed selflessness leads to him spending his entire gold income on wards, smokes and consumables, focusing solely on aiding his carries. Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg, on the other hand, takes a more greedy approach to the role, occasionally prioritizing his own farm over that of his carry. As a result, the lone Swede favors initiation heroes to set up devastating ganks in lane, despite his limited item count.
One of Evil Geniuses’ most important attributes has always been their ability to adapt. With Fear’s near decade of experience, EG have a deep trove of strategies to dig into, examine and refine. When combined with Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora and Syed “SumaiL” Hassan’s incredible mechanical skill, EG are able to take off from the starting line and take out opponent swiftly and without any warning. This experimentation and innovation is aided by ppd’s renowned drafting skill, adeptly reading each team and their weaknesses to potential new lineup.
After a long road through the North American Open Qualifiers, EG went on to finish 2nd in their group during group stages, with a map record of 9-5. They will be squaring off against TI4 champions Newbee in their first Upper Bracket match on Monday. Will they be the first two-time TI champions?