Evil Geniuses Announce Radical Staff and Roster Changes

December 21, 2017
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After their recent 3rd place finish at the ROG DreamLeague Season 8 Major, Evil Geniuses started to look like a team that’s making good progress and is satisfied with their new roster and success formula. But now, all of a sudden, they have announced 5 big changes for the coming year.

Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora was released from the team

Known as one of the strongest offlaners in the world, UNiVeRsE played more than 1000 matches for Evil Geniuses and helped them win multiple tournaments, including The International 2015. Now he’s gone. And not because he’s retiring (although he’s 28), but simply because of a desire for change on EG’s part.

The organization’s decision has been questioned by many, including EG’s former captain and TI 5 winner Peter “ppd” Dager (now a captain for OpTic Gaming), who triggered a rather angry response from his former teammate, Sumail “Sumail” Hassan.

Sumail’s response:

Sumail leaves his mid role to become the team’s offlaner

This is another strange decision on EG’s part, simply because Sumail is without a doubt one of the best midlaners in the world. Sure, there have been several cases in the past when world class players (such as Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Gustav “s4” Magnusson) successfully transitioned from mid to offlane, but their playstyles and hero pools were already quite compatible with this change. In Sumail’s case, that’s not exactly true. So he’ll have to put in a lot more work in order to make a successful transition.

Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg, former offlaner for Alliance, famous Dota 2 streamer and winner of The International 2013, posted a very sarcastic tweet in response to Sumail’s decision.

Personally, I think that EG’s strength will decrease considerably over the coming months because of this change. But anything’s possible. Maybe the offlane role will fit Sumail’s playstyle and character very well, and the transition will be much smoother than I imagine.

Clinton “Fear” Loomis goes from support to mid

As they say, “when it rains, it pours”. And when it comes to EG, one apparently terrible decision is followed by another, and another, and another. Again, no doubt that Fear, with his vast Dota 2 experience, can make a transition from support to mid. But why would you do this as an organization, when one of your players (namely Artour “Arteezy” Babaev) already has plenty of experience playing mid and Fear used to be EG’s carry back in 2015, when they won The International?

Fear is a very good player, but given that his competitors in the mid lane will be people like No[o]ne, Miracle, MidOne, Sccc and Abed, he’s running the risk of getting destroyed in the laning phase.

Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen joins EG as captain and position 5 support

Given MiSeRy’s experience and results, both as a captain and support player, this decision made by EG cannot be criticized. In fact, I’m curious to see what he can do with this new and strangely structured EG roster. His performance at The International 2016, where he made it to the Grand Finals as captain of Digital Chaos, proved that he definitely has the potential. But will he deliver?

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Avery “SVG” Silverman leaves the team, Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale becomes the new coach

This is another neutral decision which can turn out either way. BuLba is a Dota 2 veteran who played for many top teams in the past (including Evil Geniuses) and has a lot of experience. However, it remains to be seen whether or not his contribution will impact the team’s results in a positive way.

As a Dota 2 fan, what do you think about these changes? Will EG be a stronger team in 2018 or will they get crushed by the competition? Leave your comments on Facebook

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