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DPC NA Week 5: EG crawling back

Introduction 

With the year of exciting Dota 2 matches coming to a close, a new era of Evil Geniuses gameplay is upon us. With an exciting new team featuring some very promising additions — that of the veteran champion Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and talented prodigy Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko — EG looks to make a major impact going into next year.

Obviously, though, it is going to take some time to hone their teamwork. Their first major test is at the DPC NA 2021/22 Tour 1: Division I. Facing off against some of the best talent the region has to offer, it will give us the first peek at what kind of team this new iteration of EG will be. We will take a look every week to see how EG is doing. We present to you Week 5. 

Overview

With another great week under their belt, EG is once again coming into their own as one of the strongest teams in the world. Building off the successful momentum that they had in the previous week, this new iteration of EG has once again put together a lineup that looks poised to win the entire tournament. 

In almost every regard this was an excellent week for EG. For example, all the teams that used to play well against EG are now clearly not at the level of polish or talent that the aforementioned roster has. In addition to that, it must be noted that the first placed Quincy Crew looked exceedingly vulnerable in their three game set against Black N Yellow — narrowly winning 2-0. Most importantly, though, EG had an absolutely great showing while playing against Team Undying — sweeping the former second placed team 2-0. 

With all that in mind, EG now comfortably sits at 2-0, and is very close to toppling Quincy Crew. With their matchup coming with the last game of the group stage on Jan. 19th, the storyline is writing itself. 

Points to Note from the Series

What can be said about this series? The main point to consider now is that Evil Geniuses looks like a fully well-oiled machine. All the previous talents that the EG roster is known for are once again fully shining, and even though this roster has only played a few games together in a competitive setting, they already have excellent in game chemistry with one another. While it’s still the very beginning of the year, it’s a very promising sign looking forward to international competitions as they progress throughout the year. 

The fill-in of Arif “MSS” Anwar has been excellent, as he clearly has a great understanding already of the team, and has used his many years of experience to provide a strong contribution to the team. All of the games that he has competed in have so far been very solid. In addition to this, he may prove to be a very useful factor as EG looks to face off against Quincy Crew, as that was his most recent team. This is the best EG has looked so far this year. 

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