GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor
Evil Geniuses have been involved in some of the most fierce competitions in Dota 2. They’ve done more than compete in them — they’ve won them. EG’s history in the esport is long and rich, and features some of the most impressive tournament runs in history. Whether exciting losers bracket runs or complete dominations in all aspects of an event, the teams have always been able to put on some exciting shows for fans. This series will take a look back and remember some of EG’s most exciting tournaments in Dota 2. This time, we will consider the team’s performance at the GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor.
Before The Event
For quite a long time, the Dota 2 competitive scene grew in popularity in the country of Indonesia. In response to this growth, Valve Corporation decided to help organize the GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor. The Minor was the first Valve Corporation sanctioned tournament in Indonesia, and featured the world’s best teams and an Indonesia representative to compete for the largest prize purse in the country. With eight strong teams, a cool location, and $300,000 to compete for, it had all the makings of a cool event. Evil Geniuses were one of the teams invited, and had their eyes intently focused on winning the event.
It would not be an easy win, though. All of the team present were hungry for a win. Rex Regum Qeon were the domestic representative, and no doubt were looking to make Indonesian fans proud. Digital Chaos had talented players, including Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling on the squad. The Final Tribe was a creative team of Swedish players that found success in European events, while Infamous was one of the most intimidating lineups to come from South America.
Natus Vincere and the fantastic Danil “Dendi” Ishutin could not be discounted, while Fnatic had a lineup of top players — including Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, Abed Azel L. Yusop, and Saahil “Universe” Arora. And of course, VGJ.Thunder was the Chinese representative — and were one of the other main favorites to win. EG had a strong lineup, with Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen, and Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen. While the team was talented, they hadn’t had a good win in a while. They placed 5-8th at The Bucharest Major and 5-6th at ESL One Katowice 2018. It would be a tough battle.
Or so it would seem.
Placed in Group A, EG quickly showed they were committed to winning — being the only team in the tournament to go undefeated. While it was a promising start, Infamous, VGJ.Thunder, and Fnatic all arose as strong contenders to win. Placed into the semifinals, EG soon made quick work of Natus Vincere in a 2-0 sweep. The had to be cautious for the Grand Final, but still, VGJ.Thunder had a close best-of-three in their semifinal matchup — EG was just on. This was the case against them in the final as well, as EG swept them 2-0. Considering how they were able to immediately piece together a winning team after not winning an event in a while, the victory remains one of EG’s most underrated accomplishments.
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