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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 2

Introduction 

With the amount of Dota 2 competition heating up, this new era of Evil Geniuses continues to develop and sharpen on the path to international greatness. With an exciting team filled with some of the most talented additions of any team  — that of the veteran champion Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and talented prodigy Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko — EG looks to make a major impact when it comes time for big worldwide events. 

So far, their progress has looked fairly promising.  Their first major test was at the DPC NA 2021/22 Tour 1: Division I. Though they had some growing pains as the new team came together, there was still definitely a lot of potential and brilliance in their team, and they came extremely close to winning the entire event. Their next test is at DPC NA 2021/2022 Tour 2: Division I (ESL One Spring 2022). Facing off against some of the best talent the region has to offer, it will give us a good look at how this new iteration of EG is doing. We will take a look every week to see how EG is doing. We present to you Week 2. 

Overview of Week 2

With this week, EG managed to continue to show off their dominance and pull ahead as the strongest team in the tournament currently. They are on the right track to being far and away the best team in NA, while NA as a region continues to improve. Although they won both of their series and are technically tied with EG, Quincy Crew fell down to be the second ranked team in the round-robin, with 2-1 wins over Team DogChamp and 4 Zoomers. 

At the same time, it showed to everyone how strong The Cut — the newcomer team that managed to take a game off of EG last week — truly is. This week they managed to 2-0 Team DogChamp, the roster that as mentioned before, was able to steal a game from the always strong Quincy Crew. EG had another strong week, and had a very easy series against simply TOOBASED. 

The biggest threats to EG at the moment appear to again be Quincy Crew, as well as TSM — a team that also defeated simply TOOBASED 2-0 this week. Although TSM currently ranks third in the group stage, one factor is that they have only played four games, and have gone undefeated so far. They are set to play The Cut next week.  

Points to Note from the Series

There aren’t many shocking developments that happened with this series. The main thing that can be said is that EG looks really good. They dominated in both of their games, and definitely are bolding strong cohesion as a five-man unit. In particular, Nightfall has definitely stepped up his game a lot, and seems to have a much greater understanding of the needs of EG. A continually good start to what could be another trophy in EG’s case.

Images via Valve.