Captains Draft 3.0: EG’s heroic win
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 Captains Draft 3.0.
Before The Event
Captains Draft 3.0 was a very interesting event — the third iteration of one of DotaCinema’s most fascinating tournament series. The event was one of the only that incorporated the Captains Draft game mode over the normal Captains Mode. Captains Draft has it where “Each team has one captain that is responsible for the drafting phase. The game starts with a random pool of 27 heroes (9 Strength, 9 Agility, 9 Intelligence). The captains start off by banning 3 heroes each and then they move on to drafting heroes for their team. Which team picks and bans first is random. Each team has only a total of 180 seconds to make all of their picks and bans. After the heroes have been chosen by the captains, players get to choose their hero. This mode was previously enabled for Ranked Matchmaking but was removed because not enough players queued it leading to imbalanced games.”
To win, EG would have to adapt to this new format — a challenging proposition even for the most seasoned of teams. And that wouldn’t be their only problem, either. Several other teams waited in the wings to compete for the title. Several good teams from across the western hemisphere were present for the competition. Strong teams such as Alliance, Virtus.pro, and Team Liquid would all try to stand in EG’s way.
EG started off the event in very good shape, going 3-0 in series for the group stage. Placed in Group Hippo, played very good games, and looked to be one of the favorites for the tournament.
There were several other teams that looked strong too, however. Within their own group, Vega Squadron proved to be a very strong team, and even managed to take a game off of them. In addition to this, Alliance showed themselves to be a very strong team as well — sweeping their group and going undefeated in games.
Evil Geniuses began the Playoffs in the Upper Bracket, and actually had a fairly close series against Team Empire. Alliance proved not able to be as much of a threat, as Vega Squadron managed to sweep them on their way to meeting again with EG. It was a difficult prospect — facing Vega Squadron with so much momentum, but EG stood strong and defeated them. Vega Squadron again met them in the Grand Finals, and looked hungry to take them out. EG looked more vulnerable — losing a game against them during the series — but eventually EG collected themselves to win the series, as well as the rest of the tournament. A solid victory in the history of EG.