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China Top 2016: EG besting China

Introduction

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 China Top 2016.

Before The Event

China Top 2016 was a tournament that took place during the weird era where China and the West would swap victories at The International every year. In 2016, it was China’s turn — with a strong win by Wings Gaming. The east definitely had several very strong teams, ones that were capable of winning any large event.

At China Top 2016 — an esports competition also including events in Counter Strike:Global Offensive, Warcraft III, Hearthstone and Royal War — EG had the opportunity to once again face off against elite Chinese teams on their home turf. 

Though there were only three other teams present, this wouldn’t be easy pickings for EG. Competing in Shenzhen against some of the best eastern and western teams around, it was not an event they could take likely.

There was Digital Chaos — one of the strongest domestic rivals. Newbee was present — always considered at the time to be a very strong Chinese team. And of course, Wings Gaming, who although had experienced a couple rough results when competing, had just recently won The International 2016. Although EG was considered a strong team that had a good shot at winning, it would by no means be a cake walk. 

Show Time

Obviously it was a small tournament, but it would still be two best-of-threes against two capable teams. Their first opponent would be Wings Gaming. Wings Gaming at that point was known for having a similarly deep hero pool — something they shared with EG. Additionally, their aggressive play style, teamfighting ability, and map awareness was known to cause havoc on teams.

There had just been a major patch in Dota 2 around the time of this tournament, so Wings Gaming was definitely considered one of the teams that might have had an edge in quickly adapting to a new style. However, EG also proved capable of doing so, and defeated Wings Gaming 2-0.

It was an encouraging win, but not one that ensured victory over Newbee. Newbee had just defeated Digital Chaos in convincing fashion, and looked hungry to win the event. In the first draft, Newbee had a pretty advantageous setup, but thanks to some heroics from Saahil “Universe” Arora, EG was able to pick up the win. They carried this momentum into the next game, winning the game as well as the tournament. Though a smaller event, it remains a respectable moment in EG’s long history as a team.  

Images via Evil Geniuses.

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