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DPC NA 2021-2022 Teams Preview

Introduction

Coming into a new year of Dota 2 competition, Evil Geniuses are once again in an exciting spot. They have a dangerous new spark with Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko now on the team. They have valuable experience and leadership from Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka. And longer term team members — the likes of Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen, Abed Azel L. Yusop, and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev — now have even more opportunity to gain cohesion and strength as a unit. 

One of their first major tests as a team will be found during the weeks of North America’s Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022. It will be the perfect time for EG to examine their roster and figure out how they want to play as a team. Though there won’t be competition similar to that of 2021’s iteration of The International (or any other major world competition) there are still several strong teams they will have to pass through if they want to succeed. Here are the top two teams at DPC for EG to look out for. 

Team Undying

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like there is much to worry regarding Team Undying. They aren’t some unknown quantity that we have no ability to gauge how strong they are — we can make a pretty strong guess. Considering that the organization opted to make no major changes to the team going into 2022, it seems likely that they will at least be similar to their old selves. How was their old selves? 

They had a solid run of placements throughout the year, and managed to win BTS Pro Series Season 6: Americas. After qualifying for The International 10, they unfortunately failed to make any significant impact at the event, dropping out in 13th-16th place (lower than EG’s placing.

Still, it is a team that has shown they can stand toe to toe with some of the region’s best. Players such as Enzo “Timado” Gianoli O’Connor and Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek have demonstrated the ability to take over games when needed. And compared with other teams that will still be trying to find their footing in terms of unit cohesion, Team Undying are already there. EG will need to find an answer fast in order to best them.

Quincy Crew

Quincy Crew comes into the event one of the biggest threats to EG. They have already demonstrated the strength to stand up to EG in the past, and have several players that will be trying to take down the NA giants. The most notable aspect of their team to be wary of is mid-laner Quinn “Quinn” Callahan. Over the past year, he has shown himself to be one of the strongest players in NA in lane efficiency and farming — almost comparable to EG’s own Arteezy. More than that, he’s willing to get his hands dirty, known for dealing out tons of damage and always being a strong presence in teamfights. EG will have to shut him down early in order to ensure their success. With that completed, EG should be in a comfortable position to win.

Images via OG Esports.

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