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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 1

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 1. 

Overview of Week 2

There’s no other way that you can put it: EG went off this week with a bang. They managed to win both of their series, and showed once again they are one of the most talented and effective lineups in the North American Dota 2 scene. Their wins came against The Cut, where they went 2-1, and Wildcard Gaming, where they went 2-0. Though fans obviously would have liked a 4-0 week for EG, The Cut has clearly come into their own as a surprise fighter for NA, and will no doubt continue to strengthen the competitiveness and parity of the region. 

The week also gave fans a taste of where some of the other teams are currently in the NA scene. Quincy Crew — one of the teams that was able to sometimes contend with EG at times in the last competition — were able to get a 2-0 over Wildcard Gaming. Though this was a similar result to EG, the latter’s games were definitely fought more cleanly, and overall were very strong. 

In addition to the other points, it must be mentioned that one of the biggest points of focus for this tournament for EG should be on TSM. The lineup once again looks very solid, and could pose a problem for EG if they don’t try their absolute hardest. They had a strong week of their own — delivering a convincing 2-0 sweep against Team DogChamp. While EG is certainly one of the front runners to win this competition, no doubt TSM and Quincy Crew will be gunning for them. 

Points to Note from the Series

The biggest point that can be noted about EG’s play in this series is that it is stronger than their work together last year. It is clear that both JerAx and Nightfall have a much better understanding of how they fit into the roster, and the other members of the team have also acclimated to playing with them in a much more of an effective role. All things considered, it looks to be a strong start to the competition.