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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 3 Recap

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 3. 

Overview of Week 3

There were many developments that have contributed to the developing trends that we have seen in NA competition. For one thing, EG has continued to prove themselves as one of, if not the strongest teams in all of NA. It was this week that EG had an excellent series against 4 Zoomers (the team with currently the fifth-best record in the league), going 2-0 throughout to have another undefeated week.

There were other developments in the league that gave strong indications of where the rest of the region is in comparison to the top teams. Team DogChamp once again proved that they are one of the best young teams in the region, by having a 2-0 week against simply TOOBASED. At the same time, Wildcard Gaming also had a good week — going 2-1 against 4 Zoomers.

Another big development that needs to be looked at regarding EG is the rise of TSM. TSM had another great week, and were able to defeat both The Cut and Wildcard Gaming 2-0. They now are ranked first in the round-robin, with a 5-0 match record. While EG still ties TSM in only having one game lost, TSM has more won games. However, EG is in a good spot, considering they have played one less match than TSM, and are in a strong position to catch up. 

Points to Note from the Series

Overall, EG had a very good series and once again showed off how much they have grown as a team and as individual players. Series standouts without a doubt go to Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev. Nightfall not only showed his ability to serve to win, but became one of the primary win conditions. At the same time, Arteezy once again proved that he was one of the best pos.1 in the world. Another great week for EG.