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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 4: EG squash QC

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 4. 

Overview of Week 4

EG once again inched closer to their goal of winning this tournament. Though it isn’t definitive just yet, they are much closer now than they were in Week 3. Among some of the lower teams, there wasn’t too much that was surprising. Team DogChamp did not have the strongest week compared to their previous performances, and lost to Wildcard Gaming in a quick 2-0 sweep. simply TOOBASED had one of their best performances of the tournament — winning one of their two games they have won at this event against The Cut.

The biggest event that happened during this particular week was some shakeups on the top side of the tournament. EG once again showed that they are a head above Quincy Crew, in spite of Quincy Crew’s success over other teams in the league. Although Quincy Crew was able to defeat The Cut 2-0 in fairly convincing fashion, Evil Geniuses had a very strong set against them 2-0. It is clear that EG is becoming a step above even one of the best teams in NA. The other big development was TSM’s set against 4 Zoomers. Although they still won the set, they lost one of the games, and allowed EG to now tie them for control of first place. 

Points to Note from the Series

It’s clear that EG is now far stronger than they have ever been than any point previously this year. Even against far and away the third best team in all of NA, EG are capable of breezing through them. This game also showed the consistency of EG over other teams, considering that they have only lost won game in this entire tournament so far. It seems they’re back to the elite EG of old. 

Images via EG.