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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 5: A Fateful Duel

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 5. 

Overview of Week 5

Overall, the pace of Week 5 in relation to the rest of the tournament was probably the most uneventful yet — except for one series. For the most part, pretty much every series was the expected result. 4 Zoomer had a strong week, and managed to start things off with a convincing sweep against Team DogChamp. Later on, they kept that momentum going with another 2-0 victory over The Cut. The latter team overall did not have their best week, and not only fell to 4 Zoomers 2-0, but endured the same result against Wildcard Gaming. 

Quincy Crew — the third best team in the league — had a very easy time when facing simply TOOBASED. It was another example of a team outclassing another, and Quincy Crew had no troubles earning a 2-0. The most eventful match of the series was of course EG versus TSM — a match that ended 2-1 in TSM’s favor. TSM now has narrow control of the first place ranking in the tournament going into Week 6. 

Points to Note from the Series

While on the surface it was a fairly rough week — the fact that EG lost their first series and now is out of first place — it marks some very positive signs. Without a doubt, the match was one of the best series of the tournament. Both teams were pushing each other to the limit, and it’s clear that anyone could have one in all three instances that they faced off against each other. 

What can be said is that EG now has a proper NA rival to spar against. Not one that can sometimes challenge them or one that is far superior, but a proper partner to have great sets against them. No doubt their future matches will be great as well as they face off against one another. 

Images via EG.