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DPC NA ESL One Spring 2022 Week 6: Finally On Top

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 6. 

Overview of Week 6

In what at first glance looked like a boring week — each team highly likely to secure their initial spots in week five — turned into an ultimate battle of fates. It started off very simple: simply TOOBASED forfeited against Wildcard Gaming, securing both of their spots in the rankings. That’s when it got interesting. Although TSM looked like they were a level above throughout most of the tournament, Quincy Crew were able to pull together a close victory — winning 2-1 overall. It was the first time that TSM has lost a series in this tournament. Seizing the opportunity, EG quickly won their series against Team DogChamp to force a three-way tiebreaker for first place. 

It became very interesting from there: the three teams that dominated NA competition this year were all facing off against one another. TSM, Quincy Crew, and EG — all vying for the throne. Though Quincy Crew had a very strong series against TSM, they didn’t have the momentum to carry it through into the tiebreaker series. They quickly lost to EG, and shortly after lost their game against TSM as well. In the final tiebreak, EG was able to secure their revenge on TSM , and one the tiebreaker to secure first place. They have won 400 DPC points as well as a seed into the Stockholm Major. 

Points to Note from the Series

EG has finally secured placement at the top of the league. And while they have not proven them to be the top of the top as far as North American talent is concerned — they are not home free yet. They won this tournament off of the benefit of tiebreakers. The biggest thing EG needs to focus on going into the Stockholm Major is their performance and adaptability in best-of-x series. If they can do that, they will not only be the best team in NA, but perhaps one of the best teams in the world. 

Images via Valve.