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DPC NA Week 1 – A prelude to Evil Geniuses dominance

Introduction 

With the year of exciting Dota 2 matches coming to a close, a new era of Evil Geniuses gameplay is upon us. With an exciting new team featuring some very promising additions — that of the veteran champion Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and talented prodigy Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko — EG looks to make a major impact going into next year. Obviously, though, it is going to take some time to hone their teamwork. Their first major test is at the DPC NA 2021/22 Tour 1: Division I. Facing off against some of the best talent the region has to offer, it will give us the first peek at what kind of team this new iteration of EG will be. We will take a look every week to see how EG is doing. We present to you Week 1. 

Overview

During the first week, everything pretty much ran like clockwork. All the expectations people had regarding the teams expected to do well went as planned. As was mentioned in our prediction post, the main competition for EG coming into this event was Team Undying and Quincy Crew. Team Undying managed to win their games against Wildcard Gaming 2-0. Quincy Crew also has a very solid week — sweeping simply TOOBASED 2-0 in the first set of the competition, while also winning a closer 2-1 set against 4 Zoomers. Already the teams are looking formidable.

Then there is EG. Watching the games, it looks like this roster already has a good deal of promise to it. They managed to grab a convincing 2-0 victory in a set against Arkosh Gaming, and look poised to take on the stronger teams in the competition. Though there was a few hiccups along the way, EG already looks very strong. 

Points to Note from the Series

The first major aspect to note from this series as that nothing will come free — this is a real competition. JerAx’s early deaths as well as the fight Arkosh put in Game 1 show that EG is gonna have to try hard if they want to win this competition. JerAx already is showing a good amount of promise while playing as a 5, and is capable of making many big plays. 

Another aspect to note is the fact that Abed Azel L. Yusop is growing in his versatility as a player. Seeing him try out new heroes rather than his power picks has been a joy to see, and will be a strong factor in EG’s focus as a team. The last interesting note was the performance of Nightfall. It is already clear that he can not only carry his own weight as the youngest player, but can carry others as well. He was the strongest force in both of these games, and it bodes well for the development of this promising prodigy. An excellent week to kick off a new era for EG!

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