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DPC NA Week 2: Strong competition

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 2. 

Overview

In this second week, it demonstrated to us that North America has strength — and that there are several very strong teams competing in this tournament. Team Undying once again had a strong showing — boasting a 2-0 victory over simply TOOBASED as well as a 2-0 sweep over Black N Yellow. The team definitely is taking advantage of their strong roster, and look to be one of the strongest teams in the tournament.

Quincy Crew similarly had a strong week this time around. During Week 2, they had a strong 2-0 showing over Arkosh Gaming, now boasting a solid 3-0 record in series so far. The standings now have Team Undying in first place with a 6-0 match record, while Quincy Crew stands in second with a 6-1 record. Evil Geniuses lost their series against Black N Yellow this week, but in many ways the result can be seen as a benefit. Even despite the loss, they’re firmly in third place overall. 

Points to Note from the Series

Despite the fact that EG was unable to win this series, there are still a few points to note on why this is okay and how in many ways it can be seen as a positive thing for EG as a whole. For one thing, it demonstrates to us the strength of NA. The team 4 Zoomers also took a game off of Quincy Crew this week, demonstrating that this will not be a cake walk tournament for anyone. Having a tournament with strong competitors will be the perfect conditioning EG need to be able to get to the next level. 

Also, it isn’t as if EG is wasting any time with these games either. Every series so far at this event has been a solid best of three series — meaning EG is on pace to play the most amount of games in the tournament. By playing many close against, they are getting the practice they need for future tournaments. 

Finally, it is still clear that the roster EG has put together has a lot of potential. Nightfall definitely has a lot of potential, and JerAx has gotten right back into things as far as his conditioning as a top competitor. It will no doubt be a difficult tournament for this new iteration of EG, but they have the talent and resources to win.

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