Introduction to MSS – EG’s newest stand-in
As Evil Geniuses continues to compete in DPC NA 2021/22 Tour 1: Division I (ESL One Winter 2021), the team has had to at some point opt to play with Arif “MSS” Anwar. In spite of the substitution, EG has continued to yield great results in competition — with MSS not at all some person shoddily carried. He has been the real deal, and has contributed greatly to EG’s victories.
With him playing a lot of different games with EG recently, let’s take a moment to go over this player and look at his impressive career up to this point. As one of the best offlaners in the history of North American Dota, he is a perfect addition to the EG team when he is needed.
In his early years playing the game — despite his love and enjoyment for Dota 2 — MSS initially had no expectations for competing in a professional setting. He played a bit with Fnatic.NA, but it was only when he started to stand in for a multitude of North American organizations and performed very well that his notoriety began to truly grow — teams like Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, and Team Dignitas. As he continued to crank out numerous excellent performances, MSS started to create his reputation as an excellent offlaner.
This reputation gave him the opportunity to play with a multitude of different teams. Organizations that MSS played with throughout 2013 and 2014 include EG, Team eHug and Mousesports. While with the latter, MSS managed to help his team qualify for that year’s iteration of The International. It was there that the organization had a very solid run — finishing in 11th.
Later on MSS joined North American Rejects along with many other famous NA players that were teamless at the team, and started making a lot of noise in that region’s scene. When that team disbanded (at one point picked up by Team Archon), MSS soon became a part of Dark Horse — a roster that had an exciting mix of fresh talent and seasoned veterans. It was with that team that MSS continued to build his legacy with qualifications at some of the biggest tournaments in the world, including that year’s Frankfurt Major.
Throughout 2016, MSS found himself competing on Team NP. The roster had some very solid results — placing 5-6th at The Summit 6, 5-8th at The Boston Major 2016, and 5-6th at ESL One Genting 2017. After that, he went on to have very solid performances on a variety of teams, including Digital Chaos, Immortals, VGJ.Storm, and Forward Gaming.
His most recent home before competing with EG this year was with Quincy Crew. While with Quincy Crew, he helped the North American team reach great results at a variety of Tier 2 competitions — winning events such as OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Americas, The Great American Rivalry Season 1 Division 1, ESL One Thailand 2020: Americas, OMEGA League: Americas Divine Division, and BTS Pro Series Season 3: Americas. Still at a young age, he is one of the most legendary North American talents in Dota.