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Looking at EG vs OG at TI10

As they continue on into the bracket stage of The International 2021, Evil Geniuses have taken one step closer to their goal of lifting the Aegis. With a long list of talented players, a wealth of in-game experience, and a consistency in tournaments few teams can match, they remain a strong candidate for winning the entire thing. 

As we have mentioned prior in past articles, EG still has other opponents that they will need to overcome to get there. Teams that are also very strong, that will do their best to try to take EG down. Among those, OG stands out. They have a similar large amount of experience at The International, have a roster of strong players, and are hungry to win more. Additionally, they have a long and storied history with the North American powerhouse—one of EG’s greatest rivalries. Here’s a brief history recapping the feud.

In The Past

The history between OG and EG could fill a novel. Over the course of the past six years, they have had twenty-five exciting sets of Dota. The teams are eternally linked, and share many commonalities. On a player to player level, many points of interest exist between the two teams. Both teams actually share several players throughout their history, with Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen and Tal “Fly” Aizik having previously played with OG, and Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan having originally played for EG. No doubt both teams have a unique understanding of the others.

In addition to the individual aspect, one must also mention the incredible games the teams have had with one another. The teams’ play styles clash with one another to create some absolutely fantastic Dota 2—something every fan should enjoy observing. Because of the immense experience and skill level of both teams, it has created a matchup that every fan of the game will love to watch.

Looking At It Now

The tournament thus far has added another interesting layer to the rivalry. A lot has happened this year in the dynamic of the two teams compared with the past. Because of the shuffling that has happened with OG’s roster throughout the year, the team has overall been playing a bit more defensively and doesn’t make as many bold plays as they have in previous years. On the other side, EG’s inclusion of Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang and Azel “Abed“ L. Yusop has allowed the team to pursue a much more aggressive and strategically diverse play style.

So far watching the two teams compete has been a spectacle. Their two-game series at The International 2021 was for the books—ending with a draw. The second game especially was a very exciting affair that demonstrated EG’s ability to come back in situations and take advantage even when in initially difficult situations. It may be just a small preview for even more prestigious sets between the two teams in the future. There has almost never been a more exciting time to be an Evil Geniuses fan in Dota 2.

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