Remember the Dota Asia Championships 2015?
Evil Geniuses have been involved in some of the most fierce competitions in Dota 2. They’ve done more than compete in them — they’ve won them. EG’s history in the esport is long and rich, and features some of the most impressive tournament runs in history. Whether exciting losers bracket runs or complete dominations in all aspects of an event, the teams have always been able to put on some exciting shows for fans. This series will take a look back and remember some of EG’s most exciting tournaments in Dota 2. This time, we will consider the team at the Dota 2 Asia Champions 2015.
Before The Event
The hype going into the Dota 2 Asia Championship was enormous, at the time that it happened it was an unprecedented event. Sure, there was always The International, but that was the only competition happening in Dota 2 throughout the year that was at that scale. Enter DAC. It had everything you wanted from a major tournament—it was essentially a smaller version of The International—borrowing several key aspects from it.
It had a compendium to raise an enormous prize pool. It had a large number of qualifiers around the world to bring the best competition available. And it had hype — a lot of it. It would be the second biggest tournament of the year, and EG was invited.
The competition was fierce — almost all of the best teams in the world were competing at the event. The Chinese teams looked very fierce, and would have a home advantage to contend with. Organizations like Team Secret and Cloud9 also looked very strong, and surely would be eager to take out anyone.
Evil Geniuses were breaking in a new team. The roster was inexperienced with one another, but still had a lot of talent to make use of. They had recently picked up Syed “Sumail” Hassan — a young talent many were hyped for.
As the event began, EG proved to be a strong team, but one that still had not found its footing yet. In the group stage, it was clear that the team was still trying to figure out the best way to communicate as a five-man unit, as several fights showed a lack of polish. Still, they were very strong — exiting the stage in third at 11-4. Big God and Vici Gaming were right there, and Team Secret was entering the bracket stage with a perfect record.
From there EG brought on an incredible show — it’s one of the few times that you can see a team really coming together even between sets. They were expected to win their series against Natus Vincere, and ended up scratching out 2-1. It was the same story against Big God, as they narrowly won that set as well. That’s when it got troubling — Vici Gaming took them out 2-0. Vici Gaming had actually defeated Team Secret and looked to be the favorite to win!
That’s when EG turned it on. They defeated Team Secret in the Lower Bracket Final, and then slayed Vici Gaming 3-0. The new EG team was officially broken in, and had won one of the biggest tournaments of that year. It remains one of the most iconic victories in the team’s history.