Introduction

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’s performance at StarLadder StarSeries Season 10.

Before The Event

StarLadder StarSeries has always been one of the biggest and most long-running competitions in the history of Dota 2. While fans anticipate the meatier events like the Dota 2 Asia Championship and The International, the StarLadder StarSeries provides a comparable level of high competition between some of the best teams in the world. Season 10 was no different. 

The fans certainly made it exciting. Leading up to the event, there was an initial prize pool of $80,000. Though no doubt a healthy amount, Dota 2 fans took the liberty of increasing by a factor of more than three — more than $270,000 in total. Not only that, several of the best teams in the world at the time were invited — teams like Team Secret, Alliance, and Natus Vincere. Though EG were certainly one of the strongest teams coming into the event, it would no doubt be a challenge to win such a prestigious event. 

Showtime 

To begin the event, EG were placed in Group A. It was a tough group — boasting teams such as Cloud9, Alliance, and Team Tinker. All of these teams had proven capable of playing at a top level. Three games they had to play. It initially started off easy, with EG winning games against Team Tinker and Alliance without too much struggle. For their final game, however, Cloud9 actually managed to take a game off of them — showing that it would be no easy feat for them to win. With the playoffs right there, it was undoubtedly going to be a challenging event to compete in. Team Tinker tied their record for the group stage in Group A with 2-1, and on the other side in Group B, Team Secret managed to go undefeated 3-0. They certainly had their work cut out for them. 

Already in Winners Finals, EG were not looking invincible. Though they won their set against Natus Vincere, EG dropped a game to them, while Team Secret swept through Team Tinker. It was the same story again in the Upper Bracket Final, as Team Secret swept through EG. Though EG managed to climb back into the Grand Final with a series win over Cloud9, it was no doubt a difficult situation. While EG were struggling to win against teams like Natus Vincere and Cloud9, Team Secret were absolutely running the table. 

Obviously, though, EG is different. Though a close series, EG brought it back against the undefeated Team Secret 3-2. No doubt one of EG’s strongest victories.