Throwback to DOTA PIT Season 3
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 Dota Pit League Season 3.
Before The Event
Dota Pit League Season 3 was an enormous event. Dota Pit had several previous stacked tournaments for teams to compete in, but Season 3 was up to that point the biggest. They had several talented rosters playing — including Team Secret, Cloud9, and ASUS Polar. In addition to a healthy base prize pool, the event’s compendium swelled the number to over $250,000. No doubt the prestige of winning would be something any top team would hope for.
Evil Geniuses was one of the teams competing. The team’s lineup at the time was Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, Saahil “Universe” Arora, Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, and Peter “ppd” Dager. The lineup had proven their strength by winning the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015, but had two second place finishes at The Summit 3 and ESL One Frankfurt 2015. Though they were certainly one of the strongest teams at the event, they’d have several strong teams facing off against them, as well as four months of offline competition to trudge through. It was a marathon. Would they have the endurance?
It would be four months of long online competition — a marathon.
The league would be a challenge. EG was put into a difficult group — none of the teams would be easy victories. For a while, it proved difficult. Over the course of the first month of competition, EG had two draws and a 0-2. They made up for it with a double 2-0 series, but exiting the group stage with a 6-4 average wasn’t the start EG was looking for. Cloud9 and Ninjas in Pyjamas were right behind them, and ASUS Polar right above them in first place. Even scarier, the other group was also looking fearsome. Group B had Alliance and HellRaisers showing off some strong form, and Team Secret — at this time easily one of the best teams in the world — were sitting pretty with a league-best 8-2 record.
For the playoffs, Team Secret was the first match they would have to contend with — no doubt a hard set. Not only were Team Secret looking like the strongest team in the league, they had played well against EG in two other competitions. They were one of the only teams that could match their talent. It certainly looked like it would be a difficult road ahead.
But this was EG. As soon as the group stage arrived, EG went into overdrive. They quickly swept Team Secret. Then they swept Virtus.pro. Then Cloud9, right after. Right then — right when it mattered, EG pulled the victory. A perfect snapshot of the team and the unusual dominance the team showed during that era.
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