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Throwback to World E-sport Championships 2014 – Clouds in China

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 domination 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 the World E-sport Championships 2014

Before The Event

It is a very challenging endeavor indeed to be capable of defeating a top Chinese team. It requires a ridiculous amount of team cohesion to accomplish. Even more difficult, is being able to do so while on Chinese turf. It’s something very few Western teams throughout history have been able to do — especially when taking into consideration the earlier years of the game in 2011-2015. Perhaps the most notable example was when Alliance managed to win G-1 Season 5 Finals — a team considered one of the greatest in history. 

That’s the type of tournament EG was entering. It wasn’t your standard Tier 1 event — it was Chinese giants defending the crown on their home-soil. There was an eye-watering ¥1,030,000 CNY (≃ $168,028 USD) that was up for grabs. And there were not only some of the best teams that the Asian region had to offer like Newbee and Vici Gaming, but also top western teams such as Cloud9 and Natus Vincere. However, EG was also well-prepared — boasting their famous roster of Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Saahil “Universe” Arora, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, and Peter “ppd” Dager. The team worked together cohesively — would it be enough to win the championship?

Showtime 

The eight-team tournament had a very interesting format, in which teams were directly seeded in a double-elimination bracket. EG’s first opponent was Vici Gaming — an intimidating lineup featuring the likes of Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang. Their first games of the competition went off on a very rough note, as they were soon swept by Vici Gaming to have to start immediately in the losers bracket. It was a very steep climb, with it being very unrealistic for them to be able to win the tournament from that far down. 

EG got to work, though. They began a quick climb through the ranks of the lower bracket, and swept through HyperGlory Team and Natus Vincere in quick succession. Things started looking dangerous when they faced off against the TI4 champions Newbee, but again EG were able to win another 2-0. Finally, they had made it to the lower bracket final, and were paired off against Vici Gaming. However, EG again showed their quick ability to adapt, and managed to not only defeat them, but sweep them 2-0. The final match of the tournament was against Cloud9. 

Although C9 was able to take a game from EG (ending their four-series streak), the latter team proved too much to handle, and won the match and thus the tournament. While it was still a smaller event, it held a great lineup of talent — extra challenging because of the location factor. Considering those points — as well as the fact that EG won after coming back from the bottom of the lower bracket — it remains one of EG’s greatest tournament victories.

Images via Valve.