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What we can learn from Cr1t-

Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen is a man that needs no introduction. Throughout his extended years in the game, he has established himself as one of the most talented and experienced players in Dota 2. A person that has not only achieved fantastic results at various tournaments, but has fundamentally changed the Support position.

At the same time, there is a lot we can personally learn if we take a deeper look at the story of Cr1t-. Throughout the many different hurdles he has had to overcome in his career, he is a demonstration of what is possible if one shows patience and strong perseverance. 

The early years were challenging for Cr1t-. While a strong player, he found himself on a multitude of teams that never achieved anything significant, mostly competing in smaller online competitions. At the same time he had to balance his school studies while trying to make a name for himself in Dota 2.

He found a more stable team in Meet Your Makers throughout most of 2014, but still wasn’t able to compete in major competitions. This didn’t bother Cr1t- however. He kept on this path, despite still not being on a big team, and would soon find himself rewarded.

Joining Monkey Business is where Cr1t-’s career properly begins. The team immediately showed results, and won 2015’s iteration of The Frankfurt Major. In a matter of months he went from struggling to qualify for major events to winning them. He wouldn’t blaze out either.

His good fortunes would continue in the following year, as he helped OG win The Manila Major and ESL One Frankfurt. He and Fly had solidified themselves as one of the best Support duos in the world. 

Leaving for Evil Geniuses—replacing the legendary Peter “ppd” Dager in late-2016, Cr1t- started to build more on his reputation as a world-class Support player. It was a difficult proposition, something that would be challenging for anyone. To satisfy the demands of his teammates and fulfill the expectations of fans—stepping in for one of the greatest players the game has ever seen—it was a challenging proposition. 

Cr1t- could do it, though. 2017 was a very strong year for him, as he was not only able to place near the top of major events like EPICENTER and DreamLeague, but also won the The Manila Masters and Dota Pit League (the latter against his former team OG). Even as a younger player filling in the shoes of legendary leaders before him, he proved to be an effective captain. One that was capable of leading his team to fantastic results.

Now an experienced veteran with years of experience helping support and lead teams to championships, Cr1t- continues his long and fruitful relationship with Evil Geniuses. Though there have been many instances throughout his career that have not been easy, he has always continued to persevere and overcome these challenges to the best of his abilities. That’s a lesson all of us can learn from.

Images via Evil Geniuses

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