With the departure of its former Dota 2 squad, Evil Geniuses has taken a major step toward South America, which will cause major upheaval in not one but two areas.
EG CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson confirmed earlier speculations today, saying that the NA powerhouse is moving on from the lineup that qualified them for The International 2022, including the core combination that has played with the team since September 2016.
RELATED : OG leader reveals why ATF is seeking a new Dota 2 lineup
The organization is doing this because it wants to cultivate talent in the up-and-coming South African area, just as it has done in its other competitive divisions.
Dota 2 is a game mode in which the team is both proficient and satisfied, according to LaPointe Jameson. “Whether it’s our League of Legends rookie superstar with veteran anchor compositions to our CS:GO systems to develop and scrim differently to even our VALORANT team and how we scout and support, taking some of our learnings that have led to success and bringing that to our Dota competitive ambitions is something we know how to play well in and are content with,”
For EG, this will be the first time since the organization’s October 2011 Dota debut that it has not participated in NA, and it will also be the first time since 2016 that it has fielded a team without Arteezy or Cr1t-.
After an unexpectedly early departure at TI11, when the team stunned the globe with a strong group stage performance before imploding in the playoffs, both players are now free agents, joining Abed, Nightfall, Fly, and former head coach BuLba.
While the organization has not yet issued an official statement, rumors have circulated that EG will be signing former members of Thunder Awaken, including Pakazs, Matthew, and Pandaboo. As the best SA teams essentially switch two players, it is expected that this trio will be partnered with previous beastcoast players Wisper and Chris Luck.