Evil Geniuses take down VGJ.Storm 3-0 in the Grand Finals of the ESL Hamburg NA Qualifiers for a fourth Grand Finals sweep in a single day.
ESL Hamburg NA Qualifiers Recap
With six teams arguably all on the same level, any North American team hoping to qualify for a Minor or Major this season will have their work cut out for them. The same holds true even for resident top dogs, Evil Geniuses.
Then again, looking at their run in the qualifiers for the first Major of the season, Evil Geniuses looked like a team in a league of its own.
With Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis returning as their captain, the most successful Dota 2 team in history took down Immortals, CompLexity Gaming and VGJ.Storm without really much of a problem.
It’s worth noting, however, that Evil Geniuses’ recent run at the ESL Hamburg NA Qualifiers comes off after suffering what could only be described as a humbling defeat.
In the lower brackets of the Starladder Minor qualifiers, Evil Geniuses found themselves matched up against Team Leviathan.
Many thought that Evil Geniuses would not have any problem taking down Brian ‘BananaSlamJamma’ Canavan and his squad. Especially since they were playing with a stand-in. And, that certainly seemed the case after a dominating performance in Game 1 saw the boys in blue finish the game with a networth lead of almost 30K.
Game 2, however, was a completely different story.
Jason ‘NewSham’ Newsham and his Spirit Breaker led the charge for his team. He ended the game with a 6-2-18 stat line as Team Leviathan stomped Evil Geniuses 26-5 in a quick ~29-minute game.
The series-clincher was more of the same with Evil Geniuses looking uncharacteristically shaky.
Obviously, Evil Geniuses have recovered since and perhaps the defeat was just exactly the kind of wake-up call that they needed.
What’s Next for Evil Geniuses
Since Evil Geniuses already out of the running for a berth in Kiev, they can turn all of their attention into preparing for the upcoming tournaments in October. They are already guaranteed a spot in the main event of the PGL Open Bucharest Minor, along with LGD Gaming.
At the same time, Evil Geniuses can also choose to play in more qualifiers. The Dota Pit League NA Qualifiers are coming up in a few days. The qualifiers for the Perfect World Masters should also just be right around the corner.
Either way, Evil Geniuses’ newest lineup are already off to a good start this season and should only get better with time.
Are Evil Geniuses still the best team in NA this season? Better yet, do you think they deserve to rank among the best in the world? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.