Update as of May 28, 2018: Just a few hours after releasing MISERY, Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis also announced that he was stepping down from the Evil Geniuses Dota 2 team.
The Evil Geniuses Dota 2 team will risk going through the Open Qualifiers next month after parting ways with Rasmus ‘MISERY‘ Filipsen and Fear following their last-place finish at ESL One Birmingham 2018.
Both Fear and MISERY are well-respected Dota 2 veterans. They each possess more than a decade of experience playing professionally. The former has also played for the Evil Geniuses Dota 2 team since 2011. Meanwhile, the latter joined the North American organization in December 2017 to serve as the strong voice that the team had so desperately missed ever since Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager stepped down from the Dota 2 roster before ultimately leaving the organization.
After multiple disappointing runs, however, it seems that MISERY’s voice fell on deaf ears. He himself was the first to announce the roster change. An hour later, Evil Geniuses would confirm the change themselves. Afterwards, Fear also made it known publicly that he was off the roster as well.
What Will Happen to the Evil Geniuses Dota 2 Team?
As predicted in our previous post, the Evil Geniuses Dota 2 team have decided to bite the bullet. The question now is, where do they go from here?
Evil Geniuses have long had a stranglehold on the North American Dota 2 scene. Ever since their Dota 2 team emerged as a legitimate powerhouse back in The International 2014, the so-called “boys in blue” have yet to miss Dota 2’s most prestigious tournament. Even when they failed to secure a direct invite, as was the case back in The International 2016, they still found a way to qualify. That was the last time Evil Geniuses came home with a podium finish at a TI.
With VGJ.Storm and opTic Gaming having recently earned second-place finishes in back-to-back Majors, it doesn’t take an expert to tell that the odds are stacked against Evil Geniuses in the Regional Qualifiers. Of course, this could all change if they find a way to bring in someone to help steady the proverbial ship, but who?
Losing both Fear and MISERY stings, especially the former. The 30-year-old has played a crucial role in Evil Geniuses’ sustained success. Most notably, he was part of the Evil Geniuses Dota 2 team that won The International 2015 three years ago.
Worst case scenario, we might just see Evil Geniuses miss TI for the first time in a long, long time.
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