The relocation of Evil Geniuses to South America has been made official.
Former members of the Thunder Awaken Dota 2 team Crhistian “Pakazs” Casanova, Farith “Matthew” Huamancaja, and Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez have been recruited by EG to round out the organization’s long-standing North American Dota 2 roster. EG has announced the signing of these players.
A pair of former mainstays on the East Coast circuit, Jean “Chris Luck” Salazar and Adrián “Wisper” Dobles, were recruited by EG in order to round out the roster.
The news comes little over a month after EG finished 9th-12th at The International 2022, which was the first time the organization fielded a team consisting entirely of South American players.
Evil Geniuses’ all-South African roster ushers in a new era for the Dota 2 division
Thunder Awaken’s run in the DPC 2022, during which they won all three Division 1 Tours in the South American region, was mostly successful because to the contributions of three players: Pakazs, Matthew, and Pandaboo.
The three players were also members of the Thunder Awaken team that finished tied for fifth place at The International 2011 (TI11). This was the best finish ever achieved by a South African team at The International.
Matthew tweeted that one of his “greatest aspirations” as a professional Dota 2 player was to be able to work for a well-known Tier 1 organization in the world of esports. “One of my biggest dreams as a Dota 2 professional player was always to be able to work for a well-known Tier 1 company in the “Today, one of my goals came true with the help of four fantastic guys that I very much love and appreciate,” he said. “I am really grateful.”
During this time, Chris Luck and Wisper are propelling their professional careers ahead by making the decision to join EG. The two stars of SA were a part of the Dota 2 roster that held the record for the longest active streak in the game’s history, having competed alongside Héctor “K1” Rodrguez, Elvis “Scofield” Pea, and Steven “StingeR” Mamani in a combined total of 449 professional matches prior to beastcoast’s roster change following The International 11.
Along with him, former Thunder Awaken coach Juan David “Vintage” Angulo Nicho and previous Beastcoast manager Vitória “Guashineen” Otero are relocating to EG.
Dota 2 team that EG will field in the DPC 2023 season
- (1) Crhistian “Pakazs” Casanova
- (2) Jean “Chris Luck” Salazar
- (3) Adrián “Wisper” Dobles
- (4) Farith “Matthew” Huamancaja (captain)
- (5) Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez
- Juan David “Vintage” Angulo Nicho (coach)
- Vitória “Guashineen” Otero (manager)
During the DPC 2022 season, Evil Geniuses were victorious in the final Division I regional league. The victory earns them a spot in the first Tour of the North American area, which will take place the following year.
However, because the company has made the decision to relocate its Dota 2 team to South America, it will need to secure a Division I slot in order to compete in the Winter regional competition in South America. The group can also try their luck in the open qualifications or work their way up from Division II if they choose either of these alternatives.
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