Chapter 1: Depressing News.
There’s no doubt that Evil Geniuses is one of the most consistent team since TI8, having gotten third place in so many majors and 2 Internationals too. Yet, it’s kind of shocking to realize that the NA boys has not won a single tier-1 LAN tournament for more than 2 years! Basically, tier-1 LAN means it’s a tournament that has at least 2 tier-1 teams like Secret and Virtus.pro. (Credits goes to Reddit user, warriors_of_hope, for posting about this shocking news)
But if you really think about it, they really didn’t win anything till now since their last win at Manila Masters, back in May 2017. It’s as if EG has always attended most of the big tournaments like ESL ONE and even had a good run in many of those. But they always check out at third place.
Chapter 2: FeelsBadman.
However, Arteezy’s signature third place curse didn’t really exist before TI7, as we recall one of the biggest upsets in TI history, EG losing to Team Empire, sending them home early at only 12th place. Empire was one of those underdog teams back in TI7, but one of their players couldn’t secure visa, so Resolution who was coincidentally there for casting, stand-in for them.
After that horrible upset, EG players parted ways, with PPD and UNIVERSE deciding its time to venture for better teams. Here’s when Cr1t came in as EG’s captain till now. As of now, EG only has one of their former TI Champion player, Sumail on the team, while the rest such as Aui_2000, PPD, UNIVERSE and Fear, has left.
Chapter 3: The Comeback.
Right after TI7, EG’s bad days has not ended as they proceed closer to TI8, having not enough points to qualify for TI8, so they went through the qualifiers. But with 2 new yet veteran players, s4 and Fly, joins the alliance of EG squad.
Both left OG after a series of bad run after TI7 too, and here’s where all the OG drama happened. Both teams climbed out of the qualifiers to somehow reach top 3 in TI8, making them the greatest underdog run of the year.
Chapter 4: The Curse.
So, what has been holding back EG from winning any tournaments? I mean it’s not like they are washed up like Newbee, since they attended almost every major and ESL tournaments.
Rumor has it, it’s because of Arteezy’s signature “curse” which always secure him the third place in any tournament. It has happened far too many times that it’s even more recognized than his “Cliffteezy” meme.
Alright, jokes aside, Evil Geniuses is still one of the biggest tier-1 team, representing NA in the DPC season. With a respectable third place once again in the DPC rankings, there’s no doubt that EG is more than qualified to play in TI9.
Chapter 5: TI9 Run?
Of course, fans worldwide are rooting for EG, especially Arteezy to win his first ever International. However, I’m kind of a “mythical” guy myself, so I believe that no player will ever win 2 Internationals. Since Sumail and EG’s brand name has already been immortalized as the TI5 Champions, chances are the fate of EG this time would be anything but TI Champions.
We hope EG all the best and may the third place be with Arteezy forever. So, do you think EG can win TI9? Tell us in the comments! Stay tuned.