In the wake following The International 2016, Evil Geniuses has said goodbye to three of their five players, according to the Dota 2 Majors registration page. Clinton “Fear” Loomis and Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg have been released from the organization, while Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan has taken his leave of his own accord.

This is not the first time Evil Geniuses has seen zai depart from the roster. In January of 2015, approximately one year after the organization acquired the SADBOYS lineup, he left to join rivals Team Secret. Zai returned later in August as a substitute but, by May of 2016, he left again for Kaipi only to come back to Evil Geniuses less than a month later.

Unlike zai, SumaiL’s entire career has been spent with Evil Geniuses. With the aid of Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora vouching for him, he signed to the organization back in January of 2015. Despite a bumpy start, it wasn’t long before SumaiL proved himself as both a valuable part of the team, and one of the best midlaners in the scene at just sixteen years old. His rookie season saw him bring Evil Geniuses to several first-place victories, including The International 2015, when he began making headlines in articles as arguably being the most promising players Dota 2 has seen.

With a significantly more storied career, the removal of Fear ends his run with Evil Geniuses at just shy of five years. Fear initially began competitive Dota back in 2005 with Plug Pullers Inc when Dota was still a mod for Warcraft III. Fear briefly played with Evil Geniuses back in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2011 that he was re-acquired by the organization for their Dota 2 squad. The veteran to the scene became one of the most respected and well-known players, earning himself the moniker “Old Man Fear” for both being one of the older competitive players at age 28, and for being a part of Dota for over ten years. The respect the community has for him is not a matter of seniority, however, as Fear has proven himself time and time again that he is an exceptionally skilled and versatile player that is capable of stepping into any role that is required of him.

One of the best-known names in Dota 2, Evil Geniuses made their imprint in competitive gaming when they became world champions upon defeating CDEC Gaming at The International 2015. They went on to prove themselves as a capable team at several other events, including The Summit 4 and The Frankfurt Major, but was unable to defend their title at this year’s TI. While they took a respectable third place finish that earned their organization over two million dollars, it seems that the players wish to seek new opportunities.

As to what those opportunities may be is unclear. None of the players, nor Evil Geniuses, have yet commented on the split.

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