North American multi-game esports organization Evil Geniuses has revealed their new Dota 2 team, which includes the return of familiar faces like Syed “SumaiL” Hassan, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg and Saahil “UNVeRsE” Arora.

Fans would notice that an iconic part of the former lineup is missing, and for good reason. Peter “PPD” Dager has been announced to have relinquished his position as team captain, ending his run of two years with the team. His future with Evil Geniuses now lies in management, as he will be a part of the business management side of the organization. With the recent announcement of Clinton “Fear” Loomis’s retirement from professional gaming to pursue a career in coaching, this leaves two critical spots left open to those willing to fill them.

This is where Andreas “Cr1t-“ Nielsen and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev come in.

A former member of Team Secret, Arteezy is no stranger to Evil Geniuses. He joined the organization back in 2014 when they signed the S A D B O Y S roster. However, his relationship with Evil Geniuses can be described as spotty, at best. Arteezy left the team just shy of a year after the acquisition to join Team Secret, only to make his return approximately seven months later. In March of 2016 he left again for Team Secret, which he left during the post-TI shuffle.

Unlike Arteezy, this will be Cr1t-‘s first encounter with the organization. Cr1t- kickstarted his career in 2012 when he signed with We haz Asian as their mid player, which he left in November to pursue an opportunity with H2k Gaming. When H2k disbanded, he spent the following years struggling to find a home with organizations. It wouldn’t be until 2015 that he would find any sort of stability for his career, which was found when he helped form OG from Monkey Business. With the help of his teammates, Cr1t- went on to display world-class gameplay that would make OG quick fan-favorites as they took first place at The Manila Major and ESL One Frankfurt 2016. Unfortunately, the team places a disappointing 9th-12th at The International 2016 after losing to TNC Pro Team, and Cr1t- took his leave from OG shortly after.

The Evil Geniuses Dota 2 lineup is as follows:

Name Role
Artour “Arteezy” Babev Support
Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan Mid
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora Offlane
Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen Support, Team Captain
Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg Carry

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