In a press released dated September 15, 2016, Evil Geniuses has announced, "...a new generation of the brand's Dota 2 team featuring Andreas Franck 'Cr1t-' Nielsen, Syed 'Suma1l' Hassan, Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora, Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg." In addition to those four, Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev will be returning for his second stint with EG.
Clinton 'Fear' Loomis, who just announced his retirement from Dota 2 as a player, will now step back from the mouse and keyboard and according to EG will, "...closely monitor and mold this group into a world power, capable of representing EG well on the global esports stage. With his knowledge and work ethic, the sky's the limit to where Fear can help bring this team who are already no stranger to standing atop a podium."
One other organizational change of note from the release is that Peter 'PPD' Dager is said to be transitioning, "...out of his role as an active pro player on the Dota 2 team and into a new business management position for the Evil Geniuses brand." Whether or not he is retiring or perhaps trying to find another team is unclear.
Evil Geniuses is easily the most recoognized North American name in Dota 2 esports, having won The International 2015 and brining home a check for $6,634,661. With Fear becoming the coach, Suma1L is now the only member of the team left that participated in The International 2015.
Even after a third place finish at this year's International, EG felt the team needed to be changed and actively sought some of the top talent in the game and came up big.
Cr1t, who has won two majors, has been named the captain of the new team and will play as a support while in-game.
The new roster for 2017:
- Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev
- Sumail "Suma1L" Hassan
- Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora
- Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg
- Andreas "Cr1t" Nielsen
Evil Geniuses will most likely play next in either the ROG Masters taking place form November 12-13 or The Summit 6 which plays from December 7-11.