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EG.Fear Retires

Evil Geniuses announced just a few moments ago that the long-time carry and Dota2 legend Clinton “Fear” Loomis has officially retired from competitive Dota2.

“Evil Geniuses (EG), a world-leading pro gaming team, is announcing today that Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis, the cornerstone of Evil Geniuses’ Dota and Dota 2 rosters for the better part of a decade, is set to officially retire as a player, effective immediately,” EG said.

Fear has been a member of Evil Geniusesince October of 2011. His contribution to the organization is invaluable, propelling the team to the top of the scene including the momentous The International 2015 Championship. “Fear’s legacy in the North American esports community is incalculable. He was a key factor in EG’s win at The International 2015 and helped bring a level of professionalism and work ethic that impacted a generation of players. Clinton is not only recognized as an esports role model in North America; he is admired for being one of the greatest Dota players the world has yet encountered,” EG said.

Fear has been part of the Dota scene since time immemorial, earning him the moniker “Old Man Fear” whenever analysts, casters, players, and all fans will site his veteran savvy and genius command of the game. He’s been playing internationally even at a time when the Chinese completely dominated the Warcraft 3 Dota era. His tenure during the Dota 1 era climaxed during his stint with another historical team Meet Your Makers.

Fear with his Mom, featured in Valve's Documentary, Free to Play.
Fear with his Mom, featured in Valve’s Documentary, Free to Play.

 

Then, he entered the Dota 2 scene as a contender during the first The International, where he joined as a player for Online Kingdom. This start to his journey can forever be visited through Valve’s TI1 documentary entitled “Free To Play”. In the said documentary, Fear was featured alongside Dendi and hyhy to provide a player’s perspective on how TI1 changed their lives.

Free To Play showed the whole world how his hardwork and fortitude paid off — from playing through old school CRT Monitors with not even a decent desk, to bringing Online Kingdom to high ranks during TI1. In the same documentary was also where Fear‘s quote was immortalized, “I got kicked out of my house because of my gaming career. Deep down inside, I know this career is gonna work out for me in the end.” It will take him four more years, but it was all worth it in the end after he finally have taken TI5 championship last year.

Fear consistently brought Evil Geniuses to top-tier ranks in the LANs they participated in, such as 3rd place finishes during the Frankfurt Major, Shanghai Major, and even The International 2016. For the whole of 2015, Evil Geniuses garnered four championships in several Premiere LANs.

“Today, I’m announcing my retirement from competitive Dota. I have been living my dream of being a professional gamer for over a decade now, and in that time I’ve accomplished each of the goals I placed for myself and for EG Dota. Now, I have to pursue a new goal – getting healthy. I still have a passion for Dota and for competing, but the long term health of my arm has to come first. Thank you all for your support,” Fear said.

Fear holding the Aegis of Immortal --- the trophy of champions --- as the winning carry of Evil Geniuses for TI5.
Fear holding the Aegis of Immortal — the trophy of champions — as the winning carry of Evil Geniuses for TI5.

 

Fear injured his arm from physical activities before TI4 — which actually prompted him to be subbed out of Evil Geniuses in the said tournament — and constantly suffered from it ever since.

“Fear is hands down the best Dota player I’ve ever had the privilege to play with. Whenever people would ask about our team’s dynamic, I always described him as the co-captain. I could always count on Clinton to make a collected, yet decisive decision. He always had my back and I knew I could count on him when I was lost. Fear helped me reach my potential, and I believe he will continue to do that for players in years to come. Best of luck Fear, and thank you for everything you have done for me and this team,” former teammate Peter “PPD” Dager said.

Fear will still be part of Evil Geniuses but not as a player. “We’re grateful for Fear’s many years of involvement with Evil Geniuses and look forward to his new role as the team’s coach. We hope many fans will join us in honoring not just his legacy with EG, but his impact on esports as a whole for many years to come,” EG disclosed.

(c) Wykrhm Reddy
(c) Wykrhm Reddy

 

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Long Form

Spring Shuffle Final Rosters

The final registrations for the Kiev Major have been officially closed by Valve, and the top teams around the world have already finalized their rosters ahead of the Spring Shuffle. While it hasn’t been as chaotic as the Fall Shuffle, Spring Shuffle still brought about a few surprises, like how the past members of MVP.Phoenix have been distributed amongst other teams and the Filipino wonder Abed “Abed” Yusop resigned from Execration to join Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho in forming Team Onyx. Here are the final Spring Shuffle rosters and some of GG Network’s news coverage around them:


 

SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION

Execration

Khim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
Fernando “Nando” Mendoza
Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
Joshua “Owa” Dela Serna
Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis

TEAM FACELESS (No Changes)

Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong
Daryl “iceiceice” Koh
Toh “Xy-“ Wai Hong
Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih

Mineski.GGNetwork (No Changes)

Ryan “Raging-_-Potato” Jay Qui
Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen
Ralph Richard “RR” Peñano
Julius “Julz” De Leon
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr.

TNC Pro Team

Marc Polo “Raven” Luis  Fausto
Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Samson Solomon “Sam_H” Enojosa Hidalgo
Timothy “Tims” Randrup
Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa

Tims to complete TNC roster

Warriors Gaming Unity (No Changes)

Jay Son “Ahjit” Lai
Boon Seng “NaNa” Kam
Soon Khong “KaNG” Chua
Soon Chuan “Ahfu” Tue
Ee Wooi “Wenn” Neng


 

AMERICAS REGION

Digital Chaos (No Changes)

Roman “Resolu1tion” Fominok
Aliwi “w33” Omar
David “MoonMeander” Tan
Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
William “Blitz” Lee

Evil Geniuses (No Changes)

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
Saahil UNiVeRsE Arora
Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
Andreas Franck “Cr1t” Nielsen

Team NP

Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao
Arif “MSS” Anwar
Avery “SVG” Silverman
Theeban “1437” Siva

Team Onyx

Mason “mason” Venne
Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop
Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale
Kim “DuBu” Doo-youn
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho

Abed joins DeMoN to form NA-based Team Onyx


 

EUROPE

Ad Finem (No Changes)

Omar “Madara” Dabasas
Dimitris “ThuG” Plivouris
Xaris “SkyLark” Zafirou
Verros “Maybe Next Time” Apostolos
Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannakopoulos

Alliance (No Changes)

Jonathan “Loda” Berg
Linus “Limmp” Blomdin
Jonas “jonassomfan” Lindholm
Simon “Handsken” Haag
Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist

Cloud9 (Formerly Team Imperial)

Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard
Jon “13abyKnight” Andersen
Mikki “HesteJoe-Rotten” Junget
Danny “Noia” Junget
Christopher “Ryze” Winther

Cloud9 signs All-Danish team Imperial

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
Amer “Miracle-“ Al-Barkawi
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov
Maroun “GH” Merhej
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi

Team Liquid signs GH

Natus Vincere

Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini
Roman “rmN-“ Paley
Malthe “Biver” Winther

Na`Vi announces new roster, adds Pajkatt, rmn-, Biver

Feras “Feero” Hroob
Adrian “FATA-“ Trinks
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat
Adam “343” Shah

FATA- forms new team alongside Forev, 343, YapzOr

Long Form

ESL One Genting Tournament Preview

The first premiere tournament of 2017 for Dota 2 kicks off at Genting, Malaysia as ESL ONE turns to Southeast Asia for a battlefield of eight top teams this January 6-8. The hometown heroes Fnatic have been revamped, SEA stars Execration are coming into the tournament with new players, while teams such Wings Gaming and Team NP are looking for redemption in this USD 250,000 prize pooled event.

Participating Teams:

1. Fnatic (Direct Invite)

After a disappointing finish at the Boston Major Regional Qualifiers last year, Fnatic looked to revamp around the duo Mushi and Ohaiyo by releasing the Filipino players Raven and eyyou as well as the American legend DeMoN. As the first directly invited team for ESL One Genting and the hometown heroes of Malaysia, Fnatic introduces a touch of the old and the new with the addition of rookie InYourDream and veteran SEA stars YamateH and Febby.

Players:
Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung
Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky
Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo
Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong
Kim “Febby” Yong-min

2. Digital Chaos (Direct Invite)

Digital Chaos have been consistent the whole of Fall season, ending it in a high note by placing 3rd-4th during the Boston Major. They have also kept their roster intact and as such will definitely be the favorites coming into this tournament.

Digital Chaos

Roman “Resolu1tion” Fominok
Aliwi “w33” Omar
David “MoonMeander” Tan
Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen***
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov

3. Wings Gaming (Direct Invite)

Wings Gaming finished alright with the Boston Majors group stage, but the Single Elimination format for the Main Event wasn’t exactly favorable for the defending TI champions. They were paired against Evil Geniuses during the first round of the tournament, a team who ushered their first round exit as well. Now, they are looking for redemption with the new patch 7.00 to be played for ESL One Genting.

Chu “shadow” Zeyu
Zhou “bLink” Yang
Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida
Zhang “y`” Yiping
Lee “iceice” Peng

4. Team NP (American Qualifier)

Team NP routed their NA rivals compLexity Gaming during the American Qualifier to punch their tickets to Malaysia. They are also heading to the Spring Season with their primary roster intact. Additionally, the team performed well during the Boston Major — finishing 5th-8th place — which makes them a legitimate threat in this tournament.

Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao
Arif “MSS” Anwar
Avery “SVG” Silverman
Theeban “1437” Siva

5. Newbee (Chinese Qualifier)

Newbee is another team that won’t fix that which isn’t broken: the top-tier squad will not change their roster, especially after a stellar Fall Season outing. They have been a dominant force in the region of China with many LAN wins against their fellow Chinese teams. They also still feature China’s top MMR players Sccc and kaka. 

Xu “uuu9” Han
Song “Sccc” Chun
Damien “kpii” Chok
Hu “kaka” Liangzhi
Zeng “Faith” Hongda

6. Virtus.Pro (European Qualifier)

The ESL ONE Genting regional qualifiers were done way before the Boston Major; but if the invites were drawn a month later than it did, surely Virtus.Pro would be directly invited in this event. Virtus.Pro were such a force to be reckoned with during the late part of the Fall Season, so much so that they were poised to take the Boston Major if not for the single elimination format. After their premature exit at teh tournament because of Evil Geniuses, the team kept their roster intact and could be the hungriest of the teams as the tournament sounds its horns.

Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
Pavel “9pashaebashu” Khvastunov
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Alexei “Solo” Berezin

7. Execration (Southeast Asian Qualifier)

Execration suffered a huge blow by losing its start player Abed “Abed” Yusop after the Fall Season to combo up with their inability to participate in the Boston Major (despite being directly invited) because of VISA Issues. Now, the team looks for redemption as Kim0 and DJ seeks to prove that they totally deserved that Boston Major invite by conquering the Southeast Asian region through the addition of two Filipino household names Nando and Owa.

Khim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
Fernando “Nando” Mendoza
Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti
Joshua “Owa” Dela Serna
Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis

8. Warriors Gaming Unity (Malaysian Qualifier)

WG.Unity did nothing shabby at all during their Boston Major run: they eliminated Fnatic and Mineski.GGNetwork during the Regional Qualifiers, smashed through the Group Stage and finished 2nd place, then went on to defeat the experienced compLexity Gaming to etch a 5-8th place finish for the whole of Boston Major. They have shown that even as a new team, they are at par with the international favorites, and will definitely be a threat here in ESL One Genting.

Jay Son “Ahjit” Lai
Boon Seng “NaNa” Kam
Soon Khong “KaNG” Chua
Soon Chuan “Ahfu” Tue ***
Ee Wooi “Wenn” Neng

Long Form

Top 10 Esports Players of 2016

2016 has been a great year for esports, and there’s an extremely long list of the best performances for many esports players. Nevertheless, we’re giving you a shortlist of the top 10 players of 2016 (in no particular order) based on their achievements in their respective esports discipline:

1. Pavel “Pavel” Beltukov (Hearthstone)

2015 was gloomy for Pavel — being only one game away from entering Blizzcon of that year — but 2016 was definitely his year after winning the Hearthstone World Championship against Artem “DrHippi” Kravets. He also showed incredible comeback victories in his Blizzcon run, such as trailing 0-3 against OmegaZero to win the series 4-3 at the end of the day.

2. Byun “ByuN” Hyun Woo (Starcraft II)

Legacy of the Void, a lot of updates, definitely a lot more competition: all these made the WCS 2016 for Starcraft a really huge tournament. After a grueling grind throughout 2016, it was the Terran player ByuN who was able to retain the fortitude and take the Starcraft 2 World Championship out of Blizzcon 2016.

3. Wolfe Glick (Pokemon VGC)

In the meta bombarded by usage of restricted primal legendary Pokemon that of Groudon and Kyogre, Wolfe Glick redeemed himself by introducing something new: in his World Championship run for the Pokemon Video Game Competition (VGC), he introduced the idea of having Fakeout pressure every round by cycling around Hitmontop and Raichu.

4. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Counter Strike: Global Offensive)

s1mple showed 2016 a ton of highlight plays and also joined Natus Vincere to consequently win ESL One New York in the middle of the year. Oh, he also introduced throwing AWPs in the air as decoy.

5. Marcelo “coldzera” David (Counter Strike: Global Offensive)

coldzera was extremely instrumental in SK Gaming‘s ESL ONE Cologne championship last July, and all of SK Gaming‘s Finals appearances in other CS:GO tournaments this year. With his top-tier performance in 2016, The Game Awards inevitably awarded him as Best Player of 2016

6. Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho (League of Legends)

There were many dominant players for League of Legends, but when it comes to determining the best top laner, it’s definitely Smeb. The way he performed for ROX Tigers was nothing short of phenomenal throughout 2016.

7. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

If there’s just one household name you want for professional League of Legends, there wouldn’t be a question at all. Faker has been the best player for LoL for a long time now, and most especially around 2016 where his team SK Telecom T1 finished as the World Champions of League of Legends.

8. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka (Dota 2)

JerAx, throughout the year, has been the best and most electric support in all of Dota 2. He then joined the handicapped OG (who lost three core players) and still managed to win the Boston Major this December.

9. Tal “Fly” Aizik and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein (Dota 2)

Fly and N0tail — the duo that brought to life the legendary Dota 2 team, OG — may not be the most mechanically skilled players, but they do know how to run a team. In their first iteration, they won two Valve-sponsored events. Unfortunately, they lost three of their core members after their TI6 run, but they went on to scout and draft other players to take their third Major championship. No one has ever done that in the history of Dota 2.

10. Amer “Miracle-“ Al-Barkawi (Dota 2)

Arguably the best player of 2016, Miracle- was the first to have ever reached 9000 Matchmaking Rating points and already clinched two Valve-sponsored tournament championships in his first year of competitive play. He also received the “Rookie of the Year” recognition from the Esports Industry Awards.

 

Who are your top 10 players of 2016?


 

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