Harrison | 24. November 2022

EG confirm new South American Dota 2 roster

As the DPC rostermania is nearly coming to an end, another Dota 2 team has locked in their roster for the upcoming 2022-2023 DPC season. Last week, EG confirmed the release of its previous North American DOTA 2 roster, sparking rumors about the organization picking up players from South American team Thunder Awaken. 

Today, Evil Geniuses proved the rumors right by announcing the signing of an all-South American roster for their upcoming DPC season. In traditional EG fashion, they have put together players from different teams to form their new roster thus breaking up some teams in between.

The new roster

The new EG roster consists of three former Thunder Awaken players, namely Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez who will be playing the new position five role, Farith “Matthew” Huamancaja on position four who will also be acting as an in-game captain. Lastly, their teammate Crhistian “Pakazs” Casanova will be playing as position one.

Thunder Awaken put on a marvelous performance back at the recent The International 2022, carrying the hopes of an entire region. However, their courageous attempts were stopped by Team Liquid in Lower Bracket round four.   

The trio from Thunder Awaken will be joined by the two players from another SA team — Beast Coast. Adrián “Wisper” Dobles will be joining the team as the position three along with his teammate Jean “Chris Luck” Salaza, who will be playing as position two.

Even though no information regarding which division will the organization be playing in South America has been disclosed, most people have speculated that EG will be acquiring the Division 1 spot left by SG Esports to assure that they have the chance to play for DPC points and obtain invites to Majors in the upcoming season.

Earlier this month, former EG captain Tal “Fly” Aizik stated during a stream that the EG team will be “similar” but there will be “changes” to the roster going into the new DPC season.

Fortune favors the bold

It is known that fortune favors the bold, and when it comes to choices, EG has made the boldest choices time and time effortlessly. This can be seen during the 2015 era, when they signed a 16-year-old prodigy Syed “Sumail” Hassan. Back then, a lot of people were confused and astonished by this decision, as the prodigy failed to prove himself at his debut.

Nevertheless, he more than redeemed himself the following year, as he helped EG win Dota Asia Championship. Thanks to his marvelous playstyle, the North American organization immortalized their names in the coveted Aegis of Champions at The International 2015.

However, not all bold choices have favored EG, which can be seen in the previous 2021-2022 DPC season, where EG signed one of the two times back-to-back TI champions —Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka. The team couldn’t manage to find wins when it mattered the most and eventually, Jerax and EG parted ways, while Fly was brought back so that EG could get qualified for TI11.  However, EG got eliminated early, even though they topped Group A.

And so, only time will tell how the new South American roster will work for EG. 

Header: Twitter/ Evil Geniuses