Evil Geniuses Suffers Shock Upset in NA DPC 2021-22
One of the biggest upsets yet in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 Tour 1: Division 1 took place in the North American (NA) region as Evil Geniuses lost to Black N Yellow with a scoreline of 2-1. Evil Geniuses, seen as the favorite going into this series, displayed its best skills and outplayed its opponents early on in all three games, but it lost its mid-games in the first and third to lose the series. While Evil Geniuses dropped the ball midway through these two games, it was also Black N Yellow’s splendid spellcasting and hero positioning that allowed them to dominate critical teamfights.
Evil Geniuses vs Black N Yellow: Match Recap and Highlights
In game 1, Evil Geniuses showed off an excellent laning stage. The team also took objective after objective, shrinking the enemy's map. However, there was one teamfight around the Roshan pit where Evil Geniuses’ positioning was not optimal, which somewhat leveled the game out. Rises, who had struggled so far with his safelane Phantom Assassin, began to gain momentum. For the remainder of the match, both teams dealt blows, but in the final crucial teamfight, Rises managed to wipe Evil Geniuses with a Double Damage rune, and Black N Yellow won in 44 minutes.
Game 2 saw Evil Geniuses trample its opponents right from the start. Abed's midlane prowess helped him rise, while Black N Yellow's weak safelane duo of Medusa and Ogre Magi also enabled Evil Geniuses to dominate. In this game, there were no comebacks, and Black N Yellow lost in 30 minutes.
Game 3's laning phase went pretty much the same as the first two games, with Evil Geniuses holding a lead of nearly 8k after 22 minutes. However, the end of Evil Geniuses began with a fight around the Roshan pit, just like it did in the first game. In subsequent fights, Evil Geniuses tended to focus more on Rises’ Gyrocopter without paying much attention to his position five support of Io providing a lot of healing. Evil Geniuses did not realize it until the game was already out of control, going from an 8k lead in 22 minutes to a loss in 30 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
So far, Evil Geniuses has mostly outplayed its opponents in the laning phase, but as a team, it has had trouble fighting effectively in teamfights. Spellcasting and positioning were particularly underwhelming in today's series, while Black N Yellow showed exceptional skill in both these aspects.
Following the Evil Geniuses' 2-0 victory over Arkosh Gaming last week, Evil Geniuses' position four player, Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen had acknowledged that the team has had some rough scrims and will need some time to get back into its rhythm.
Evil Geniuses’ next series will be against Wild Card Gaming on 14th Dec 2021 while Black N Yellow plays Team Undying on 11th Dec 2021.
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