What is perhaps the most mythical rumor in professional Dota 2 history has come true. Former OG player Jesse”JerAx“Vainikka, two-time The International (TI) champion, has returned to play for arch rival Evil Geniuses in Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22. Additionally, Evil Geniuses revealed that Virtus.pro’s Egor”Nightfall“Grigorenko will be joining the team. Also, it’s interesting to know that these players will play roles that are different from their traditional roles – Nightfall will take on the offlaner role, while JerAx takes on the role. hard support.
JerAx and Nightfall join Evil Geniuses before DPC 2021-22
In an announcement on its website, Evil Geniuses announced that they have finalized their roster for the upcoming season with the addition of JerAx and Nightfall.
Evil Geniuses’ roster currently includes some of the most talented and seasoned players in competitive Dota 2.
After two consecutive wins against OG at TI8 and TI9, JerAx has established himself as the top player in 4th place. He will retire in January 2021 after motivation and passion for Dota 2. His competition began to wane. He has stopped playing any competitive games since then. Earlier this year, he was live streaming Dota 2 for quite some time, spamming Sand King in pubs. At the time, he said he would not compete.
About eight months after that tweet, JerAx returned to Dota 2 competing against Evil Geniuses.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to play for EG. Hopefully, we will do well as a team. I might be too optimistic that this will actually turn out well and I’m terrified that it will. I wouldn’t play Dota if I didn’t expect the team to be one of the best. As for myself, I don’t see any other reason for me to approach playing this game. ”
When JerAx arrived, Cr1t- had the following to say.
“When we first heard of the JerAx pick, I thought it was undisputed for all of us, he is an idol for any Dota player even. when you’re not playing as a No. 4. For me, he’s one of the only players that I consider my superior. Obviously he has the edge over me. That’s why I always look at him and try to learn from him. It was great to be able to learn from him by the side. Obviously, he will play a different role, but I have no doubt he will be able to do it.”
Furthermore, both Arteezy and Cr1t- discussed how acquiring Nightfall requires a process because of a role change. However, they believed that he would be a great fit for Evil Geniuses when they talked to him. Nightfall expressed a great deal of interest and commitment to this role as an outcast, Arteezy noted.
As a key member of his now-old youth team, Virtus.pro, Nightfall has emerged as one of the top carry players in the world. Although the team didn’t perform well in the two Majors last season, they rebounded strongly at TI10, placing 5-6th.
“This roster change is really exciting for me. I like the idea of a carry going offlane because these two roles often interact the most, and both Jerax and Nightfall have a lot of fresh air and tactical strategy to bring to the team.” Arteezy said about the addition of two new players.
JerAx replaces Tal”Flies“Aizik while Nightfall replaces Daryl Koh”iceiceice“Pei Xiang. Evil Geniuses’ current lineup will appear on DPC’s North American Tour 1 of 2021-22 starting on November 29, 2021. It will be interesting to see how Evil Geniuses perform as there are role changes, and the nature of synergies and chemistry within the team remains unexamined, although they certainly have a lot of talent, experience, and reputation.
https://afkgaming.com/dota2/news/evil-geniuses-officially-welcomes-jerax-and-nightfall-to-dota-2-roster Evil Geniuses officially welcomes JerAx and Nightfall into the Dota 2 roster