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Evil Geniuses has removed franchise player Clinton “Fear” Loomis after roughly five years on the team, as well as support player Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, according to the official Valve major registration site.
While there has been no official word from Evil Geniuses about the roster moves, it will be the team’s first since the start of the Dota 2 off-season, which began with the conclusion of the International 6 earlier this month. Despite the team’s more-than impressive run at the $20.7 million event, which saw the roster defeat Newbee and EHOME before falling to eventual winners Wings Gaming, and finally getting eliminated by Digital Chaos.
Prior to the International 6 and the addition of support zai, Evil Geniuses were in a dire spot in terms of results. The team had lost two of its stars in Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora to rivals Team Secret on Mar. 22, prompting the North American organization to recruit two former Evil Geniuses players in Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling and Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale.
After roughly three months together, the roster disbanded after a series of poor placings in international tournaments. This included the Manila Major, which saw both Evil Geniuses and Team Secret get eliminated in last place.
Fear is one of the most legendary players in North American Dota 2 history. Having competed for roughly a decade in the title, the player was one of three subjects covered in Valve’s Dota 2 documentary Free to Play, garnering him the attention of an entire new generation of fans.