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Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora and Peter “ppd” Dager have been dropped from EG's roster according to the official Majors registration site. The move effectively puts an end to the core roster which has been the hallmark of the Evil Geniuses organization these past two years.
Evil Geniuses recruited the team of Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, UNiVeRsE and ppd, who had played for a trial-period under the moniker SADBOYS, at the beginning of 2014. The team placed third at The International 4—higher than any other team from the West.
Despite their continued success in 2014, it wasn’t until 2015 that they reached their peak. Together with the practically unknown midlaner Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and former Cloud9 support Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Evil Geniuses towered above the opposition at the International 5 and became the first-ever North American world champions.
Since then things haven't gone as well, with 2016 easily the worst ever period for the team after a major roster change brought it to its knees. Evil Geniuses traded offlaners with Team Secret, which brought UNiVeRsE back to the fold. The International 5 champions also brought back original support player Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, who aided the team massively on its path to yet another third place finish at the International 6.
With the final two members of the roster gone, the greatest North American Dota 2 in history is now nothing but a memory.