Every eSport has its veteran superstars, legendary players, who are associated with that particular game, once the subject comes up. In Dota 2, one of the players who managed to reach the status of a legendary icon is Clinton “Fear” Loomis from Evil Geniuses. According to reports on the eSports side of the Interwebz, it’s much more accurate to say “was” instead of “is”.
Just like in sports, great players come and go, to be replaced by a new generation of legends, similar to the tide of the sea in some ways. There’s a difference, however. While the history of traditional sports spans centuries in some cases, the history of any particular eSports title only touches upon a decade at most. Counter-Strike, Dota, Starcraft and some other titles are the only games able to boast such a storied history. Fear from the Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 team was one of the people who took part in shaping it.
The player did a lot, becoming a legend over his long career. Another thing that stayed in the back of any Dota and Fear fans’ mind was that Fear occasionally has health problems, having to do with his arm. Certainly, that is a common injury among gamers, no matter the title. Just like basketball players can tear their Achilles’ tendons, so can gamers have various wrist problems. Sidelined with a possibility of The International title in 2014, Fear missed out but came back strong in 2015, winning the biggest tournament of the year. After a high-placed finish in this year’s International, it seems as if Fear is finally hanging up his mouse, retiring from the life of a professional player due to health reasons.
While Fear won’t be playing anymore, he isn’t about to leave Dota 2 behind, intending to become a coach on the staff of EG’s Dota team. That is heartening news indeed. If we can’t have Fear competing, at least his presence will still be felt through the team he coaches.
The organization wasn’t left floundering. While another longtime player, Peter “ppd” Dager also announced his retirement, EG got some respectable replacements to reinforce Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, and Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. The replacements? Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Andreas “cr1t-” Franck Nielsen. While it remains to be seen whether EG can keep their high level of performance after the roster shuffle, the individual talent is definitely there. Hopefully, the newbies (even though Arteezy played for EG twice before) can fill the shoes of the players they’re replacing.
It’s time for new legends to make their path.