Abed Yusop and the Evil Geniuses pulled off a 2-0 win over Thunder Predator before going down in a 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro on Day 3 of in the ongoing Dota 2 premier event, The International 10 (TI10).
The 21-year-old Yusop used the Beastmaster character in their best-of-two series matches with TP, and then played the Lycan against Virtus.pro in helping EG stay in contention in upper bracket of Group A.
Yusop and his top-ranked North American squadmates Daryl Koh Pei Xiang, Andreas Nielsen, Israeli Tal Aizik, and Artour Babaev have collected a 3-2-2 win-draw-loss-record at the end of their Series 8 matches.
EG is now behind overall Group A leader Invictus Games (6-1-0), which remained unbeaten in seven encounters in the Southeast Asian group stages.
Karroch, the Beastmaster, is a versatile melee strength hero most commonly played as an offlaner and ganker, who brings a good amount of utility to his team in any situation.
Meanwhile, the Lycan, is a melee strength hero with the ability of making immense physical damage and considerable movement speed.
Using Beastmaster against TP proved effective for Yusop as in EG’s two showdowns with the winless Thunder Predator group.
Team IG is led by Chinese pro Jin Ziyi, who is also known by his ID, “flyfly.”
So far, the team has won 13 individual matches and lost only one.
Team OG and Virtus.pro are in second and third, respectively, with their 3-3-1, and 4-1-2 slates.
Pinoy gamer Carlo “Kuku” Palad and T1 are struggling to remain in contention as they are in fifth behind EG following wins over Alliance, 2-0, Team Undying, 2-0.
T1 and Team Undying are in fifth and sixth places, respectively, with their 4-0-3 and 3-2-2 slates, sharing an individual record of 8-6 apiece.
The champions of TI10 will claim $18,208,300, as well as the coveted Aegis of Champions to serve as proof being the best Dota 2 team in the world.
This year’s grand prize is much bigger from previous years, with TiI9 in 2019 awarding $15.6 million out of its $34.3 million prize pool
Meanwhile, organizers said they will now remove the 15-minute delay requirement on third party livestreams for the remainder of the event.
The decision was done in order for the gamers to be able to connect with audiences who are watching how the games are going via live feeds worldwide.