|Syed Sumail Hassan|
|Born||February 13, 1999|
|Current team||Evil Geniuses|
|Championships||The International 2015|
Syed Sumail Hassan (Urdu: سمیل حسن ; born February 13, 1999), better known as simply Sumail, is a Pakistani professional Dota 2 player for Evil Geniuses. Sumail was a member of the team that won The International 2015, alongside Fear, Aui_2000, UNiVeRsE, and ppd. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, he currently lives in Rosemont, Illinois as a resident of the United States.
In 2015, EG also won the Dota 2 Asia Championships in Shanghai. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Sumail as the youngest gamer to surpass US$1 million in tournament prize money winnings. In 2016, Time named Sumail as among 'the 30 Most Influential Teens'.
Sumail Hassan first started playing Dota when he was seven years old. Upon his arrival to America he began playing in the South American Elite League. Hassan quickly became the highest rated player in the in-house league, establishing himself as one of the best upcoming talents in the North American scene. His play was so impressive that Katya pushed for EG to recruit him in January 2015. Hassan's LAN debut was at the Dota 2 League Season 5 finals in Las Vegas on January 6, 2015. The team performed poorly at the event, in part to lack luster performance by Hassan. Critics began to question whether he deserved a roster spot on a team like Evil Geniuses.
In February, EG and Sumail Hassan participated in the Dota 2 Asia Championships. In his first match of the tournament, Sumail introduced his Euls Scepter of Divinity Shadow Fiend build, which would quickly become part of the meta for the tournament. EG's captain ppd entered the tournament with a focus on drafting around Sumail, in order to ensure he was comfortable in game. This proved to be quite successful as EG found themselves in the top 4, with an 11-4 record, after the group stage. EG stormed through the upper bracket beating Na'Vi and Big God, but were soundly defeated 2-0 by VG in the upper bracket finals. After a 2-0 victory over the tournament favorite Team Secret in the lower bracket finals, EG had a rematch with VG in the finals. In the finals Sumail established himself as one of the best mid players in the world with his stellar play. Sumail's most notable performance of the tournament was in Game 3 of the finals, where he found himself with a 0-3-0 score on his hero before the three minute mark. Undeterred by the poor start, Sumail quickly took control of the game and led his team to victory, while finishing with a score of 17-7-11. Sumail's breakout performance at DAC led to widespread recognition as a young prodigy in both the Chinese and Western Dota scenes, and secured a reputation as one of the best Storm Spirit players in the game. Sumail helped EG establish themselves as the best team in the beginning of 2015, along with securing $1,284,158 USD for the team.
EG entered The International 2015 as one of the two favorites along with Team Secret; EG had finished 2nd behind Secret at each of the previous two LAN tournaments, The Summit 3 and ESL One Frankfurt 2015. Team Secret finished in 8th place, leaving the way to the championship open for EG. However, EG experienced a setback of their own after losing the Upper Bracket Finals 0-2 to the surprise wildcard powerhouse CDEC Gaming. EG defeated LGD Gaming in the Lower Bracket Finals and prevailed 3-1 in a rematch with CDEC in the Grand Finals to claim the International 2015 championship. Sumail's play was particularly noteworthy in both the Lower Bracket Finals and the Grand Finals - Game 1 of the Grand Finals was eerily reminiscent of Sumail's experience in DAC, as Sumail died 3 times on his signature Storm Spirit in the opening moments of the game. EG took home $6,634,661 for their first-place finish, making Sumail the youngest player ever to surpass $1 million in eSports winnings.
Notable tournament results
- Dota 2 Asia Championships
- The International 2015
- Frankfurt Major 2015
- The Shanghai Major 2016
- The International 2016
- 3rd-4th Kiev Major
- China Top 2016
- The Manila Masters 2017
- The International 2018
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- Khan, Farjad (February 9, 2015). "15-year-old Pakistani wins $1.2m Dota2 Asian Championship". The Express Tribune. Lakson Group. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- Daultrey, Stephen (August 11, 2015). "Pakistani teenager becomes youngest gamer to surpass $1million in eSports earnings as Dota 2 tournament sets major records". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016". TIME. October 19, 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- "Throne of Games". E:60. ESPN.