Sumail

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Sumail Hassan
Syed Sumail Hassan
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Sumail during his tenure with Evil Geniuses, 2017
Personal information
Born (1999-02-13) February 13, 1999 (age 21)
HometownKarachi
NationalityPakistani
Career information
GamesDota 2
Career history
2015–2019Evil Geniuses
2019Quincy Crew
2020OG
Career highlights and awards

Syed Sumail Hassan (Urdu: سمیل حسن‎ ; born February 13, 1999), better known simply as Sumail, is a Pakistani professional Dota 2 player. Sumail was a member of the Evil Geniuses team that won The International 2015. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and lives in Rosemont, Illinois as a resident of the United States.

Hassan's professional career began when he signed with Evil Geniuses in 2015. That same year, he and the team won The International 2015, which awarded him over a million dollars in prize money. He spent the next four years with the team, having varying degrees of success. In 2019, Hassan left EG to briefly play alongside his brother on the Quincy Crew before briefly signing with OG in 2020.

Career[edit]

Sumail Hassan was born in Pakistan on February 13, 1999, as the son of Syed Tatheer Mumtaz and Syeda Zill-e-Huma.[1] He has a brother, Yawar Hassan, who also plays professional Dota 2.[2] Sumail first started playing Dota when he was seven years old. Upon his arrival to America he began playing in the North American Elite League. Hassan quickly became the highest rated player in the in-house league, establishing himself as one of the best unsigned talents in North America.[3] Evil Geniuses (EG) signed him in January 2015, joining Fear, Aui 2000, Universe, and ppd.[4] A month later, EG and Hassan participated in the Dota 2 Asia Championships, where finished in first place. EG's captain ppd entered the tournament with a focus on drafting around him. Sumail's breakout performance at the tournament led to widespread recognition as a young prodigy in both the Chinese and English Dota scenes.

EG entered The International 2015 as one of the tournament favorites. However, EG experienced a setback of their own after losing the upper bracket finals 0–2 to 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 win the tournament and a US$6.6 million grand prize, which made Sumail the youngest player ever to surpass a million in esports winnings.[5] In 2016, Sumail was named by Time as among 'the 30 Most Influential Teens' that year.[6] In September 2019, it was announced that he would be leaving the team to join the Quincy Crew alongside his brother Yawar.[7][2] However, he left the team after only a few weeks, with the team's manager claiming he was not a "good fit" for them, before signing with OG in January 2020.[8][9] Shortly after, he was removed from the team after 6 months.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Throne of Games". E:60. ESPN. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |city= (help)
  2. ^ a b Tan Guan Hao, Dexter. "Hassan brothers SumaiL and YawaR join the Quincy Crew". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.thescoreesports.com/dota2/news/10101-sumail-leaves-evil-geniuses
  4. ^ Kolker, Robert (July 30, 2015). "The Video Game Dream A Pakistani Teen Gets Rich Quick in E-Sports". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016". TIME. October 19, 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Announcing a new Dota 2 roster". evilgeniuses.gg. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Sumail departs from Quincy Crew". ESPN. Reuters. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  9. ^ Esports, OG (January 28, 2020). "The King is back". ogs.gg.
  10. ^ "Ceb is back to OG Dota 2 roster, Sumail removed". TalkEsports. Retrieved July 26, 2020.