Singaporean Dota 2 professional player Daryl "iceiceice" Koh has joined Evil Geniuses (EG), the North American team revealed in a Facebook post early Sunday (15 November).
One of Singapore's most decorated esports players, iceiceice previously spent two years with Fnatic, whose Dota team is based in Malaysia.
When his contract ended in September, the veteran offlaner announced that he would be taking a break and was eyeing competing in a new region.
Iceiceice’s move to North America comes just as another Southeast Asia Dota 2 team, Adroit, disbanded and ceased operations, amid ongoing uncertainty with the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) in the region and the coronavirus pandemic.
The Singaporean will be coming in to replace Russian player, Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev, as EG’s offlaner.
EG benched Ramzes earlier this month to facilitate his return to the CIS region, where he has joined former Virtus.pro teammates and former EG superstar midlaner, Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, in the new CIS superteam, Just Error.
Iceiceice will be the second Southeast Asian player to move to North America and EG, joining the team’s current Filipino midlaner, Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop.
EG continues to employ arguably the most diverse team in Dota, now with a Singaporean joining the ranks of a Filipino, a Canadian in Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, a Dane in Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen, and an Israeli in Tal “Fly” Aizik.
This move also marks the third region that iceiceice will be playing in for his expansive, globe-trotting career, having played in China from 2013 to 2016 before returning to compete in Southeast Asia.
EG has been relatively inactive as the DPC suspension continues, with their last appearance in an online event at the OMEGA League European Immortal Division in September coming after a three-month hiatus.
EG last played with its full line-up at DOTA Summit 12 back in March, just before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the DPC.
The team has played with at least two stand-ins since then, as Abed and Ramzes had been unable to join the squad due to travel restrictions necessitated by the pandemic.
Abed and iceiceice are expected to join up with their EG teammates once the DPC restarts early next year.
Evil Geniuses Dota 2 roster:
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop
Daryl “iceiceice” Koh
Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
Tal “Fly” Aizik
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