After upsetting performance in the DOTA 2 Manila Major, Evil Geniuses recruited UNiVeRsE to re-join the team, after spending two months with Team Secret. Team Secret, in return, recruited BuLba for the offlane role.
Despite getting direct invites to the Manila Major, Team Secret and Evil Geniuses failed to get a foothold, and both teams were rapidly eliminated in the main event without winning a single series, causing an upset. Once done with the tournament, these teams had to undergo some roster changes as Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora joined the roster of Evil Geniuses once again. Due to this, it is almost certain that both of these prestigious teams have lost their direct invites to the biggest tournament of the year, the International 2016.
Although the invites are not yet out, but according to the official rules teams are only allowed to be invited to major tournaments if they lock their rosters during a certain time period. This time period ended on March 27, when teams had to send in their complete rosters (including substitute players) to Valve. Team Secret and Evil Geniuses have failed to do so, and thus may be excluded from the invitation list.
Both of these teams are among the top 5 pro teams in the whole world, having proved themselves many times on the main stage. They will have to appear in the open qualifiers to join the main stage of the International 2016. Open qualifiers should not be too hard for them, as they may contain lower tier teams, but the real competition lies in the main qualifiers.
The International is an annual event hosted by Valve for DOTA 2. Over the years, it has produced some incredible talent and has become the face of E-sports several times due to its unusually high prize pools. Last year it marked the highest prize pool in the history of E-sports, sitting at about $18 million, which was of course won by Evil Geniuses. Before the Majors were introduced by Valve, the International was the prime goal for most pro DOTA 2 players.