Syed Sumail 
Evil Geniuses
Rekindling his old form at the mid lane
July 25, 2018
SumaiL looked comfortable in his return to mid for Evil Geniuses at The Summit 9. The Pakistani-American star finished with a KDA of 22/8/18.
SumaiL continues to look much more comfortable in his return to the mid in Game 1 with Shadow Fiend. He outlaned the enemy Zeus early on and got to a good start. He was just toying with LDI after he got his Shadow Blade, Black King Bar, and Scythe of Vyse at ridiculous timings. In the end, no one even came close to SumaiL's level of farm in Game 1. SumaiL once again picked Shadow Fiend in Game 2. He even drew First Blood against Nisha's Bloodseeker in his favored match up. As mid game rolled in, it was SumaiL who was playing catch up to Nisha. He found a few plays but he was not as dominant as he was in the series opener.
Shows some glimpses of his former self
June 24, 2018
SumaiL played a decent Storm Spirit, finishing with a 10/6/17 KDA in a win vs Immortals in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
Although he did play well overall, SumaiL gave up a worrying amount of deaths in the mid and late-game when it really matters most. Fortunately for him, his team was able to help pick up the slack and make sure that Immortals couldn't get too much from his deaths.
Rough series ends Evil Geniuses Supermajor run
June 6, 2018
SumaiL finished with an 11/8/20 overall KDA in a rough 0-2 loss to Optic Gaming at the China Supermajor.
In the first game of the series SumaiL took Gyrocopter to the middle lane. He dealt a lot of damage to Optic, but it was too spread out for EG to really capitalize on it. He was able to bring people to around half health, but struggled to finish off the kills, finishing with a 6/6/15 KDA. SumaiL played well Death Prophet in Game 2, giving EG their best chance of victory in a tough loss. He did a lot of damage in fights, and Spirit Siphon was very effective against Optic's tanky heroes. Unfortunately, the rest of EG was not in such a good position. SumaiL finished with a 5/2/5 KDA.
First day back in the middle lane ends in disappointment
June 2, 2018
SumaiL finished with a 20/16/34 overall KDA in a 0-2 loss to TNC at the China Supermajor.
SumaiL played a decent Queen of Pain in Game 1 but couldn't stop TNC on his own. He had a great early and mid-game, but once TNC started getting late-game disable items like Scythe of Vyse SumaiL's game began to crumble. He finished with a 13/7/17 KDA. In Game 2 SumaiL played Death Prophet. He had a rough time this game, losing lane to Armel's Bloodseeker and being forced to play scared for the majority of the rest of the game. He struggled to get the most from his spells in fights, unable to fully commit without getting brought down. He finished with a 7/9/17 KDA.
Plays well in tough loss
May 23, 2018
Suma1L could not push his team to a win as Evil Geniuses lost to Fnatic 1-0 in the group stage of ESL One Birmingham. Suma1L finished with a 6/4/9 KDA.
On Ember Spirit, Suma1L had the best showing of any of the EG members. However, that is not saying too much, as this was a down game for the whole team. Facing off against his old teammate Universe, Suma1L was not able to get the better of him, watching Fnatic pull away late.
Rough game for Evil Geniuses' offlane
May 10, 2018
SumaiL finished with a 3/10/16 KDA on Doom in a loss to Team Secret at GESC Thailand.
Although he was effective in a lot of skirmishes and smaller fights, SumaiL's Doom wasn't as potent as EG needed it to be in full-on clashes. EG was reliant on getting off an early Doom to shut down either Magnus, Chaos Knight, or Monkey King before using their ultimates, but SumaiL couldn't get in position to pull that off.
Unsuccessful return to mid
May 10, 2018
SumaiL's shift back to mid for Evil Geniuses wasn't enough at GESC Thailand. The young star finished with a KDA of 4/4/3.
SumaiL's return to the mid lane with Queen of Pain worked wonders early on for Evil Geniuses. SumaiL was outdueling Abed with his incredible mechanics and outlasted him significantly. His item and talent progression was completely focused on the offensive side. SumaiL had no way to weave in and out of teamfights because of that, so he only really had one Blink in the teamfights. In the 10 minutes that he had to safely farm up a Black King Bar, Fnatic unfortunately found the momentum to turn the game around from a hefty deficit.
Can't do enough
April 5, 2018
SumaiL had a rough game on Leshrac, finishing with a 5/7/6 KDA in an elimination round loss to at DAC 2018.
SumaiL dealt a lot of damage all game, but it wasn't enough to match the burst of SumaiL also seriously struggled when focused down by VP. His hero was extremely fragile, and he was forced to play aggressively because of EG's desperate need for any damage whatsoever in fights.
His worst performance at DAC so far
April 3, 2018
SumaIL crumbled against LGD as Evil Geniuses are relegated to the Lower Bracket at the Dota Asia Championships 2018. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 7/14/33.
SumaiL kicked off the series with Enigma in the midlane. He drew the lane against Ame's Viper and even rushed a Helm of the Dominator at the 11 minute mark. But EG did not get the Black Holes that they wanted after giving him a good laning stage. His six Black Holes only stunned up the LGD team a total of 27 seconds. In Game 2, SumaiL's Batrider had an even worse showing. His naked Blink Dagger was farmed up at the 17 minutes and he never really got going with his Flaming Lassos to set up his team.
Vintage performance from EG star
April 2, 2018
SumaiL had a hell of series against Newbee at the Dota Asia Championships 2018. The former midlaner finished with a KDA of 22/2/10.
SumaiL's opening game on the Puck was a thing of beauty. Sumail completely used his undisturbed first 9 minutes to dominate Kpii's Clockwerk in lane. Sumail then had Power Treads, Veil of Discord, and Blink Dagger by the 13-minute mark on his way to the game-high 12 kills. In Game 2, it was another phenomenal game from Sumail on his Leshrac. Capitalizing on his recent Movement Speed buff, Sumail once again dominated the laning phase. His 11 minute Eul's Scepter of Divinity made him a very difficult kill for Newbee.
Decent performance not enough
April 1, 2018
SumaiL finished with a 4/2/4 KDA on Faceless Void in a loss to Mineski at DAC 2018.
SumaiL managed to finish with a good personal KDA, but this was far from a reflection of the state of the game. SumaiL found some nice Chronospheres, but too often he was either Glimpsed out of them or just didn't have the follow-up damage from his team to capitalize on his initiation. His choice to go for the hard initiation build with Aghanim's Scepter and Blink Dagger left EG with no backup plan in terms of dealing damage during Chrono.
Amazing Game 2 momentum not enough to take the series
March 9, 2018
SumaiL finished with an overall KDA of 12/11/25 in a 1-2 loss to Liquid at PGL Bucharest.
In Game 1 SumaiL played Abaddon, one of his most successful offlane heroes since making the swap. He went for the same build he does in most games: Drums of Endurance, Medallion into Radiance and Solar Crest. Unfortunately for him Liquid seemed more than prepared to deal with him. SumaiL spent most of his Borrowed Time stunned, unable to heal or get any damage out other than Radiance burn. He finished with a 1/4/3 KDA. In Game 2 SumaiL played Ember Spirit, putting on one hell of a show. Despite starting in the offlane, this game brought back memories of vintage SumaiL mid. He dominated Miracle's Timbersaw in lane with some help from Misery's Chen, and never looked back. He finished with an 11/0/12 KDA. In Game 3 SumaiL played Beastmaster, another of his favorite offlane heroes. Despite his recent success and comfort on the hero, he couldn't get it done against Liquid. Perhaps still riding the high from his amazing Game 2, SumaiL made a lot of careless and cocky plays that fed away a lot of potential advantage over the course of the game. He finished with a 1/7/10 KDA.
Looks great in his offlane
March 8, 2018
Suma1L had his best showing yet as Evil Geniuses defeated Team Liquid 1-0 in the group stage of The Bucharest Major. Suma1L finished with a 11/6/28 KDA.
Still getting used to the offlane position since all the switches with EG, SumaiL had one of his best showings since the switch. In a game that EG was not expected to win, SumaiL needed to play his best. Pulling out the surprise Abaddon with the last pick, SumaiL had a massive impact on the game, being second on his team in kills and having the highest kill participation of anybody. EG should not have won this game, but escaped with the win and can still learn from it.
Still getting used to his new role
February 24, 2018
SumaiL struggled as Evil Geniuses lost to Virtus.Pro 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice, finishing with a 15/20/19 KDA.
After the recent reshuffle to the EG roster, SumaiL found himself in a new offlane role. SumaiL is a skilled enough player where he will be able to make it work, but it will still take getting used to. This series, however, was not much of a learning experience as it became a very one-sided series in a hurry. Even though EG took a game, VP outplayed them throughout, even having more kills than EG in their lone win.
Man on a mission against Newbee
February 23, 2018
SumaiL was a man on a mission in the Evil Geniuses victory over Chinese powerhouse Newbee in ESL One Katowice. The flamboyant offlaner finished with a KDA of 11/3/20.
SumaiL returned to the mid lane anew with his Enigma in the series opener. He recorded a crazy 508 gold-per-minute statline on the hero and didn't even need a Blink Dagger to pull off effective Black Holes. He was back to the offlane with Puck in Game 2 and was just creating all sorts of problems for Newbee after acquiring a 12-minute Blink Dagger.
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