Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, the hard carry for Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 team, broke the 10K MMR threshold in Dota 2 during the one day break between the group stages and the main event of The International 7.
Considered one of the most mechanically talented professional Dota 2 players in the world, Arteezy is the third player in the scene to reach 10K MMR after Abed “Abed” Azel Yusop from Digital Chaos and Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai from Team Secret. He’s the only player to remain at that level, though, as both of the others have dropped back below 10K.
What makes his achievement stand out is that he managed to reach that point in the middle of the largest Dota 2 event in the world. MMR, or Match Making Rating, is the system that matches players of similar play levels. Winning games increases it while losing games decreases it, which means that Arteezy managed to win enough games in one day to reach 10K.
Arteezy made his first break when he played as a stand-in for Speed Gaming during MLG Columbus in 2013. His career saw continued success with his Team SADBOYS, which would be picked up by Evil Geniuses. His team continued to earn a string of first place finishes in major tournaments until he decided to move to Team Secret in January 2015. He’s bounced between Team Secret and EG in recent years, as he began his third sting on EG last September.
Evil Geniuses fell short of its goals at TI7, though, dropping out on the second day of the bracket stage.
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