Universe
Saahil Arora 
United States
Evil Geniuses
No follow through for Universe's big plays
July 6, 2017
Universe finished Evil Geniuses' 1-0 loss to Newbee during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 7/8/14
ANALYSIS
Universe played an offlane Earthshaker. Despite a 10-minute Blink Dagger, Universe could get little followup damage from his teammates. An excellent initiator of ganks, Universe just couldn't finish as much as Evil Geniuses needed to stop Newbee.
Fends off Vici Gaming
July 6, 2017
Universe finished Evil Geniuses' 1-0 victory over Vici Gaming during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 5/1/12
ANALYSIS
Universe played an off-lane Enigma in a draft clearly meant as a trial run for The International. Thanks to his nine-minute Blink Dagger, Universe was consistently able to make plays for Evil Geniuses when their engagements went south.
Quietly savages OG as Earthshaker
July 5, 2017
Universe finished Evil Geniuses' 1-0 victory over OG during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 2/3/23
ANALYSIS
Well known for his $5 million Echo Slam at The International 2015, Universe knows Earthshaker well. Easily finding not only experience but farm as Earthshaker in the off lane, Universe went on to rack up 23 assists for EG en route to a swift rout of OG.
Brutal defeat for the Evil Geniuses off lane
July 5, 2017
Universe finished with a 0/9/11 KDA in a loss to LGD in the MDL 2017 group stages.
ANALYSIS
Universe played Legion Commander. He had a decent early game, managing to get a few Duel wins with the help of his team, but he didn't manage to scale into the late game very well. To his credit, Universe didn't give away any extra Duel damage, but he was very ineffective overall.
EG off lane unleashes the spiders
July 5, 2017
Universe played a quiet but effective game for Evil Geniuses as they dismantled Clutch Gamers in MDL 2017. The veteran finished with a KDA of 1/0/14.
ANALYSIS
Universe went with the rare Broodmother in their lone game. He won his 1-vs-1 matchup against Rapy's Batrider. He generated a tremendous amount of space for his team as he forced CG to rotate to his lane often. He farmed an 11-minute Solar Crest, a very good timing for the item. Despite only picking up a single kill, Universe provided a lot of intangibles for his team.
Had a sensational performance in the team win
June 11, 2017
Universe put together a beautiful performance as Evil Geniuses defeated Team Secret 2-0 in the Epicenter semifinals. Universe finished with a 9/4/30 KDA and destroyed two towers in the series.
ANALYSIS
EG was always in control of this series as they led each game throughout. A series sweep was expected and imminent, but the ease of winning only comes from intense preparation and execution. Universe is a good example as he had a very balanced game without any flashy plays or numbers. Universe put up 30 assists in the two games combined, but only died four times. His efficiency is a big reason why EG is playing so well right now and they are on their way to the grand finals.
Rare bad series for EG offlane
June 11, 2017
The consistent Universe struggled for Evil Geniuses as they were dismantled by Team Liquid in the Epicenter grand finals. The veteran offlaner finished with a KDA of 5/18/29.
ANALYSIS
Universe started the series the worst way possible on his Clockwerk. He couldn't contest MATUMBAMAN's farm and his 15-minute Blademail barely did anything while giving gold away to the enemy. His best game on the series was on his Batrider in Game 2. He had a favorable one-on-one match up against Mind_Control's Dark Seer and he came out on top. His 12-minute Blink Dagger then helped him set the tempo for his team three kills and 19 assists. In Game 3, he was on Dark Seer and was given a tough match up against MATUMBAMAN. He couldn't recover from his weak early game as he only had a Guardian Greaves to show for his effort by the time their Ancient was destroyed. In the final game of the series, Universe could not again make things happen for EG on his Axe. Liquid mastered shutting him down early (10 deaths) and that greatly affected his ability to positively impact the game for his team.
Excellent performances in 2-0 win
June 9, 2017
Universe played impressively in Evil Geniuses' 2-0 sweep against Clutch Gamers in Epicenter. He finished with a final KDA of 16/4/20.
ANALYSIS
Playing as Faceless Void in Game 1, Universe had a crucial initiation roll in Evil Geniuses' lineup. His team went with a lineup based around big ultimate combos, and Universe did an excellent job of setting up multiple teamfight wins with Chronosphere. Working in conjunction with Poison Nova and Ice Blast, there wasn't much Clutch Gamers could do to survive confrontations. Universe went in the off lane as Earthshaker in Game 2. Going up against Timbersaw wasn't easy in the lane; however, Universe did a great job of keeping him at bay, and even grabbed First Blood against him one on one. Going for a max-mobility build with a Shadow Blade, Blink Dagger, and Force Staff, it was very easy for Universe to initiate fights, deal damage, and escape with no issues. He ended this game with a KDA of 12/4/13.
Evil Geniuses off lane delivers in a win
June 7, 2017
Universe played very well in Evil Geniuses' 2-0 win over Virtus.pro on the final day of Epicenter group stages. He finished with a 5/5/17 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Universe played Faceless Void. He played a fantastic game from start to finish. Not only was he able to initiate for his team, but he did it without a single death. Universe was the only player to finish the game deathless on either team. He finished with a 1/0/9 KDA. Universe played Enigma in Game 2. He had a rough time in this game, but was still able to get done what Evil Geniuses needed. Most of his Black Holes weren't the spectacular five-man holes that make highlight reels, but they secured the kills needed to win the game. Universe finished with a 4/5/8 KDA.
Anchors down the team with clean and consistent play
May 29, 2017
Universe finished Evil Geniuses' 3-1 victory over Newbee in the Grand Finals of the Manila Masters with a final KDA of 20/12/62.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Universe played a perfect Puck game, evading death at every turn, and bursting down enemies to help EG to a quick victory. In Game 2, Universe played Nature's Prophet. Trying to best Newbee's Naga Siren in a race against the clock, Universe was unable to avoid ganks and push down towers as Evil Geniuses took their only loss in the series. In Game 3, Universe practically repeated his Game 1 performance as Puck. Only recording one death and netting 21 assists, Universe made himself a nuisance to Newbee. Finishing of with flair, Universe played Dark Seer in Game 4. Consistent as always, Universe delivered a magnificent performance. Combined with Arteezy's Bristleback, Universe wrought havoc on Newbee to put them away for good.
Initiates his way to a well-earned victory
May 28, 2017
Universe played an impressive series apart from Game 1 in Evil Geniuses 2-1 win over Team NP in the Manila Masters lower bracket final. He finished with a 9/8/48 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Universe played Earthshaker. This wasn't one of Universe's best performances. He struggled to find initiation for his team against NP's elusive heroes, and didn't build himself to scale as a physical damage core. Universe ended up rather useless in fights, and ended the game with a 2/3/6 KDA. In Game 2 Universe played Legion Commander. After a disappointing Game 1, Universe came roaring back to life. His choice of Duel target was always extremely good. Universe was especially good at using Duel to force EternaLEnVy's Bristleback to face him, letting everyone inflict maximum possible damage. He finished the game with a 4/4/25 KDA. In Game 3 Universe played Faceless Void. Last year it was extremely common to see Unvierse on Faceless Void, but the metagame recently has made him a difficult pick to execute. This was an excellent game for it though. In combination with Cr1t's Phoenix and SumaiL's Puck, Universe was able to set up for some amazing plays with Chronosphere. He finished the game with an impressive 3/1/17 KDA.
Evil Geniuses sent to the lower bracket
May 26, 2017
Universe had a poor series in Evil Geniuses' 0-2 loss to Newbee at the Manila Masters. He finished with a 3/9/11 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Universe played Abaddon in Game 1. Universe had an unusually unimpactful game on Abaddon. He saved his team a few times of course with Aphotic Shield, but this wasn't the strong-man Abaddon that can run into an entire team that was so strong in previous patches. Universe finished the game with a 3/5/8 KDA. In Game 2 Universe played Dark Seer. He had another rough game, starting from the moment he gave up first blood in lane. In fights, he was usually able to hit his combination on multiple heroes, but along with the rest of his team he was too low level to really follow up on it. Once Newbee survived the first round of initiation, there was nothing left from Evil Geniuses. Universe finished with a 0/4/3 KDA.
Racks up the assists in the tough win
May 26, 2017
Universe was a consistently strong force as Evil Geniuses defeated Faceless 2-0 in the Quarterfinals of the Manila Masters. Universe finished with a 6/4/37 KDA and destroyed three towers and a Roshan in the series.
ANALYSIS
The series was in doubt for EG as they watched Faceless pull away with Game 1. It took an intense and unexpected rally from EG to get themselves back in the game and in the lead. After killing eight Faceless members in a three-minute span, EG found themselves ahead and with the Game 1 win. Universe played Faceless Void and then Nature's Prophet in the series as he did a great job supporting players like Suma1L and Arteezy in battle. Even in a slow-starting series, Universe racked up a series-high 37 assists and swept the series in more convincing fashion than how they started. EG is on to the semifinals.
Had an off day in the loss
April 30, 2017
Universe did not look like himself as Evil Geniuses lost 2-0 to OG in the semifinals of the Kiev Major. Universe finished the series with a 4/14/21 KDA and destroyed a tower in the series.
ANALYSIS
Starting the series on Magnus, Universe was struggling to make a big difference. OG was able to take an early lead and refused to give it up. EG wasn't able to do much until they started to mount a small comeback. Quickly after, Universe starting dropping off as his two quick deaths resulted in a huge swing back in favor for OG. Game 2 was a lot more even throughout, but Universe again struggled to stay alive as he finished with a game-high 14 deaths in the series. He will be able to look back and see what he can improve on from this series.
Disappointing series from Evil Geniuses' offlane
March 28, 2017
Universe had an underwhelming series in Evil Geniuses 0-2 loss to Invictus Gaming at the Dota 2 Asia Championships. He finished with a 5/8/13 KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Universe played Abaddon. He had a brutal lane and was completely unable to be the lane bully that Abaddon wants to be. He went for a catch-up Hand of Midas, and then finished a Radiance at 25 minutes. There were a few moments where it looked like Universe might pull it through, but in the end EG fell. Universe finished with a 5/6/10 KDA. In Game 2 Universe played Earthshaker. He found even less success this time than in Game 1. There was no item like Radiance to give him any hope. Not even a Blink Dagger could salvage Universe's game. He finished with a 0/2/3 KDA.