15-year-old Pakistani wins $1.2m Dota2 Asian Championship

Sumail Hassan helps his team claim top spot in the world's second biggest Dota2 tournament


Farjad Khan February 09, 2015
Sumail Hasan wins $1.2m tournament in China with team Evil Geniuses. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/demondoto

KARACHI: The world of e-sports has a rising star. Fifteen-year-old Sumail Hassan Syed from Karachi made history for Pakistan on Monday when he helped his team, Evil Geniuses’, claim the Defense of the Ancient 2 (Dota 2) Asian championship in China.

Having moved to the United States only a year ago, the child prodigy had already made waves in the in-house gaming league for North America. It is there where he was picked up by one of the biggest e-sports team, the Evil Geniuses.

EG’s captain said Sumail – who is conveniently known by his in-game alias of ‘Suma1L’ – was brought in after they spotted the “x-factor” in the young Pakistani. EG was so impressed that they took the risk of including the 15-year-old, who had yet to play in a professional competition, on their roster for the world's second biggest Dota2 tournament, the Dota2 Asian Championships (DAC) .

The risk paid huge dividends for EG as Sumail on Monday helped the third-seeded team past Chinese team Vici Gaming at the DAC grand final in Shanghai to bag the $1.2 million prize money.



Sumail played an instrumental role in the team’s success as he was the core player (game-changing role).

Quickly gaining popularity among fans and players alike as the most talented newcomer in Dota2, the prodigy has now set his sights on The International 5 – the biggest tournament in e-sports, with an estimated prize pool of over $10 million.

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KiLLinG._.MaChiNE | 6 years ago | Reply nice work buddy
Aam | 6 years ago | Reply @AHA: Yeah. People like @Zeeshan Naeem need to realize that he worked together with Americans to achieve success. This ethnocentric line of thinking is really annoying. But he played an amazing tourney. EG's team sync was a real pleasure to watch,
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