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Background Information
Name:Saahil Arora
Birthdate:1989-11-11 (age 31)
Country:United States United States
Role:Offlaner
Alternate IDs:UNiVeRsE
Signature heroes:Dark Seer icon.png Faceless Void icon.png Tidehunter icon.png
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History
Dota 2:
2011-08-11 — 2011-11-23
2011-11-23 — 2011-12-19
EZ Style
2011-12-19 — 2012-04-16
2012-05-08 — 2012-09-12
2012-09-16 — 2012-10-22
2013-01-06 — 2013-09-19
2013-09-19 — 2016-03-22
2016-03-22 — 2016-06-09
2016-06-09 — 2017-12-20
2018-01-13 — 2018-09-01
2018-08-29 — 2018-09-14
2018-09-14 — 2019-03-24
Forward Gaming
2019-09-20 — 2020-04-07
2020-04-23
Retired

Saahil "Universe" Arora is an American former professional Dota 2 player from Madison, Wisconsin. He last played for Ninjas in Pyjamas. He retired from competitive Dota on April 23rd, 2020.[1]

Biography[]

Universe is a decorated DotA veteran, having competed in all but the initial yearly Dota 2 championship series, The International. UNiVeRsE has become a fixture in the North American DotA scene as one of the most talented offlaners the West has to offer, best known for his Dark Seer and Faceless Void.

Early Days of Dota 2[]

UNiVeRsE was part of the Online Kingdom squad, alongside Fear, that placed 7th at The International 2011, although he did not compete at the event. Following The International, he had short stints with It's Gosu and Quantic in which he showcased his considerable talent. Eventually UNiVeRsE would join his former teammate Fear on EG as their new hard support player.[2] In the months leading up to the second International, UNiVeRsE helped EG to a Top 4 finish at DreamHack Summer 2012 as well as the BeyondTheSummit World Tour. On May 25, 2012, Saahil along with the rest of EG was invited to participate in the The International 2012 in order to compete for its $1,600,000 prize pool. After impressing in the group stage, they were knocked out from the winner bracket by the team that would proceed to win the tournament, invictus Gaming, with a 1-2 score. Their run in the loser bracket would prove to be short, as they were knocked out immediately by TongFu. Following The International 2, UNiVeRsE took a short hiatus from DotA to focus on his studies and on September 12, 2012, Evil Geniuses and UNiVeRsE parted ways.[3]

On January 6th 2013, he would re-enter the scene as the new offlane player for Dignitas replacing Sneyking.[4] UNiVeRsE blossomed into one of the most proficient offlaners in the entire Western scene and was a key part of Dignitas' sustained success, which culminated in a 9th-place finish at The International 3.

Evil Geniuses: The International Champions[]

Following the post TI3 roster shuffle UNiVeRsE rejoined Evil Geniuses on September 19, 2013, after agreeing to a very reasonable contract buyout settlement.[5]. Saahil decided to move into the EG house in San Francisco, along MSS, Fogged, Jeyo, and Fear in order for the team to better prepare for tournaments. The new EG roster was however marred with poor performances, with their most notable placement being a second-place finish at Electronic Sports World Cup 2013. These poor results lead to another roster shuffle for Evil Geniuses, leaving Fear and Universe as the only remaining members.

Under the moniker of S A D B O Y S, Saahil and Clinton began playing with Arteezy, ppd, and zai. Together the team went on a 19-game win streak including a 1st-place finish in the Electronic Sports Prime/Shock Therapy Cup. On February 21st, 2014 S A D B O Y S were announced as the new Evil Geniuses roster. In March 2014 the new EG made their LAN debut at the Monster Energy Invitational, where they won 3-2 against Cloud9 in the finals. The team quickly began to establish their reputation as one of the best teams in the world due in no small part to Saahil's consistent play in the offlane on heroes such as Dark Seer, Puck, Tidehunter, and Natures Prophet. On April 29th, UNiVeRsE and his EG teammates were directly invited to compete in The International 2014.[6] With top 3 finishes at three of the four major LANs prior to TI4, EG was one of the favorites to win the biggest tournament of the year. At TI4 Evil Geniuses had a strong performance in the group stage placing second with an 11-4 record. In the main event EG would beat Team DK but fall to Newbee and Vici Gaming, and end up taking 3rd place and $1,038,416 USD. After his play at TI4, UNiVeRsE was heralded as one of the best offlaners in the world, especially for his outstanding matches on Faceless Void.

UNiVeRsE was a key part of EG's success during their 2015 season, which saw marquee wins at both the Dota 2 Asia Championships and The International 2015. He was named by Redbull as the MVP of the tournament for consistent high-level play in the offlane role throughout the tournament, including spectacular play on Clockwerk in many decisive games as well as a tournament-sealing 5-man Echo Slam on his Earthshaker in Game 4 of the Grand Finals against CDEC Gaming.[7]

From EG to Team Secret and Back to EG[]

Results after their TI victory remained strong, with EG finishing 3rd at the first ever Valve Major, The Frankfurt Major 2015, behind OG and rivals Team Secret, a LAN victory at The Summit 4 and two Grand Final appearances at StarLadder and MDL Winter in January 2016. Following another 3rd-place finish at the second Valve Major, The Shanghai Major 2016, EG was denied a LAN victory yet again at Dota Pit, where they were swiped 3-0 by MVP.Phoenix.

On March 22, 2016, it was announced that UNiVeRsE would be leaving Evil Geniuses to join Team Secret alongside his teammate Arteezy[8]. This move came as a massive shock to the community, as both teams were seen to be dominating the scene and it was mere days before the roster lock. Results at the three LANs that UNiVeRsE attended with Team Secret however were very disappointing.

On June 9, 2016 - only days after Team Secret and Evil Geniuses had finished last at The Manila Major 2016 - Secret announced that UNiVeRsE had left to join EG[9], forcing both teams to go through Open Qualifiers for The International 2016. With Saahil back on board, EG easily beat the Open Qualifier and Regional Qualifiers, having dropped only one map to compLexity Gaming for the entirety of the qualifier. After dropping to eventual winners Wings Gaming in the Upper Bracket Final and to runner-ups Digital Chaos in the Lower Bracket Final, Saahil and EG finished 3rd at the main event, reaching top 3 for the third International in a row.

2016 - 2017: True Sight and The International 2017[]

The new season, post TI6, saw a major overhaul of the EG roster, with Fear going into retirement and ppd stepping back from the active roster to become CEO of EG. In their stead, Arteezy would return to the team alongside Cr1t-, who would take up the captaining responsibility. For the first part of the season, Saahil and EG would be the focus of Valve's new documentary series "True Sight". The film crew would follow the team from the start of the season until the end of The Boston Major, where EG were eliminated in the semi-finals, finishing 3-4th place. Strong results continued for the team, but the victory escaped them at The Kiev Major and other large LANs. Still, EG received a direct invite for The International 2017 and UNiVeRsE would have a shot at being the first two-time International Champion. However, despite a strong group stage, the main event saw EG eliminated without winning a single map, being defeated 2-0 first to Newbee in the first round of the upper bracket and then again by Team Empire in the second round of the lower bracket. EG would finish at a disappointing 9-12th place.

With the introduction of the new Dota Pro Circuit for the new season, expectations were high for the Evil Geniuses and UNiVeRsE. However, EG's best result at a LAN would be a 3rd-place finish at DreamLeague Season 8. In the following, UNiVeRsE was released from EG by the end of 2017[10].

2018: Move to Southeast Asia[]

UNiVeRsE would remain teamless for less than a month: on January 13th, he officially joined Fnatic[11] in Malaysia. On Fnatic, he would rejoin former teammate EternalEnvy and pieliedie, with whom he had played on Team Secret. At their second LAN together, ESL One Katowice, Fnatic surprisingly topped their group ahead of Team Secret and finished fourth at the tournament.

Trivia[]

  • Until The International 2019, Universe was the only player that had participated in all Valve-sponsored events, though he was listed only as a sub in the very first International.
    • Additionally, he was tied with Misery, Puppey and DDC for most active appearances in Valve events, being an active player in all but one event.
  • Universe is one of only 8 players to compete in 1000+ pro Dota 2 games with a single franchise.
  • Changed his in-game ID from "UNiVeRsE" to "Universe" for 2019/2020 season.

Achievements[]

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With Evil Geniuses

2016
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2016-03-20 A22nd Dota Pit Season 4 3 : 0  MVP Phoenix MVP Phoenix $46,866
2016-03-06 A33rd The Shanghai Major 2 : 0  Team Liquid Team Liquid $315,000
2016-02-17 A11st Captains Draft 3.0 3 : 1  Vega Squadron Vega Squadron $43,454
2016-01-31 A22nd MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Winter 3 : 0  EHOME EHOME $55,533
2016-01-17 A22nd StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 2 : 0  Alliance Alliance $60,445
2015
2015-12-13 A11st The Summit 4 3 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $48,818
2015-11-21 A33rd The Frankfurt Major 2 : 1  OG OG $315,000
2015-10-18 A22nd MLG World Finals 3 : 1  Team Secret Team Secret $68,389
2015-10-03 A55th - 8th ESL One New York 2015 2 : 0  Vega Squadron Vega Squadron $14,331
2015-08-08 A11st The International 2015 3 : 1  CDEC Gaming CDEC Gaming $6,616,014
2015-07-12 A11st Dota Pit League Season 3 3 : 0  Cloud9 Cloud9 $126,055
2015-06-21 A22nd ESL One Frankfurt 2015 1 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $59,241
2015-06-06 A55th - 6th JoinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 2 0 : 1  London Conspiracy London Conspiracy $8,362
2015-05-17 A22nd The Summit 3 1 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $61,129
2015-04-12 A22nd JoinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 1 1 : 2  Team Empire Team Empire $21,615
2015-02-09 A11st Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015 3 : 0  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $1,284,158
2015-01-06 A33rd Dota 2 League Season 5 1 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro ~$8,550
2014
2014-12-18 A33rd - 4th Dota Pit League Season 2 2 : 3  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro ~$8,866
2014-12-07 A44th The Summit 2 0 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret ~$26,712
2014-11-29 A11st ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 2 6 : 8  Cloud9 Cloud9 $40,000+
2014-11-25 A55th XMG Captains Draft 2.0 3 : 2  League Play $17,018+
2014-10-26 A11st SLTV Star Series Season 10 3 : 2  Team Secret Team Secret ~$105,291
2014-10-10 A22nd ESL One New York 2014 1 : 2  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming ~$26,000
2014-09-19 A33rd - 4th Nvidia Game24 Invitational 1 : 3  Cloud9 Cloud9 $2,000
2014-09-07 A11st World Esports Championship 4 : 1  Cloud9 Cloud9 ¥600,000
2014-07-20 A33rd The International 2014 1 : 2  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $1,038,416
2014-06-29 A22nd ESL One Frankfurt 2014 1 : 2  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $30,000
2014-06-24 A11st D2L Western Challenge 3 : 2  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere ~$28,666
2014-06-14 A66th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 0 : 2  mousesports mousesports ~$19,500
2014-06-08 A11st The Summit 3 : 2  Team DK Team DK ~$45,257
2014-04-28 A11st JoinDOTA League America Season 1 2 : 0  Team Liquid Team Liquid ~$1,421
2014-04-20 A33rd SLTV Star Series Season 9 1 : 2  Team Empire Team Empire $26,062
2014-04-05 A11st MLG T.K.O. America 3 : 1  Team Liquid Team Liquid $14,000
2014-03-09 A11st Monster Energy Invitational 3 : 2  Cloud9 Cloud9 $10,000
2013
2013-10-31 A22nd Electronic Sports World Cup 2013 0 : 2  Team Empire Team Empire $7,500
2012
2012-08-12 A22nd ECAL Americas League 1 : 3  compLexity Gaming compLexity Gaming $750
2012-07-12 A11st It's Gosu Monthly Madness Season II 3 : 0  compLexity Gaming compLexity Gaming $2,700
2012-06-17 A33rd - 4th Dreamhack Summer 2012 Corsair Vengeance Cup 0 : 2  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere 25,000 SEK

With S A D B O Y S

2014
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2014-02-08 A11st ESP Shock Therapy Cup 3 : 0  Team Empire Team Empire $7,000

With Team Dignitas

2013
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2012-06-14 A33rd Dreamhack Summer 2013 ASUS ROG Cup 0 : 2  Alliance Alliance $3,800
2012-05-19 A22nd Curse Dota 2 Invitational 0 : 3  Team Liquid Team Liquid $3,000
2012-04-18 A22nd DreamHack Dota2 Invitational 2 : 3  Alliance Alliance $1,500
2012-04-10 A22nd RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 2 2 : 3  Team Liquid Team Liquid $3,000
2012-03-31 A11st Ritmix Russian Dota 2 League 3 : 1  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $4,000
2012-03-20 A33rd The Defense Season 3 0 : 2  Fnatic Fnatic $3,500
2012-01-13 A33rd The Premier League Season 3 0 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $1,000
2012
2012-11-18 A33rd RaidCall Dota 2 League 1 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $3,000
2012-11-04 A22nd Electronic Sports World Cup 2012 0 : 2  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $8,000

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References[]

  1. UniverseDota (2020-04-23). "Retirement". twitlonger.com.
  2. http://www.reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/tchsz/evil_geniuses_welcome_bulba_and_universe/
  3. "Bulba, Universe to leave EG Dota 2; Jeyo to join". ESFIWorld.com. September 12, 2012. TL.net thread
  4. Universe joins Team Dignitas.DotA 2
  5. The Rebirth of EG DotA 2
  6. Vekus (2014-04-29). "TI4 Invites are revealed!". joinDOTA. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  7. Redbull (2015-8-10). "UNiVeRsE is our mvp of the International 5".
  8. Team Secret (2016-03-22). "Team Secret roster finalised". Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  9. Team Secret (2016-06-09). "The Road To The International 2016". Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  10. "Evil Geniuses Dota 2 roster update". Evil Geniuses. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. Matthew (13 January 2018). "DOTA | We Bid Farewell To Ohaiyo And Welcome UNiVeRsE". fnatic.com. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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