Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora is an American player from Madison, Wisconsin. Saahil is currently the offlaner for Evil Geniuses.
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.
UNiVeRsE was part of the Online Kingdom squad, along side 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.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.
On January 6th 2013, he would re-enter the scene as the new offlane player for Dignitasreplacing Sneyking. 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.
Following the post TI3 roster shuffle UNiVeRsE rejoined Evil Geniuses on September 19, 2013, after agreeing to a very reasonable contract buyout settlement. 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. 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.
On March 25, 2016, it was announced that UNiVeRsE would be leaving Evil Geniuses to join Team Secret with fellow NA player Arteezy.
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.
- Universe is the only player that has participated in all Valve-sponsored events, though he was listed only as a sub in the very first International.
- Additionally, he is currently tied with Misery, Puppey and DDC for most active appearances in Valve events, being an active player in all but one event.
|2017-05-28||1st||Premier||The Manila Masters||3 : 1||$125,000|
|2016-12-18||1st||Premier||China Top 2016||2 : 0||$114,952|
|2016-10-02||1st||Premier||Mars Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn||3 : 1||$112,500|
|2016-08-13||3rd||Premier||The International 2016||1 : 2||$2,180,898|
|2016-03-06||3rd||Premier||The Shanghai Major 2016||0 : 2||$315,000|
|2015-08-08||1st||Premier||The International 2015||3 : 1||$6,634,661|
|2015-07-12||1st||Premier||Dota Pit League Season 3||3 : 0||$126,055|
|2015-02-09||1st||Premier||Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015||3 : 0||$1,284,158|
|2014-10-26||1st||Premier||StarLadder StarSeries Season 10||3 : 2||$105,291|
|2014-07-20||3rd||Premier||The International 2014||1 : 2||$1,037,778|