Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis currently plays in the core roles for Evil Geniuses. He has been on the professional DotA and Dota 2 scene for a long time and is one of the most established players within the community. He featured in Valve’s 2014 Dota 2 documentary ‘Free to Play’ and is regarded as one of the most versatile and skilled players in the scene. Most of his Dota 2 career he has played for Evil Geniuses.
‘Fear’s career began over a decade ago in DotA. He played on a number of highly successful teams including PluG, Complexity Gaming and MYM. In 2011, he played for the team Online Kingdom, and during the same year, the group transition to Dota 2 and participated at The International 2011. There, ‘Fear’s team placed 7th/8th. Later that year, Online Kingdom disbanded and ‘Fear’ moved to Evil Geniuses.
EG received a mixed bag of results through 2012. They had started the year off quite strong placing 3rd at The Defense 1 and later DreamHack Summer 2012. However, at The International 2012, EG placed 9th/12th. Roster changes were made following this, and the team placed second at both RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 1 and DreamHack Winter 2012. In early 2013, ‘Fear’ took part in the 1v1 tournament A Fistful of Tangoes and won. This was a tournament featuring talent from top western teams, and the win demonstrated ‘Fear’s exceptional skill at the game.
During 2013, Fear moved from the carry position to support due to roster changes. Unfortunately, EG’s performance was unstable and the team did not manage to qualify for The International 2013. Following this, EG went through a significant roster change and ‘Fear’ returned to his former carry position. Despite these changes, EG continued to under-perform. Shortly thereafter, EG went through a major overhaul and signed the team SADBOYS, replacing 3 out of 5 of their current players.
SADBOYS was a team comprised of ‘Fear’ and ‘UNiVeRsE’, who played as stand-ins, along with ‘Arteezy’, ‘zai’ and ‘ppd’. It made sense for EG to replace their failing squad with SADBOYS, as the group had seen success having just won the Electronic Sports Prime Shock Therapy Cup. Shortly after being signed by EG, the squad also won the Monster Energy Invitational, further demonstrating their potential.
Shortly after the Monster Energy Invitational, Fear left EG’s active roster due to a physical injury and became the team’s coach. ‘Fear’ helped EG come 1st at both The Summit 1 and HyperX D2L as well as a 2nd place finish at ESL One Frankfurt and 3rd at The International 2014 before signing back onto the team after making a recovery.
In the second half of 2014, EG had managed to establish themselves as one of the best teams in the world. EG had won DreamLeague Season 2 and StarLadder StarSeries Season 10 and placed highly at several other events and this success continued well into 2015. Despite some roster changes at the beginning of 2015, EG placed 2nd at 3 premier events including ESL One Frankfurt, The Summit 3 and joinDOTA MLG Pro Season 1 and finished 1st at Dota Pit League Season 3. They were looking very strong heading into The International 2015, and with ‘Fear’ as their safe lane carry, EG managed to win the entire event in a 3-1 series against CDEC Gaming.
2016 was a bit more of a rocky year for EG. The team made some roster changes and their overall performance dropped as they began to see results such as 5th/6th at EPICENTER 2016 and 13th/16th at The Manila Major 2016. Despite this, the team pulled together for The International qualifiers and placed 3rd at the main event. Leading on from this, ‘Fear’ announced that he would retire from professional play and once again assume the mantle of team coach. ‘Fear’ would remain inactive until after The International 2017, where he would once again reunite with EG as their support player. This would change after ‘UNiVeRsE’ left the team to be replaced by ‘MISERY’ as this moved ‘Fear’ back into the core position.
‘Fear’ has a number of achievements, almost all with the team Evil Geniuses. Most notably, is his victory at The International 2015 and his 3rd place finishes at The International 2016, The Shanghai Major and The Frankfurt Major. While ‘Fear’ was inactive during 2014 and coached EG, he helped his team achieve great results including a 3rd place finish at The International 2014. ‘Fear’ also won the 1v1 event A Fistful of Tangoes in 2012.