Currently, Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora is one of the players with the longest-running career in Dota 2 eSports competition. Rarely any player from North America had such an influence on the development of Dota 2 eSports in that region than Universe. During his career, he won many different titles, including the biggest one, but the motivation to keep on playing has never disappeared. One may say that the money might be the motivation but Universe does not need that kind of motivation because he is already one of the players that earned the most in their careers.
Because of that, Universe will be remembered as one of the greatest players that played competitive Dota 2 not only in North America but also in the entire world. Currently, Universe is playing for Evil Geniuses and it does not seem that he is thinking about retiring as Evil Geniuses are playing some of their best game in the last couple of years.
Over the years, he became the best offlane players that ever played competitive Dota 2 in the West. Besides that, his game on Faceless Void and Dark Seer are something that every young player should study before deciding to move on to professional Dota 2 gaming.
Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora was born on October 11, 1989, in Madison, Wisconsin. Just like it is the case with all the greatest Dota 2 players in the world, he started playing Dota 2 from the very early ages. However, he was committed to Dota 2 like some other players from his generation and younger. The thing that pushed him towards Dota 2 was the first edition of The International.
In one interview he did back in 2014, Universe revealed that at one point in his career he was very close to saying farewell to competitive Dota 2. However, at that moment a crucial call came that changed everything and that pulled Universe back in the Dota 2 scene. Since then, Universe has grown to become one of the biggest Dota 2 stars that the world has ever seen. Because of that, his legacy in Evil Geniuses and Dota 2 world in general will forever be remembered.
Saahil ‘Universe’ Arora started his professional Dota 2 career in the team called Online Kingdom. At that time, Online Kingdom was a well-established team that succeeded in having good results. That year, Online Kingdom participated at The International 2011. Unfortunately for Universe, he will have to wait until the next year to play at his first International because he was not in the Online Kingdom roster that played at the tournament.
Shortly after The International that year, Universe decided to change the team and in November 2011 he joined EZ Style but he did not stay long on that team. Only a month after joining, Universe packed his bags and moved to Gosu eSports. He will stay in Gosu eSports for about five months but then Evil Geniuses came calling and he did not think for a second and he joined EG.
However, things did not go as planned and he left EG after only four months. After EG, he joined Quantic Gaming and that was the period of his career when he thought about giving up and leaving Dota 2 for good. After only one month in Quantic Gaming, Universe moved to Team Dignitas and that was the thing that changed everything because it was at that time that Universe became one of the best offlane players in North America.
After eight months in Team Dignitas, Evil Geniuses were interested in signing him once again and he agreed to the conditions. He will stay almost three years in Evil Geniuses before making another transfer from EG. In 2016, Universe surprisingly left EG and joined Team Secret but that adventure lasted only three months after which he returned to Evil Geniuses where he is still playing.
His career had several ups and downs but Universe kept coming back stronger than ever after every failure. Many claim that those failures have actually made his the player he is today.
The first year of his career was not that successful for him because he managed to win only one title that year and it was with Evil Geniuses at the Minor tournament AverMedia Dota 2 Cup. The following year, saw him playing many more tournaments but the only first place came at the monthly competition at Bigpoint Battle #8. That year, he had good results besides the wins and those are the second place at the Electronic Sports World Cup 2013, second place at the E-Sports Prime Dota 2 Cup as well as a 9-12th place at his first official The International appearance.
The following year was the best in Universe’s career so far. That year, they won the title at the Electronic Sports Prime Shock Therapy Cup, Monster Energy Invitational, MLG T.K.O. America, The Summit 1, HyperXD2L Western Challenge World E-sport Championship 2014, StarLadder StarSeries Season 10, and at the DreamLeague Season 2. Besides that, that year, Universe together with Evil Geniuses participated at The International and came very close to winning it but they finished in the third place in the end.
In 2015, Universe and Evil Geniuses started the year very strongly finishing in the third place at the Dota 2 League Season 5 and by winning the title at Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015. However, that was just the introduction to the latter part of the season where Evil Geniuses would achieve their biggest success so far. One month before the International that year, Evil Geniuses won Dota Pit League Season 3 which made them the biggest favorites for the win at The International.
At the Dota 2 biggest tournament in the world, Evil Geniuses justified their status of the favorites and won the title by defeating CDEC Gaming in the final match. For Universe, that was the biggest achievement of his career up to this point. Since then, he will participate in every edition of the International but he will not be able to do that again – at least for now.
In 2016, Evil Geniuses came strong to The International where they wanted to defend the title and become the first team ever to win two International titles in a row. However, they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Digital Chaos. After that, they finished in the 3rd-4th place at the Boston Major 2016 but they expected more from that tournament.
This year has not been that good for Universe or for Evil Geniuses. So far, they managed to win one trophy at the Manila Masters and finished in the second place at the EPICENTER 2017. But their biggest disappointment came in August when they were eliminated from The International 7 in the first round of the playoffs after being one of the biggest contenders for the title.
Total Prize Money Won
Currently, Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora is the player who earned the biggest amount of money from the prize pool in eSports history. During his career, Universe won $2,826,896.47 not including the prize pool that he will be getting from this year’s edition of The International. According to the data, his most successful year was 2015, which is understandable because he won The International that year.
Finishing in the third place at the International 2016 brought him almost half of the amount that he won a year before for becoming a champion. Combining these earnings with the earnings from the sponsorship deals, it can be said that Universe had a very successful career and he is not showing any signs of slowing down.