Syed “SumaiL” Hassan was raised in Pakistan until age eight, at which point his family immigrated to the United States. SumaiL’s history in the game dates back to his years in Pakistan, playing Defense of the Ancients at LAN cafes.
He started competing professionally in North American. He saw a major jump up in competition in 2014 when he played in a series of qualifiers for StarLadder StarSeries Season 11 for ROOT Gaming alongside his brother, Yawar Hassan.
During his time on the regional circuit, SumaiL’s skills caught the attention of Evil Geniuses off laner Saahil "Universe" Arora. This led to SumaiL joining the team as the new mid laner after Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg suddenly departed the team to join Team Secret. He was just 15 years old at the time.
He debuted in forgettable fashion at Dota 2 League Season 5, which saw Evil Geniuses post a disappointing third-place finish. SumaiL quickly shook this off and played exceptionally in his second event, the Dota 2 Asia Championship. Throughout the event, he proved himself an elite individual talent for Evil Geniuses through his strong performances on signature heroes Shadow Fiend and Storm Spirit.
Team Secret and Evil Geniuses had a rivalry throughout the remainder of the season, but Evil Geniuses and SumaiL got the better of things by winning The International 2015. The $6.6 million top prize at the event saw SumaiL become the youngest millionaire in esports history to that point at just 16 years old.
Arteezy returned to EG after TI5, but SumaiL remained the team’s mid laner. Evil Geniuses started strong in the following season with strong placements in both Valve-sponsored majors and other live events, but were rocked when Arteezy once again left Evil Geniuses in order to join Team Secret, this time alongside a departing Universe. The team’s performance dipped from there, but SumaiL remained strong and EG eventually recovered en route to a third-place finish at The International 2016.
Following TI6, rumors swirled that SumaiL was set to depart from Evil Geniuses. The two sides agreed to terms however, and SumaiL remained with Evil Geniuses.
The following season was one of stability and success for both SumaiL and Evil Geniuses. The team had a steady roster throughout the year after reuniting with Arteezy and Zai, and adding OG’s Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen.
The team was significantly less active in the following season, but performed well in the events it did participate in. Big plays from SumaiL and the team led to top-four finishes at the Boston Major and Kiev Major, and first-place finishes at China Top 2016 and The Manila Masters. Despite posting a strong season, EG posted a disappointingly quick elimination from The International 2017.
The introduction of the Dota Pro Circuit drew enthusiasm from SumaiL due to the overwhelming number of tournaments on the calendar. That dulled with time as the team struggled with roster issues throughout the year.
The team again parted ways with Universe, which briefly saw SumaiL put into an off lane role. Results were generally negative as a result, with the team posting underwhelming results at several majors. Discussion over the moves also led to a great deal of drama, particularly with SumaiL having a public blowout with former Evil Geniuses captain Peter “ppd” Dager.
Ahead of The International 2018 qualifiers, Evil Geniuses added OG players Tal "Fly" Aizik and Gustav "s4" Magnusson, which allowed SumaiL to return to the mid lane. More drama followed as a result of these changes, but results were positive. The team finished in third-place again at TI8 and kept that success rolling into the 2018-2019 season.
EG qualified for all five majors during the year, finishing in third place in three of them. The team stumbled down the stretch however, leading to a last-place finish in the Epicenter Major 2019 and a top-six finish in The International 2019.
Despite being generally strong throughout the year, that was the final event for SumaiL with Evil Geniuses. He was benched from the team after TI9 in favor of former Fnatic mid Abed Azel L. Yusop. SumaiL reunited with his brother for a single set of qualifiers with Quincy Crew, but was left on EG’s bench for months.
He found a new home in January 2020 when he signed with OG as its new carry player.