Artour "Arteezy" Babaev is a Canadian player from Vancouver, British Columbia. Artour is currently the middle laner for Evil Geniuses. Arteezy has a very popular live stream which showcases his outgoing personality, eccentric taste in music, as well as his exceptional skill.
Artour was born on July 1st, 1996. Before playing Dota 2 professionally he played the original DotA as well as Starcraft II. Arteezy played protoss, and reached the Master league before he started playing DotA 2.
Before playing for a team Artour was widely regarded as one of the world’s best mid players, having served as a training partner for players such as BuLba and s4. Due to his young age and commitment to his studies, Arteezy had postponed any plans to play Dota 2 professionally. In April of 2013, Arteezy finally committed to a team and joined Kaipi for the summer, along with ComeWithMe. However after just four months Arteezy left the team and went inactive in order to focus on his studies. In September of 2013, Artour joined Take Five, a casual team of ringers, in order to participate in RaidCall EMS ONE Fall Americas, which the team would go on to win. Shortly after Take Five disbanded and Arteezy would again be inactive. On November 22nd 2013 Arteezy had the opportunity to stand in for bOne7 and play for his previous team Speed Gaming (formerly Kaipi) at MLG Columbus. Arteezy handily defeated several elite mid-laners, including Mushi and Dendi, en route to an underdog victory for Speed Gaming over Team DK in the finals. This would be the first LAN event Artour had attended and his victory had garnered a lot of attention, including 7ckngMad's infamous comments on Artour's skill.
On January 31st, 2014, Arteezy, along with legendary NA Dota players UNiVeRsE and Fear, as well as former HoN players ppd and zai created S A D B O Y S, which had immediate success. The team won 16 out of their first 18 matches, including winning the Electronic Sports Prime/Shock Therapy Cup while going undefeated. On February 21st, 2014, Arteezy and company were announced to be the new Evil Geniuses Dota 2 squad. This would mark the first time that Arteezy would fully commit to a team for the long term. On March 7th 2014 the new EG made their LAN debut at the Monster Energy Invitational, where they won 3-2 against Cloud 9 in the finals. With this victory the team quickly began to establish their reputation as one of the best teams in the world, due in no small part to Artour's dominant play in the middle lane on heroes such as Dragon Knight, Naga Siren, and Razor. On April 29th Arteezy 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, including a first place finish at The Summit over team DK, 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 in the upper bracket. In the lower bracket finals EG would face off against Vici Gaming. The final game of the series was a decisive loss for EG, causing many people to question Arteezy's decision to pick up a late Hand of Midas. Artour and EG ended up going home with a 3rd place finish and $1,038,416 USD.