"Fear is a player that needs little introduction if you're a fan of Dota 2. He has a storied history with our team and was a crucial part of the EG roster that won The International in 2015," the organization said in a statement.
"His experience as one of the most versatile and consistent players the game has ever seen makes him a natural fit to assume the role of captain, drafter, and Position 5 support for our roster. Andreas "Cr1t-" Nielsen, will be moving to the Position 4 support role in order to accomodate this switch."
One of the longest-serving Dota players in North America, Fear played the original Dota competitively as far back as the mid-2000s. He was on EG's Dota 2 roster between 2011 and 2016 and continued to serve as the team's coach following his retirement. However, he left competitive play in 2016 due to a recurrent arm injury that saw him miss a number of events over two years including The International 2014.
Fear's return follows Wednesday's announcement that his former teammate Peter "ppd" Dager would be stepping down as EG's CEO and that support player Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg was leaving the organization.
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.