Professional Dota 2 esports OG team based in Europe are known for last year’s victory in a 25 million dollars tournament The International 2018. Let’s talk a bit about them in this OG team profile!
Talented Tal “Fly” Aizik and Johan “Notail” Sundstein, former Team Secrets players, were the founders of (monkey)Bussiness in 2015; along with David “MoonMeander” Tan, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi and Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen. After defeating the European team Secret and taking home 1 million dollars from Dota 2 Major Championship in November 2015, the present team name OG occurred. This name is recognizable by the victory in 2017 Kiev Major which led to OG becoming the first team winning The International from an open qualifier.
Facts about OG
Starting off with our OG team profile with the good stuff – facts! Everything seemed to be going smoothly with these team-mates in 2015. In spite of establishing the bottom of Major in Shanghai in March 2016, with 7th and 8th place, the team progressed and took 1st place at the Manila Major in June.
To all appearances, OG earned a status of the favorites during The International 2016. Unfortunately, the improving team didn’t manage to maintain any success and has lost from MVP Phoenix and TnC Gaming ending up 9-12th out of 16 teams. Not long after, Cr1t-, Miracle- and MoonMeander left the OG and swap places with Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Anathan “ana” Pham, and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka. The ‘crack’ of this skilled team hit during the MoonMeander conflict. Sadly this led to removal, and without the 5 members, Miracle left in a search for other options.
Did the new roster make OG more sharpened or didn’t, yet brought another 1st place at Boston Major in December 2016. The next invitation took the team to Kiev Major, where an outstanding play led to another win against Virtus.pro. The Grand Finals seemed to come through flawlessly.
However, this glory soon dissolved and OG didn’t manage to keep their qualifications for EPICENTER 2017. Defeated and ranked 5th-6th place. This situation didn’t affect the team since they stayed as one of the favorites during the International. Four out of seven Dota Major Championships had been victorious.
A new-come Ukranian player Resolut1on fills in the void after Ana left the team searching for a break from the competitions. The upcoming qualifications had been disastrous for three times in a row. It was just a matter of time when OG would get back on their feet. In September 2017 they encountered their first win for Dota Pit, earning direct entry to The International 2018.
Team OG Today
In 2018, before the qualifications, the team had come upon another problem. They were in desperate need of members since Fly and s4 joined Evil Geniuses and Resolut1on crossed to VGJ Storm. In a hurry to find new members required for Regional Qualifiers, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainenand and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs joined the team. Ana had returned from a break and the team was whole again. Winning Dota Pro Circuit, OG bought itself a ticket to The International 2018. Directly put into group A and ending fourth, made this team climb to the upper bracket. Statistics of one win and two lost games just showed that the team needs another victory.
The break of the ‘tradition’ of Chinese teams winning TI occurred when the team took their 5th game win. This crowned them with the status of International champions and a money prize of 11 million dollars.
The victory was considered a ‘Cinderella‘.
In 2019, the team held an interesting battle against OpenAL Five, a group of artificial intelligence bots. The team lost but had a live exhibition in San Francisco. This wraps up our OG Team profile!
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