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From 2015-18: OG’s Journey To The International 8

Posted 31st August 2018 By: Derpina    239 Views

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Esports News – The International 8 (TI8) is the biggest event testing the talent and skills of all Dota 2 players in the professional esports scene. As this year’s series has finally ended, the top trending news in the competitive gaming arena today is team OG winning TI8 despite being an underdog. The progress we’ve seen from them since the Dota Pro Circuit tournaments earlier this year was nothing compared to their impressive performance in the grand finals.

Considering the upset in the tournament and shocking comeback of OG in the arena, let’s trace back their journey to The International 8.

Journey to TI8: A timeline

In 2015, OG emerged as a new team from the former (Monkey) Business esports team in Europe. It was originally comprised of experienced esports veterans Tal “Fly” Aizik, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen, and David “MoonMeander” Tan. Their first remarkable breakthrough is at the Frankfurt Major where they defeated European powerhouse Team Secret. It was then followed by places and invites at Shanghai Major, Manila Major, and EPICENTER.

The team continued to have a strong presence in the European Dota 2 scene but always failed to secure their places at international competitions. Periods between TI5 and TI7 saw OG winning four of the seven official Dota Major Championships, only to lose to other heavily favored teams in the main event and grand finals. Because of this, they kept on changing rosters to find the winning formula. From 2016 to 2017, Cr1t-, Miracle-, and MoonMeander were replaced by Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, and Anathan “ana” Pham.

As one of the underdogs in the entire Dota 2 scene, they led a disappointing 2018 season at ESL One Birmingham and China Dota 2 Supermajor. Luckily, with the addition of new players, OG was able to maintain their rhythm before the official start of the Dota Pro Circuit tournament series this 2018. OG competed for The International 8 and was able to beat PSG.LGD, Evil Geniuses, and VGJ. Storm in the grand finals despite the low expectations of fans and critics behind them.

Achievements and placements

Prior to TI8, here are the most notable achievements and placements of OG since the team was established in 2015.

 December 2017  1st  MDL Macau  TNC Pro Team
 August 2017  7 – 8th  The International 2017
 April 2017  1st  The Kiev Major 2017 Virtus Pro
 April 2017  2nd  Asia Championships 2017 Invictus Gaming
 December 2016  1st  The Boston Major 2016  Ad Finem
 June 2016  1st  ESL One Frankfurt 2016  Natus Vincere
 June 2016  1st  The Manila Major 2016 Team Liquid
 November 2015  1st  The Frankfurt Major 2015 Team Secret


Written by Derpina