Posted 29th August 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Last August 25, The International 8 (T18) witnessed the biggest upset in the history of Dota 2 tournaments. OG Esports, one of the biggest underdogs in Dota 2 Pro Circuit tournaments, wrapped up the finals with an unexpected comeback and claimed the Aegis of Champions for the first time. Together with the title, the team received the biggest prize share ever awarded in esports, the $11,200,000 prize pool.
A total of 18 teams from direct invites and open qualifiers headed to Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada to play in the grand finals and draw TI8 to a close. It was a pool of players hailing from China, Southeast Asia, and North America. The tournament started with Group Stages featuring teams A and B. It was then followed by the main event with Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket seedings. Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, and OG dominated the upper brackets, while Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, and VGJ.Storm took command of the lower brackets.
OG esports, which was then composed of Anathan “ana” Pham, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs, Jesse “erAx” Vainikka, and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, first defeated VGJ. Storm in a 2-0 victory in the upper bracket R1, best-of-three format. Interestingly, the losing team was carrying OG’s former teammate, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok.
The first victory of OG was nothing compared to their second battle in the upper bracket semis against Evil Geniuses. It was excruciating as the majority were expecting Evil Geniuses to win, having defeated OG twice in the group stage round robin. The true test for OG’s team spirit, coordination, and determination have finally come and they have proven themselves once more.
OG maintained their forms and positions all throughout the upper bracket finals in which they faced and defeated the Chinese team PSG.LGD for the second time, following a best-of-five series. PSG.LGD took the 2-1 series lead, but OG claimed the rest of the games.
After a week and a half of play, OG earned their spot in Dota 2 with the TI8 title and the largest prize pool in history. The record-setting prize pool of $25,455,199 for all the participants was divided as follows:
|Fifth – Sixth||Team Secret, Virtus Pro||$1,145,484|
|Seventh-eighth||OpTic Gaming, VGJ Storm||$636,380|
|Ninth-12th||Mineski, Team Serenity, Vici Gaming, Winstrike Team||$381,828|
|13th-16th||Fnatic, NewBee, TNC Predator, VGJ Thunder||$127,276|
|17th-18th||Invictus Gaming, paiN Gaming||$63,638|
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