OG Becomes First Back-To-Back The International Champions
Posted 27th August 2019 By: Derpina    244 Views
Esports News – OG Esports recently made history as back-to-back champions at The International 9 in Shanghai, China. The European team won this year’s Aegis of Champions trophy and the lion’s share of the biggest prize pool in the history of esports, $15.5 million. OG sealed their victory with the same roster as last year’s.
OG Esports were underdogs during The International 8. They aren’t particularly an underdog team this year, but OG took a break from the competitive scene and had to adjust their teamplay on the first few stages of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) championship series. On top of that, they nearly lost star player Anathan “ana” Pham. So, before OG Esports enter TI9’s qualifiers, the team had to experience another ‘Cinderella’ run this year.
TI9 tournament recap
A collection of 18 top Dota 2 pro teams competed at TI9—with OG Esports, PSG.LGD, Team Liquid, and Vici Gaming as the powerhouse teams from the two divisions in the group stage. Although we saw some major upsets last week, it’s not a surprise that the top teams will be the ones to conclude the tournament.
OG dominated group B with 14 points and a 6-2-0 record in the group stage matches. They stayed at the upper brackets throughout the competition. First, they defeated Newbee and Evil Geniuses with 2-0 and 2-1 scores, respectively; then, OG Esports had to face PSG.LGD as one of their biggest rivals this year.
The upper bracket finals then became a tight contest as everyone was hoping to see the greatest battle in the history of The International: OG Esports and PSG.LGD’s matchup. However, the unexpected happened. OG Esports pushed PSG.LGD to the lower brackets, leaving their fate to Team Liquid. Just when the audience thought PSG.LGD and OG Esports would have a rematch, Team Liquid defeated PSG.LGD in the lower bracket finals with a 2-1 victory.
OG Esports faced Team Liquid in the grand finals. An intense set of matches in best-of-five series kept everyone on the edge of their seats. The defending champion easily dominated the finals, ending the tournament with a 3-1 victory.
OG TI9 roster
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
Anathan “ana” Pham
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
Cristian “ppasarel” Banasean (Coach)