OG Esports: Profile And Journey To The International 9
Posted 6th August 2019 By: Derpina    444 Views
Esports News – We have dug deeper into Team Liquid’s profile for The International 9. Now, we take a look at the journey of TI8 champions OG Esports prior to this year’s biggest tournament in the history of esports.
Journey to TI9
After their victory in TI8, OG took a long break. The team was in hiatus for the most part of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2018-19 season, and did not join any tournament until the qualifiers for the second wave of DPC events started. Reports claim that the organization allowed its players to spend more time with their families and skip the first DPC Major and Minor tournaments.
The team failed to make a strong comeback after their rest. The team’s carry and star player Anathan ‘ana’ Pham had an extended break. To replace him, OG signed Pers Anders ‘Pajkatt’ Plssen Lille, a former player of Natus Vincere and Optic Gaming, to replace Ana. In terms of gameplay, Pajkatt didn’t get along very well with OG’s original roster. The International reigning champions failed to qualify for the Chongqing Major.
Moving on, the team did qualify for the Bucharest Minor after their defeat at the second Major tournament of the season, so they used this victory as a stepping stone for TI9. To maintain the momentum, OG competed at the AMD Dota 2 Pro Series with Ana and finished third.
Welcoming 2019, OG let go of Pajkatt to sign Igor ‘iLTW’ Filatov. The new member seemed to fit a lot better with OG’s team members and game styles. With iLTW on board, the team finished second to Gambit Esports at the Dota 2 Winter Madness.
Things started to get difficult when OG failed qualify for the third major of the season. They lost out on a direct invite to TI9. Good thing there was StarLadder ImbaTV Minor to save the day. With a few minor wins behind, OG finished third at ESL One Katowice to finally earn the needed DPC points for TI9.
Current roster and standings
Anathan ‘ana’ Pham – Carry/ SoloMid, Position 1 / 2
Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen – SoloMid, Position 1 / 2
Sebastian ‘Ceb’ Debs – Offlaner, Position 3
Jesse ‘Jerax’ Vainikka – Support, Position 4
Johan ‘Notail’ Sundstein (captain) – Support, Position 5
DPC points: 1218 points
Notable tournaments: Third place: ESL One Katowice and AMD Dota 2 Pro Series; 2nd place: WePlay! Dota 2 Winter Madness