Dota 2 Team History: OG
Published on June 12th, 2016
History has been made. With the end of the Dota 2 Manila Major we now have the first team to have won two official Valve Dota 2 tournaments. That might be a surprise, yet OG is the first to claim such an achievement. The team itself isn’t all that old, either. OG has already built up a name for itself as a reputable squad, but they only began life in late 2015, forming from the lineup of another team. Originally called monkey (Business) - a team that began life on 28 August 2015 - it wasn’t long before the team was picked up and turned into OG. The squad was a real mix of nationalities, with two from Denmark, a Canadian and players from Jordan and Israel. But the lineup hasn’t changed since its original monkey (Business) squad, consisting of Amer “Miracle-” Barqawi, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, David “MoonMeander” Tan, Andreas “Cr1t-” Franck Nielsen and Tal “Fly” Aizik. After only a handful of games, where they only achieved average results, they rename the team to OG on 31 October and begin their onslaught in the Dota 2 competitive scene. Things start well for the team, too. By the 21 November OG already claims victory at the Dota 2 Frankfurt Major, before following that up with another victory at DreamLeague’s fourth season. This early stomping calmed down pretty quickly, however, with no more first place victories for many months, though a handful of second and third place successes still keep the name OG on people’s minds. In the 2016 Shanghai Major the squad only manages is worst position yet, coming in 7-8th against Fnatic and losing its series 1-2. It’s not until May until OG comes in first again, this time at the fifth season of DreamLeague and up against the ever-popular NaVi. It’s at this point that the squad gains the input of a new coach, Sébastian “7ckngMad” Debs. The famed player has been involved in the Dota 2 competitive scene since 2011 and helped to bring mTw into Dota 2 eSports. At this point OG was already a name worth watching out for. Its string of successes and impressive play has made it a team that others worry about coming up against. But it was in the recent Manila Major where OG really made a scene. Its Dota 2 play was often flawless, seeding into the upper bracket and managing to win each of its matches with confidence. It was only in the semi-finals where the team stumbled, losing a single match in a best-of-three against Newbee, who had been riding the wave of a 29-game win streak. The Manila Major was something of a history maker for OG, though. By claiming a 3-1 victory against Team Liquid - who, alongside OG, MVP Phoenix and LGD Gaming, had been some of the event’s favourites - OG would become the first team to win two Valve-run competitions. That’s not all, however. In its earlier match against MVP Phoenix, OG managed the biggest shutout in competitve Dota to date, smashing the otherwise confident team 0-24 within 25 minutes. It’s still early days for OG, but if it can maintain a hotstreak it could well become one of the biggest names in Dota 2 eSports.