OG has revealed Martin "Saksa" Sazdov and Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zhengto as the new players joining its Dota 2 roster for the remainder of the 2019/20 Dota Pro Circuit.
Carries beware! Offlane got a lot more dangerous— OG (@OGesports) January 29, 2020
Welcome to @midonedota2 as our last addition to the team!
OG is now at full force to enter the DPC Season.
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Recent changes saw three of the back-to-back TI champions - Anathan "ana" Pham, Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka and Sébastien "Ceb" Debs - all step back from the active OG roster. While ana is taking an extended break and Ceb is taking on a more supportive role within the organisation, the news of JerAx's retirement shook the community most.
Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan was announced folllowing the world premiere of True Sight on 28th January, appearing at the event after speculation the benched Evil Geniuses player would be crossing the pond to join the European lineup. Taking up Position 1 for the first time in his career, SumaiL will once again have all eyes on him now as he looks like help OG get a third TI.
The TI8 and TI9 winning Dota players sat together one last time during OG Night which saw players from both OG's CS:GO and Dota squads in Berlin for the event hosted by Laure Valée.
During the night, Martin "Saksa" Sazdov and Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng were unveiled.
OG Dota 2 will now move forward in 2020 with the following players:
- Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan - Position 1
- Topias Miikka "Topson" Taavitsainen - Position 2
- Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng - Position 3
- Martin "Saksa" Sazdov - Position 4
- Johan "N0tail" Sundstein - Position 5
While OG did not attend the first two Majors of the Circuit, MDL Chengdu Major and DreamLeague Season 13, choosing to field a secondary team known as OG Seed in their absence for the latter.
Dota 2 streamer Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski will also now be part of the OG family as a content creator for the organisation with possible post-game interviews and casual collaborations.
Fans can expect to see OG go through the qualifiers and Minor for a chance to play in the third Major, ESL One Los Angeles, in the coming weeks. This will mark the first official OG matches since Midas Mode 9 back in September 2019.
The CS:GO Q&A revealed that former OpTic coach Casper "ruggah" Due will be coaching the team going forward and has been in place since the start of this year.
OG CS:GO will be playing in the ICE Challenge 2020 before the third week of the BLAST Premier Spring Season that will see them face the likes of Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves and G2 Esports.
Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's first opponent will be his former team ENCE while Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt could well come up against G2 Esports during BLAST Premier, the team that benched him and led to him missing a Major for the first time in his career.