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OG splits with OG Seed roster over ownership conflicts

OG Seed have been disbanded by the organisation due to conflict of interest issues, with the switch to regional online tournaments making multi-team ownership tricky to navigate.

OG has disbanded their OG Seed roster of newcomers, with the organisation helping to find them a new home. 

The organisation first announced OG Seed back in November last year to help foster new talent within the Dota scene, a roster which received training from OG’s superstar Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.

The team, comprised of Omar “Madara” Dabachach, Rasmus “Chessie” Blomdin, Andreas “Xibbe” Ragnemalm, Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman and Elmeri “Peksu” Vaatainen, have now been disbanded by OG due to complications with having a multi-team organisation. 

The main reason, as cited in a blog post, stems from the inability to have the main OG team and OG Seed compete at the same events - with many third party organisers outside of Valve invoking the conflict of interest rule for multi-team ownership. 

This was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, which postponed The International 10 and placed a greater emphasis on these smaller online regional tournaments for qualification. 

“Because of unforeseen situations (the devastating COVID-19 pandemic), The International 10 was postponed, and the competitive calendar for the rest of the year became unclear,” the post reads. 

“We always knew two rosters would not be able to compete at TI10 under OG, but as the new calendar started shaping into regional tournaments, we saw that having two rosters competing in the same tournament created a potential conflict of interest. 

OG Seed
The OG Seed line-up (Picture: OG) 

 

“We worked with other teams and tournament organisers to try and find a solution, but despite our efforts, we realised that it was still probably a little too soon to try and properly implement multi-team ownership.”

OG have given OG Seed a 30-day notice period before they’re officially released on 1st July, with the organisation helping them to find a new home. 

While they perhaps didn’t achieve the success they were aiming for, OG Seed showed promising signs - having finished second at DOTA Summit 12 and qualifying for ESL One Los Angeles 2020.

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