OG Roster Announced, SumaiL Joins the TI9 Winners
After their historic run at TI9, many wondered how the 2020 OG roster would look like. After all, the Dota 2 off-season if often grueling and filled with unexpected twists and turns. OG is no exception to this “rule,” as they’ll enter the current season with a noticeably revamped roster.
A Look at the 2020 OG Roster
First, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs will no longer be a part of the starting line-up. The former — citing burnout issues — will retire from competitive Dota entirely. The latter, however, will move into onto an undisclosed position within OG itself. He’ll have a more flexible role and will focus on player development across OG’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 teams. He wants to give back to the community and develop the superstars of tomorrow. A possible return to pro play is still on the table, however.
JerAx, unfortunately, will not be returning at all as he no longer wishes to go through the many trials and tribulations that come with your average season of Dota 2. Frankly, there’s no reason for him to return as after winning The International twice in a row (not to mention many smaller tournaments). It’s hard to find the motivation to go further, as you’ve already accomplished everything there was and earned a hefty paycheck in the process.
Finally, Anathan “ana” Pham has decided to prolong his hiatus until the 2020-2021 DPC season. In other words, we won’t be seeing Ana compete any time soon.
So, in short, OG will look quite different the next time they step foot on stage to compete. Fortunately, they have a very promising roster that should still remain a tier-one challenger.
Former TI winner Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan (of Evil Geniuses fame) will be joining the team, along with Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov.
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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What to Expect from OG This Season
This quite a lot of mid lane talent, so how they’ll share in-game duties remains to be seen. While this OG roster differs stylistically from the one we know and love, they still have all the tools at their disposal to once again go for a deep run in the current season. They’re brimming with talent, experience, and mechanical prowess and are bound to leave a mark sooner rather than later.
At the time of this writing, OG is boot camping for the upcoming ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifier that’ll begin a matter of days. The team already missed out on two Majors (the MDL Chengdu Major and the DreamLeague Season 13 Leipzig Major), so they’ll have to get on the same page a string a couple of high-profile wins to eventually qualify for TI10 in Stockholm later this year.
That said, they still have more than enough time to synergize and show what they’re made of.
Lastly, Valve’s long-awaited True Sight TI9 documentary is finally here, and it’s quite a fascinating piece of content that gives us an in-depth look at what these legendary players went through when everything was on the line.
True Sight: The International 2019 Finals