OG (eSports)

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OG
OG (Redbull).png
Sport Dota 2
Super Smash Bros.
Founded 2015; 3 years ago (2015)
Location Europe
Partners Red Bull
Website ogs.gg

OG is a professional Dota 2 eSports team based in Europe. Formed in 2015, they are best known for being four-time Dota 2 Major champions.

History[edit]

It was founded as (monkey)Business by players Fly and N0tail, who were former players from Team Secret, in August 2015. Soon after a dominating run through the European qualifiers for the Frankfurt Major, they adopted the moniker OG. They went on to win the inaugural Dota 2 Major Championship in Frankfurt in November 2015, earning US$one million in prize money.[1] Despite placing in the bottom half of the next Major in Shanghai in March 2016, the team would rebound and take first place at the Manila Major in June 2016, becoming the first team to repeat as champions of a Valve Corporation sponsored Dota 2 tournament.[2]

OG entered The International 2016 as one of the favorites after earning a direct invite, but ended up finishing 9-12th out of 16 teams. In August 2016, founding members MoonMeander, Miracle-, and Cr1t- left the team, with s4, ana, and JerAx replacing them.[3][4] Despite the new roster, OG won the Boston Major in December 2016, giving them their third Dota 2 Major championship.[5] For the first premier tournament following Boston, OG advanced to the grand finals of the Dota 2 Asia Championships in Shanghai, where they were swept in a best-of-five series against Invictus Gaming.[6] Following that, OG won the Kiev Major in a best of five series against Virtus.pro.[7] At the Kiev event, the team made an appearance on Valve's True Sight documentary series.[8] In May 2018, Fly and s4 left the team to join Evil Geniuses, with ana, Topias "Topsen" Taavitsainen, and team coach 7ckngMad replacing them.[9][10] The same month, the organization signed James "Swedish Delight" Liu to represent the Super Smash Bros. scene.[11][12]

Tournament results[edit]

Placement Tournament Date
1st Frankfurt Major December 2015
7th Shanghai Major March 2016
1st Manila Major June 2016
1st ESL One Frankfurt 2016[13] June 2016
9th-12th The International 2016 August 2016
1st Boston Major December 2016
1st Kiev Major April 2017
9th-12th The International 2017 August 2017
1st Mars Dota League Macau December 2017
5th-6th ESL One Birmingham 2018 April 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stubbsy, Mike. "How OG surprised the world at the Frankfurt Major". Red Bull. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Cocke, Taylor. "OG wins Manila, becomes first team to win two Dota 2 majors". esports.yahoo.com. Yahoo. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Van Allen, Eric. "OG loses MoonMeander, Cr1t-, Miracle- in roster shuffle". ESPN. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Partridge, Jon. "Fly on what's next for the rebuilt OG". redbull.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Van Allen, Eric. "OG defeats Ad Finem at Boston Major for its third Major title". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Elliott, Travis. "Dota 2 Asia Championships Main Event: Invictus tops OG in finals". ESPN. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Ballenger, Jack. "OG cements its dynasty at the Kiev Major". ESPN. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "True Sight: The Kiev Major Grand Finals". Dota 2 blog. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ "A Shift in OG". Facebook. Retrieved May 28, 2018. 
  10. ^ "OG". Facebook. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "OG on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-04. 
  12. ^ "Esports team OG steps into Super Smash Bros. by signing Swedish Delight". Shoryuken. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-08-04. 
  13. ^ Cocke, Taylor. "OG wins ESL One Frankfurt, continues dominant spree". esports.yahoo.com. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 

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