TI7 preview: OG’s calculated approach

OG: The Powerhouse of Dota 2

OG, alongside Evil Geniuses, is one of the strongest Dota 2 teams in the Western world. Their consistent success over the year demonstrates their strength as both individual players and a team.

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for OG. After The International 6, they lost three key players who were instrumental in their previous success. However, the duo of Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Tal “Fly” Aizik, who have been playing together for almost a decade, attracted elite replacements.

Swedish legend Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Finnish prodigy Jesse “Jerax” Vainikka joined the team, and the young talent Anathan “Ana” Pham became OG’s new mid player. Any doubts about the lineup were quickly dispelled when they won The Boston Major in December.

Nowadays, OG is not only a talented team but a feel-good story in the Dota 2 community. They genuinely like each other, and their string of victories has only enhanced their reputation.

Despite some recent dips in performance, OG’s wins at The Kiev Major and the Boston Major solidify their position as the most successful team this year. It’s no surprise that they were invited to The International 7.

OG has proven their ability to excel on Dota 2’s biggest stages, making them a formidable opponent to beat in Seattle. Their versatility and adaptability, as demonstrated by their victories in MoonduckTV’s Elimination Mode, make them a force to be reckoned with.

Player to Watch: Jerax

Jerax, known for his playmaking ability, has made the support role exciting to watch. His high-skill utility supports like Tusk and Earth Spirit have impressive win rates in both public and professional games. While OG’s cores may steal the spotlight, make sure to take some time to appreciate Jerax’s contributions.

Biggest Challenge: Ana’s Performance

Ana, OG’s mid player, faced criticism in the past for his readiness to play at a high level. However, he has grown as a player and shown moments of brilliance. Nevertheless, he sometimes struggles in the laning phase, and OG must ensure he is prepared for the pressure of The International.

Our Grade: A-

OG is a powerhouse team in Dota 2. Anything less than a top-three finish at The International would be considered a disappointment for this talented and composed team.

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