The OG Dota 2 team will be without the services of their hard carry, Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham for the foreseeable future as he extends his temporary break away from the game.
The 19-year-old prodigy has been part of OG for the better part of the past two years. He made his competitive debut as part of OG’s revamped roster following The International 2016. Since then, he has become a crucial part of OG’s success. In fact, despite the Australian’s relatively short career, he has quickly become one of the most successful players in all of Dota 2 since joining the European organization.
To date, ana has won two Dota 2 Majors at the Boston and Kiev Major with OG. More importantly, he was a crucial part of the OG Dota 2 team that recently won the 2018 International Dota 2 Championships.
OG made the announcement official earlier today on their Facebook page. On their post, they stated: “As we get back to the highest level of competition again, one of us needs more time to rebuild the vital motivation and fire. Our Australian prodigy, without whom nothing would have been possible, Anathan “ana” Pham, will be taking a longer break away from the game.”
Pham also shared a few words in the release statement:
“Thank you to all the guys in this team, it was a pleasure playing/working again with them plus some new members! I would also like to thank ppasarel and Charlie for being such great assistance to myself and the team. For now, I think more time is needed for myself and right now my motivation lies elsewhere. Good luck to these great bunch of guys and I wish them the very best!
OG will always be the happy place!” – Anathan “ana” Pham
Who Will Replace Ana on the OG Dota 2 Team?
Last season saw OG suffer their worst year yet. After winning two Majors and placing in the Top 8 at The International 2017, OG failed to qualify for tournaments, had several low placements, and went through a number of roster shuffles during the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit.
In the lead up to The International 2018, OG were forced to field an untested and unproven lineup that saw ana come back to the team following a year-long break and the competitive debut of Topias ‘Topson‘ Taavitsainen. However, despite playing with a team of misfits, OG saw their most successful run at a TI ever as they ended up winning the tournament.
ana was a crucial part of that success. His spectacular play on Phantom Lancer and Spectre forced teams to respect ban his hero pool, and in combination with Topson’s unorthodox style of play and the experience of the rest of the roster, the OG Dota 2 team were able to upset more favoured teams like Evil Geniuses and PSG.LGD.
Now, OG will have to try to defend their title without ana, starting at the European Qualifiers for the Chongqing Major.
Who do you think will replace ana in the OG Dota 2 team? Will the 19-year-old prodigy take as long of a break as he did last season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.