The OG Dota 2 roster that’s set to play in the Open Qualifiers in Europe for The International 2018 is now complete with the return of Anathan ‘ana Pham and the pub star Topias ‘Topson‘ Taavitsainen.
OG were the first to make the announcement via Facebook.
The OG Dota 2 Roster Is Now Set
With co-founder Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik and Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson now halfway across the world with Evil Geniuses, the OG Dota 2 roster had some serious holes to fill. The former, after all, has served as the team’s captain since its inception. Meanwhile, the latter is a TI winner and widely regarded as one of the most talented players in all of Dota 2.
While we can’t exactly say for sure just how well the latest OG Dota 2 roster will turn out, it certainly looks good on paper.
Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham was part of the OG Dota 2 roster as their midlaner from 2016-2017. A former pub star brought in to replace Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi, ana shone and carried his own weight during his first go-around with the team. He was instrumental in helping OG win the Boston Major and the Kiev Major. However, after OG “disappointed” with a Top 8 finish at The International 2017, OG decided to shake up the roster. But, instead of picking up a pub star, they instead went with Roman ‘Resolut1on‘ Fominok to replace ana.
Apparently, though, OG are now going back to their roots by picking up the pub star Topson. Although he has previously played with teams such as SFT-esports and 5ANC, Topson is mostly an unknown commodity. But, many put him in high regard. He is a mechanically skilled mid player who is not one to shy away from experimenting with builds and actually succeeding with them. Case in point, he has found a lot of success running a particularly aggressive Quas-Wex build on Invoker.
Can OG Make it To The International 2018?
The new OG Dota 2 roster lineup as broken down by 7ckingMad:
- Hard Carry – Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham
- Mid – Topias ‘Topson‘ Taavitsainen
- Offlane – Sébastien ‘7ckingMad‘ Debs
- Roaming Support – Jesse ‘JerAx‘ Vainikka
- Hard Support – Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein
In theory, the pieces on the new OG Dota 2 roster fit very well.
For starters, this is not the first time Johan ‘N0tail‘ will play as a support. He may have won four Majors playing as a hard carry, but he experienced a lot of success playing as a support early in his career. This includes stints with known teams like Fnatic.EU, Cloud9, and Team Secret. Sébastien ‘7ckingMad‘ Debs is also no stranger to playing offlane. He has played the role in certain lineups this season after stepping in with the departure of Resolut1on.
With all three of ana, Topson, and 7ckingMad arguably versatile enough to switch roles depending on the lineup this OG Dota 2 roster has all the tools to succeed.
The new OG Dota 2 roster will make their debut next week at the Open Qualifiers where they will have to claw their way out to advance to the Regional Qualifiers and earn a shot at a spot at The International 2018.
What do you think of the new OG Dota 2 roster? Do you think they have a shot at qualifying and making some noise at The International 2018? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.