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The Dire Signed as OpTic Gaming Dota 2 Team - Esportsranks
The Dire Signed as OpTic Gaming Dota 2 Team

The Dire, a sponsorless stack of players headlined by Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and Ludwig ‘zai’ Wåhlberg, have just been signed to become the OpTic Gaming Dota 2 team as revealed in the latest episode of their documentary series.

Optic Gaming Dota 2

OpTic Gaming is an organisation mostly known for their teams in FPS titles such as Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Founded in 2006, OpTic Gaming has grown considerably since. They recently announced a move to Dallas, Texas from Chicago, Illinois.

OpTic Gaming’s reach is only sure to grow with their acquisition of their first ever professional squad for a non-FPS title.

“I played professional Dota from 2014 to 2017, and I placed Top 3 at all The Internationals that I competed at. Last year, I didn’t play at all,” OpTic Gaming captain Peter ‘ppd’ Dager said, “But this year, I thought it would be fun to give it another go. So I found a group of four guys and myself and we’re out here doing our best. And OpTic contacted us and was interested in expanding outside of FPS, so we were happy to oblige.”

Many credit the organisation’s move into the competitive Dota 2 scene to Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman as part of his recent investment.

Meet the Players

  • Peter ‘ppd’ Dager
  • Ludwig ‘zai’ Wåhlberg
  • Per Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille
  • Quinn ‘CCnC’ Callahan
  • Rasmus ‘MiSeRy’ Filipsen

Formed admist the chaotic annual shuffle brought by the conclusion of Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament, The International, The Dire boasts a lineup composed of some of the best players the scene has to offer.

ppd and his long-time teammate zai are among the winningest professional Dota 2 players in history. Albeit zai was not part of the team when ppd led Evil Geniuses to a title back in 2015 in history.

Pajkatt and MiSeRy are Dota 2 veterans whose careers have spanned nearly a decade. Both were part of the inaugural The International tournament back in GamesCom 2011.

Rounding up the team is CCnC, a newcomer to the scene who only started his career last year. He turned a lot of heads when he very nearly led Team Freedom to a TI berth a few months ago.

The OpTic Gaming Dota 2 squad have quickly established themselves as major contenders in the NA region — the newly formed team most recently won the King’s Cup America online tournament.

OpTic Gaming will play in the qualifiers for the Perfect World Masters and Dota PIT Minors sometime later this week.

Which organisation do you think will be the next to invest in a Dota 2 team? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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