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MDL Macau EU Qualifier - OG with a Clean Sweep - Esportsranks
MDL Macau EU Qualifier – OG with a Clean Sweep

The four-time Major winners look like they’re slowly rounding into midseason form, going 6-0 at the MDL Macau EU Qualifier to secure an appearance at both Pro Circuit Minors scheduled for December of this year.

With the win, OG are now set to join DPL Season 4 winners, LFYInfamousNatus Vincere and 2 more qualifier teams as well as 2 direct invites at the MDL Macau Minor on December 8-10.

OG Find Their Footing at the MDL Macau EU Qualifier

If I had told you that after winning the Kiev Major back in April, OG would find themselves in a six-month long slump, you’d tell me I was delusional.

After all, OG were four-time Major winners, and the only team to ever win multiple Valve-sponsored tournaments.

Led by the duo of Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein and Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik, they’ve remained remarkably consistent amidst roster shuffles and patch changes, having become constant threats, if not heavy favourites, to win every tournament they’ve found themselves playing in over the past two years.

A slump was definitely the furthest thing you’d expect from OG. 

MDL Macau EU Qualifier

Image via OG

Unfortunately, since April, OG have failed to win anything significant. Their most notable achievement so far? A 7-8th place finish at The International 7. Although definitely nothing to scoff at, it is considered a “disappointed”, as per one of their members, TI3 winner, Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson.

Even worse, after parting ways with Anathan ‘Ana‘ Pham and replacing him with Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok, their performance has declined even more.

OG started the season failing to qualify for three straight Pro Circuit tournaments. They eventually squeaked out a win at the Dota Pit Minor EU Qualifiers, only to bomb out at the LAN Finals itself in 5-6th place.

While winning the MDL Macau EU Qualifier comes with a huge asterisk; every one of their opponents was a Tier 2 team at best, it’s still a good sign. Especially since they went 6-0, with N0tail now seemingly having found his footing.

OG have a chance — a small one, but a chance nonetheless — to make it a Christmas Trifecta at the DreamLeague Season 8 EU + CIS Qualifier League Play later this week.

OG Roster
  • Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein
  • Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok
  • Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson
  • Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka
  • Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik
  • Sébastien ‘ 7ckingMad‘ Debs (Coach)

What do you think about the performance of the four-time Major winners? Have OG finally broken out of their six-month long slump? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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