OG Get Back on Track With Huge MDL Macau Minor Win

After spending the first four months of the year struggling to qualify for anything — their lone Pro Circuit LAN appearance at Dota PIT ended in a disappointing 5th-6th place finish  — OG have finally entered the race to The International 8 by winning the MDL Macau Minor.

Thanks to their huge MDL Macau Minor win, OG‘s players received 150 Qualifying Points each. In total, OG now have 450 Qualifying Points for the season, which is good for 8th place. The 4-time Major champions also went home from Macau with a pocket full of money, having bagged half of the total prize pool.

OG Sweep the MDL Macau Minor Playoffs

After posting a 6-2 win-loss record during the group stages, losing only to Virtus Pro and Infamous, Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik and his team never lost a step in the playoffs. In fact, they were even better when things mattered the most. Although they very nearly gave away Game 1 in their series against Natus Vincere, they were able to rebound late, with Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson stealing the show on his signature hero Puck. 

Their first game against Natus Vincere was the only close game they had all throughout the playoffs as the rest ended in rather convincing stomps.

Up against TNC Pro Team, who had swept Virtus Pro out of the event in the semifinals, OG continued to play brilliantly in yet another 2-0 sweep.

The much-criticized Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein, in particular, seems to have found what works best for him and the team, as he’s now helping push the tempo for his team and acting more as the space maker while the team’s off-season acquisition, Roman ‘Resolution‘ Fominok, receive much of the farm priority and play as the true carry.

OG will now look to build on their MDL Macau Minor win as they try to go for a second Minor win before the year ends at the Summit 8 Minor next week.

Prize Pool Distribution

  • 1st Place — OG ($130,000 / 150 Qualifying Points )
  • 2nd Place — TNC Pro Team ($65,000 / 90 Qualifying Points)
  • 3-4th Place — Virtus Pro* and Natus Vincere ($30,000 / Qualifying Points)
  • 5th-9th Place — EHOME, LFY, Infamous, LGD Gaming, VGJ.Storm ($9,000)

*As per Valve’s guidelines, Ivan ‘Artstyle‘ Antonov will only earn 15 Qualifying Points. The rest of Virtus Pro will also be penalized and receive only 22.50 Qualifying Points for using a stand-in.

Do you think that the win puts OG back in the upper echelon of Dota 2 teams? Or do you think that they’re still a Minor  win or two away from moving up? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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