With the pitchforks and torches already out after their abysmal start to the season, OG are now on their way to redeeming themselves after barely squeaking out a win against Hellraisers in the BO5 Grand Finals of the Dota PIT Minor EU Qualifier.
Dota PIT Minor EU Qualifier Recap
OG essentially had the qualifier for the Dota PIT Minor in November in the bag after Team Secret chose to skip on the tournament entirely.
After sweeping Hellraisers and MidorFeed, it certainly looked like they were well on their way to securing their first tournament berth of the season without much of a problem.
Hellraisers, however, had other things to say about it.
Having already swept their opponents earlier, many thought OG would make quick work of Hellraisers in their Grand Finals rematch. Instead, what we got was a thrilling BO5 that went down to the wire.
Hellraisers and their latest addition, Alaan ‘SexyBamboe’ Faraj, refused to go down without putting up a fight, even pulling off an upset with a win in Game 1. OG would proceed to take the next two games before Hellraisers pulled off what could only be described as a ballsy move in Game 4 by rushing down OG’s Tier 3 towers 13 minutes into the game.
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OG then spent the following 20 minutes trying to stave off Hellraisers’ repeated attempts of going for the game-ending push before Neta ’33’ Shapira and his Lone Druid eventually broke through, forcing out the GG and effectively making the series a BO1.
As expected, Game 5 was just as tightly contested. However, a series of misplays on Hellraisers’ part late into the game led to OG winning the Dota PIT Minor EU Qualifier and securing their first LAN berth of the season.
A Not-So-Easy Resolut1on
In theory, OG came out of the recent shuffle as a much better team, with Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok now replacing Anathan ‘ana’ Pham.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case. In fact, one could even argue that they got worse.
Of course, winning always help ease concerns of the team’s performance and one LAN berth is a good start. Although, people probably won’t look at OG as a top team until they actually start dominating tournaments again.
What do you think OG needs to do to regain their status as contenders? Do they still even have what it takes to become a top team again? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.