Just a little over two months after first being adding to their Dota 2 roster, OG have decided to part ways with Igor ‘iLTW‘ Filatov. The International 2018 champions confirmed their latest roster move in a statement on Facebook on Monday.
The 19-year-old Russian professional Dota 2 player first joined OG as a stand-in for the regional qualifiers of the Bucharest Minor back in December of 2018. He was then officially announced as a stand-in by OG following the team’s decision to let go of Per Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt‘ Lille earlier this season. During his two-month stint with OG, the hard carry player posted an average of 5.88 KDA and was part of numerous deep runs, including a third-place finish at ESL One Katowice 2019.
iLTW’s best LAN performance for OG came at ESL One Katowice 2019 where he posted an average KDA of 7.13 and participated in nearly 75% of all OG’s kills throughout the entire tournament.
iLTW is a young player who has been in quite a number of teams over the years. Prior to his tenure with OG, he was part of ESPADA, an up-and-coming CIS-based squad that had shown signs of becoming a threat in the CIS region and nearly qualified for The International 2018. He has also played for Team Spirit and M19 in recent years, achieving moderate success in both squads.
iLTW had this to say regarding his departure from OG:
“I want to thank OG for the opportunity they gave me these past few months. It’s been a great experience and I learned so much. Thanks to Johan, Seb, Jesse and Topias for being such great teammates and Titouan and Oliver for their support. I wish you guys all the best!”
OG have yet to officially announce a replacement for iLTW, but did promise in their statement that they will post an update within the next couple of days.
iLTW Out, Ana Back In?
Eagle-eyed redditors spotted Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham recently playing in the European servers earlier this week. On a reddit thread by r/the_8k_truth, ana was reportedly seen playing using his official account on Monday in a ranked match in Europe.
While this does not serve as a confirmation that two-time Major and one-time TI winner will return to his former squad, the timing does seem convenient.
If ana does indeed return to his former post for OG, he will be more than welcomed by the squad. He was, after all, arguably the team’s top performer at The International 2018, as his play on hard carries at the tournament, including Spectre and Phantom Lancer, was so prolific that teams had no choice but to dedicate a ban slot for his hero pool. A versatile player who can switch across multiple positions, ana is also one of the most successful youngsters in the scene; he has already earned nearly $3 million in career earnings as a 19-year-old.
In any case, OG will have to announce a replacement for iLTW real soon if they are to compete for a spot at the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major or the AMD SAPPHIRE DOTA PIT Minor 2019.
Who do you think OG will bring in to replace iLTW? Will ana finally return to his former squad to help them defend their title? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.