The 26-year-old Swedish veteran carry player, Per Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt‘ Lille, will complete the OG Dota 2 roster for the remainder of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Recently, the defending TI8 champions, OG, saw the departure of one of their core-role players, Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham. OG already had zero presence in the competitive scene following their miraculous run; they had decided to take an extended break to give themselves enough time to rest before coming back to compete. However, for the 19-year-old carry, a three-month rest wasn’t nearly enough. Instead, he had decided to step down from the team as his motivation had already lied “somewhere else” for the time being.
As a result, OG needed a carry to slot into ana’s role.
Pajkatt is a veteran of the Dota 2 scene. He has competed since the early days of the game, albeit to limited success. Pajkatt would only win the first LAN of his career last season with OpTic Gaming when they won the StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 Minor.
OG made the official statement just a day before the start of the qualifiers for the Chongqing Major. In it, Pajkatt wrote: “I’m very excited to be playing with OG, looking forward to a great new season!”
Pajkatt will be the second non-rookie pickup of OG during the offseason since the organization formed post-TI6.
What Does Pajkatt Bring to the OG Dota 2 Roster?
OG have seen their fair share of troubles throughout the years, but perhaps none more so last year when they failed to win a single LAN after winning two Valve Majors in each of the previous two seasons. Not only that, but the organization also saw the departure of one of its founding members, Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik. Although it did all lead to the organization’s first TI win, OG would likely want to avoid having to go through such a chaotic season once again.
While Pajkatt doesn’t come with many accolades to his name as a player, he does bring a lot of stability to the roster.
A proven veteran of the game, Pajkatt was 7th in KDA among all pro players last season (with at least 100 competitive games) and 3rd in average deaths per game. We looked at him as one of the perfect fits for the OG Dota 2 roster in a previous article, and as it turns out, OG were already keeping an eye on him.
Playing in the European Qualifiers, however, OG will have to find their form quick. Or else, they may miss out on a spot at the Chongqing Majors in mid-January. Contending against Team Secret, who finished second at the Kuala Lumpur Major; Ninjas in Pyjamas, who finished fourth; Team Liquid, who retain their TI7-winning squad; OG will have their hands full trying to remain competitive.
Only time will tell just how much of an impact ana’s departure and Pajkatt’s arrival will have on OG. However, at this point, all signs point to this being one of the best pickups this offseason.