TI8 Winners OG to Play in AMD Dota 2 Pro Series in Melbourne

The TI8 winners, OG, are set to make their first official LAN appearance in the AMD Dota 2 Pro Series in Melbourne on December 8-9.

The AMD Dota 2 Pro Series 2018, otherwise known as Convictus Esports Group Pro Series 2018, is a tournament made in collaboration between tech company, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); Melbourne’s premiere esports hub, ZEN Gaming Lounge; as well as Australian professional Dota 2 player, Alex ‘shatan‘ Chang. Other tournament sponsors include AKRacing and Twitch Australia.

BeyondTheSummit will serve as the tournament’s official streaming partner.

The AMD Dota 2 Pro Series 2018 is the first large scale Dota 2 LAN tournament ever held in Australia. It will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from December 8-9. It will feature a $50,000 AUD prize pool, or roughly $38,000 when converted, and eight teams from Australia, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as the TI8 winners, OG.

The TI8 Winners Are Back (??)

TI8 Winners

OG became TI8 winners despite fielding a roster that had only played together for roughly three months before the start of the tournament. (Valve)

With their appearance made official, we now have “confirmation” that OG will keep their TI-winning squad together this season.

Formed in the wake of the departure of co-founder Tal ‘Fly‘ Aizik, OG were left with a roster that nobody really knew what to make of. They were good. At least, regionally, as they dominated the European Qualifiers. But, the criticism was that OG were simply a big fish in a small pond and could not keep up against top teams.

Come the biggest Dota 2 event of the year, The International 2018, OG were perhaps the biggest dark horses. Nobody considered them among the tournament’s top contenders. They were barely in the Top 10 by most people’s standards. However, despite the odds, OG persevered, taking down more prominent teams such as VGJ.Storm, Evil Geniuses, and one of the heavy favourites, PSG.LGD.

But, after winning it all, the TI8 winners went their separate ways. They didn’t even register their roster and skipped the qualifiers for both DreamLeague Season 10 and the Kuala Lumpur Major. But, now that we know that they’re going to play as one of the invited teams in the AMD Dota 2 Pro Series in Melbourne, it’s highly likely that we’re going to see them enter the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit sooner rather than later.

Final Thoughts

Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham hails from Australia, so it’s only natural that he wants to play in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same just yet for the rest of the TI8 winners.

OG have yet to officially confirm how long their Dota 2 roster is going to take a break. Or, better yet, if they are still together. However, most signs point towards the former.

Either way, we’ll know soon enough. Hopefully, OG doesn’t do a bait-and-switch and play with their complete five-man roster and not with a stand-in.

Are you excited to finally see the TI8 winners in action? Do you think the complete five-man roster will make an appearance, or will they play with a stand-in? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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