OG claims fifth Dota 2 Major Title by winning ESL One Stockholm 2022

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OG claims fifth Dota 2 Major Title by winning ESL One Stockholm 2022
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Since it took place in front of a live audience after more than two years, the ESL One Stockholm Major has been one of the most anticipated DotA 2 events. OG entered the Major bringing in two of the two-time TI champions from retirement, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs standing in for Mikhail "Misha" Agatov as a player and Johan "N0tail" Sundstein filling in for Evgenii "Chuvash" Makarov as a coach.

Coming together, this gave the OG Major roster a whole new look with two of the most experienced players mixed in with the new names, Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev, Bozhidar "bzm" Bogdanov, Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf, and finally Tommy "Taiga" Le, who was brought over from Team Liquid at the start of this DPC Season 2021-2022.

OG at the Stockholm Major: 

Despite the fact that the most of the OG lineup was playing their first LAN tournament in front of a live crowd, they still appeared to be a force to be reckoned with. 

Heading into the playoffs through the upper bracket, OG had to face TSM FTX in their first clash, where TSM FTX won 2-0, sending OG to the lower bracket. To force a rematch with TSM at the Major Finals, OG defeated Boom Esports, Fnatic, Thunder Awaken, Gaimin Gladiators, and Tundra Esports.

  • In the first game, the NA's force TSM FTX completely gained momentum and secured a 33 mins victory with a scoreline of 31-0, breaking the streak of Ceb's windranger. 
  • OG immediately had all the answers in Game 2 and held TSM FTX in control from minute one, forcing a slow but definite death that ended the game at 38 minutes. At the back of BZM's Storm Spirit and ATF's Nightstalker OG was able to tie the series at 1-1.
  • Game 3 was the most dramatic game of the series, as it was a neck-and-neck battle between the two sides. The Roshan fight at 41 minutes proved to be the game-winning moment, as nearly everyone on both teams forced buybacks, but it was BZM's Invoker play with Scythe of Vyse and refresher, and Yuragi on Templar Assassin, who shred through the whole of TSM FTX. OG dashed to the base of TSM FTX, where only Nightstalker remained, who attempted to delay by cutting the creep wave, but OG was unconcerned and headed straight for the throne, securing the series 2-1.
  • TSM picked Wraith King for Timado in Game 4, exactly as in Games 1 and 3, and had Bryle on the Leshrac. However, nothing went TSM FTX's way in this game either as OG dismantled them from the very beginning, finally securing the game with a 37-4 kills scoreline stomp and a 28.4k networth edge. 

This earned OG the Grand Prize of US$200,000 as well as their fifth Major Championship triumph.

The International 11 will be held in Singapore in October, and not to forget, by adding OG and TSM's DPC points from this Stockholm Major have already earned them coveted direct invitations for the premier event.