The open qualifiers are done and dusted. OG dominated the competition and have moved on to the closed qualifiers. OG.Seed, the organization’s secondary roster, also qualified after an impressive run.
Nobody expected anything less. OG’s new roster was flawless and made quick work of the other teams. They beat Team Vrkolakna and Unholy in the round of sixteen and the round of eight. Then they won both games against Tempo in a best-of-three to earn a spot in the closed qualifiers. The games weren’t even close and ended in 30 minutes or less.
Syed “SumaiL” Hassan was impressive in his new role. The team made space for him to farm and he carried on Spectre, Sven, Morphling and Troll Warlord. Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng performed well too. In his best game, he secured 21 kills and 27 assists with only two deaths on Batrider. Martin “Saksa” Sazdov was solid, racking up 85 assists and only 10 deaths across the four games.
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen were as good as ever. The team looked no different from the old lineup and had the same mentality and playstyle. But they haven’t faced any real competition yet. After all, the skill gap between top-tier teams and other teams is often too much.
OG.Seed, the organization’s secondary roster, qualified too. However, the team had a harder time in the round of four. But they managed to beat Chicken Fighters in an intense best-of-three, winning the first game, losing the second, and winning the third.
The team’s line-up has some familiar names and fan-favorites. For instance, Omar Mohammad “Madara” Dabachach is their carry. He’s best known for his time with Ad Finem and their unexpected second-place finish at The Boston Major 2016.
Rasmus Johan “Chessie” Blomdin is their mid laner. He made a name for himself with some good performances for compLexity Gaming.
Andreas Per “Xibbe” Ragnemalm is the off laner. He isn’t well-known. But he has won several small local tournaments. And above all, he looked good in their open qualifier run.
Zakari William Lee “Zfreek” Freedman is a fan favourite known for his long career with brother Kyle “melonzz” Freedman at compLexity Gaming. He is the team’s position four support.
Petu “Peksu” Vaatainen is the team’s position five support. He has played for many teams including Vega Squadron and Team Singularity. And he has always been a solid performer.
The closed qualifiers start on February 9. OG and OG.Seed will face some of the best teams in the world, including Alliance, Nigma, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid and Team Secret. And since there are only three major spots one minor spot, it’s going to be an all-out bloodbath. In other words, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Alex is a freelance writer based in Adelaide, Australia. He finished a law degree but realised it wasn't the career for him and decided to follow his dream of becoming a writer. Since then, he has finished two postgraduate writing degrees at Swinburne University of Technology. Now he writes about his other passion; esports and gaming.