photo by: Convictus Esports
The Dota 2 competitive season is entering its second half, time when things get serious and the teams start to feel the TI qualifier slot pressure.
“The DPC season puts a team on a timer and we unfortunately had to come to the decision to part ways with him, as we are still not meeting the results we aim at,” said OG yesterday when they announced Igor “iLTW” Filatov’s departure from the team. iLTW was their second attempt to find a replacement for Anathan “ana” Pham post TI8. The International 2018 Champions entered the race for Dota Pro Circuit points for TI9 after the first set of Major and Minor qualifiers. They started the new season a bit later than everyone else and initially they had Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille joining.
Unfortunately, the Swede was dropped quickly, OG citing at the time a lack of chemistry. iLTW was brought in during the Bucharest Minor qualifiers, back in December 2018 and since then OG tried their best to accommodate the CIS carry in their ranks. Unfortunately, the DPC season has just two Minors and two Majors to be played before TI9 and OG are sitting now way near the top 12 teams in rankings. The International 2019 will be the first Valve annual event where 12 teams will secure their attendance via DPC points while only six, one per region will make it via regional qualifiers. With all these in mind, The International 2018 Champions reunite today, March 13, 2019 in a final sprint through the DPC season.
Ana is at his second stint with the team and he already proved the world that he is one of the best carries out there. Back in the 2016-2017 season he became double Major champion with OG, he took an extensive break after TI7 and came back to the team when OG needed him the most. When everyone was ready to give up on OG, last year Ana returned just ahead of the TI8 qualifiers to make a historical run from open brackets to lifting the Aegis of Champions onto the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
OG are not a part of the upcoming DreamLeague Season 11 Major, but they will be fighting at the end of this month in the regional qualifiers for the Paris major, the first-ever Valve event to be co-hosted by Disneyland.