Since their victory at The International 2018, OG found themselves taking a well-deserved break from the start of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s 2018-19 season. The team skipped the first Minor and Major and after announcing that their wonder-carry, Anathan ‘ana’ Pham would be taking a break from the team, they found a replacement in Per Anders ‘Pajkatt’ Olsson Lille. However, yesterday the team announced the departure of Pajkatt from the squad – and with their team playing through the WePlay! Winter Madness tournament today, the announcement of a replacement came swiftly.
Pajkatt’s departure was announced yesterday with a Facebook post explaining that the team chemistry just was not right with the Swedish player which is why they have decided to replace him. There seem to be no hard feeling between the team and the player and OG have agreed to give Pajkatt a part of their winnings from the Minor as well as a cut if they make it into the Major, due to his assistance. Johan ‘Notail’ Sundstein had the following to say about the departure,
“Pajkatt is a great player, and I feel blessed that I got the chance to learn from him, but when a team with recent success brings in a new player, it is a difficult position to be in for anyone.
I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Pajkatt for the time we spent in Paris, and also a huge thanks to everyone else who keeps supporting OG through thick and thin!”
You can find the full announcement here.
— OG (@OGesports) January 4, 2019
After this, OG decided to announce their new player, who would be playing with them through their time playing at WePlay! Dota 2 Winter Madness – and it would be Igor ‘iLTW’ Filatov. iLTW has been playing most of his Dota 2 for ESPADA in the mid lane position but has spent time on OG previously and recently too. During the Bucharest Minor Qualifiers, iLTW stood-in for OG after Pajkatt was ill but both players were available and helpful to the TI Champions as they made it into the Minor. It is still unclear as to whether iLTW will be a permanent replacement for the team but according to their Twitter post, it is merely a standin for their upcoming games today – although that remains to be seen.
Depending on how their games against Vega Squadron go in just a few hours, we are sure that OG will gauge whether or not iLTW fits their team’s chemistry and we will see if they decide to keep the CIS player for their run through the Bucharest Minor next week as the 2019 segment of the DPC gets underway.
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