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Dota 2 TI9: Must-read stories from day three of the knockout stage

Published: 22/Aug/2019 22:54 Updated: 22/Aug/2019 23:54

by Scott Robertson

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China is on a roll, OG and EG delivered in a rematch of last year’s grudge match, and a little known South American squad is somehow still kicking after day three of The International.

Three down, three to go. Only three days of Dota 2 action remain in this year’s International in Shanghai. During day three, two more teams were sent home, while two teams advanced to the upper bracket finals, thus guaranteeing at least a third place finish.

Homecrowd advantage

The Shanghai crowd has a great chance to be extra loud on Sunday, as three Chinese teams are still in the running to life the Aegis at home.

PSG.LGD has looked near unstoppable in Shanghai, as they didn’t lose a single series during the group stage (five wins, three draws) and haven’t lost a single game during playoffs. On day three they faced their fellow countrymen in Vici Gaming in the upper bracket. 

PSG.LGD have mastered the art of slow momentum, building a lead slowly over a game, and have excelled at putting Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu into a great position to carry the team late in matches.

Vici drops to the lower bracket and awaits the winner of Team Secret and Mineski, while Royal Never Give Up will face Team Liquid. RNG are certainly a surprise to still see in the tournament, aided by what has now become the traditional Virtus.Pro TI collapse. 

All three Chinese teams will certainly have the crowd support going forward.

OG vs EG: the rematch

While the Chinese crowd didn’t want to see two of their favorites against each other in the upper bracket, everyone certainly was looking forward to the other upper bracket match: OG vs Evil Geniuses in a repeat of last year’s upper bracket second round. And oh baby these two did not disappoint.

Evil Geniuses looked dead set on revenge early on, not letting OG out of the gates to begin the series, and wrapping up game one in just half an hour. OG came out firing in game two with their own quick pace, taking control early and never letting go. Like last year, we were headed to a game three.

EG took an early lead, but allowed OG to stay alive and take the lead back around the 15 minute mark, and OG would ride on the shoulders of an unstoppable Anathan ‘ana’ Pham to carry them into the upper bracket finals against PSG.LGD.

Make yourself Infamous, kid

OG made it clear that they are no longer a Cinderella team, they’re contenders. But another unlikely team has risen up in its place, Infamous. Infamous certainly has had their backs against the wall in the bracket, starting in the lower bracket and facing a beloved Chinese team in Keen Gaming, then against a team playing for a well known Chinese organization in Newbee.

Against Newbee, Infamous let Hector Antonio “K1” Rodriguez go to work on Wraith King, as he was a dominant force in the game one and game three victories that sent the South American squad to the next round.

With a guaranteed top eight finish, Infamous has secured the best placing at an International by a South American squad ever. They face a daunting task in Team Secret on day four.

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Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch

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Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
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OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.