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Infamous OG vs EG staredown from The International 2018 makes a comeback

Published: 22/Aug/2019 19:40 Updated: 22/Aug/2019 19:55

by Scott Robertson

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A story of revenge and hurt feelings highlighted last year’s Dota 2 International, and its legacy has certainly not been forgotten this year.

During last year’s magical run by OG at the Dota 2 International in Vancouver, the match most fans were looking forward to wasn’t the eventual grand finals, but the one between OG and Evil Geniuses – an upper bracket grudge match that was just simmering with beef.

Prior to last year’s International, OG were all set to go the China SuperMajor in May, when Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Tal “Fly” Aizik both unexpectedly left OG to join Evil Geniuses. As a result, OG were forced to skip the SuperMajor and relinquish their spot at the upcoming International. 

Most affected by this departure was Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, who had been good friends and teammates with Fly for nearly a decade, and he went radio silent during the runup to TI.

Because they had to relinquish their TI spot, OG had to play through open qualifiers with a former player and with an unproven talent, making their eventual Cinderella main event run even more magical. 

OG would end up beating Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the upper bracket on their way to winning the whole tournament, and when Fly saw N0tail for the first time, he was met with a piercing, vicious stare.

One year later, and after a flight across the Pacific to Shanghai, the impact of this moment was felt throughout the stadium as both teams met again in the exact same spot in the bracket as last year. And both teams acknowledged the moment in style.

OG hilariously switched all of their player icons to their teammate’s stone cold face

Evil Geniuses paid tribute to the beef as well during their ridiculous skit showcasing how “American” the North American roster truly is. The skit made light of a different moment from last year’s TI when former OG player s4 shoulder-checked n0tail during an interview.

With the beef still sizzling in our minds, the two teams clashed at this year’s tournament, and just like last year, OG prevailed 2-1. There was a handshake between n0tail and Fly that featured no malice or staring, and the two even shared a nice moment during the game, as caught by reddit user “karmaisback”:

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It looks like the hatchet has finally been buried between these two. But at least we’ve gotten some high quality Dota series out of the rivalry, and got to sample some tasty beef.

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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.