Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan, the youngest International champion in history, has a brand new home in OG, who themselves are looking to make a run at threepeat International championships this year.
SumaiL, perhaps the greatest prodigy the game of Dota has ever known, joined up with OG to round out their roster after the departure of Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and Anathan ‘ana’ Pham from OG’s active roster, as well as the shock retirement of Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka.
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OG has had some difficulties in the months following its second consecutive International victory. They bombed out at Midas Mode 2, finishing fourth as they didn’t win a single game at the event.
This seemed to cause something to break within the team, as the roster became unstable and management began to make changes.
At present, OG only has three active players, but they are currently scouting to fill in the other two slots on the roster.
OG’s active roster includes SumaiL, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and captain Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein. They are still without position 3 and position 4 players.
SumaiL is one of the most decorated players in Dota 2 history, 11th overall in prize earnings with just over $3.5 million throughout his career. The bulk of that came from Evil Geniuses’ victory at The International 2015, which he won at just 16 years old.
“So I had been out of the scene for a while and it made me realize how much I loved Dota,” SumaiL said. “To do it with OG, people who are more accomplished than me now in Dota aspects. I am just looking forward to learning, from Ceb and N0tail especially. I am just very excited. The most I have been in my entire life.”
SumaiL went inactive on Evil Geniuses’ roster in 2019 once they decided to make some changes. He was with them for nearly five seasons, an impressive stint for a player in Dota 2 given it’s a game that has traditionally imploded rosters after each International.
It’s unclear exactly which position SumaiL will play, as both himself and Topson are known for playing mid-lane. He will play carry regardless, however, throughout this year’s Dota Pro Circuit.