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Dota 2 superfans celebrate TI9 Champions OG with over-the-top display

Published: 28/Aug/2019 23:21 Updated: 29/Aug/2019 2:08

by Isaac McIntyre


Dota 2 superfans have gone above and beyond in their post-tournament celebrations.

Sports and esports fans have always been expected to go a little overboard when celebrating their team’s victories. NBA and NFL supporters often pour out onto the streets following confirmation of their championship rings, and party long into the night.

After OG’s two-time success, the one fan in the Philippines has gone an extra step in sharing the glory of his team with the world and made sure no one in his town will forget OG’s near-perfect upper bracket run into history.

Chu Julia - FacebookThe billboard was erected after OG’s back-to-back International titles.

Chu Julia lives in Naga in the Philippines, but he wasn’t going to let that stop him celebrating the European team’s success. The superfan reached out to popular Indian-based artist Wykrhm Reddy, who had created a graphic after OG clinched the $15.5 million top prize.

“Yo sir wyk, can I use this layout?” Julia messaged Reddy. “I’m planning to rent a billboard.”

Reddy – clearly bemused about the situation – gave the Filipino fan his permission, and true to Chu’s word the image was soon towering over a bustling central street in Naga City.

If ever there was a triumph to celebrate with a billboard and posters in the world of Dota 2, the two-time championship of OG would be it. After their miracle run at TI8 secured them the Aegis for the first time, OG doubled down with a dominant campaign in China.

Not only did the European squad clinch back-to-back titles, but they did so with the exact same roster in 2018 and 2019. There’s every chance we could see repeat champions in the future, and maybe even a few consecutive winners, but to do so with the same team of five players two years in a row is a record that may never be broken.

ValveOG were crowned two-time champions in Shanghai.

The celebratory billboard also raises another question. The International 10 will be heading back to Europe for the first time since 2011, but with the massive popularity of the game all around the world, should smaller countries also get the opportunity to host the event?

Given a fan has gone to these great lengths to semi-immortalise OG’s win in the Philippines, imagine how regions like South East Asia would react if they had the chance to watch Dota’s biggest tournament right at their back door.

THEHEXHAVENOG made history as back-to-back champions with the same five-man roster.

OG’s crowning in Shanghai marked the end of the 2018-19 Dota 2 season. The next event on the Dota Pro Circuit will kick-start the 2019-2020 campaign on November 16, though a location for the event has yet to be announced.


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


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
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.