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Dota 2's The International 2019 has concluded with Europe’s OG taking home over $15 million in prize winnings from Shanghai, China at the Mercedes-Benz center.
The crowd witnessed OG lift their second Aegis as confetti rained down upon their display of glory, as they finished off the best of five grand final in four games, 3-1.
This is OG’s second straight International victory, and the first team to not only do it back-to-back, but do it with the same exact roster.
This move fully questions the wisdom of teams who constantly shuffle after every TI instead of having the same roster continue to build chemistry over the years, and surely will make GMs question their strategies moving forward.
Many questioned if their win last year was a fluke. Now we can say definitively that those statements have been shut down and we’re looking at the birth of a Dota 2 dynasty.
OG included the following players in 2019's International victory:
- Anathan ‘ana’ Pham
- Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen
- Sabastien ‘7ckngMad’ Debs
- Jesses ‘JerAx’ Vainikka
- Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein
The International 2019 Final Placements
|7-8||Royal Never Give Up||$855,681|
|17-18||Ninjas in Pyjamas||$85,568|
|17-18||Chaos Esports Club||$85,568|
With that, the Dota 2 season is complete and will pick back up again as the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit gets underway on November 16-24 at a thus-far unannounced location.
A full roster shuffle is anticipated before then, as most teams will try to pick up the pieces in anticipation of The International 2020.