TI9: OG defeat Team Liquid to become back-to-back champions - Final Placements - Dexerto

TI9: OG defeat Team Liquid to become back-to-back champions – Final Placements

Published: 25/Aug/2019 15:05 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:08

by Michael Gwilliam


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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

Place Team Prize
1 OG $15,573,391
2 Team Liquid $4,449,540
3 PSG.LGD $3,080,451
4 Team Secret $2,053,634
5-6 Evil Geniuses $1,197,953
5-6 ViCi Gaming $1,197,953
7-8 Royal Never Give Up $855,681
7-8 Infamous $855,681
9-12 Virtus.Pro $684,545
9-12 TNC Predator $684,545
9-12 Newbee $684,545
9-12 Mineski $684,545
13-16 Alliance $513,408
13-16 Fnatic $513,408
13-16 Keen Gaming $513,408
13-16 Natus Vincere $513,408
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.


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.