Who was N0tail before his Dota TI success with OG? - Dexerto

Who was N0tail before his Dota TI success with OG?

Published: 11/Nov/2020 15:33 Updated: 11/Nov/2020 15:41

by Lauren Bergin


N0tail has become one of DoTA 2’s most iconic players. Struggling through adversity, he rose above everything life threw at him to conquer The International with Origen in both 2018 and 2019. Let’s look at how he got there.
N0tail wasn’t always the DoTA 2 superstar that he is today. His journey began in Heroes of Newerth, the spiritual predecessor to what is now DoTA 2. Meeting his then partner-in-crime Fly in an online match, the two players were picked up by Fnatic. As Heroes died, Fnatic transferred to DoTA 2, and the rest is history.
N0tail continued to make a name for himself in DoTA 2, but things quickly got rocky. After showing a particularly average performance at Team Secret, n0tail moved on to play for Cloud9, but a disastrous run left the 27-year-old and Fly without a team.
Reforging an Origen supposedly primed for international success in 2017, the team continued to underperform, leading to a roster swap that changed the face of Origen: Fly left.
After an interview where Fly roasted his former team lineup, it was obvious that n0tail was looking for blood: specifically Evil Geniuses’, Fly’s new team. As they tore through the International, things hit their climax in The International’s final 6, where OG demolished EG 2-1.
After the match, n0tail and Fly exchanged a tense handshake, proving that n0tail had bested his demons. This has been further proven by his unstoppable performances throughout 2019 and 2020. The Dane’s future is certainly exciting, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59

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.