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OG wins the Kiev Major

OG wins the Kiev Major

by Karl Anthony RodilMay 1, 2017

Yep, you read that right, OG just won a major. Again.

Perennial Dota 2 powerhouse OG just proved once again that they are indeed, on top of the Dota 2 world with their 1st place finish in The Kiev Major. The powerhouse struggled throughout the entire tournament as they failed to stomp through the tournament the way we’ve become accustomed to. In the round of 16, it was obvious that Team Random, formerly Wings Gaming, knew something that OG didn’t.

Team Random took OG to the brink, but whatever they knew, it wasn’t enough for them to beat OG. This is a Major after all, and we all know that all Majors are to be won by OG. (Yes, I’m aware that Team Secret won Shanghai, but we all know how bad Shanghai was and their victory was only a product of the shoddy production that the event had.) In the next round, OG faced off against the SEA powerhouse that is Team Faceless, Faceless showed a lot of vigor, but in the end, we were once again reminded that this is a Major and all Majors belong to OG. OG won that series 2-1, but the first game was a 27 minute stomp by Faceless, and at the time, it felt apparent that OG’s kryptonite was Southeast Asian teams, but OG quickly bounced back and stompe  Faceless in game two and then lowered them down into their graves in Game 3.

The semifinal was a 2-0 sweep for the Green Machine, but it was no way a stomp of a series. OG struggled mightily against Evil Geniuses, with both games going to the ultra-late game, even if the heroes picked didn’t really want to go that far. In the end, we were once again reminded that OG is still OG and this is still a Major, so there is no way in hell that they won’t win this thing.
The finals were a thing of beauty. It felt like it was straight out of a movie. Virtus.Pro, the best team the CIS region has to offer in the grand finals of the first ever CIS major, playing against the team that won the last 2 majors. You literally couldn’t write a better premise than that if you tried.

Virtus.Pro showed a lot of strength as they won games two and three and showed no signs of stopping. That is, until OG finally decided to remind OG that this was indeed, a major. OG stomped VP in game 4 in a 34 minute victory, which felt out of place in a major where most games reached at least 40 minutes. And in Game 5, even with VP getting an early 10,000 gold lead, OG showed their true colors and won the major off some devastating plays from Jesse “Jerax” Vainikka, OG’s position 4 support player.

OG Dota 2 is comprised of veterans Johan “n0tail” Sundstein as their Carry, Anathan “Ana” Pham as their midlaner, TI3 winner Gustav “s4” Magnuson as their offlaner, Jesse “Jerax” Vainikka as their farming support, and Tal “fly” Aizik as their captain and last position support.

The Kiev Major had a prize pool of $3,000,000 USD, where the first placer would receive $1,000,000 USD. The event was held in the National Palace of the Arts in Kiev, Ukraine and is one of the three annual Dota 2 Majors held by Valve every year.

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