OG built one of the biggest names in esports by dominating the competitive Dota 2 scene, surviving turmoil, and becoming the first team in history to ever win two times at The International, even doing so in consecutive seasons. But that era of OG has come to a close. The organization is moving in a new direction and signing an entirely new roster.
Both Topson and n0tail are stepping down from the active Dota roster to take extended breaks, and Ceb announced his retirement earlier this week. Their departures made room for OG to sign five new players, three of which are changing their tags entirely, to represent the team—starting with the team’s former coach Mikhail “Misha” Agatov.
Misha joined the team during the second season of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit and acted as the team’s head coach through TI10. Now, the organization believes in his abilities leading OG as both their position five and new captain, taking over the role from the departing n0tail with a unanimous vote of confidence from the organization.
Joining him in the backlines is Tommy “Taiga” Le, who was long rumored to be joining OG once Saksa left the team alongside SumaiL and Team Liquid began its own rebuilding process. The Norwegian player’s flexible playstyle should be a great tool for this new team to build around. He also has a connection to OG since he gained his first bits of notoriety alongside Topson on SFTe-sports.
With two experienced support players locked down, OG is taking a chance on three younger players that are relatively new to the competitive scene, including two 16-year-olds from Creepwave.
Ammar “Ammar The F” Assaf, formerly known as ATF, spent time competing with Creepwave and Chicken Fighters throughout the 2021 DPC, making a name for himself as one of the youngest players to ever compete in the DPC and a force in the off lane. He was one of OG’s first targets when the team decided to rebuild, with Misha and the former roster seeing a ton of untapped potential that could be brought out with just a little guidance.
Likewise, his teammate Bozhidar “Biziem” Bogdanov—who formerly played as Hansha—is also known as a promising prospect at position two. He only joined Creepwave in its second iteration and displayed strong mechanical skills on heroes like Invoker and Void Spirit.