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OG was created as the new team of former (monkey) Business players. The team's breakthrough occurred at the Frankfurt Major in late November, 2015. They fought through the lower bracket, defeating TI5 champions and runner-ups, Evil Geniuses and CDEC Gaming. By winning the 2017 Kiev Major, OG became the first team in Dota 2 to win four official Valve events.
Originally starting off under the name (monkey) Business, OG was a fledgeling team with huge potential, consisting of the likes of experienced players like n0tail and Fly along with pubstars like Miracle-. The team achieved their breakthrough during its third tournament, defeating European powerhouse Team Secret in the final of The Frankfurt Major. After a fourth-place finish at The Summit 4, OG hit a slump and ended with a 7-8th place in the Shanghai Major. Nonetheless, they rebounded with a 3rd place finish at EPICENTER and another title at the Manila Major. The squad proceeded to stomp Natus Vincere at ESL One Frankfurt 2016, winning the tournament and securing their invite to The International 2016.
In the team's first International, they proceeded to dominate their bracket and ended the group stages at the top of their group. They were, however, unable to maintain their momentum, and fell to the loser's bracket against MVP Phoenix. In what has been referred to as one of the biggest upsets in professional Dota 2, the team was eliminated by TnC Gaming and finished 9-12th. Shortly after their disappointing run, OG announced that MoonMeander would no longer be an active player, and that Cr1t- and Miracle- would be leaving the team..
To replace Cr1t-, Miracle- and MoonMeander, OG added Jerax, formerly of Team Liquid, Ana and Alliance's s4. s4 would take on the offlane role, which was a new position for him but with familiar heroes in his signature Puck, Batrider and Magnus. Ana came to the team from a substitute position for Invictus Gaming. With the addition of these new players, OG made a strong start to the season by claiming first place at the Autumn Major in 2016, held in Boston USA, to become the first team to ever defend a Major title in Dota 2 history. The team was directly invited to the Winter Major for 2017, held in Kiev. After securing a top seed finish in the group stages (finishing 3-1), they battled their way to the Grand Finals beating Team Random, Evil Geniuses and ultimately Virtus Pro in the Grand Finals to claim the Mystic Staff. The Grand Finals series for the Kiev Major was the first Valve event Grand Finals to go to a game five since The International 3; with s4 having played in both.
Afterwards, OG seemed unable to quite maintain their rhythm, losing The Manila Masters in 5th-6th place and being incapable of qualifying for the main event in EPICENTER 2017. Nevertheless, they once again entered the year's International as strong favourites for the title. However, keeping with their slowdown from the few months prior, OG failed to make it to the upper bracket in the group stages and were ultimately eliminated by LGD. Nevertheless, they placed higher than the year before, with a 7th-8th placement to last year's 9th-12th.
As a team OG dominated the competitive Dota 2 scene during the era of Valve hosted Major Championships between TI5 and TI7. During this period OG won four of the seven official Dota Major Championships, cementing their status as legends of the game. With their win in Kiev, they are the only team to ever win two back-to-back Major Championships in the Boston and Kiev Majors. Despite remaining at the top for such a long period, OG has yet been unable to claim the Aegis of Champions.
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|The International 2016 Squad|
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|N0tail||Johan Sundstein||1/2||2015-10-31 ||-|
|Miracle-||Amer Barqawi||1/2||2015-10-31 ||2016-08-23 ||Team Liquid|
|MoonMeander||David Tan||3||2015-10-31 ||2016-08-25 ||Digital Chaos|
|Cr1t-||Andreas Franck Nielsen||4||2015-10-31 ||2016-08-23 ||Evil Geniuses|
|Fly||Tal Aizik||5||2015-10-31 ||-|
|Xcalibur||Steve Ye||Sub||2016-03-25 ||2016-08-23||Memento Mori|
|2017-08-10||7 - 8th||Premier||The International 2017||0 : 2||$617,198|
|2017-04-30||1st||Premier||The Kiev Major 2017||3 : 2||$1,000,000|
|2017-04-04||2nd||Premier||Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017||0 : 3||$91,799|
|2016-12-10||1st||Premier||The Boston Major 2016||3 : 1||$1,000,000|
|2016-08-09||9 - 12th||Premier||The International 2016||0 : 2||$311,557|
|2016-06-19||1st||Premier||ESL One Frankfurt 2016||3 : 0||$157,273|
|2016-06-12||1st||Premier||The Manila Major 2016||3 : 1||$1,110,000|
|2016-05-22||1st||Major||DreamLeague Season 5||3 : 0||$50,000|
|2015-11-28||1st||Major||DreamLeague Season 4||3 : 0||$55,000|
|2015-11-21||1st||Premier||The Frankfurt Major 2015||3 : 1||$1,110,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- The first and, as of June 2017, only team to win 4 Valve sponsored Dota Major Championships, and the first team to defend a Valve Major title. Because of this, OG is sometimes referred to as "Masters of the Majors".
- Called "春秋霸主" (Spring and Autumn Overlord) by Chinese fans, for their victories of spring and fall Majors. “Spring and Autumn Period ” means the period of 770 BC to 476 BC in Chinese history.
- Called "冬虫夏草" (Winter and Summer Elimination), for their failures during winter Majors and the summer TI. “Winterworm” and "summerherb" both mean medicinal herbs in Chinese, but their literal meanings sound very weak.
- 2016-08-10 | TI6 Team OG by Valve at The International 2016
- 2016-06-08 | Team Intro - OG by PGL at The Manila Major 2016
- 2016-08-11 | TI6 At the Event - OG Exit Interview by Maelk and Monolith of Valve at The International 2016
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