The winners of The International 2018 OG have announced a roster change days before the upcoming Bucharest Minor. OG won TI8 along with 44% of the entire prize pool amounting to $11,234,158. The largest prize pool in esports history saw OG make a dream run as they managed to win the entire event.
Post their International win OG decided to take a break from the first Major of the new season. Skipping the Kuala Lumpur Major was a big decision for the team. As we head into the new year, OG announced Ana would be stepping down from the team. Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille stepped in for the team as their mid lane player. He helped the team secure their spot at the Bucharest Minor.
Just a few days before the start of the Minor, OG announced that Pajkatt would be stepping down from the team. There was a vivid lack of chemistry amongst the players. This is an amicable parting of ways and Notail wished Pajkatt the best of luck in his future endeavours.
Pajkatt is a great player, and I feel blessed that I got the chance to learn from him, but when a team with recent success brings in a new player, it is a difficult position to be in for anyone.
I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Pajkatt for the time we spent in Paris, and also a huge thanks to everyone else who keeps supporting OG through thick and thin!
All the best in the future PJ
And a kickass 2019 to you all!
Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein.
OG announce ‘iLTW’ as a replacement for Pajkatt
The original announcement had promised a replacement name in a day. And true to their word OG announced that Igor “iLTW” Filatov will be standing in for the roster. He will take on the role of the Position 1 player. iLTW is a former player from Espada, a team that has shown glimpses of brilliance in the last year. They secured the second spot at CIS Regional Qualifiers for The International 2018. However post this performance, the team did not have good results at all. Igor “iLTW” Filatov is one of the most mechanically skilled players from the CIS region. He has also been a part of Team Russia during WESG 2018. While the team was obviously filled with superstar players [ mostly from Virtus Pro], iLTW had no problem in playing alongside the said players.
Igor ‘iLTW’ Filatov (on trial)
Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen
Sebastien ‘Ceb’ Debs
Jesse ‘Jerax’ Vainikka
Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein
OG won their first series with iLTW
The team already played with Igor “iLTW” Filatov during their quarterfinal and semifinal match in the WePlay!’s Winter Madness. They won both their series against No Pangolier and Vega Squadron with relative ease and score of 2-0. Igor “iLTW” Filatov played four different heroes during their four games, Troll, Phantom Assasin, Phantom Lancer and Terrorblade. With GPM’s of over 700 in each of these games, iLTW definitely looked extremely comfortable playing in his new team.
For Team OG, the real test begins during the Bucharest Minor when they will face off against much stronger teams. They need to win the Minor in order to receive their spot at the upcoming Chongqing Major 2019. The Bucharest Minor starts on the 9th of January 2019. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and will have a total of eight teams in participation. You can catch all the action live on Twitch here.