Only OG remains
OG’s secondary Dota 2 roster OG.Seed will be no more as the organization aims to avoid future conflicts of interest in some of the upcoming tournaments.
Anyone who has an interest in Dota 2’s professional scene has heard of OG. The two-time TI champions managed to do the impossible by winning the most prestigious Dota 2 event two years in a row. A feat that no other team has achieved. After their victory at The International 2019, the organization sprouted OG.Seed. A secondary team which, at least initially, was meant to compete in Tier 2 events. Things eventually changed as the potential of the players was revealed. OG.Seed far exceeded what most fans expected as the secondary team even managed to defeat the main one in one of the tournaments.
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It’s no secret that the global pandemic had its toll on the Dota 2 scene and most of the events have switched from LAN to online formats. It’s also clear that Valve are planning some serious changed to the Dota 2 competitive ecosystem with a major rework for the next season. A lot more emphasis will be put on regional leagues. As a result of the two, OG have taken the hard decision to part ways with their second roster.
Because of unforeseen situations (the devastating Covid-19 pandemic), The International 10 was postponed, and the competitive calendar for the rest of the year became unclear. We always knew the two rosters would not be able to compete in TI10 under OG, but as the new calendar started shaping into regional tournaments, we saw that having two rosters competing in the same tournament created a potential conflict of interest. We worked with other teams and Tournament Organizers to try to find a solution, but despite our efforts, we realized that it was still probably a little too soon to try to properly implement multi-team ownership.
When we learned that OG Seed would not be able to compete in the same tournaments as OG, we sat down with them and mutually decided that we would give OG Seed a 30-days notice before releasing them (1st July 2020), and use this month to help them find a great new home.
The good news for the players is that they received a notice and will have plenty of time to relax and look for a new team. OG.Seed’s most notable victory was at The SUMMIT 12 where they managed to take second place, losing only to Fnatic. In the same event, Seed defeated Evil Geniuses, back when the NA team was still in good shape.
OG’s secondary roster definitely had a good run during its short lifespan. The players will certainly have no problem finding a new place to call home. It won’t be too surprising to see the emerging of a brand-new organization that will sign them up. In the official statement, OG even invited other orgs to contact them directly if they have any interest in the group. We can only wish the ex-OG.Seed members the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.
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