Old G is officially the latest rendition of the powerhouse team in the European region, featuring former OG players. Particularly, it’s two of the founding players in Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.
The two-time TI champion team retired from the competitive scene three years ago after winning TI9. At that point, the players decided to retire from Dota 2, with Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, Anathan “ana” Pham, and Topson saying that they want to pursue other things besides playing professionally.
Fast forward to recent days, and we already have the majority of these legendary players making their entry into Dota 2 once again. Ana and Topson joined SEA team T1 for the International 11 LCQ tournament, only to fail meeting fans’ expectations. Sure, they already are two-timers, but the defeat was something that some knew was coming considering they were up against hardworking teams that have become top-tier players in the DPC.
Then, there’s JerAx, who joined Evil Geniuses earlier this year, only to play much worse than what EG initially demonstrated. While JerAx eventually found a role as coach for Liquid, the team that finished 3rd at TI11, that’s certainly not the extent of JerAx’s expectations as a pro player.
This time around, Topson and N0tail are fixed on building a formidable roster to play throughout the 2023 circuit. That said, it wouldn’t be alongside the former players of OG. Instead of that, we’ll see Volodymyr “Noone” Minenko from the EEU region forming part of this stacked roster.
Noone is a player full of experience, whose name lives up to the TI spotlight, notably during his better days while playing for Virtus.pro. Even though it wasn’t a great 2022 season for Noone, he’s still a commendable player.
And yes, you are right, both Topson and Noone are mid-players, which props up the question of who will be switching roles for the team. From an objective point of view, Topson is definitely the desired choice because of his extravagant playstyle. Meanwhile, Noone is a solid mid-player and has a rather rigid playstyle that might suit the hard carry role more efficiently. Still, offlane isn’t out of the question for either of these players.
Now that we know 3 of the 5 players that will be playing under the Old G banner, an earlier rumor leaked the countries of the players, and we found out that 1 player is coming from NA. The first speculation was Artour “Arteezy” Babaev after EG disbanded their roster.
But now it’s confirmed that the NA player is Arif “MSS” Anwar instead of Arteezy. A player who is notable for his role in Soniqs, he was highly regarded for his incredibly vast hero pool at TI11. This trait will make wonders with N0tail’s drafting versatility, so the support duo will definitely deliver on that.
Ticking all the roles that should be occupied by the well-known players leaves us with only the offlane role. We’ll get to see Sébastien “Ceb” Debs competing, which isn’t unreasonable since he has remained active playing more than 8 hours a day. Which is a considerable amount of time spent on an activity that he “retired” from, three years ago.
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