Two-time The International (TI) champions OG have announced that Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov have joined the team to complete their roster for the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season.
OG announced the last two players to fill out their roster for the season during their ‘OG Night’ talk show.
The team revealed that Saksa will be their new Position 4 support, while MidOne will be transitioning from being a mid player to becoming the offlaner for OG.
“There’s a lot of good players on this team, the results they have speak for that. Being able to play for them is a privilege for me. They talk about the game on a much deeper level than other teams, the way they approach it so much more different. I feel like I can learn a lot from them, and hopefully I can step up to the challenge,” said Saksa.
“I am feeling very excited about joining OG for this upcoming season and for [TI10], I’m very excited to play with them. I’m ready, that’s all I can say,” added MidOne.
Prior to joining OG, MidOne had been the midlaner of Team Secret since 2016 and helped them become the top-ranked team of the 2018-2019 DPC as well as finishing 4th in TI9, among other achievements.
Meanwhile, Saksa burst into the scene as a member of Digital Chaos during their Cinderella run to a 2nd place finish at TI6 in 2016. He last played with Ninjas in Pyjamas before becoming inactive after TI9.
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OG also announced that they have signed superstar Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan during the live premiere event of the TI9 True Sight documentary movie in January 28.
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein remain as the team’s midlaner and Position 5 support player, respectively.
OG captain N0tail noted that the new roster is “a very exciting project.”
“This is my life, Dota is my life, and I’m yet again blessed with incredible talent and I don’t always know how it ends up happening. I’m just thankful, and I can’t wait to make things happen,” he said.
Meanwhile, the team’s former offlaner, Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, said that “the Dota will speak for itself.”
“There’s gonna be some really cool team dynamics to build, and the fact that we have three mid players is gonna be a nightmare for people to lane against. It’s gonna be scary for the other teams,” he added.
Before the reveal of its new roster, OG announced that Anathan “ana” Pham has taken an extended break and will return for the 2020-2021 DPC season, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka has retired from competitive play, and Ceb has stepped down from the active roster to return to a coaching role within the team.
The legendary core of ana, Topson, Ceb, JerAx, and N0tail made history by becoming the first-ever back-to-back TI champions in 2018 and 2019.
OG’s new roster have their sights set on grabbing the organization’s third-straight Aegis of Champions and will begin their campaign for it in the qualifiers of the ESL One Los Angeles Major 2020 in early February.
OG Dota 2 2019-2020 DPC roster:
- Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
- Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
- Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng
- Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
- Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
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