OG look like they have bounced back from their recent slump after they swept Alliance, 2-0, to open their campaign at BLAST Bounty Hunt.
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov put on a show with Windranger, as he hit one clutch Shackleshot after another in both games of the series to help secure OG’s victory.
OG fielded an unusual lineup in game one, with Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan on Luna, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen on a mid Earth Spirit, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng on an offlane Tusk, Saksa on a support Windranger, and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein on Io.
Alliance was dominant for much of game one, with Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov on Ember Spirit and Linus “Limmp” Blomdin on Kunkka running rampant throughout the midgame. However, OG somehow flipped the game on its head at the 28-minute mark.
First, OG caught Alliance by surprise in the mid lane, quickly taking down Limmp’s Kunkka, Simon “Handsken” Haag’s Bounty Hunter, and stand-in Artsiom “fng” Barshak’s Witch Doctor. OG then chased Alliance into their tier two tower and were on the verge of taking down Nikobaby’s Ember Spirit. That forced Limmp and Handsken to buy back, which prompted OG to leave MidOne behind as they retreated back into the jungle.
Alliance then pursued their opponents so as to not waste their buybacks. Topson then baited them to engage one of his illusions, which gave Saksa the opening to land clutch Shackleshots on Nikobaby, Limmp, and Handsken. That allowed OG to take them all down and steal the win. Throughout all that, Saksa successfully landed five Shackleshots in a row, with the Alliance heroes either being latched to trees or to their teammates as OG mowed them down.
OG drafted another wonky lineup in game two, with SumaiL on Ursa Warrior, Topson on a mid Pangolier, MidOne on an offlane Riki, while Saksa and N0tail had Windranger and Io once again.
Much like game one, Alliance looked to be in full control of the game until OG somehow won a huge fight that sparked a comeback. This time, Saksa’s clutch Shackleshots combined with the team’s unbelievable sustainability that allowed them to outlast Alliance in one clash after another.
SumaiL’s Ursa Warrior looked unstoppable, as he was able to tank through everything Alliance threw at him thanks to the healing provided by Notail’s Io and Topson’s Guardian Greaves. In true OG fashion, game two ended after the team dove headlong into Alliance’s base in pursuit of more kills.
SumaiL notched a series-high 16 kills in game two against six deaths, while MidOne added 15 of his own against five deaths. Meanwhile, Saksa had a combined 16/5/35 KDA — not to mention what seemed like a 90% Shackleshot success rate — in his two showings with Windranger in the series.
With their win, OG advance to the Upper Bracket Finals of Blast Bounty Hunt, where Team Secret awaits. That highly-anticipated matchup against the best team in the world right now will be the true test of whether OG are indeed back to their old championship-winning form.