OG’s two quintessential members, Ceb and N0tail, talked about playing with their star carry player, Anathan "ana" Pham, whom they have welcomed back into the active roster after his long competitive break. In the pre-match interview before OG’s 2-0 win over Brame on April 14, 2021, Johan "N0tail" Sundstein stated that it was nostalgic to be playing with ana again while he also warned their opponents of his comeback. After OG won the series, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs, in the post-match interview, then mentioned that it was a blessing to compete with ana. He talked about how he had felt the 21-year-old’s absence not only in Dota 2 but also at a human level.
Ceb and N0tail express their feelings on ana’s return to OG’s active lineup
OG was as dominant as ever in their debut series with ana in the EU 2021 DPC Season 2: Upper Division as they were seen Fountain diving multiple times against Brame.
Before the onset of the match, captain N0tail had put forward his feelings on the importance of having the same group of players in the team and also on ana’s return.
“We have had our recent roster change before our last stretch to TI and people probably heard that it’s ana and it’s a familiar face. It’s very nostalgic, of course.
I would say it’s never easy. Dota is a game of experience along with the synergy and human aspect of it like getting along. It’s never gonna be the same with one person changing. For us, at least, we have achieved the greatness and the best thing we could achieve. Whenever we lose a player, we would say it’s very very hard to find a replacement because we spend the time and effort to get that team thing going.
It’s never easy, never fun but always exciting and a fresh breath of air once you are done with the process and you are there and you get to the honeymoon. And luckily for us, it was about time that ana felt he wanted to play again. I think people should be afraid. They have seen it before and now they are seeing that again.”
“What can I say? It’s a blessing. You know, it’s like meeting when you have missed somebody a lot on a human level but also in Dota. It is kind of like a get out of jail card. You could look at it this way or you could look at it as being able to really enjoy yourself while playing again. I don’t know. It really is like being reborn. Honestly."
Quotes have been edited for grammar and clarity.
With a solid start on their road to TI10, OG will be looking to continue delivering efficient performances. Their next matchup is scheduled for April 21, 2021, against the second seed of the first season - Alliance.