Topson, who rapidly rose the ranks after winning TI8 which was also his first significant outing with OG, spoke about the virtues that have helped him succeed as a Dota 2 professional. In the pre-match interview before OG’s 2-1 series win over Hellbear Smashers in the EU 2021 DPC Season 2: Upper Division, Topias Miikka "Topson" Taavitsainen mentioned that there was much more than just luck in joining OG as qualities like hard work and a never give up attitude were also involved. In addition, Topson also spoke about the scale of the esports scene in his native country, Finland.
OG Topson speaks about joining OG and the esports scene in Finland
Topson undoubtedly boasts of one of those ‘zero to hero’ stories. He became the most cherished and effective midlaner at TI8 after having entered the Dota 2 foray only two months prior as an unknown Finnish player.
Though the initial Cinderella run from open qualifiers to the championship title was touted as a fluke, OG and Topson created history the next year by lifting the Aegis of the Champions once again.
“I started playing Dota for the first time when I was 8 years old. It’s been what - 15 years since I played for the first time. But back then I didn’t really play much, just try it here and there. Since then, it’s been there, of course, there’s a lot more to it than just suddenly getting into OG, than getting lucky. I mean, of course, there is luck involved … it happens and stuff but of course, there is a lot of hard work and dedication and never giving up and then you need a little bit of luck.”
Topson further also mentioned that a substantial esports scene exists in his home country, Finland, though more of it is inclined towards CS:GO than Dota 2.
“Esports is pretty big in Finland, I guess. Not so much Dota, like CS:GO, I guess, there are quite a bit of pros and CS:GO players. I mean Jessie (JerAx) has retired from Dota but there’s still Matu and there is this decent talent in Finland, even in Dota. I am hoping we get another breakthrough at some point.”
OG is looking to beat their own record by becoming the first Dota 2 team to win TI thrice. With the return of ana the humblegod, they are currently competing in the EU 2021 DPC Season 2: Upper Division. Topson and his teammates currently have two wins and one loss in three series. They play their next series against Tundra Esports on May 5, 2021.