A Thrilling Victory Over OG Results in Team Spirit's Tenth Consecutive Series Win
As part of the OGA Dota PIT Invitational Season 5: Europe/CIS, two of the most talented young teams in pro Dota 2 currently, OG and Team Spirit, went head-to-head. This series provided a lot of entertainment since it featured high-level gameplay from both sides. Following Team Spirit's dominant victory in the first game, it seemed like it would be a fairly one-sided series, but OG came back in the next two games using brilliant strategies. The third game could have gone either way with the networth lead swinging back and forth, but Team Spirit went on to win it to keep its winning streak intact.
OG vs Team Spirit: Match recap and highlights
In game 1, Team Spirit ran over OG. In the lanes, Team Spirit played exceptionally well and with the rotations from TORONTOKYO's Storm Spirit, OG was unable to do much. In a few instances, trying to fight only led to more kills being given away, and OG called GG after 25 minutes.
Game 2 saw OG opt for a mid Templar Assassin, providing Yuragi a more favorable matchup against Collapse's Underlord as a carry Queen of Pain. In the early to mid game, OG made swift moves to find kills and establish a lead with top moves from Misha’s Lion and Taiga’s Weaver. While Team Spirit bounced back in a couple of teamfights with impressive spellcasting, it failed to make a comeback, losing in 47 minutes.
Game 3 was the most thrilling of all. Both teams relied on their tactics, with Team Spirit relying on heavy physical damage with a mid Shadow Fiend and a safelane Slardar while OG went with the obnoxious Tinker, Night Stalker, and Chen lineup. For both teams, there were moments after critical enemy kills when they took the lead. It came down to buybacks in the end, and Team Spirit realized that a large portion of the OG damage came from bzm's Tinker, who they killed a couple of times to win in 40 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
As it continues to win series after series even after The International 10 (TI10) victory, Team Spirit is on track for more success. Similar to today, the team has faced some tough situations in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 but has always executed flawlessly what was needed to turn those games around.
Additionally, OG continues to impress. Even though the team didn't get together until just a few weeks ago, they have demonstrated some commendable performances so far. It was also interesting to see how OG placed Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf, who has become known as a greedy offlaner, in tough matchups, and despite not being able to find the farm he usually wants, he still managed to have a decent impact in the games.
Team Spirit, courtesy of its tenth consecutive series win, moves on to the upper bracket final of the event while OG drops to the lower bracket.