Beastcoast Fends off OG's Early Aggression to Win an Entertaining Show Match
As part of the screening of the Artificial Gamer documentary, beastcoast and OG played a solitary show match. The audience was treated to some really intriguing picks as both teams had to choose from a hero pool provided by random draft. Pudge, a beloved Dota 2 hero, was on both teams' wish lists, but they picked him at the same time, and it got banned. Nevertheless, the viewers got to see a safelane Ogre Magi from beastcoast's Héctor Antonio "K1" Rodríguez and a Techies from OG's Topias Miikka "Topson" Taavitsainen. As it turned out, beastcoast came back into the game late to overwhelm OG's early aggression and win.
Beastcoast and OG entertain fans in a skirmish-heavy show match
OG's offlaner, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs, was unavailable due to some inconvenience, so Mikhail "Misha" Agatov, the new head coach of OG, substituted for him. Captain Johan "N0tail" Sundstein played position three as a result while Misha played position five.
OG’s picks from position one to five
Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan - Mars
Topson - Techies
N0tail - Sand King
Martin "Saksa" Sazdov - Tiny
Misha - Snapfire
Beastcoast’s picks from position one to five
K1 - Ogre Magi
Jean Pierre "Chris Luck" Gonzales - Chaos Knight
Adrián "Wisper" Céspedes Dobles - Keeper of the Light
Elvis "Scofield" De la Cruz Peña - Spirit Breaker
Steven "StingeR" Vargas - Windranger
In the laning phase, OG outperformed their opponents with all three cores topping the charts. The brawls were relentless, so there was constant action. At one point, OG had 40 kills, while beastcoast had 20. However, the lead was not very significant since both teams had good high ground defenses.
When K1 got a BKB on his Ogre Magi, the teamfights turned in their favor. During the mid game, Topson's rather meme-like right-click build on Techies was beginning to lose value, and beastcoast with the better teamfight lineup and itemization turned the tide in its favor.
OG still led 48 to 44 in kills at 34 minutes when beastcoast completed its comeback and won the match.
The show match served as a prelude to the Artificial Gamer documentary which shows the journey of OpenAI in competing against OG, the Dota 2 World Champions. In 2019, the artificial intelligence company OpenAI played an exhibition match against OG with its Dota 2 bots named "OpenAI Five." The bots easily defeated OG in a couple of games.