OG Begins to Bootcamp in Preparation for TI10
The tenth edition of Dota 2's greatest tournament, The International (TI), is just a month away and the defending champions, OG, have gathered for a bootcamp in preparation for it. The bootcamp for the European team is expected to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, where they had a successful outing when they competed in TI10's Western Europe (WEU) qualifier and won it. OG, which has won back-to-back Championship titles at TI8 and TI9, will be defending its title in Bucharest, Romania. TI10 will be held from 7th to 17th Oct, 2021.
OG’s Dota 2 members gather for a bootcamp forward of TI10
“To defend their double title in October in Bucharest, they will have to face even more challenges than ever. Today, the Dream Team is making its way back to bootcamp. Let's play some Dota,” OG said in a Twitter post.
In this year's TI, OG will not be playing with Anathan "ana" Pham and Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka, both of whom were crucial parts of the winning rosters at TI8 and TI9. Thus, the team's lineup heading into TI10 is as follows:
Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan
Topias Miikka "Topson" Taavitsainen
Sébastien "Ceb" Debs
Martin "Saksa" Sazdov
Johan "N0tail" Sundstein
SumaiL and N0tail had already arrived in Lisbon a few days ago as evident from the former’s Twitch livestreams, and now the three remaining players are also joining them. Ceb will be on his way to the bootcamp after a trip to Lebanon that he took recently. He had spent quite a bit of time grinding ranked matchmaking before the trip.
OG has had a tough year, facing failure to reach its potential, negligible success, and the inability to participate in LAN events where it frequently thrives. Nonetheless, the team had the last laugh when it emerged stronger than its WEU counterparts in TI10’s qualifier. The team won the grand final 3-2 over Tundra Esports to secure the last remaining spot at TI10 and a chance to defend its title.
OG won $11,234,158 USD when it beat PSG.LGD at TI8 and $15,620,181 USD when it beat Team Liquid at TI9.
TI10 will take place at the Arena Nationala Stadium in Bucharest, Romania from 7th-17th Oct 2021. Thus far, the tournament is expected to proceed as scheduled, but Valve has not yet decided if a live audience will be allowed at the venue. In all, the venue has a capacity of over 50,000, and it remains to be seen how many spectators will be allowed if Valve eventually decides to let fans in.