Quincy SVG Explains Why It Is “Foolish” to Underestimate OG at TI10
It is no secret that the ability of OG to handle pressure and step up at critical moments is one of the most talked-about aspects of competitive Dota 2. Even when the team has not been at its best or the community has underestimated its capabilities, it has come in strong and dominating to win two The Internationals (TI). It is for this reason that Quincy Crew’s captain, Avery "SVG" Silverman, in an interview with RosesaGaming, stated that OG will be his team's toughest opponent at TI10. SVG stated it would be "foolish" to underestimate the two-time TI champions as their players are the smartest in the field.
Quincy Crew’s captain SVG talks about what makes OG a tough team to beat at TI10
OG hasn't had the best of seasons in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021, facing issues with performances and roster changes. In Western Europe's TI10 qualifier, the team appeared to have gotten a boost when Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan was added, and it defeated some of the best regional teams to qualify for the biggest Dota 2 event of the year.
Since OG has had a hectic season and SumaiL has not spent enough time with them, SVG feels the community will underestimate OG's abilities once again. Despite this, he mentions that for his team, Quincy Crew, the defending TI champions will be their toughest opponents and it would be “foolish” to write them off.
“Historically we have always played OG. OG - back to back champions. They are not a team to be underestimated. I think people tend to underestimate them for whatever reason even though they are two time champs. I think in this tournament, they will once again be underestimated by people because it’s like, “Oh, they got SumaiL last minute and they barely qualified, look kinda shaky, and are they as good as they used to be a year or two years ago.” Whatever. I think that’s just another foolish mistake to make.”
One of OG's strongest attributes is the fact that they thrive under pressure and have the strongest mindsets. As SVG discusses further, OG has a number of virtues that make them an obstacle to surpass not just for Quincy Crew, but for other TI attendees as well.
“That team (OG) has very smart players on it and they know why they are good and they know how to consistently display that. So, I think they will be a tough opponent for anybody because they are back to back champs and they have all the confidence in the world, they have all the logistical and intellectual capability to become another championship team. So, in that sense, I think they are a difficult team for anyone to beat.”
Some might argue that OG is lacking two of its TI winning players, Anathan “ana” Pham and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, so they might struggle as a unit. However, it is important to note that their replacements - Martin "Saksa" Sazdov and SumaiL are no novices.
Saksa had already placed second with Digital Chaos at TI6 while SumaiL won TI in 2015. In addition, the former has played with OG for more than a year now, whereas SumaiL spent some time with the squad during 2020 and will now be taking advantage of the postponement of TI to mix up further.
Earlier in July 2021, in a conversation with AFK Gaming, fellow Quincy Crew support, Arif “MSS” Anwar had spoken about TI10's postponement calling it annoying because it was just a wait for the next patch and that teams would just get more time to practice.. “I think before the postponement, I had some decent expectations. I think we could have gotten top six pretty easily, maybe top four if we were playing pretty well,” he had stated
Quincy Crew and OG are not expected to participate in any Dota 2 events in the lead-up to TI10. TI10 is scheduled to be held from 7th-17th October, 2021.
Check out the full episode for more of SVG's insights on how the team is preparing for TI10, the obstacles experienced during the pandemic, their toughest opponents, and also their goals for TI10.