Taiga and his OG teammates at the Gamers Galaxy 2022


Taiga Describes the Work Environment With the Young Players at OG

Rakshak Kathuria
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OG's Tommy "Taiga" Le talked about his experience playing with the three young players after the team's win over Team Liquid in Tour 2 of the DPC 2021-22.
According to Taiga, the three players are free to function the way they want. He added that there are no lessons learned here like in school, and they are encouraged to have fun like they would with friends.
Taiga also particularly spoke about Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf, who has come to be known as the most popular member of the new OG roster. Taiga said that the team gives him the freedom to operate the way he feels best.

OG’s young roster continues to impress in the Western Europe (WEU) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22, as it took down both Nigma Galaxy and Team Liquid by 2-0 margins in its first two series of Tour 2. During the post-match interview after the win over Team Liquid, OG’s most experienced player on the team, Tommy "Taiga" Le, discussed his experience playing with three young players. Mentioning that the team is full of "good vibes," Taiga said these players just need to enjoy the game as much as they can without thinking too much about the outcome. Taiga also shared his thoughts on their young teammate Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf, known for his unorthodox yet effective item builds.

Taiga describes how he instructs his young teammates at OG

OG's new roster has proven to be top-notch at both mechanical and strategic play so far. During the game against Team Liquid, the team adjusted based on the matchup by having ATF play the first pick Huskar in the midlane while switching Bozhidar "bzm" Bogdanov to the offlane.

The post-match interview with Taiga revealed that such strategic decisions were made with ease because of the team environment the players share. He also said the team allows the young players full freedom, and tells them to have fun.

“It’s more because of the team environment. We have good vibes. We go into the games - whatever happens, do what’s best, have fun, you guys are still kids, come on, have some fun. It’s not school. We are not sitting still for one hour listening to the lessons. We actually play a game so don’t be afraid. Just play games, have fun just like you do with your friends.”

Among the OG squad, Taiga and Mikhail "Misha" Agatov form the experienced duo, while ATF, 16 years old, bzm, 16 years old, and Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev, 20 years old, are the young players.

Taiga talks about playing with ATF

ATF has become the most popular young player on the team due to his eccentric builds, the items he drops to taunt his opponents, and his candid interview. In the second match against Liquid, ATF bought an unconventional Skull Basher on Mars, to which Taiga responded that the team allows ATF to operate the way he wants and according to what he thinks is best. As Taiga hilariously pointed out, if the item builds do not work out, it is time to "flame" ATF.

“Oh, it (Skull Basher on Mars) was super surprising to me. We didn’t know he had a Basher queued up until he actually hit it on Nature’s Prophet. So, the thing with Ammar is that he is a special child. We believe in him. We let him do his thing, we do our thing. That’s how it works and he buys the items he thinks are the best. If it doesn’t work out, you are going to get the flame kid. That’s how it works.”

OG will attempt to extend its winning streak when it takes on Team Secret in Tour 2 of the DPC 2021-22. The series takes place on 26th March.

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.