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Topson Talks About Old G’s Journey to TI12

Rakshak Kathuria
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Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, the midlaner of Old G, talked about the team's road to TI12 during a recent Twitch livestream.
The team can qualify for TI12 through DPC points, but Topson believes their best chance of getting there will be through regional qualifiers, which they are eager to win.
The DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2: Division II, which begins on 5th April, will mark the start of the Old G's quest to qualify for TI12.

As much of Old G's roster remained together for Tour 2 of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2023 after falling short of expectations in Tour 1, the team was rewarded with a spot in Division II of the DPC Western Europe (WEU) 2023. Now that the first milestone has been accomplished, Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, the midlaner of Old G, discussed the team's perspective on the future during one of his regular livestreams on Twitch. Despite the fact that they are mostly a casual squad comprised of some of the top Dota 2 players, they have a strong desire of attending The International 12 (TI12). While qualifying straight through DPC points may be challenging, they are confident of earning a TI12 spot through the qualifiers, Topson suggested.

Topson and Old G are looking to qualify for TI12 through the qualifiers

While communicating with his Twitch chat during a recent livestream, Topson outlined the options Old G has for reaching Dota 2's biggest event in 2023.

“Technically, there’s a chance we could even still qualify for TI through points. Realistically, we are playing TI qualifiers. If we make it to Division I now, and then we can play for the last Major, and we win that Major, then maybe we have enough points kind of thing but we literally have to win everything if we want to get enough points.”

Topson concluded that Old G's prospects of directly qualifying for TI12 via DPC points were slim. As a result, the team’s major focus is on qualifying for the event via the regional qualifier, since its ultimate aim, regardless of the route, is to play at TI12.

So, most likely, we are going to end up playing the qualifiers. We’ll see how it goes. It’s very copium thinking that we will have enough points so I don’t have enough copium for that. If we win, I am happy, if we don’t, it’s fine. We will win the qualifiers. It’s all that matters.”

Furthermore, Topson stated that the team is looking to move up to Division I, especially should its former team OG drop to Division II.

“If OG gets relegated to Division II, we will be getting to Division I, you know. That’s kind of the goal.”

Topson, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs, and Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok have all played for OG before and are currently part of Old G’s lineup. The DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2: Division II, which begins on 5th April, will mark the start of Old G's quest to qualify for TI12. Old G will be up against some formidable opponents such as Team Secret, Alliance, and Into The Breach at the event.

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As a passionate Dota 2 fan for eight years, Rakshak has indulged himself completely in its esports circuit for the past two years as a professional. In addition to covering major news developments, he takes a keen interest in understanding team strengths and player personalities.

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