The Western Time Lapse: This Week in Dota 2 Sees Vikkstar, Satanic Ascend and OG's Stability Pretend


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The Western Time Lapse: This Week in Dota 2 Sees Vikkstar, Satanic Ascend and OG's Stability Pretend

Vignesh Raghuram
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This week in Western European Dota 2, the landscape was as turbulent as the tempestuous seas that GabeN’s Billion Dollar armada of luxury yachts floats on. We witnessed shocking roster changes that sent tremors through the community. Revelations about OG's past decisions washed ashore like long-submerged wrecks, offering a glimpse into the strategic depths beneath the team's surface.

Amidst this, rising stars ascended the ranks with the force of a gale, challenging the established order and proving that talent can surge from the most unexpected quarters. And through the halls of the BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024, Team Falcon's humble victory resounded. Let's set sail into the details of these stirring developments, charting a course through the ebbs and tides of this week's tumultuous Dota 2 journey.

OG Plays Roster Roulette: Yuragi Steps Off, Speculation Steps Up

OG decided to play a game of musical chairs with its roster, except when the music stopped, Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev found there was no chair left. This twist in the tale comes despite Sébastien "Ceb" Debs’s previous pinky promise of a stable roster, showcasing that in the world of Dota 2, "stability" is as reliable as a Phantom Assassin praying for her crit to go off. 

This seismic shift comes hot on the heels of OG's less-than-stellar performance at the BetBoom Dacha 2024 Dubai event, where the team found itself at the bottom of the standings, a place unbecoming of its storied legacy. Following this, OG turned to Twitter to announce the sidelining of Yuragi.

The departure of Yuragi opened up a Pandora's box of speculation within the Dota 2 community. Names like Enzo "Timado" Gianoli, Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon, and Héctor "K1" Rodríguez are being tossed around as potential candidates to fill the void left by Yuragi's benching. Timado, known for his stint with Tundra Esports, along with 23savage and K1, who are currently waving the banners of Aurora and Heroic, respectively, are now at the center of a swirling vortex of rumors and what-ifs, as the community eagerly awaits OG's next move.

MiLAN Lights the Fuse on OG’s Decisions, and the Community Watches the Fireworks

Milan "MiLAN" Kozomara decided to toss a grenade of truth into the Dota 2 community and what ensued was like the aftermath of a particularly long Techies game. The bombshell? OG's eyebrow-raising decision to pick Mikhail "Misha" Agatov over Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf after The International 2021, a tournament where OG’s performance was more 'meh' than magnificent, finishing in 7th-8th place. 

What made MiLAN reminiscent? Team Falcons' recent demolition derby at the BetBoom Dacha 2024 Dubai, where ATF sliced through the competition like a hot knife through butter, proving he's more than just an elite trashtalker with mad Dota skills. This victory wasn't just a feather in Falcons' cap; it was the whole darn bird, showcasing ATF's offlane prowess that's been turning heads since his 2021 debut with Creepwave.

This whole saga had the community looking back wistfully, pondering a parallel universe where ATF sports the OG jersey. ATF's success with Team Falcons only rubs salt in the wound, showing that sometimes, the one that got away really was a catch.

Vikkstar’s Divine Ascent: Climbing MMR Mountains in Style

Switching gears to a lighter and perhaps more inspiring narrative, Vikram “Vikkstar” Singh Barn, taking a detour from his usual YouTube stardom, embarked on a quest to conquer Dota 2’s Divine rank.

The Sidemen’s Vik Reaches an Impressive Divine 1 Rank

His achievement serves as a beacon of hope and a testament to what one can achieve with determination, skill, and perhaps a very understanding schedule. Vikkstar’s journey to the Divine 1 rank is not just a personal victory but a rallying cry for all of us. If a busy married man like Vik can find the time and energy to grind his way into the Divine tier, then so can we. Copium!

A 15-Year-Old Takes Europe By Storm, Probably Past His Bedtime

In an equally compelling subplot, a 15-year-old virtuoso known in the shadows as Alan "Butterfly/Satanic" Galliamov has skyrocketed to the number 1 rank in Europe, leaving a trail of seasoned professionals in his wake. This young phenom’s rise to the top is a narrative of raw talent, unparalleled dedication, and possibly a lenient bedtime policy

Satanic reaches Rank 1

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Satanic's meteoric rise is not just a testament to raw talent but also to an extraordinary dedication to the game. With a staggering 60% win rate over his last 60 games, playing in the carry role, Satanic has demonstrated not only the ability to lead teams to victory but also the strategic acumen and mechanical skill to outplay some of the best talents Dota 2 has to offer.

He already plays for Team Spirit’s junior squad (Yellow Submarine) and is knocking on the doors of the professional scene. Does Yatoro finally have a worthy replacement?

Malr1ne’s Humble Pie Tastes Like Victory

Capping off the week’s events, Stanislav "Malr1ne" Potorak of Team Falcons served up a slice of humble pie in the aftermath of their dominating performance over Team Liquid at the BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024. Following a tournament run that saw the Falcons outmaneuver and outplay some of the best teams in the world, Malr1ne was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolade. 

However, the midlaner's acceptance speech was anything but typical. Eschewing the spotlight, Malr1ne suggested that the real MVP was their coach, Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling, for instilling confidence and cohesion within the team. "We can play better, we are still a weak team, this is just the beginning. I can't keep [the MVP medal], I have to give this award to Aui_2000," Malr1ne stated.

Malr1ne reminisced about the team's shaky start, saying they were about as confident as I am when I queue for that 02:30 AM ranked game in SEA. But with a twist, a turn, and maybe a little magic from Aui_2000, they went from potentially packing their bags early to packing punches in the grand final. The team's journey from "Are we there yet?" to "We just arrived!" was a mix of strategy, skill, and not a small amount of sass from players like Oliver "skiter" Lepko and Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf.

After sweeping Team Liquid, Malr1ne's post-victory comments were the cherry on top of their humble pie. "On a scale from 1 to 10, we're at about 0.5, just warming up!" he said, already eyeing the next challenge. With sights set on future tournaments, Team Falcons seem ready to fly higher, all while keeping their feet (and egos) firmly on the ground.

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.

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