OG’s historic victory at The International 2018 has been chronicled in a whole new way.
Red Bull’s Against the Odds documentary looks back at OG’s championship journey and tells their story in great detail. It also stands apart from Valve’s own Dota 2 documentary, True Sight, as it prominently features a number of popular casters and analysts to delve into the history of OG and the significance of their crowning moment.
The documentary dedicated a great deal of time to telling the story of legendary duo Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Tal “Fly” Aizik.
The History of OG in Dota 2
The two met in a public game and wound up becoming one of Dota’s most iconic duos, playing side-by-side for years across a number of top teams. Against the Odds looks back on their long journey together, including their initial rise with the European iteration of Fnatic and their breakup after departing Team Secret.
From there, it delves into their reunion and the formation of OG.
The team is largely remembered for winning four Valve-sponsored Dota 2 majors, but poor showings at The International 2016 and 2017 forced the team into multiple rebuilding phases and shook their confidence.
The team went into a steep decline in the 2017-2018 season, which ultimately saw the breakup of the duo as Fly and OG offlaner Gustav “s4” Magnusson left the team to begin competing for Evil Geniuses. That was a major moment in Dota 2, and N0tail and OG support Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka give their first in-depth statements on the matter. Neither tried to mask how hurt they were by the news.
The sudden departures of Fly and S4 required another overhaul for OG. Three months before The International 2018, OG brought in a new talent Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, welcomed back Anathan “ana” Pham, and promoted Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs from coach to active player.
The documentary goes over their entire TI8 journey, starting with the qualifiers and following the team all the way to the Aegis of Champions.
In addition to the players, Against the Odds also brings in Dota 2 personalities such as Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, Kevin “Purge” Godec, Owen “ODPixel” Davies, and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh. The 80-minute documentary can be found on Red Bull’s YouTube channel.
OG is currently looking to post a repeat performance at The International 2019.