OG takes down Natus Vincere on Tuesday to qualify for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals. The team started the regular season of the BLAST Premier in Group A. The group consisted of four teams to start with the upper bracket action. We will get into the details of the tournament and how OG did the unexpected and defeated Na’Vi in the finals. However, before we get into the tournament, let’s know something about Team OG and get into some of its 2020’s achievements.
OG is a professional Danish-based organization founded in the pro-Dota 2 scene. The team has been led by a famous Dota 2 professional Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein since August 2015. The team recently marked its Counter-Strike debut in December 2019. OG signed a completely new roster for the game. The current roster of the team consists of Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt, Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjorn, Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen, Mateusz ‘mantuu’ Wilczewski, Issa ‘ISSAA’ Murad, and Casper ‘ruggah’ Due. The team has secured many significant victories since its birth. However, winning the BLAST Premier Fall is the biggest of them so far.
OG in BLAST Premier Fall
The tournament started with 4 teams joining the action in the upper bracket. Navi had to take on Ninjas in Pyjamas. Whereas, Evil Geniuses had to take down OG. As expected, Navi took a decent win over Ninjas in Pyjamas as 2-0. The first map was Inferno where Navi displayed a solid performance. NIP tried coming back in the game and won 12 rounds. However, Navi left no chances for the opponent to come back and finished the first map as 16-12.
NIP kept the pressure on Navi and tried winning the second map, Train. However, Navi was too strong for the team to come back and take a map. Navi closed the game with a 16-13 victory in Train as well. As NIP lost the series, the team fell to the lower bracket and Navi advanced in the tournament.
🔥 UNDEFEATED WE GO 🔥
Not only we are in #BLASTPremier Fall Finals but we'll have a beautiful highseed.
Awesome week from the pew pew boys!
— OG CS:GO (@OGcsgo) October 28, 2020
The second upper bracket match was between Evil Geniuses and OG. Team OG represented a very dominant performance in the first map, Mirage against EG. The team won 16-9 to crumble EG in the first map. Despite the brutal loss, EG bounced back and avenged OG in style. EG pressed hard and secured a 16-9 victory over OG in Inferno. The decision came down to the last map, Overpass, where both teams represented a high-quality form. Eventually, OG secured the third map to close the series as 16-14. OG moved forward to face Navi and EG went down to the lower brackets to meet NIP.
Upper Bracket Action
As OG defeated EG and set a matchup against Navi in the upper brackets final, things went wild. Both teams came to the battle well prepared. The game started with the first map, Mirage. Navi tried taking the map but OG came out strong for them and OG sealed the victory as 16-14.
Multiple professional analysts predicted that Navi will bounce back in the second map and will take the series. However, OG didn’t give any chances to Navi to come back into the series. The second map of the game, Dust II, showed a lethal performance of OG. OG demolished Navi in a 16-9 victory to finish the series. Navi now fell to the lower brackets and OG moved forward to the grand finals.
— OG (@OGesports) October 28, 2020
Lower Bracket Action
NIP had to face EG in the lower brackets first round. NIP represented a very decent performance in the first round by defeating EG in just two maps. EG had no answers to NIP in the first map of the game, Overpass. Ninjas in Pyjamas secured a 16-8 victory in the first map.
However, EG tried its maximum effort in the second map and pushed NIP hard. During the second map, Inferno, EG reached the 15 round win and pushed NIP to win 19 rounds, to close the game. NIP did so and eliminated EG from the tournament.
As NIP moved forward into the lower brackets, Navi was waiting for them. NIP started well into the lower bracket finals. The first map, Overpass, favored NIP as the team defeated Navi in style. Ninjas won the map as 16-10. However, Navi had answers to the NIP’s current form. Navi displayed a very dominant performance in the latter two maps. During Nuke and Mirage, Navi secured victories as 16-9 and 16-4 respectively.
NIP’s run ended with the third map loss. However, Navi moved to the grand finals to meet OG once again.
The Grand Finals
The grand finals didn’t bring anything new to the table. The first map was Dust II where OG stunned Navi in a 16-9 victory. Navi tried replying to the defeat and successfully took the second map, Mirage, as 16-10. The winning game came down to the last map, Nuke. Both teams wanted the map to win the series. However, OG had all the answers to Navi’s wild gameplay. OG closed the series with a 16-12 victory over Navi and qualified for the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals.
Team OG in 2020
Team OG kicked off the 2020 run by entering the ICE Challenge 2020 tournament in February. The A-tier tournament brought a lot of exciting matches between several teams. OG’s run at the tournament was quite acceptable as it was a new team at the moment. The team secured the 5th – 6th position in the tournament and lost 0-2 to Mad Lions. OG only won $10,000 from the first series of 2020. However, the team was not ready to tap out and entered another series in the same month. In February, OG participated in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season. The S-tier tournament brought so much learning to the team as it had to face multiple world-class teams on the tour. OG secured the 4th – 6th position in the tournament and lost 1-2 to G2 Sports. OG received $35,000 for securing this position in the tournament.
The team had to face a backdrop as it entered the ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe. The team finished the tournament run at the group stages only and could not make it to the playoffs. OG secured $31,000 from this tournament.
The team came back in July to join the CS_summit 6 Online: Europe. OG secured the third position in the tournament and lost to BIG as 1-2. The A-tier tournament only gave $17,000 to the team. It was just a matter of time when OG had to face a defeat from BIG once again. The team went to the DreamHack Open Summer 2020: Europe in August. OG lost to BIG as 1-2 and secured the 3rd – 4th position in the tournament.
The S-tier Tournaments
As August passed by, OG entered into three S-tier tournaments. To mention them all, the team first went to ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online – Europe. The team lost to G2 Esports and could only secure the 5th – 8th position. Similarly, OG also went to ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe and faced a bitter outcome. The team had to leave the series right from the group stages. the squad couldn’t make it to the playoffs of the tournament and just landed on the 9th – 10th position. However, the team planned something else and decided not to affect itself from a poor defeat. OG came back very strong in BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 Regular Season where it had to face the favorite team Na’Vi. Unexpectedly, OG defeated Na’Vi in a 2-1 epic match and secured the 1st position in the series. By winning this series, OG did not only win the title but also qualified for the BLAST Premier: Main Season.
Team OG’s Future
Team OG is a newly built Counter-Strike team. The team comes from a professional Dota 2 organization. OG’s future looks very promising and bright as the team has started holding tournaments in the early phases of its professional experience. As 2020 canceled a lot of tournaments due to the Coronavirus pandemic, The organization couldn’t get the chance to test the roster. However, the team participated in almost every tournament to win a trophy.
Throughout the year, the team didn’t have a perfect run but a significant one for sure. The team managed to defeat some of the most famous and talented teams in the scene. Similarly, the squad managed to beat Na’Vi twice in the same tournament. This is a very good start for a newly-built team. If this roster kept this form alive and kept on performing like this in every tournament, it will become one of the most talented and successful teams of Counter-Strike.
Securing the first position at the BLAST Premier Fall will not only provide a decent prize pool to OG but also a qualification to the main event. The main event will take place in December and fans are now excited about OG doing the same wonders at the main event too.