OG are likely to get relegated to Division II of WEU

OG are in a lot of trouble right now. The veteran members of the team are doing fine with... Radu M. | 27. March 2023

OG are in a lot of trouble right now. The veteran members of the team are doing fine with their Old G project and will compete in Division II of Western Europe in Tour 2 of Dota Pro Circuit 2023. But the main roster is close to getting relegated to the same division.

This pretty much means that we are likely to see Old G taking OG’s place in the first division at the end of Tour 2. That would make the failure of the main squad a bit more bearable. But even in such a case, it’s likely that OG’s management will make some serious roster changes ahead of Tour 3.

The situation in WEU Division I

At the moment, OG are eighth in Division I of WEU with just one victory in the first five matches. There are only two matches left to be played and their opponents will be Nigma Galaxy and Entity.

This means that if OG lose their match against Nigma, they’re pretty much doomed. And even if they win it, they’ll need to then survive a likely tiebreaker.

Apart from OG, three other teams are struggling and have a record of 2 W – 3 L: Monaspa, Nigma, and Ooredoo Thunders. The way things are going, it wouldn’t be surprising to have four teams fighting to avoid relegation.

Many fans fear that it will be OG and Nigma who will eventually lose their Division I spots. This is very strange, given that Thunders and Monaspa joined the division at the start of Tour 2 and are relatively inexperienced compared to the other competitors.

Dota 2 is such a complex game that former TI champions can struggle against newcomers. And even the teams that win their matches are severely tested almost every time.

For OG, the weaknesses are obvious: Evgenii “Chu” Makarov is struggling to lead his team to success. And Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, who joined in December last year, is having problems of his own.

The core members of OG seem to be doing fine. But the synergy with the other two players, who joined in recent months, is lacking almost completely. At the highest competitive level, that’s a recipe for disaster.

We’ve already seen the same scenario in the case of Team Secret. Despite finishing second at The International 2022, the team was relegated to Division II at the end of Tour 1. And it all had to do with the roster changes.

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