OG have turned to Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov as the temporary replacement of Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin ahead of the DreamLeague Season 21
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov is set to play with the OG roster as they gear up for the highly anticipated DreamLeague Season 21 tournament. This exciting development comes as a result of a strategic move by the OG team management. Ivanov will step into the offlane position, taking over the mantle from Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, who has been temporarily moved to the inactive roster.
BULGARIAN BROTHERS REUNITE ✊ pic.twitter.com/nKrT8YVHNf
— OG (@OGesports) September 14, 2023
MinD_ContRoL Returns for Another OG Cameo
The decision to bring in The International 2017 champion is a significant one, as he is renowned for his versatility and exceptional gameplay mechanics. Known for his ability to adapt to various roles and heroes, MinD_ContRoL's inclusion is expected to add a new dimension to OG's gameplay strategy.
Coming right before The International 2023, the DreamLeague Season 21 tournament is shaping up to be a thrilling battleground for Dota 2 enthusiasts worldwide, and the addition of MinD_ContRoL to OG's lineup only intensifies the anticipation. Fans are eager to witness how he will synergize with the existing OG lineup, which includes a host of fascinating talents.
Before his current stint with OG at the DreamLeague Season 21 tournament, the Nigma Galaxy offlaner had already featured as a stand-in player for the team during the ESL One Berlin Major 2023. He boarded the Germany-bound plane with the French outfit when three players from the OG roster encountered visa-related issues, rendering them unable to participate in the tournament.
MinD_ContRoL's presence during the Berlin Major Group Stages proved to be a pivotal factor in OG's journey through the tournament. OG, led by the iconic Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, made an impressive run in the Group B stage. Ceb's squad remained unbeaten throughout the group phase, securing a strong second-place finish and setting the stage for their Upper Bracket Semifinals appearance.
As OG advanced to the Upper Bracket Semifinals, expectations were high, and fans were eager to witness their favorite team's performance on the big stage. The road to glory, however, took an unexpected turn as they faced formidable adversaries in Gaimin Gladiators and Evil Geniuses.
Unfortunately, OG experienced back-to-back losses against these top-tier opponents, which ultimately halted their journey in the tournament. Despite the disappointment of not clinching the championship, OG secured a respectable 5th-6th place finish.
MinD_ContRoL's exciting new venture sees him joining forces with another Bulgarian talent, Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov, as they both embark on their OG journey. This move, while currently a loan arrangement from Nigma Galaxy, holds the potential to become a permanent fixture in the OG lineup, contingent upon the 33-year-old's performance.
DM Dropped Following OG’s Disastrous TI12 Qualification Campaign
OG found themselves at a crossroads following their disappointing failure to qualify for The International 12 (TI12), a tournament every Dota 2 team aspires to compete in. This setback prompted the organization to embark on a roster reshuffle, signaling their determination to address the issues that led to their underwhelming performance.
As part of this restructuring effort, Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, a talented player but in a role that didn't quite align with the team's vision, made his exit from the squad. The primary focus of this reshuffle was to bolster and elevate their offlane position.
We may not have achieved what we wanted, but we had the pleasure to go through our journey with a fantastic friend.
DM will now be moved to the bench and removed from our active roster.
— OG (@OGesports) September 14, 2023
The two-time International champions, OG, faced an unexpected challenge in their bid to secure a direct invitation to The International 2023. Despite their impressive track record, they fell short of the required DPC points. As a result, OG had no choice but to vie for one of the two available qualifier spots in the fiercely competitive Western European region. Their journey in the qualifiers ended with a 6th place finish, following a loss to Quest Esports.