OG Dota recently took home The International 8’s $11.2 million first place prize. The $25.4 million prize pool was the biggest in esports history. Second place PSG.LGD took home $4 million USD. OG’s International 8 Grand Finals win can definitely be classified as an upset, especially since PSG.LGD was the odds on favorite.
According to The Flying Courier: “OG Dota had less than a spectacular year leading up to this event. After a rocky Dota Pro Circuit season, the team replaced three of its five members; they lost renowned captain Tal “Fly” Aizik and former TI winner Gustav “s4” Magnusson to American organization Evil Geniuses, as well as Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok for VGJ.Storm.”
OG went 9-7 in the group stage, and then defeated VGJ.Storm in their first match in the upper bracket. They then beat Evil Geniuses, before finally taking down PSG.LGD in the Grand Finals.
In comparison, PSG.LGD finished the group stage going 11-5. They crushed Virtus.pro in their first-round upper bracket matchup. They then defeated The International 7 champion, Team Liquid, before facing OG in the upper bracket finals.
The Score Esports has put together a 19 minute video documenting OG’s TI8 victory. The video can be viewed below.
The Dota 2 Pro Circuit will start up again this month.