OG recently announced that one of the best Dota 2 players of all time, Anathan “ana” Pham, has officially retired from playing competitive Dota 2.
In a statement, the 2x The International (TI) champion said that he has considered retiring from the e-sport for quite a while and that he wanted to learn and explore other things in life.
Prior to his retirement, ana’s return in April 2021 had fans around the globe excited for OG in the second season of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).
The team that won TI8 and TI9 back-to-back, excluding JerAx, is back!
But, it was an unexpected outing for the team as they failed to qualify for the recent WePlay AniMajor and thus, they couldn’t secure a direct invite to one of e-sports biggest tournaments of the year, TI10.
(In case you’re wondering, OG still has a chance to qualify for TI10 through regional qualifiers for Western Europe.)
The Return of the King
Now, we know what you’re thinking, who could replace, or rather, take on ana’s carry position?
Bring back the King, SumaiL.
Following ana’s departure from the sport, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan rejoins OG.
SumaiL first joined OG back in January 2020 and during that time, he helped the team qualify for the ESL One Los Angeles Major 2020. Unfortunately, both the circuit and tournament were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to international travel restrictions, SumaiL only played with his OG teammates online, and with the ping issues, it hindered his performance substantially. This led to SumaiL leaving the team in July the same year.
Fast forward to today, SumaiL, the youngest player to win TI5 with his previous team Evil Geniuses, will be playing with a team who will be seeking their third Aegis of Champions.
SumaiL will make his first appearance in his return to OG at the ESL One Summer 2021 tournament.
OG current Dota 2 roster:
Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
Sébastien “Ceb” Debs
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein