OG flops entry to the Singapore Major 2021
The Dream League Season 14 concluded with Team Liquid as the tiebreaker winners, heading to the Singapore Major 2021. Team OG and Tundra Esports lost the hard-fought battle after two sets of tiebreaker games. Needless to say, OG fans were devastated by the news that their favorite team isn’t invited to the major.
Hype, Expectations, and Upsets.
Heading into the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC 2021), OG was a heavy favorite. Of course, most of that comes from their reputation as the two-time TI champions. However, they are a team that was second to Team Secret in the last season. They were first runner-up at the OMEGA League, second at the EPIC League, and most recently second-place at the OGA Dota PIT Season 4.
It wasn’t a shocker when OG was one of the direct invitees to the Dream League Season 14, and expectations were set fairly high. Yet, those promising expectations were flushed down the drain once OG start losing too many matches at DPC 2021. They ended their run with just three wins out of seven series, and had to play a three-way tiebreaker for a shot at the first Dota 2 Major of 2021.
Standoff at the Dream League S14
It was a grueling weekend for fans around the globe. Team OG, Liquid, and Tundra Esports had to play a three-way tiebreaker to decide which team will be fourth-place and last seed into the Major. The Singapore Major 2021 is a highly anticipated event considering the lack of any tournaments of that calibre in months past. The stakes were high for all three teams to pull off a victory.
The first tiebreaker ended with yet another draw, as none of them could secure both wins. Team Liquid pulled a cheeky last-pick Huskar against OG, which concluded with their victory. It was a blatantly shameless decision from Team Liquid’s captain, Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi, for pulling that off in a best-of-one game. Nevertheless, it’s still a win in everybody’s book.
CAN SCISSORS BEAT ROCK TO STOP A ROUND 3 OF TIEBREAKERS?
— Robson (@TeaGuvnor) February 28, 2021
Team OG headed into their second tiebreaker round versus Tundra Esports, and barely closed out the match. OG’s newcomer, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng’s Weaver, was too big of a nuisance to deal with making OG eventually prevail.
Meanwhile, Tundra Esports showcased overwhelming strength versus Team Liquid putting all the tie-breakers in a deadlock.
Resetting the tiebreaker
The bracket was reset for another round. Team OG, who initially lost to Team Liquid, experienced a déjà vu as Team Liquid pulled out their mischievous strategies again. While team OG managed to secure the round versus Tundra Esports, Tundra Esports ran out of steam in their second-round versus Team Liquid.
Team Liquid’s offlaner, Samuel “Boxi” Svahn, got his hands on his signature hero, Mars.
Arena of Blood, coupled with God’s Rebuke, made light work of Tundra Esports’ team fight potential. Essentially, Boxi’s tendency to spark a fight enables Max “qojqva” Bröcker on Storm Spirit to make his entry. The tremendous AOE damage just crumbled on Tundra Esports.
💥 WINNING MOMENT FOR @TeamLiquid!!! 💥
They manage to break the loop vs @TundraEsports_!
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) February 28, 2021
Thus, with the loop broken, Team Liquid is officially a Singapore Major 2021 participant. Team OG flop Singapore Major entry and players and fans will both be watching the major behind their monitors. However, this will not be the last of OG, as the boys look forward to the next major.
Been 1.5 years since last lan event, we lost some crucial games and a lot of leads thrown.
If you break the cup and put it back, it'll be stronger than ever.
Tomorrow is a new day, will be back for the next major 🙏
GL to all the teams, congrats @TeamLiquid!
— Johan Sundstein (@OG_BDN0tail) February 28, 2021
With the upcoming EPIC League featuring mostly lower ranked teams, we are likely seeing the big dogs clash once again all the way at the Singapore Major.