OG has announced the acquisition of Monkey Business, becoming one of the newest organisations to join the Valorant scene. It was only a matter of time before we’d see the kings of Dota dip their toes into Valorant, and now they finally did it. Seeing how the Valorant Champions Tour is already upon us, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
The back-to-back TI champions have already dominated the Dota 2 scene and established themselves at the top of the food chain. After winning The International 2019, they used the momentum and branched off into Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Fast forward to 2021, and this time it’s Valorant.
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The co-owners and founders of OG, Johan “NOtail” Sundstein and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, stated :
“We’ve heard a lot about the game, and were seduced by the idea behind it as well as how serious the ecosystem is already. When the opportunity to get involved with a roster that you like and you believe in arises, you sometimes just have to grab it. It was the same with CS:GO, sometimes the stars align and you have an opportunity to do something really interesting.”
Before getting signed by OG, the Monkey crew were doing a great job in the current Valorant Champions Tour. They made quick work of roughtimes and Team Vitality in the Qualifiers, easily securing a spot at the Challengers 1 event that was to follow. Without breaking a sweat, the team beat Guild Esports in a Single Elimination bracket and qualified for the Challengers 2.
The team’s coach, Julien “daemoN” Ducros, spoke for the team:
“We’re all extremely honored to join such a legendary esports organization. Their values and vision are something we highly looked up to when building our objectives and team roadmap.
Some of us have known JMR Luna for a while. Without his unbreakable trust, we wouldn’t be here today. On top of being grateful, we’re also extremely eager to make history ahead of this 2021 season and prove ourselves as true OGs.”
This was a match made in heaven, as both sides got exactly what they needed. OG now has a team to represent them during the Valorant Champions Tour, while the crew found a new home with OG. It’s a win-win situation.
With a solid foundation already in place, OG now has an opportunity to not only qualify for Masters, but to go all the way to the Champions. Whether they’ll manage to do that or not, still remains to be seen. Still, this is OG we’re talking about, and they’re not to be underestimated. They’ve pulled off incredible things in Dota 2 in the past, and perhaps they’ll now replicate similar results here in Valorant.
OG Valorant lineup:
– Dylan “aKm” Bignet
– Dragan “elllement” Milanović
– Théo “OniBy” Tarlier
– Kevin “TviQ” Lindström
– Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson
– Julien “daemoN” Ducros (coach)