OG has announced three new additions to the team, as the organization finalizes its Valorant roster ahead of VCT Stage 3. Nikita “trexx” Cherednichenko and Tomas “Destrian” Linikas will be joining along with Tanishq “Tanizhq” Sabharwal as the team’s new head coach. Harry “DPS” MacGill was also moved from a temporary stand-in role to a permanent main roster position.
OG is an incredibly accomplished organisation, led by the legendary Dota 2 captain Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and his right-hand man and friend Sébastien “Ceb” Debs. They’re the back-to-back The International champions and have since branched out into other esports titles, including Valorant.
OG signed Monkey Business back in February, but the team that shined in Valorant Champions Tour Challengers 1 was not meeting the expectations in the following two Stage 1 Challengers, culminating in the departure of OniBy, elllement, and aKm in May earlier this year.
Will the Destrian & Trexx combo be enough?
These two players come from Honk, so they know each other and are familiar with each other’s playstyles.
Trexx is a Duelist main who will be coming on board as a replacement for elllement, who was the MVP of Stage 1 Challengers 1 while playing under the banner of Monkey Business. It will be hard to fill in these shoes, but OG is confident that Trexx is the right pick for this team.
Destrian, on the other hand, is a support-oriented player who specializes in the Controller role with Astra and Viper. Both of these Agents have soared in popularity since the recent patches and are in high demand in competitive play.
DPS will be the team’s Initiator with his Sova and Breach, allowing the Trexx and Destrian duo to make those winning plays. OG has announced that this squad will be playing in the upcoming VCT Stage 3 event that’s starting on June 28th.
OG’s second shot at glory
It’s no secret that OG’s entry into Valorant was no success. They signed Monkey Business, who were one of the most promising rosters during Challengers 1, and many expected them to soar even higher under the banner of OG. That didn’t happen.
Challengers 2 came, and this team failed miserably against Team Heretics. Heretics were held in high regard in the EU scene at the time, so losing to a stronger team wasn’t much of a shock to the fans, and they held high hopes that this was a fluke that would be remedied in Challengers 3.
When Challengers 3 came, OG were scheduled to face Raise Your Edge Gaming. At the time, this was a team that just came out of nowhere, so OG was seen as the clear favorite. Raise Your Edge absolutely destroyed OG in this match, and this was the last straw that forced OG to make these drastic changes.
OG will most likely face heavy competition in VCT Stage 3, and if they were to lose again, it would look really bad on their record. On the bright side, they can’t really do worse than they did during Stage 1. This may be a great opportunity for this team to reinvent their playstyle and present themselves in a completely new light.
Whether OG makes it this time or not still remains to be seen. We’ll follow the VCT Stage 3 action as it unfolds and will keep you updated. Stay tuned in for more news, reviews, and Valorant betting predictions.