Following a victory at The Invitational 2019, OG’s mid laner Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen is taking a break from playing Dota 2 professionally.
The news came up on Topson’s Twitter. OG’s mid laner announced he will be going on a holiday to “spend time with [his] family, think about the future and setting new goals.” OG has yet to reveal a replacement for the mid lane position.
So what does this mean for the team? And how will it affect its chances in the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit?
Reaping the Rewards
It’s clear that OG is one of the most accomplished teams in esports history. Not only did the organization win the biggest tournament in the Dota 2 scene of 2018 in TI8, but it managed to repeat this success by lifting the TI9 trophy a year later. During this time, Topson was the cornerstone of OG’s strategies.
The mid laner joined OG several months before the TI8 run. This was his first time playing for a professional Dota 2 team, so many fans and analysts criticized the decision to sign him. However, Topson quickly put these doubts to rest by outmuscling some of the strongest mid laners at the tournament. He was even more dominant at The Invitational 2019, and his Tiny, Pugna, and Monkey King play became the driving force behind OG’s momentum.
Rest assured, losing a world-class mid laner is a huge blow to the team. But OG already dealt with a similar issue before. At the end of 2018, OG’s carry player Anathan “ana” Pham went on an extended break from Dota 2 only to rejoin the team nine months later. There’s just something special about this lineup that draws players back to it, and judging by Topson’s wording in his Twitter post, it’s entirely possible that he will also return to the team in the future.
Still, there’s a good chance OG will miss the next Dota 2 Major. The organization also needs to find another mid laner if it wants to compete without relying on Topson’s comeback. And while OG has already pulled through in similar circumstances, the team is in for an uphill battle in the upcoming tournaments.
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