OG fights back after tough loss! Can they beat the curse?

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It was not an easy start for the reigning TI8 champions OG at The Bucharest Minor, in their first offline appearance this season.

OG is back on the big stage

The incredible run by OG at The International 2018 is one of the most memorable moments in Dota 2 history, and now the team is finally back in action. Despite missing the first round of DPC tournaments, OG qualified for The Bucharest Minor - and everybody was curious to see how OG have changed after winning the mega event.

Captain Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein explained in an interview with PGL that he understands why Anathan 'Ana' Pham left, and how he spent time after lifting the Aegis.

OG again with good comeback qualities

The first game against BOOM ID started a bit sloppy, but Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein and his teammates kept calm and turned the first game in a strong team fight. OG won both games and faced EHOME in the second match of the day.

However, Zhang 'xiao8' Ning 's team was stronger than the Indonesian squad OG faced before. The 17-year-old youngster Luo 'eGo' Bin especially put in a world-class performance in the mid lane, destroying OG several times throughout the whole series.

OG lost that series 2-0, and then had to face BOOM a second time after the Indonesian squad showed no weaknesses against the Peruvians of Playmakers Esports.

OG wants to beat the next curse

BOOM ID started strongly in the early game, and held the advantage throughout the first 25 minutes. However, the analysts had explained beforehand that if OG could keep the game close until the late game, BOOM ID wouldn't have a chance - and they were proved right.

Alfi 'Khezcute' Syahrin Nelphyana and his team-mates didn't reach a 10k gold lead. OG's carry Topias 'Topson' Taavitsainen was closing the gap on his own for each minute BOOM couldn't close out the game.

The gold lead swang at exactly 30 minutes in favour of OG, and from that moment on the game was decided — OG went on to win the first game.

They wanted to finish it off faster in Game Two, and so decided on a more fast-paced lineup. Topson picked Troll Warlord again, aiming for another top-notch performance in this match.

However, this time Topson got some support in winning the game — OG's new carry Igor 'ILTW' Filatov put in a strong performance on Phantom Lancer, after the Indonesians concentrated too much on stopping Topson.

After a shaky start, OG finished the Group Stage in second place, meaning they'll face Gambit Esports in the Upper Bracket of The Bucharest Minor Playoffs. This could be their revenge for the WePlay! Dota 2 Winter Madness, when the European team were swept online.

Can OG beat the next curse?

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