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TI11: OG eliminates Gaimin Gladiators in a thriller Bo3

OG eliminates Gaimin Gladiators from the lower bracket of The International 2022 (TI11) Main Event (Playoffs).

OG engaged in a fierce battle against their European compatriots Gaimin Gladiators in a do-or-die series with stakes being high for both teams.

The winner would proceed to the next round in the lower bracket of TI11 whilst the loser would bid adieu to their TI campaign.

The first game was complete domination as OG annihilated Gaimin Gladiators with sublime ease and technical prowess.

Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov stole the show throughout the entirety of the game on his impeccable Invoker. His early game aggression and sound rotations, picking off and killing GG players alone or in team fights, gave OG the early advantage they needed.

However, Dota 2 is a team game, and OG played as a cohesive unit. Despite Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf’s early struggle, all the other OG players were having a good time and that gave them the boost to strike with even more intensity.

The final nail in the coffin was when Gaimin Gladiator’s Shadow Fiend died akin to a creep, twice in quick succession, carrying an Aegis, in a span of approximately ten seconds.

ATF’s aggression during the later stages of the game was too much for GG to handle and they had no other choice but to call it quits.

The second game started on a relatively better footing for both teams, especially Gaimin Gladiators, who were more aware than before.

With a better draft from Gaimin Gladiators, they were able to keep up the pace with OG to go toe-to-toe with the ESL Major Champions.

Once again bzm played outstandingly well, helping OG to gain significant momentum throughout the game.

At one point, the game looked extremely grim for Gaimin Gladiators, but with OG dropping the ball for a few minutes with Artem “Yuragi” Golubiev dying thrice in a consecutive manner.

OG had an 84% chance of winning but that dropped to 50% because of the aforementioned deaths. A few misplays by Yuragi and miscommunication from OG gave way for Gaimin Gladiators to mount a comeback and take the lead for the first time in nearly 50 minutes into game two.

By 53 minutes, OG had zero buybacks while GG had all of them. A minute later, OG engaged in a fight, losing four of their heroes without any buybacks, secured the Aegis and caught Yuragi’s cheeky rune steal and killed him.

The stars of the show were definitely Miroslav “BOOM” Bičan’s Storm Spirit and Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard’s Primal Beast whose sheer tenacity brought them back to life in game two.

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The third game started with both teams opting for their comfort heroes and lineups based on aggressive pushing.

Gaimin Gladiators gained the early lead with OG supports being unable to support their cores and dying on a frequent basis. That gave GG the advantage to take some early towers but OG was keeping up in farm with some impeccable plays by ATF and bzm.

At one point, GG was leading in gold and XP, but with clutch combos from ATF’s Sandking and bzm’s Invoker, followed by Misha’s innate ice path on Jakiro, OG quickly found momentum.

A sneaky Roshan attempt by GG turned to bite them back in the ass as OG stole the kill and secured the Aegis.

Ultimately, the inevitable happened. OG won the elimination series, the first best-of-three in the TI11 Main Event.

What’s next for OG at TI11?

They now await the winner between Team Liquid vs Entity series in the TI11 lower bracket round three. Either way, another Western European team will bite the bust — thanks to the dreaded nature of the lower bracket.

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