For the first time in Dota 2 history, a team has won two Internationals, but OG solidified their top position in the league by doing it back to back as they lifted the Aegis of Champions again at The International 2019.
OG were the kings of the Upper Bracket division, while Team Liquid had to fight from the lower bracket. OG ran through Newbee, Evil Geniuses, and PGS.LGD, while Team Liquid beat Fnatic, TNC Predator, Royal Never Give Up, Team Secret, and PGS.LGD.
The competition was furious and high, and the grand finals followed suit. The European squad beat Team Liquid 3-1 in the Grand Finals in one of the most dominant performances during the finals ever. There was even a surprise hero choice for ana in their carry Io, something many will be seeing in the public meta for sometime after the tournament.
When crowned champions in 2018, they took over $11 million. In 2019, the organization took home $15.6 million, with each of the members Anathan “ana” Pham, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein taking home all over $3 million on the split each, and above all, are arguably the greatest Dota 2 team of all time.
N0tail himself has become the highest-earning esports player in all of history with this win, putting his total earnings at $6,886,181.99 from 108 tournaments, according to Esportsearnings.com. His teammates trail behind him as well:
- N0tail $6,886,181.99
- JerAx $6,465,590.22
- ana $5,996,002.16
- Ceb $5,484,823.21
- Topson $5,410,036.37
Credit: Rudolf Baldovino