OG beats Team Aster to win ESL One Malaysia, Genting 2022

August 29, 2022

OG has been crowned ESL One Malaysia 2022 champions after a stunning clean sweep over Team Aster in the grand final. With an undefeated playoff record, Aster entered the grand final as the favourite, but OG’s momentum from the lower bracket proved too much for it. Despite making some spectacular plays in all three games, Aster was unable to complete the turnaround and win. OG’s other four players have been outstanding this season, but it was amazing to see how well coach Evgenii “Chuvash” Makarov performed as the team’s stand-in player throughout the event.

As the winner, OG receives $175,000 USD, while Aster receives $85,000 as the runner-up in front of a record turnout in Genting Highlands, Malaysia.

Team Aster vs. OG: Match Recap and Highlights

The grand final began with an explosive game one. Even though there was little interaction between the two sides, it was entertaining to watch when they did. OG was crushing Aster in the farm game, but Aster was able to stay in the game thanks to Xxs’ Black Hole. However, as the game progressed, OG excelled at prioritising the targets needed to win the teamfight, earning the game’s first victory in 46 minutes.

Aster let Mars go for ATF again in game 2, a hero on which he has been excelling during the playoffs. Aster struggled early on, with all three lanes looking bleak, and trailed by 9k at the 17-minute mark. The team’s ability to recover from deficits, on the other hand, was on display. When it appeared that Aster was about to make a comeback, OG was able to turn the game back in its favour. The game ended with a fantastic teamfight in which Monet was unable to turn the game around despite registering an incredible Rampage, and OG won in 50 minutes.

Aster got off to a better start in game 3 with its heroes displaying a higher level of performance during the laning stage. Despite his advantage over bzm’s Puck, Ori couldn’t help his team snowball with his Tiny. OG was good at dodging opponent ganks at the same time, and when it came to teamfights, the team’s superior skill just became obvious, and it won the game in 40 minutes.

There were doubts about whether the OG legacy would be preserved as the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 got underway, but months later, the new squad has done more than enough, winning regional leagues and international events. It’s been fascinating to watch how well this lineup has performed with not only Mikhail “Misha” Agatov, but also Sébastien “Ceb” Debs and Chu.

Aster played well in both the group stages and the playoffs, but it lacked the finishing touch to win the tournament. The team defeated OG earlier this month and was eager to face it in today’s grand final, but OG has proven that it thrives under pressure and is not a team you want to face in such a crucial match. Nonetheless, Aster has demonstrated in recent months that it possesses the gameplay and mental fortitude to perform well in international competitions after previously being a top team in Chinese events but an average one in interregional ones.

The Dota 2 caravan has now moved on to The International 11 qualifiers, which will be many teams’ last chance to advance to the year’s biggest event. The qualifiers begin on September 3rd.

Author safe4fun1