It’s widely known that Tal 'Fly' Aizik, the imperious captain of three-time Major winners OG, has built his teams on more than just star names. Having plucked Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi from the public leaderboards and helped transform him into the monster record-breaking midlaner that he is today, there always seemed to be something that little bit more tight-knit about OG squads, both past and present.
His relationship with Dane Johan “N0tail” Sundstein is the epitome of bromance, yet better described as a marriage made in heaven. The two have been nigh-on inseparable for years and it shows when the pair take to the mouse and keyboard and fight it out in professional competition.
While the previous iteration of the roster may have come and gone, Fly always made clear that he knew who he wanted to shape the new roster around and by securing flashy playmaker Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka, esteemed midlaner turned offlaner Gustav 's4' Magnusson and youngster Anathan 'ana' Pham the OG team have experienced yet more success. Aizik told us before Boston that the secret was “to build a team on the foundations of good chemistry,” and after winning a staggering third Major, it would take a brave man to argue against the Israeli.
Fast forward and OG’s Boston win is on the backburner. The 7.00 patch shook the foundations of the game as we know it, and there’s understandable hype as we head full steam towards the Kiev Major. The Green Army are feeling every bit as strong as before – and why wouldn’t they be, following a near faultless run at DAC?
As is customary these days, the boys in green have jetted off to their latest bootcamp to spend much-needed time in one another's company as they look to retain their Major crown in Ukraine.
While we all imagine a bootcamp to be blackboards and pure draft analysis, the OG boys experienced something different as they were set a gruelling hike, followed by some quickfire challenges to get the ball rolling.
Just who would be calling for a regen rune half way up the hill? Does Johan drive as smoothly as he carries? Is ana still haunted by our DAC MVP Bobobka? Our video reveals all.
Keep an eye out later this week for part two of our series with OG, where the Green Army will try their hand at what every quiz show contestant fears: general knowledge trivia. We’ve seen who’s the fittest of the bunch but who has the best knowledge?