On the final day to add players to Dota 2 rosters in the Dota Pro Circuit, OG has taken to social media to announce the (heavily teased) return of Anathan "ana" Pham.
Ana has played with OG three times previously. His longest stint was his first round with the squad, back in 2016-2017, which lasted a year. The more recent two returns were to fill out the squad ahead of The International 8 and The International 9, which OG went on to win, despite low expectations for the team's performance.
The Australian carry player has had memorable performances on many heroes, but in particular, his TI-winning plays with Phantom Lancer and the introduction of carry-Io at The International 9 are unforgettable.
OG's route to The International 10 is a bit murky at the moment. They placed fifth in Europe overall during the first 2021 DPC season, failing to make the cutoff for the Singapore Major. This puts them behind on DPC points, in 27th place after sacrificing a few points to player-swap. Only the twelve teams with the most DPC points will receive direct invitations to TI10. The other six spots will be available in a regional qualifier, one per region.
Of course, OG has overcome long=shot odds before. In 2018, they went on an open qualifier run to win The International 8. So no one should count the team out, by any means. This squad's roster is slightly different from the TI-winning combination, featuring Martin "Saksa" Sazdov in place of retired Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka.
With the European DPC Upper Division getting underway on Tuesday, April 13, we don't have a long wait before finding out how well the new OG roster will do. Their first opponent will be Brame, who moved up from the first season's Lower Division. Tune in at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT!