Changes to OG…

Well… I am sure that after such an announcement, you guys probably have hundreds of questions you would want to ask us. If you were not ready for what just happened, be assured that neither were we.

This news came as early as yesterday, and it was a big shock for us. I have witnessed and experienced similar situations throughout my DotA career, but this one definitely has a different taste to it. If you’ve been following me, this takes me back to Sigma.int days.

My OG Jersey is just a couple meters away from me, and I can’t stop staring at this very logo. Two Red Bull’s facing each other. One for the will to win, and the other for the ability to face defeat. An “O” for optimism. As in OG we have always fought losses and setbacks with optimism. An optimism that we built through believing in each other, and through trying to be the best teammates we could, on a daily basis.

Last, but not least, a “G” for Greatness. As what we have built and overcome together is nothing else than great. Respect, trust and dedication have always been our core values. Through the highs and the lows, through major wins and TI disasters.

Up until today, I truly believed that we would always give these things priority over anything else. But for some people, the will to succeed sometimes has to come first. As they aim to seize what seems the best option for themselves. My way of doing things stands at the very opposite.

Indeed, I look at success like a very capricious and unpredictable thing. It never shows when you expect it. It tests your patience, your will and your loyalty countless times before it even starts thinking about rewarding you.

You only get the success you deserve once you are actually ready to give it up for other things. Whether it is for friendship, or being truthful to your own moral principles, through thick and thin. At least, this is the way I like to look at things. This is what helps me find the strength to compete against all odds. It’s much more than DotA, it’s a way of life.

But I have digressed a lot. What matters is that I understand, and I have already forgiven.

To Tal and Gustav,

You guys have been amazing teammates, and I will always cherish the memories and achievements we share together. I would be lying if I said I was not feeling a great disappointment. Nevertheless, I wish you guys best of luck and many future successes. The journey, at the end of which we would have won a TI together, brutally comes to an end. But the end of a journey marks the beginning of a new one.

After the rain comes the sun, right?

Today’s sunshine has been more beautiful than ever. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible people, and be assured that we shall build OG back up, back to where it’s meant to be.

To all the OG fans, bless us with your trust, your support and your passion. Together we will build something beautiful. A lot of challenges are coming our way, with TI qualifiers.

A lot of battles are to be fought, and we will be on the battlefield, ready to win every single one of them.

For now, it is time to recollect. This is an opportunity to rebuild healthy foundations, and we shall seize it.

Once again, thank you for your invaluable support. It means everything, and we will make you proud OG fans.

Seb.

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18 responses to “Changes to OG…

  1. Alex

    Good luck, Seb!

  2. RIKO

    Keep strong ce6 i know you, johan, jesse, and evany can bringback the old og, the “MASTER OF THE MAJORS” i hope you can make that organization again and make us the fans happy, i know its hard time now but i still believe in OG, i believe because i know someday, that aegis will be OG’s

  3. DIvineDream

    Good luck.

  4. I wish you guys all the best. I will stay an OG fan for as long as it stands for what you’re saying. I thought Tal stood for that, but I guess money makes the world go ’round.

    But hey, maybe it’s time to bring Kyle to the EU 🙂

    Good luck to you guys, you’re all legends in my book.

  5. Zadeth

    Sad to see Fly leave, but know that we will stick with you! Best of luck in finding replacements in the near future. #DreamOG

  6. Thanks for clarifying what I suspected all along. In the end money and friendship don’t go well together. Here’s what the great Roger Waters had to say about this issue in Too Much Rope:
    “When the sleigh is heavy
    And the timber wolves are getting bold
    You look at you companions
    And test the water of their friendship
    With your toe
    They significantly edge
    Closer to the gold
    Each man has his price Bob
    And yours was pretty low”

  7. OG.Cent

    OG still have my support..!
    Rebuild and strike back stronger than ever!!

  8. OG is my best team !
    So sad to hear the changing before TI & Super Major, but that is life !
    I hope OG will come back soon with new Success !

    (from heart of a OG fan)

  9. OG fan

    og will have my support even if players will change

  10. Thanks for clarifying the recent roster debacle Seb.

    In life, sometimes we are faced with a dilemma. A dilemma which tears us apart from the inside. Success, sometimes comes at a price. That price is sometimes to choose between success or your morals – the ideals that are the foundation of your philosophy of life.

    Choosing between the two, I’ve found, is always the hardest part.

    Good luck to you Seb and the rest of OG. Have always loved OG and what you guys stand for.

    You will always have the faith and support of the fans. You are gonna kill the European qualifiers!! We believe in you!

  11. Evilbox

    damn son…

  12. Very very powerful words!
    We are waiting for you guys, maybe you should try an therapyst – it worked for Federer and many pro athletes. You are great with an awesome mentality, just seek some help and stick together.
    I know many people that started working with therapysts as “life-coaches” and that changed their lives. Looking forward for a reply. @7ckngmad

  13. Eddy

    CONGRATS CEBS!

    FINALLY YOU DID IT!

    I remember you almost won a major tournament with Quantic Gaming with Silent back in the days.

    Damn this feels so old

    CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!

  14. Kay Hanalee

    This made me cry. You are a beautiful person Ceb! You inspire me.

  15. OG! OG! OG! Man, I really appreciate you taking some time to write a blog for us fans. Hoping that the current OG team will not change for next year’s TI. I’m saying it early: OG WINS 3-PEAT AEGIS!!

  16. Lionel Tan Yoke Liang

    Reading this back again , after OG claimed TI twice, is truly awesome.
    This …… I will always remember …….
    This ….. is my takeaway from your blog …..
    Thanks a lot for sharing …..

    “…, I look at success like a very capricious and unpredictable thing. It never shows when you expect it. It tests your patience, your will and your loyalty countless times before it even starts thinking about rewarding you.

    You only get the success you deserve once you are actually ready to give it up for other things. Whether it is for friendship, or being truthful to your own moral principles, through thick and thin…. “

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