Two-time The International (TI) champions Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen and Sébastien "Ceb" Debs have made their return to the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) after they qualified for Division II of the Western European regional league with Old G on Wednesday (22 March).
Topson and Ceb led the latest iteration of the Old G stack, which also included Volodymyr "Noone" Minenko, Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok, and Kartik "Kitrak" Rathi, through the league's closed qualifiers for the Spring Tour.
Old G first went through the league's open qualifiers before tearing through the closed qualifiers. They swept Turkey's KZ Team, defeated Eastern European stack PuckChamp 2-1, then secured their Division II spot with a 2-0 sweep over Betrayed.
Old G will be facing some stiff competition in Western Europe's Division II, chief among them being TI11 finalists Team Secret.
Secret were knocked down to Division II after an abysmal showing during the Winter Tour, which prompted them to part ways with Resolut1on and Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov and sign Armel "Armel" Tabios and Daniyal "yamich" Lazebnyy as their replacements.
Competition in Division II in Western Europe will take place from 5 to 25 April. Should Old G manage to secure a Top 2 placement, they will be promoted to Division I for the Summer Tour and get a chance to face the main OG squad.
With OG running with its young squad in the DPC, members of the organisation's two-time TI-winning team banded together to form Old G at the start of the 2023 DPC season in a more casual return to competitive play.
The first iteration of Old G featured Topson, Ceb, and Johan "N0tail" Sundstein alongside No[o]ne and Arif "MSS" Anwar. However, that first squad failed to come out of the closed qualifier and missed out on the start of this DPC season.
MSS left Old G to join Wildcard Gaming while N0tail gave up his spot to make way for Resolut1on and Kitrak, with Ceb also moving to the position 4 support role.
In an episode of the OG Monkey Business Show podcast released last December, Ceb and N0tail said they formed Old G as a semi-serious attempt to return to competing in the DPC and "have fun".
"For this year, I don't think any of us are trying to commit to winning, because that means you have to sacrifice everything. So we're instead just committing to the hobby and committing to the memes, like having fun, being part of the jokes," said N0tail.
"It feels good, it's fun, it's relaxed. It feels like we don't have to say or prove anything, we can chill, and be ourselves. We can just show up, play and have fun, so I think that's just the nice part," added Ceb.
Old G roster:
Volodymyr "Noone" Minenko
Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen
Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok
Sébastien "Ceb" Debs
Kartik "Kitrak" Rathi