By now, most of you will know that two-time The International (TI) winners Sébastien "Ceb" Debs and Johan "N0tail" Sundstein have a new Dota 2 team, Old.G, made up of three members from OG's legendary two-time TI champion roster.
On the latest episode of the OG Monkey Business Show podcast, the duo discussed their approach to the competitive scene, playing with Volodymyr "Noone" Minenko, and their reunion with former teammate Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, three years after their amazing TI9 run.
Now that the trio is reunited in Old.G, N0tail thinks there is much cause for celebration.
"Oh the trinity, the unity, it feels so good to be back together, the way our hearts touch, I can feel it through the screen. Ah, Topias how I missed you," said N0tail.
Even if the OG trio is back to playing the game professionally, they aren't ready to commit all their time and effort to Dota 2. Instead, the aim for 2023 is to play Dota 2 with friends and enjoy their time together.
"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.
While Old.G isn't focusing on winning at all costs, the team is no pushover. Old G secured a spot in the 2023 DPC season's Western European Closed Qualifier on their first attempt and is currently in the upper bracket finals, one victory away from a spot in Division II in Western Europe.
Ceb: It feels like we don't have to say or prove anything
The captain of the team wasn't the only one celebrating the return of one of the strongest mid laners in Dota 2 history.
Having Topson with them gave the team a relaxed and easy-going environment to play in, something Ceb appreciates.
After lifting the Aegis twice, Ceb decided to retire from Dota 2, while Topson took a break from the competitive scene to focus on family.
Ceb and N0tail remained with OG as coaches, with the former occasionally standing in for the team while Topson played in Southeast Asia in the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season.
"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," said Ceb.
Aiding the trio in their journey to Division II is Ukrainian carry player Noone. It's the first time that the OG trio has played with Noone, and they said that so far it's been a surprising experience.
"It's been great having him around, he's super chill actually. I never really got to interact with him much, but he has such an aggressive style of Dota that I did not expect him to be that chill," said Ceb.
Dota 2 fans can find the full podcast on Youtube where the two players also discuss the conclusion of the World Cup, the Division II teams, and what it feels like to come back to competitive Dota 2.
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