TI10: SumaiL's Clinkz fuels OG in dominant 2-0 win over Alliance

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(Photos: OG, Valve Software)
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Back-to-back defending world champions OG had a flying start to their campaign for a three-peat at The International 10 (TI10) after they dominated regional rivals Alliance, 2-0, in their first best-of-two match of the tournament's group stage.

OG's superstar carry player Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan flexed with his fearsome Clinkz as his team made short work of their first group stage opponent. 

OG surrounded SumaiL's Clinkz with a veritable wall of heroes in game one with Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen on a mid Tidehunter and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs on Legion Commander. 

Meanwhile, Martin "Saksa" Sazdov on Rubick and Johan "N0tail" Sundstein on Ancient Apparition providing a barrage of magic damage and counter-initiation potential from the backline.

With his teammates making him nigh-untouchable, SumaiL's Clinkz simply mowed down Alliance in teamfights en route to a sub 32-minute victory. SumaiL ended the game with a clean 21 kills and six assists all while topping the net worth chart with over 25,000 gold and dishing out almost 43,000 damage.

OG picked Clinkz for SumaiL again in game two to spearhead a highly-mobile midgame lineup that also featured Topson on a mid Tiny, Ceb on an offlane Bloodseeker, Saksa on Snapfire, and N0tail on Elder Titan. While the game started out as a much closer affair, OG were able to gain some much-needed momentum as they outplayed Alliance during the crucial early teamfights. 

In one clash at Alliance's triangle around the 14-minute mark, Topson set up a massive three-man Earth Splitter from N0tail by tossing Gustav "s4" Magnusson's Slardar into it with his dying breath and allowing SumaiL and the rest of OG to mop up what remained of the opposition.

While Alliance were still able to keep pace with OG through the midgame, the two-time TI champions continued to outmanoeuvre their opponents, put them in a stranglehold, and eventually take the game after 32 minutes of action.

SumaiL had another excellent performance to secure the 2-0 series sweep for OG, notching 14 kills and 10 assists against just two deaths. He also had the top net worth with almost 24,000 gold while dishing out the most damage with 43,000 damage dealt.

OG still has two more matches to play in day one of the Group Stage, first against South American team Thunder Predator followed by top Eastern European team Virtus.pro. The two-time TI champions will be playing a total of eight matches across TI10's three-day Group Stage in order to determine their seeding in the Main Event.

TI10 is this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual world championship tournament. The event features 18 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world battling from 7 to 17 October in Bucharest, Romania for the right to claim the lion's share of a massive US$40 million prize pool as well as the coveted Aegis of Champions.

For everything you need to know about TI10, check here.

OG Dota 2 roster:

  1. Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan

  2. Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen

  3. Sébastien "Ceb" Debs

  4. Martin "Saksa" Sazdov

  5. Johan "N0tail" Sundstein

Alliance Dota 2 roster:

  1. Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov

  2. Linus "Limmp" Blomdin

  3. Gustav "s4" Magnusson

  4. Simon "Handsken" Haag

  5. Artsiom "fng" Barshak

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