Even getting to TI8 was a big win for OG, as they had a turbulent end to the season. Red Bull caught up with the teams position 4 support Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka to ask him questions about the teams attitude towards TI and the EU qualifiers, amongst other things.
Jerax says the EU qualifiers were tougher than they might have seemed to be
I didn’t consider it a big stomp. Most of those teams improved a lot throughout the qualifiers and they gave us trouble. What might have caused the games to look like stomps is the current meta in Dota. But all in all, it was a big boost of confidence, as we are given the chance to compete at the highest level.
His and his teams approach to TI
Players say often that only one team leaves happy after every TI, and put a lot of pressure on their shoulders. Sure, there’s a lot on the line, but personally I’ll only think about that after there are no more games to be played. We approach the tournament as underdogs, and will fight for every game, just like before.
With less than 2 weeks to go OG is one of the more mysterious TI attendees. Having reformed recently little is known about their form and playstyle. They have little to prove in Vancouver and that might be what the team needs to succeed at a TI, for the first time.