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Cloud9 fans confused by return of “drunk” logo to celebrate Dota 2 roster

Published: 29/Jan/2020 20:44

by Scott Robertson


After a two-year hiatus, Cloud9 is returning to the Dota 2 scene with an international roster that combines established veterans with young talent. They’ve also brought back an old version of their logo, which the community claims looks like their normal one had a bit too much at the tavern.

Say what you will about the Cloud9 organization, they are not giving up when it comes to the Dota 2 scene.

As the first month of 2020 comes to a close, C9 are making a return to Dota 2 for the first time in two and a half years. To celebrate, the team posted on Twitter that “their old logo is back,” and shared the image of the infamous Cloud2 logo with a silver medal.

Several fans commented that it looked like the original C9 logo “had a hard night out” after consuming drinks, with one fan remarking that they felt drunk just by looking at it.


However, long-time fans of the organization’s Dota 2 exploits may need a drink when they see it, as it’s a harrowing reminder of the team’s past shortcomings and an explanation for why they included a silver medal.

The C2 image is actually a joke logo that was created at the tail end of 2014, and was a heartbreaking reminder of the original C9 roster’s numerous second-place finishes. That year, Cloud9 finished just short at DreamLeague Season 1 and 2, DreamHack Bucharest, World Cyber Arena, and the World E-sport Championships.

After this image started circulating throughout the community in late November, they unfortunately finished number two again at The Summit 2. The org made big roster changes at the beginning of 2015, but released the squad later that year.

Cloud9 Dota 2 Monster Invitational
Cloud9 before the grand finals of the 2014 Monster Invitational. The first of many grand finals losses that year.

On January 29 2020, the team announced that Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström would wear the white and sky blue for the third time.

He was a member of the TI7 roster, which comprised of the core of the organization’s previously-mentioned first Dota roster that competed at TI4, which included Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao and Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling.

Joining pieliedie for the 2020 campaign is Andrei ‘skem’ Ong, the returning Rasmus ‘MISERY’ Filipsen, Francis ‘FLee’ Lee, and on loan from EHOME, Cheng ‘vtFaded’ Jia Hao.

C9 are looking to right those previous wrongs, as well as make up for their tough showings at The International over the years, with this new roster combination.

They will begin in the Southeast Asia region, but plan to represent North America at future events.


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

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Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.