Ceb finally ‘solves’ Dota 2 vs League of Legends debate

Published: 27/Dec/2019 13:42

by Kamil Malinowski


Dota 2 star Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs weighed in on the never-ending Dota vs League of Legends debate by offering up an “ultimate conclusion.” 

Dota 2 and League of Legends players have always been at odds as the two games battle for the title of best MOBA. The debate was heated up as LoL pro Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng claimed that there’s no chance Dota is harder than League.

Back-to-back TI champion and OG star Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein hit back at his claim shortly after, sparking even more debate as he dubbed League of Legends as boring and un-interactive.

OneEsportsN0tail was not impressed with Doublelift’s statement and Ceb backed him up.

N0tail then offered a solution – he and teammate Ceb would discuss both games in detail with two iconic LoL pros. So far, nothing seems to have come of this, but, it is the Christmas period after all, so perhaps we will have to wait for more news.

In the meantime, however, Ceb took it upon himself to deliver his own “ultimate conclusion” to his fans, where he claims to “solve” the debate once and for all.

“Everybody is talking about whether Dota or LoL is better… you’ll never have an answer to this, but I’m here to solve this for you,” began the Frenchman, before continuing with a unique comparison.

“Let’s say Dota is like a 26-inch tricycle… subtle and flexible, you know, built with passion. You’re driving a piece of art. Meanwhile, League of Legends is a good game, but it’s more like, 1996 GT 4 bike with oval CLX 42 side wheels, carbon structure, V26 per 95 – I mean – I don’t even know what the f**k I’m saying.”

He took a brief pause before getting back to the topic at hand. “So the bike beats the tricycle in a 6-meter race, which nobody gives a f**k about. There is people for both. Some prefer the safety and comfort [of the bike] but I prefer the complexity of the tricycle. You keep that scrappy ass [bike] for yourself.”

Ceb’s answer is a simple one, some people like Dota, and others like LoL. There doesn’t need to be a comparison, because both are good at what they do, and unique in their own ways.

EpicenterCeb had a lot to say about the LoL vs Dota debate.

The Frenchman’s response is most likely the correct one as well. It’s always good to have competition, but one game doesn’t have to be better than the other.

Both Dota 2 and League thrive in their own environments as The International and World Championships continue to be huge successes and there’s no doubt 2020 will be an amazing year for both games. 


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.

Dota2 on Weibo
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.