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Dendi reveals his future in Dota 2 with heartwarming video

Published: 28/Jan/2020 3:55

by Andrew Amos

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Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin has given fans a first glimpse at his new organization, B8, as the Dota 2 veteran looks to reclaim his throne at the top of the game’s esports scene.

After being benched from Natus Vincere in 2018, Dendi’s future in Dota 2 has been up in the air. He played over in Malaysia with TNC Tigers, before subbing in and out of teams throughout 2019 after officially leaving Na`Vi.

However, he’s now ready to start anew, with the Dota 2 great starting up his new organization, B8, just in time for the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 qualifiers.

Dendi playing at DreamLeague Season 3
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Dendi has started a new organization called “B8” on January 27.

Dendi shared a heartwarming video with fans on Twitter on January 27, giving players a cheeky glimpse into the future of Dota 2. Reflecting on his “golden years,” Dendi has looked to recreate them instead of reminisce on them, starting out with a whole new organization.

While we haven’t quite reached the stage of The International returning to Earth in 2059 after a decade in space, nor has Dendi started growing grey hairs, the futuristic announcement video was jam-packed full of references to his illustrious career.

From his The International win back in 2011, to memories of the later half of his playing career when he struggled to even qualify for the major events, the video looked back on all those moments.

However, as he went ice fishing with his ‘grandson,’ he kept reeling up more and more memoirs of a career past until he latched onto the B8 logo, muttering that his time isn’t quite done yet.

Little is known about the new organization, who only opened up their social accounts on January 27 alongside the video, except for the fact that Dendi is on the team.

Dendi’s B8 organization follows in the footsteps of more player-led teams entering Dota 2. Back in November, the former Team Liquid roster departed their long-time organization to create Team Nigma, totally independent from any other team.

Team Nigma winning WePlay Bukovel Minor 2020
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Team Nigma is another big player-run organization in Dota 2, forming after departing from Team Liquid in 2019.

Smaller examples of this have happened across the globe, including Team Oracle in Australia, which was birthed by South Korean Dota 2 legend Kim ‘QO’ Sun-yeob.

It’s likely B8 will take part in the ESL One Los Angeles qualifiers, which kick off at the start of February.

Whether Dendi will make his return to Dota 2’s biggest stage for the first time in three years come August remains to be seen, but his legion of fans from years gone by will be right behind him at his new home.

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

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven

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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
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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.