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Dota 2 pro LastHero goes missing after being arrested by Minsk police

Published: 12/Aug/2020 17:29

by Andy Williams

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Concerns are growing as Dota 2 pro player, Oleg ‘LastHero’ Demidovich, has been reported as missing after allegedly being detained by police in the Minsk region.

Ukranian organization ‘B8’ initially reported that Demidovich had been arrested in Minsk during the night of August 11.

On August 12, the organization Tweeted: “We are investigating the circumstances and details related to the arrest of our player Oleg ‘LastHero’ Demidovich in Minsk last night.”

Details surrounding the arrest of B8’s Offlane player remained unknown at this time. However, there have been ongoing protests in the region following the results of the recent presidential election.

Three hours after launching their investigation, B8 shed more light on LastHero’s circumstances, with the whereabouts of the 26-year-old currently unknown.

Demidovich went to a meeting with three friends in Minsk, where, according to eyewitnesses, there was no violent unrest in the area. At 7:00 PM (MSK), the group are said to have been approached by police officers and detained in a nearby station, where there was reportedly around 50 detainees being held.

From this point onwards, the organization lost all contact with LastHero. However, according to the latest update, the Offlaner is being held in a preliminary detention prison in the Zhodino, Minsk region.

Understandably, B8 are concerned with the safety and well-being of Demidovich, considering that one of the friends that he was detained with at the time has already been released.

“There is no connection with him yet. One of the friends he was with has already been released.”

People have been urged to step forward with any additional information regarding the whereabouts of LastHero by emailing: [email protected]

We will update this post with any more information on the circumstances surrounding LastHero’s status as it becomes available.

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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. 

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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.