DotA Caster Sheever’s Segment Spurs Tears During the International

Published: 23/Aug/2018 22:20 Updated: 24/Aug/2018 0:21

by Virginia Glaze


Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, best known for her casting work in DotA, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Her journey through the illness was broadcast in a twelve-minute segment that aired during The International, DotA’s largest competitive tournament, on August 22nd.

The segment documented Sheever’s story, from her initial diagnosis to her life following the news.

In a touching series of interviews, Sheever’s family and boyfriend detailed the impact of the cancer on their lives, and expressed their love and support for one of DotA’s most celebrated casters.

Sheever explained her diagnosis, as well, working through tears to describe the toll the illness takes on her everyday life.

“I don’t notice the whole situation anymore, obviously. My hair sucks, I’m more chubby than what I used to be. But that’s all fine. But the hot flashes, they just remind me every hour that I’m not healthy.”

In a panel following the segment, DotA caster David “Godz” Parker couldn’t help but show some emotion. He continued to host despite a flow of tears, working through the panel like a champ.

Godz posted a series of Tweets following the panel, explaining that his youngest sister’s experience with cancer had an effect on his reaction.

Godz - Twitter

Sheever documents her recovery on her Twitter account, giving updates and progress reports through her website. She continues to host and commentate for the game, despite her condition.

The DotA community’s support behind Sheever has been nothing short of inspiring. From care packages to supportive Tweets, Sheever has never been alone in her journey.


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.