OG need to fill out Dota 2 roster after extending ana’s break past TI10

Published: 25/Jan/2020 19:16

by Scott Robertson


OG’s hard carry Dota 2 player Anathan ‘ana’ Pham is extending his break through the entire season, meaning he’s not planning to come back until after TI10. But will he return to the active roster right before the big tournament again like he did last year? And who will OG pick up and play with in the meantime?

Imagine vacationing for most of the year, then showing up for a handful of big-money tournaments, and winning back-to-back Dota 2 International championships. That’s the life of OG’s ana, who arguably has the sweetest gig in all of esports.

After the team became the first to win back-to-back TIs, as well as being the first to win two ever, the Australian Dota sensation announced he would be taking some time off to vacation. All of OG, in fact, passed on participating in the Chengdu major, along with some other big name teams.

This is old hat for the two-time champs, who passed on the first major of last year’s Dota 2 Pro Circuit, but still ending up winning TI. Like last year, ana is once again taking an extended break, as the team announced he will be coming back next season.

For OG, they will again have to kill the void left by ana, and fill the empty slot at the hard carry position. They tried this last year, with both Per Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille and Igor ‘iLTW’ Filato, but neither player helped the team achieve any good results, and he returned to boost the team’s TI-qualifying run.

As for who will be filling in for him, rumors initially circulated that the benched Evil Geniuses player Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan could be headed to OG, but the team is unlikely to pay a huge buyout for a temporary player, and there are indications that SumaiL may join a Chinese roster.

What appears more likely is Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng, formerly of Team Secret, joining the reigning champions, as fellow Malaysian player x1aoyu indicated from a leaked in-game chat.

X1aOyU: MidOne to Join OG, and rOtK Reveals that a Legendary Player is Retiring from DotA2

How well MidOne, or whoever officially joins OG, does at the qualifiers for the ESL Los Angeles major will likely determine whether or not ana actually takes a full year off.

If the team struggles, he may return early again to spark another run at The International, in what would be a repeat of the team’s journey to lifting the Aegis of Champions last year.

OG lifting their second Aegis of Champions

The community jokes that Dota is a “part-time job” to ana, but evidently it pays better and allows for more vacation time than most other jobs.

While he vacations, OG will have to qualify for ESL LA through the open qualifiers, with no DPC points to their name so far this season.


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.