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OG start rebuild for TI10 by signing former EG prodigy SumaiL

Published: 28/Jan/2020 23:11

by Dustin Steiner


Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan, the youngest International champion in history, has a brand new home in OG, who themselves are looking to make a run at threepeat International championships this year. 

SumaiL, perhaps the greatest prodigy the game of Dota has ever known, joined up with OG to round out their roster after the departure of Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and Anathan ‘ana’ Pham from OG’s active roster, as well as the shock retirement of Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka.

OG has had some difficulties in the months following its second consecutive International victory. They bombed out at Midas Mode 2, finishing fourth as they didn’t win a single game at the event.

This seemed to cause something to break within the team, as the roster became unstable and management began to make changes.

At present, OG only has three active players, but they are currently scouting to fill in the other two slots on the roster.

OG’s active roster includes SumaiL, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and captain Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein. They are still without position 3 and position 4 players.

SumaiL is one of the most decorated players in Dota 2 history, 11th overall in prize earnings with just over $3.5 million throughout his career. The bulk of that came from Evil Geniuses’ victory at The International 2015, which he won at just 16 years old.

“So I had been out of the scene for a while and it made me realize how much I loved Dota,” SumaiL said. “To do it with OG, people who are more accomplished than me now in Dota aspects. I am just looking forward to learning, from Ceb and N0tail especially. I am just very excited. The most I have been in my entire life.”

SumaiL went inactive on Evil Geniuses’ roster in 2019 once they decided to make some changes. He was with them for nearly five seasons, an impressive stint for a player in Dota 2 given it’s a game that has traditionally imploded rosters after each International.

It’s unclear exactly which position SumaiL will play, as both himself and Topson are known for playing mid-lane. He will play carry regardless, however, throughout this year’s Dota Pro Circuit.


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.