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Two-time Dota 2 The International winner n0tail banned on Twitch

Published: 27/Dec/2019 4:11

by Andrew Amos

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OG’s captain and two-time Dota 2 TI winner Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein has been banned on Twitch for an undisclosed period of time, with fans speculating he’s been suspended over the usage of homophobic slurs.

N0tail is one of the most popular Dota 2 personalities in the world, and with good reason. He’s one of only five people to win the prestigious The International twice, and he’s the charismatic leader of the fan-favorite OG team that did so.

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While he doesn’t stream too often, he booted it up to his 100,000 followers on Twitch over Christmas Day, sharing the festivities with over 2,800 average viewers across the broadcast. 

However, he has since been suspended in the aftermath of the stream, with fans speculating he was taken down over the usage of homophobic slurs.

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Why was n0tail banned on Twitch?

N0tail was suspended from Twitch on December 26 for an unknown period of time. 

While his ban reason isn’t publicly known, it’s suspected that he was taken down for hateful conduct during his Christmas stream.

According to users on Reddit, the two-time The International winner used the slur “f****t” numerous times, as well as saying “gay” in a derogatory ay. 

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Twitch’s Community Guidelines state that hateful conduct that “promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on…gender, gender identity, [and] sexual orientation” is prohibited on the platform.

For the first offence, like in n0tail’s case, Twitch usually hand down a ban varying from 24 hours to a week, depending on the severity. 

Streamers will also have a strike laid against their account, with a three-strikes rule permanently deplatforming streamers after three offences.

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Valven0tail is one of Dota’s biggest names, having won two Internationals with OG.

It’s unclear as to when n0tail will be able to stream again on Twitch, as no one knows how long his ban is for. 

N0tail, nor his team OG, is yet to make a comment on the situation, but we will update you when they do.

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Dota 2 player Flow passes away after cancer battle

Published: 30/Sep/2020 16:45

by Jacob Hale

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Russian Dota 2 player Alexander ‘Flow’ Sazonov has sadly passed away after losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Flow, who was considered to be a standout performer by fans of the Dota 2 amateur ranks, was an offlane player that, throughout his career, represented organizations such as Vega Squadron and Double Dimension.

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In 2018, while representing Double Dimension, he took a hiatus from competitive play following his cancer diagnosis at the age of 23. Despite a period of health improvements, Flow passed away on Wednesday, September 30, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis.

Flow’s passing was confirmed by organization B8 esports, who posted to Twitter to offer their condolences to his family and friends.

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According to Flow’s VK fan page, he had been feeling healthy until early August when, after undergoing some tests, he learned that the cancer had come back aggressively, and he proceeded to undergo chemotherapy, then developed stomatitis throughout his course.

Based on the experiences he shared on VK, it appears as though his health deteriorated throughout the chemotherapy course and, despite feeling better at times, he unfortunately passed on September 30.

In the announcement on VK, his passing was confirmed, and his resilience shared with his fans. “Sasha left us this morning. He did not give up and until the very end believed that he could defeat the disease.”

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Flow passed away on September 30.

The Dota 2 community has paid tribute to Flow, and compassion for his family’s loss, most notably from the CIS community who have lost one of their own.

Flow’s passing is a sad reminder of how short life can be, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Flow’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.