Sebastian “Ceb” Debs may not be in attendance for The International 2021.
Following rumors that the OG offlaner would be forced out of the event, it’s been confirmed that Ceb is officially out of OG’s roster for the largest Dota 2 event ever. If this is the case, he will be replaced by Team Liquid carry Michael “miCKe” Vu. It is unclear whether he will move into Ceb’s spot or if OG carry Syed “SumaiL” Hassan will be forced to take on a different role.
“Last week, [Ceb] was diagnosed with an eye condition that could permanently endanger his eye and required surgery immediately. We flew him back to France, where he underwent surgery the following day surrounded by his loved ones. The procedure thankfully went smoothly, and Ceb is resting and recovering,” OG said in a statement.
Ceb opened up on what had happened on a Twitter post.
“As you might already know by now, I was indeed hit with a very bad news few days ago (sic). During a very routine medical check up, I was informed by the doctor that I was undergoing a retinal detachment in my left eye, and that I was few hours away from losing sight irreversibly,” Ceb said.
OG stated that Ceb may still be able to compete at TI10 and the team is waiting on a doctor recommendation. miCKe has been relocated to Portugal and has been able to practice with the team.
The issues with Ceb’s health have a negative impact on the team’s chances of making a deep run at The International 2021. A late substitution like this is guaranteed to be troublesome, but bringing in a carry to plug a hole at the offlaner position is never ideal. Though it’s difficult to forget OG’s championships at The International 2018 and 2019, the team’s facing a steep uphill battle this year.
OG had an underwhelming showing in the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit, failing to qualify for either the ONE Esports Singapore Major or the WePlay AniMajor. This isn’t unusual for OG, but the team has also changed its roster multiple times. The fact that OG was bringing in a core of three members of its two-time champion roster made it a threat, but now it’s possible that only Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen will be returning from that squad.
OG’s roster at TI9 is set to include the following players:
The good news for OG fans is that Ceb is in good condition. His vision was clearly in serious danger if it required an emergency surgery that may force him out of TI10. OG stated that the procedure was successful, so fans can likely look forward to his return next season.