OG Ceb to retire from Dota 2 after seventh-place run at TI10

By Kenneth Williams

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Oct 15, 2021

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Nothing lasts forever, not even the richest roster in pro Dota 2 history.

OG offlaner Sébastien “Ceb” Debs has announced his intention to retire from competitive Dota 2. The surprise announcement comes after OG took an unexpected early exit from The International 10. Ceb is now the third member of OG’s two-time TI championship roster to bow out from esports. After two victories at The International, Ceb will retire as one of the greatest offlaners of all time.

As the two-time defending champion, OG had very high expectations at The International 10. The squad bounced back from a mediocre Dota Pro Circuit season to become a real threat at TI10, earning a 3-4-1 record for the group stage. An early loss to Team Secret sent OG to the lower bracket. The team defeated Quincy Crew in the highly-anticipated “Hassan Bowl” that saw two brothers battling it out, but lost to Team Spirit to finish in seventh place. 

Ceb now joins Anathan “ana” Pham and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka to make three retired OG champions. While comebacks are far from unheard of in Dota 2, the sheer amount of money these players have won indicates that they may not feel any need to return. Captain Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and mid-laner Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen are the only remaining members of the rosters that won at both TI8 and TI9.

Ceb’s career before OG

Before joining OG, Ceb played for a variety of teams including Kaipi, Alliance, and even some North American rosters. During his pre-OG career, he went by the name “7ckngMad.” His current tag of Ceb stems from his real name Sébastien, and is much more sponsor-friendly.

Ceb originally coached OG before becoming the official offlaner when Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok left the squad. He was a core part of the team’s championship runs at both The International 2018 and 2019. His Axe call against PSG.LGD has been immortalized as a popular in-game voice line.

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