OG shake up; Ceb in, Sumail out

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

OG has made a move to change up their roster during the time without LANs, switching out Sumail in order to welcome Ceb back into the playing field. 

It might have seemed like a lifetime ago, but it was only six months ago when OG announced some changes to their roster, bringing on board the king himself, Syed Sumail 'Suma1L' Hassan as well as Martin "Saksa" Sazdov and Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng when Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham announced his extended break lasting until next season, Jesse 'Jerax' Vainikka announced his retirement from Dota 2 and Sebastien '7ckngMad/Ceb' Debs decided to return to his coaching position. 

 It seemed like the perfect dream team to head into TI10 with and fans were overjoyed. But it never really came to fruition. It was barely two months later that the Coronavirus shook the world including esports and all LAN events and most top tier competition came to a halt. With players scattered over the world, the organization - like many others, was forced to field temporary and alternate lineups for the regional online events that followed. Even once able to play together as a team, players like Sumail were playing with high ping or odd hours. 

Personally, for me, I’ve been playing on a really weird schedule for two months so I’m a bit exhausted. I’m taking a few days off and then after that we’re going to be scrimming a lot and hopefully we’ll get our form back by the time the event comes around. 

Sumail told GosuGamers before Bounty Blast recently. He even mentioned that he was considering moving to Europe for this - to move to Portugal with N0Tail. Now those plans are obviously not on the table any longer. 

OG has not given any details to Sumail's departure they did have a lot to say about Ceb's return. As part of the shuffle, they are welcoming back Ceb into the competitive ring, shifting him to position 3. 

While working on helping all of our teams for the past few months as Head Of Performance, it was an occasion for Ceb to reflect and try to answer that very complex question for himself. As the days and milestones went on at OG, he realized that what drives him today is, well… the performance itself. “I honestly kinda take offense in the simple fact that other teams think that they can beat us”, Ceb tells us. He is, like everyone at OG, a competitor at heart. 

But even more than performance, what ultimately drove him to make that decision is what made him switch from coach to player in the first place. Ceb simply missed playing with his friends.
“I actually missed them a lot. We’ve been through everything together. Every game they play in which I’m not playing felt like a waste of my time. I enjoy playing with them more than anything else”, Ceb says. Flowers and friendship are what ultimately drives all of us at OG, Ceb is no exception. 

OG will be playing in the upcoming Omega League that starts August 10th. 

Current OG roster:
Finland Topias 'Topson' Taavitsainen
Malaysia Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng
France Sebastien 'Ceb' Debs
Macedonia Martin "Saksa" Sazdov
Denmark Johan 'n0tail' Sundstein


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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


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