May 24, 2019
It all started on Reddit with the post, which has screenshots of the game with TI9 winner Sebastian “Ceb” Debs, who plays for OG. The screenshots got Sebastian’s comments towards Russians that are unlikely to appeal to the Dota 2 community.
The post was published by the player under the nickname LVR, who played in the same team with Sebastian on Nyx Assassin. LVR said that the conflict in the game began after the murder of Roshan, when Ceb silently took Aegis from Storm Spirit. After that, the player on the Storm began to “flame,” saying he did not want to play anymore. And then the mutual insults began. Storm Spirit called Ceb “the worst pro player”, to which the latter broke out with such an angry tirade, in which, among other things, he equated Russia to a third world country and said much other disrespectful things towards Russian players.
The screenshots from the match (match ID 4776898273):
LVR said that after the posting he got a message from Ceb. The TI8 champion said that he has nothing bad against the Russians, and his “flame” is not related to nationality, but refers only to a specific game situation. Ceb also asked to remove the post on Reddit. Nikita fulfilled his request.
Within a month, Sebastian will arrive in the capital of Russia, where EPICENTER Major Tournament will be held from June 22 to June 30, the last major of the season.
It is unlikely that Sebastian is really negative towards Russia, many players are “flaming” in rating games - this is not news. But Valve herself set the bar high for requirements to the players’ public behavior when she pushed off the Philippine player Kuku for the phrase “Ching Chong”. Then it was equated with racism, and the player himself was forced to skip the “major”.
In June 2018, the Mind_Control from Team Liquid was also involved in the scandal involving racist coments towards Russian players. He asked the Allies: “Why did not Hitler kill all Russians?” Then Valve ignored the incident, but the organization itself issued a fine for Mind_Control.
Ceb wrote a post on Reddit, in which he apologized for his behavior, while specifying that he was provoked. Sebastian pointed out that his insults did not concern all Russians, but only his teammates: