OG Ceb: "The season is built in a way that it feels like if you’re not Winning TI, you’re a Loser"

Vignesh Raghuram
20/Feb/2020 03:24 pm

Former OG Player, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs recently interviewed with The Esports Observer and talked about his journey in Dota 2 and why he decided to retire.

Several topics were discussed at length, including OG's future plans, the competitive Dota 2 scene and the differences between Dota 2 and CS:GO. But perhaps the most interesting conversation came when the player discussed why he wasn't going for the three-peat with OG.

“There’s this thing with Dota, where the season is built in a way that it feels like if you’re not winning TI, you’re a loser. That’s what it feels like. 

There is a lot of things that make it so. It is Dota history, at the beginning of the competitive scene, it was really a case of winning TI or just dying. You couldn't stay as a competitor if you weren't doing well at TI. This kind of built into mindsets and mentalities where people…I don’t want to say they only respect TI wins, but there’s that sense in Dota. There are the teams that won TI, and the other teams that are trying to win TI. There’s no middle ground.


Therefore it becomes a very gruelling thing. You're a loser 99% of the time, except when you win TI. Then you become relevant.”

You can watch the full interview HERE

It is certainly interesting to hear this perspective from one of the most successful players that the game has ever seen. Perhaps with the reduced amount of Majors next season, this scenario will be fixed.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.