Fired Dota 2 Host 2GD Pays Tribute to Icefrog in his New Game

Vignesh Raghuram
4/Mar/2020 09:08 am

The host of the Shanghai Major (well at least until he got fired by GabeN and got called an “ass”) James "2GD" Harding has demoed his new game titled “Diabotical”. It is a fast-paced multiplayer Arena FPS developed by former Quake and Esport professionals.

Considering his personality and his image as one of the most controversial, yet well-liked figures in the Dota 2 community, some of us expected a small easter egg paying tribute to his days as a Dota 2 host. Well, 2GD has delivered. And it is not small.

An entire wall in Diabotical is dedicated to Icefrog and his infamous words to James: “Be yourself” (which lead to the firing incident at the Shanghai Major). 

Diabotical is expected to be released in June 2020. The game has gotten positive reviews from players who took part in the closed beta.


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