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B8 Esports Carry Xcalibur Talks About Dendi as a Captain

Vignesh Raghuram
15th Apr, 2020


  • Steve "Xcalibur" Ye's recent interview explains his stance on B8 Esports' current form, Dendi as a Captain and the Tier 2 Dota 2 scene.
  • Acknowledges B8 Esports poor form, but states that they're constantly improving.
  • Alludes that the new DPC season has issues but is overall better for the scene.

Steve "Xcalibur" Ye has always been one of Dota 2’s most promising players. Yet he has always just fallen short of achieving something truly remarkable, right from his debut with the TI4 Fnatic squad.

The player recently joined Dendi’s B8 Esports, replacing Alexandr "pio65" Zalivako in the carry role. Unfortunately, the team hasn’t managed to win too many games after he joined the team. Nevertheless, Xcalibur is quite optimistic of this roster.

In an interview with Hotspawn, the player commented on the team’s current form, Dendi as a captain and the tier 2 Dota 2 scene.

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On B8 Esports’ Current Form


“We’ve been working hard and while the results are not the best for now, we’ve still had some close games with the best teams. We’re definitely improving and we’ll likely be able to beat the best with a little more practice and synergy.”


On Dendi as a Captain


“Dendi is great and I really like working with him. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I haven’t really played with him in a team before but he’s very motivated and is usually one of the first to offer solutions to problems we have in the team. As for a captain with lots of experience, definitely helps because he’ll give examples with what he’s experienced with different players in the past.”


On the Tier 2 scene


"The current state of tier 2 Dota is not good in my opinion. I don’t really like where I am in the professional scene because all I’ve been able to do is get some good results in online tournaments and taking some games but mostly losing in the regional qualifiers vs tier 1 teams. I’ve basically played all regional qualifiers this year and last year but that doesn’t mean much when you don’t manage to qualify or land in the prize pool. [The] European region has also been really hard

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As for if these online leagues will help tier 2 Dota, it’s a tricky question because even though tier 2 players gets to play with tier 1 players consistently it’s still hard for them to place high enough to get into the prize pool I think. As for the next season DPC with the online league, from what I know is that 14 teams will be consistently having some earnings and is a step in the right direction."



You can read the full interview HERE.

B8 Esports was recently eliminated from playoffs contention at the ESL One LA Online League after they opened up the tournament losing 5 of their opening 6 matches.


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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.