Ceb Hints At Why SumaiL Was Removed From OG

Vignesh Raghuram
31/Jul/2020 09:17 am

After his return, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs recently interviewed with CIS media house RuHub where he spoke about why he chose to return and talked about several of the recent events that had taken place within OG including the removal of Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, Saksa’s absence from OG’s bootcamp and more.

Ceb’s Hints on Why SumaiL Was Removed From OG

Responding to a question which asked him to elaborate on SumaiL, his ping, and his travel problems, Ceb stated:

“Yeah for sure, it is a problem, even now, as an American he would be allowed to enter Europe still. That’s probably gonna be the case for some months as COVID doesn’t seem to be getting any better there. There is a lot of problems.

MidOne, for instance, came all the way from Asia, now he is going to stay in Europe. COVID made things much more difficult and forced us to adapt”.

This indicates that the roster change which saw SumaiL getting replaced by Ceb, would have perhaps not have taken place if the current lockdowns weren’t forced by the ongoing pandemic.

Ceb’s Comments on OG’s Bootcamp and Why Saksa Isn’t There With Them

Ceb also made some comments on OG’s bootcamp in Lisbon, Portugal and why the team’s Macedonian support player Martin "Saksa" Sazdov has not joined them in the bootcamp.

“I am in Lisbon right now, where we are bootcamping as OG so I am there with everybody else, except for Saksa. We just got on a plane and got here, we had to get tested for COVID, make sure we didn’t have it and once all of us did the tests in our countries we were allowed to fly to Portugal.

Saksa required an extra bunch of paperwork to be allowed to come to Portugal as his country is not a part of the European Union, so it is a little bit harder for him to come and he got denied. So he just couldn’t make it in time, basically. So he is playing from his home.“

(Also Read: MidOne Joins OG in Europe Bootcamp)

Ceb also talked about why he chose to return, the impact of the pandemic on the team and players, OGA DotaPit Season 2, the upcoming Omega League tournament and OG’s plans for the future in the interview.

On 25th July, OG removed Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan from their lineup to make room for the returning two-time TI winning offlaner Sébastien "Ceb" Debs. Later OG released a video of Ceb’s statements which elaborated why the player initially retired from competitive Dota 2, why he returned, and his new motivations.


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