Team HYDRA Parts Ways with Lefitan After Match-Fixing Allegations
Team HYDRA, one of the teams that are currently competing at the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Eastern Europe (EEU) 2023 Tour 2: Division I, has recently announced that it is parting ways with Anatoly “Lefitan” Krupnov, a player who has recently come under fire for cheating and match-fixing. The reasons behind the team parting ways with the player have not been specified.
Is Lefitan the first of many players to get booted?
The decision to cut ties with Lefitan is one that shortly follows the various accusations made against the player for cheating and match-fixing, with Morf’s recent video exposing multiple teams and players being the last nail in the coffin. The video revealed that two players from HYDRA, namely Lefitan and Siarhey “HappyDyurara” Kharonzhy, were associated with a match-fixing group.
Additionally, Lefitan was also accused of cheating in the EEU DPC. For now, only he has been removed from the team.
In the initial accusations against Lefitan for cheating, before the release of Morf’s video on YouTube, Team HYDRA’s manager and other personalities did defend the player and the allegations made against him.
The parting of ways between Lefitan and Team HYDRA is a significant development in the match-fixing and controversies that have recently taken place in the Dota 2 community. Considering that many other teams and players have recently been accused of similar things to Lefitan, this announcement could be one of many more to follow in the next few days.
Update: Lefitan partially admits to his guilt
In a response through Telegram, the ex-HYDRA player has publicly accepted that he placed bets on his own team and never in any DPC matches. He also claims that the information in the video is incorrect and that he never directly worked with Anton Monetin, the person who was seen as the individual in charge of the cheating group.
Hi all. Things have gone too far and I decided to tell it like it is. I never worked directly with Anton Monetin and the information from the Morph video is incorrect. But I did bet on wins, totals and fb on our team's D2CL and neon league games. At the time, I was very short of money to live on and I didn't think there was anything wrong with betting to win. I made my bets through a front man, who later turned out to be an acquaintance of Monetin. Nobody from the team and club management knew about it. I found myself in a difficult situation and did not know how to get out of it. I didn`t want to harm anyone. Now I am very ashamed that the reputation of players and club was spoiled because of me. I would like to apologize to my teammates, it was fun with you at bootcamp, sorry it ended this way.Anatoly "Lefitan" Krupnov
While Lefitan does address the accusations of match-fixing in the response, he did not address the multiple allegations of cheating.
Many players and personalities in the Dota 2 community such as Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf and Team Spirit’s manager Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev have commented on the accusations that have been made against the player.
Valve is yet to issue a statement or take any actions against the players alleged of match-fixing in the North American and Eastern European Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2023.