The year of 2018 in Dota 2 has had its ups and downs – with drama emanating from each and every corner – but beyond that, we saw some absolute inspiration coming from The International as OG fought against all the odds to claim victory. One piece of their puzzle was Sébastien ‘7ckingMad/Ceb’ Debs, who came out of retirement to join the team as a coach in 2016. This is the story of his rise to the top and how 2018 was his year.
Prior to joining OG in 2016, Ceb had a long history in Dota 2, starting way back in 2011 with teams and players which have been long forgotten. Team Shakira would be his first foray into the scene and they quickly found themselves picked up by Western Wolves – but this did not last very long at all. Following this, Ceb moved into one of the more famous teams which he spent his time on, Mortal Teamwork (mTw). An amazing pre-TI run found Ceb attending TI2 with a team considered one of the top challengers to lift the Aegis of Champions.
Unfortunately for Ceb and mTw something went horribly wrong at the prestigious event and they crumbled – finishing in the bottom 4 after a dismal group stage. This lead to Ceb moving on once again, reforming Team Shakira, moving onto Meet Your Makers (MYM) and then finally settling with DD.Dota which later became Quantic Gaming – where he played with the likes of Airat ‘Silent’ Gaziev and Artur ‘Goblak’ Kostenko.
In the style of his career before, Quantic also fell apart and Ceb built a new team, with the hunger for Dota 2 still burning in his heart – Sigma.international was formed and it featured another huge player, Adrian ‘FATA’ Trinks. The team found some great initial success, but ultimately, they too would go their separate ways and Ceb wandered from team-to-team for a short while until Alliance found him. But that didn’t last very long and 2015 seemed to be over for him.
But opportunity came knocking for the Frenchman in the form of a coach position at OG and his passion for the game quickly began to show through the team. OG absolutely destroyed everyone in their path at Dota 2 Majors. The Frankfurt Major of 2015, The Manilla and Boston Majors of 2016 as well as The Kiev Major of 2017 all saw OG quickly become the most feared team at Majors – but one thing eluded them, The Aegis of Champions.
As Valve began to change the Dota 2 Major structure, implementing the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, OG begun to have a few problems and 2018 was where those reached their peak. With poor performances throughout the DPC OG begun to lose players – something Ceb had been privy to far too many years of his career. Starting with Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok and followed by Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik and Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson OG looked like they would be completely out of the entire year of Dota 2.
However, Ceb came out from his coaching role and filled in one spot on the team while the return of the amazing Anathan ‘ana’ Pham filled another spot. Ceb was also responsible for the acquisition of Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsanen – the young star that fitted into OG perfectly. This new OG were barely considered a team to most, with many saying that they had no hope of anything in 2018. But they surprised and shocked everyone when they smashed their way into The International 2018.
TI8 – what an amazing tournament and pinnacle of the DPC, especially for Ceb and OG. 100% the underdog story is what they produced at the tournament – a new team, unable to perform well through the DPC, rebuilt and dominating. From start to lifting the Aegis, Ceb showed the true nature of never giving up.
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After teams crumbled around him for countless years of Dota 2, Ceb stuck with it and found his way into a squad like no other. A squad that has had the highest of ups and the lowest of downs, all culminating in their outrageously amazing victory at TI8 – and their story is not yet over.
2018 in Dota 2 would not have been the same without Sébastien ‘7ckingMad/Ceb’ Debs’ move into the OG main roster and aid them as they rocketed to the top, writing their name in the Dota 2 history books as TI Champions. We hope that 2019 is just as brilliant for Ceb, OG and the Dota 2 community.
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