Right before the premiere of The International 2019 True Sight, The Esports Observer sat down with former OG player, Sebastien “Ceb”Debs (https://youtu.be/DNEmp6MB6Cs) in an interview about the future of OG, Dota 2, and Esports as a whole.
In the earlier parts of the interview, Ceb discussed his decision to step down as the coach of OG and transition back into a more supportive role as a coach. Stating that his competitive drive were not the same compared to what he had during their historic TI run.
During their run, Ceb shared how OG came up with their own system for playing and how it would also work with OG’s future roster. By returning as coach, Ceb thinks that his first-hand experience in this system could be beneficial in molding their future players onto TI 10.
With Ana extending his break and Jerax retiring, Ceb confidently stated that OG’s new iteration can win TI 10. Before this decision, Ceb discussed that one of OG’s core values is striving for excellence and upon individual reflection, both Jerax and Ana expressed that they can’t give their 100% this season, hence the retirement and extended break.
“I would rather have players who have maturity to put some distance to where they are competitively than players who blindly run” Ceb added on how they were fine with Jerax and Ana’s decisions.
Ceb is also excited about how the 2020 season will look for the new dota roster as well as the debut of their CS:GO team. He then discussed about how DotA is different from other esports as the community sees the Aegis from The International as the success for an organization. Because of this, orgs and players struggle even though they win tournaments pre-TI as TI’s historic prize pool sets up the return of investment for an org.
”There’s this thing with Dota, where the season is built in a way that it feels like if you’re not winning TI, you’re a loser. That’s what it feels like.
There is a lot of things that make it so. It is Dota history, at the beginning of the competitive scene, it was really a case of winning TI or just dying. You couldn't stay as a competitor if you weren't doing well at TI. This kind of built into mindsets and mentalities where people…I don’t want to say they only respect TI wins, but there’s that sense in Dota. There are the teams that won TI, and the other teams that are trying to win TI. There’s no middle ground.
Therefore it becomes a very grueling thing. You're a loser 99% of the time, except when you win TI. Then you become relevant.”
Ceb then elaborated how his decision on stepping down can help him focus on making OG a highly-competitive organization across games. He then differentiated Esports from traditional sports and how he wanted OG to be a role model as the players’ individualities are familiar and accepted by fans.
If orgs like OG connect more with the fans, Ceb believes that Esports as a whole can head into the right direction by making tournaments not solely get watched because of the prize pools alone. The last half of the interview is Ceb sharing his insights on how various games like LoL and CS:GO approach the pro scene.
To close the interview, Ceb showed praised to Valve’s True Sight and said that even if OG were not the ones featured in the documentary, Ceb still looks forward to it as True Sight shows the emotions and behind-the-scenes discussion of players.
In this interview, Ceb really provided great insights as to how The International and Esports can progress. Aside from that, we finally get to hear the workings inside one of the most looked up to organizations today.
What do you think of Ceb’s discussions about OG this season? Share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for more!