OG Esports on their website blog have posted an update regarding the current health situation of their offlaner Sébastian “Ceb” Debs who might miss the forthcoming The International 10, to be held in Bucharest, Romania. The European side have added Michael “Micke” Vu from Team Liquid as a stand-in until the medical team passes a judgement towards Ceb’s participation at the event.
In the past week, during a routine medical check-up, Ceb was diagnosed with an eye condition which was proved to have been irreversible if not treated and was flown to his hometown France to get treated. According to the organization, the double Ti-winner did undergo a successful surgery and has now entered the recovery process, indeed surrounded by his loved ones.
For the time being, OG Esports have decided to field Micke from Team Liquid to fill in for Sébastian as the latter has not been yet cleared by his medical support to play at The International 10. Micke’s Team Liquid was unable to qualify for the same as they fell to Team Nigma in The International 10: Western Europe Qualifier
Earlier there were rumors which headlined Ceb’s condition on Reddit and Twitter which were confirmed by the player himself through a TwitLonger where he added,
“As you might already know by now, I was indeed hit with very bad news a few days ago. During a very routine medical check up, I was informed by the doctor that I was undergoing a retinal detachment in my left eye, and that I was a few hours away from losing sight irreversibly. Only solution was to get emergency surgery, which I of course went through with. No matter how much we love DotA, some things will always come first. It went well, and that was the most important part. “
The addition of Micke to the team will be OG’s second roster change since they announced the change of roles within the team which saw Mikhail “Misha” Agatov take up the reigns as their head coach while Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz has now transitioned to be the team’s Assistant Coach.
Ceb further stated,
“This bad news felt like the sky collapsing on me, as you can imagine. Ever since I have been fighting every day to try to gain ground on the pain and the fatigue, hoping my recovery process would still allow me to attend TI. Unfortunately, as of now, I still can’t know if I will be back in a playing shape in time.
It is a huge blow for me and the team, of course, but over the years I have learnt to look at the positives of every challenge life throws at me.
The bright side here is that my determination and fire to get ready have never been as intense.
The bright side is that I know my team is stepping up big time, because they have my back.
The bright side is feeling your unconditional and loving support.
TI is coming, and that puts a smile on my face, whether or not I can attend.Love you all, and see you soon hopefully”
OG Esports Are Now:
- Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
- Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen
- Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
- Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
- Michael “Micke” Vu (Stand-in)
- Mikhail “Misha” Agatov
- Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz
- Sébastian “Ceb” Debs (Medical Leave)