OG Faces Potential Withdrawal from TI 2024 WEU Qualifier Due to Ceb’s Absence

OG Faces Potential Withdrawal from TI 2024 WEU Qualifier Due to Ceb’s Absence

21. June 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

In a sudden turn of events, OG might be forced to withdraw from The International 2024 (TI13) Western Europe Qualifier following the unexpected absence of Sébastien “Ceb” Debs.

The veteran player had to step away due to a family emergency, and Russian player Aleksandr “Immersion” Khmelevskoi has stepped in as his replacement for the crucial Upper Bracket series against Entity.

Ceb’s Emergency Departure

The third day of the TI 2024 Western Europe Qualifiers brought a critical matchup between OG and Entity, with the winner advancing to the Semifinals. Fans quickly noticed Ceb’s absence during the drafting phase, where Immersion took over the position 5 role. Shortly after the start of the first game, OG released an official statement:

Ceb has a family emergency and unfortunately cannot join us for the series today. We send him all our love and support. Immersion will be standing in as position 5, and we are super grateful for his help and for joining us last minute.” – OG

Despite the last-minute change, OG secured a swift first victory against Entity. The outcome of the second game would determine if OG could continue their Upper Bracket journey.


Potential Tournament Withdrawal

In a surprising twist, OG announced they had received direct communication from the tournament organizers, indicating that the team might have to withdraw from the qualifier due to Ceb’s absence. The issue stems from tournament regulations that apparently do not permit further roster changes, which means OG might be forced to forfeit their spot.


Impact on OG and the Tournament

Ceb’s departure to support his wife during the birth of their child has not only affected the team’s lineup but also put their tournament participation in jeopardy. If OG is indeed forced to withdraw, it would be a significant blow to their chances at TI 2024, as well as a disappointment for their fans and the competitive scene.

OG Faces Potential Withdrawal from TI 2024 WEU Qualifier Due to Ceb's Absence

Community and Team Response

The situation has garnered significant attention from the Dota 2 community, with many expressing support for Ceb and his family. OG’s swift adaptation with Immersion’s inclusion demonstrated their resilience, but the potential forced withdrawal underscores the challenges teams face with strict tournament regulations.


What’s Next for OG?

As the situation develops, it remains to be seen whether OG will find a resolution that allows them to continue competing in the TI 2024 WEU Qualifier. For now, the team and its fans will be awaiting further updates from the tournament organizers.

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