Two DotA legends return for DreamLeague Season 20

Two DotA legends return for DreamLeague Season 20
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Sascha Heinisch

Published 

12th Jun 2023 13:02

There are three DotA2 The International trophies and approximately $10,900,000 USD in prize money between the two.

After a short and long break respectively, Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi and Sébastien "Ceb" Debs are back in action as they join different teams for the upcoming DreamLeague Season 20.

Miracle- stands in for Shopify Rebellion in NA

Miracle- is one of the most celebrated DotA 2 players in the world and has made a surprise appearance in the North American region. He is standing in for Shopify Rebellion, who were in need of a stand-in after their midlaner Abed Yusop had been unable to make it to Europe in time for the event.

Miracle- is best known for his time with Team Liquid, the powerhouse that won TI7 and finished second at TI9. However, he has been absent from the competitive scene since April when he played in DreamLeague Season 19 with his team Nigma Galaxy.

Shopify Rebellion will face fierce competition from teams like the recent DotA Major Berlin winners Gaimin Gladiators, as well as 9Pandas and more during the group stage of the event.

Ceb temporarily returns to OG to kick off their latest roster shuffle

Also waiting in this group will be DotA2 legend Sébastien "Ceb" Debs. The two-time TI winner has announced his temporary return with OG.

He is rejoining his former team as a temporary replacement for Evgenii "Chu" Makarov, who will be taking on an assistant coach role.

Ceb has been in and out of the player role several times now despite announcing his retirement after TI 10 in 2021, frequently standing in for OG whenever his service is needed, even accomplishing feats like winning the ESL One Stockholm Major in May 2022.

It appears that a permanent break from DotA2 proves impossible for both of these gentlemen. They will be facing off against each other in the DreamLeague Season 20 on June 14th during the group stage of group B for a chance to qualify for playoffs for the $1,000,000 USD prize-pooled event.

Sascha Heinisch
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Sascha Heinisch
Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.
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