Late last week we learned that Newbee had been banned from multiple events due to match fixing, but the organisation goes much farther back and was once at the pinnacle of Dota 2.
As the Newbee drama is still fresh in our minds, we thought it would be a good idea to take a trip down memory lane and remember some of the positives that have been seen from the organisation over their six year journey in Dota 2, leading up to their current state. For this, our nostalgia must take us all the way back to 2014 when Newbee first appeared on the scene.
Newbee’s journey began 2014 when a Chinese “super team” emerged with players from the likes of TongFu, Invictus Gaming and LGD.cn – all of whom were fairly dominant in the scene back then. Although the squad remained shrouded in the background of the Chinese Dota 2 scene initially, by the end of the year, everyone would know their name. After receiving a direct invite to The International 2014, Newbee would end up in a tournament – the MarsTV Dota 2 League 2014, which involved six of the best teams from the China region competing for nearly $25,000.
After a flawless group stage, Newbee would go on to win the entire event, beating out the likes of Team DK and LGD Gaming and firmly announcing themselves as one of the best teams to come out of China with only a month left until TI4. When The International 2014 came around, the group stage was a clear struggle for Newbee, as they saw mediocre results through the round-robin. However, all that seemed to change after this as the squad went from strength to strength, beating iG, Natus Vincere, Titan, Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses to make it all the way through to the Grand Finals – where they would go up against VG once more.
Newbee managed to easily take the victory in fine fashion and would lift the Aegis of Champions – but the organisation then went for a long period of barely being seen. It was only in May of 2016 where they made any significant showing again, taking the EPICENTER event by storm and securing a victory, before almost vanishing again up until TI7. While they were unable to overcome Team Liquid in the Grand Finals, the second place finish was a stepping stone back into the limelight and, even with a very different roster to TI4, Newbee seemed to finally have a firm footing in the scene once again.
However, that was not the case and Newbee have remained just barely scrapping through at many events – and technically did not even make it to TI9, except for the fact that the organisation picked up the Forward Gaming roster shortly before the event. Even so, this leads us to last week where the once mighty organisation fell hard and fast.
At time of writing, Newbee are banned from all Mars Media, ImbaTV and CDA events indefinitely, with possible greater repercussions still to come. Considering the players that had previously passed through the organisation such as Song ‘Sccc’ Chun, Wang ‘SanSheng’ Zhaohui and Zhang ‘xiao8’ Ning, to name but a few, it is quite the tragedy to see the Newbee name fall this far – but such is the punishment for cheating in order to win.
For now, Newbee can hopefully be remembered for their victories and their record for the most consecutive victories without defeat in Dota 2, commanding a 29-0 run back in May 2016 when they took the spot from Na’Vi who had held the position for three years.