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Valve permanently bans Dev1ce, but it's not who you think it is

On March 9 2023, Valve unleashed the ban hammer upon the 46 professional players for the suspected match-fixing and cheating. Among other names, there was a player with a nickname Dev1ce — the catch is, these bans happened not in CS:GO, but in the Chinese scene of Dota 2.

So, the banned player is not the four time Major champion Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, but Sun "Dev1ce" Yinhan, the former Dalanjing Gaming offlaner. Since the team was relatively unknown, many saw that name for the first time, but not the CS:GO fans who visit Dota 2 subreddit.

They immediately spotted the familiar nickname, which, of course, led to some great jokes in the thread. If the "real" Nikolaj "dev1ce" Reedtz from Astralis have already seen these jokes, he might be really puzzled about where they came from.

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— Sucks that dev1ce got banned, hope Astralis can recover from this.

— Now we know what he was doing when he was away from NIP.
— His Sniper mid is very consistent.
— Dev1ce skilled player but that is not normally, This very very insane...


Ban of Chinese Dev1ce was a part of big wave among professional players from China and Malaysia. 46 players was removed from competition, 21 of them — indefinitely. Many of them were suspected of match-fixing, including full rosters of Knights and EHOME, who even managed to qualify for the Major in Lima and spectacularly fail there. We talked with betting expert and ex-OG analyst Kozak about it.

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