Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov, Team Spirit's manager, shared insights on what lies ahead for Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, the carry player of Shopify Rebellion
Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov, the manager of Team Spirit, has shared his thoughts regarding the future of Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, who serves as the carry player for Shopify Rebellion. Korb3n's comments to cyber.sports.ru suggest that the upcoming edition of The International (TI) may be the final chapter in Arteezy's career, as he has reached the age of 27 this year.
Korb3n's rationale stems from Arteezy's age; now 27 years old, he believes that a carry player typically reaches their prime at 26.
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What Did Korb3n Say About Arteezy?
The grand finale of DreamLeague Season 21 featured an intense battle between Shopify Rebellion and Team Spirit. Team Spirit emerged triumphant with a convincing 3-0 win, showcasing their prowess in both drafting and gameplay.
While closely observing Arteezy's performance against Team Spirit in the grand final of DreamLeague Season 21, Korb3n noticed significant improvements in his gameplay. Korb3n, however, expressed concern that these advancements might not continue for long as Arteezy is approaching the twilight of his career.
“A lot of pubs = form. If you watch his games, he did play better than usual, but….. All in all, I have my own theory. I wish Artour the best of luck, he's doing well. I think he turned 27 this year. My theory is that this year should be the final year of Artour's game. He should not play normally this year, because 26 is the ceiling for a carry.”
Arteezy On Retirement
Contrary to Korb3n's hypothesis, Arteezy has not made any public statements regarding retirement or dropped any hints about such a decision.
The Canadian Dota 2 pro has played a pivotal role in the competitive scene for more than ten years, earning a reputation as one of the greatest core players in the game's history. Additionally, he boasts one of the game's largest fan followings, as evidenced by his significant viewership when livestreaming on Twitch.
Although the player enjoyed significant success in the earlier stages of his career, marked by multiple major tournament victories and commendable achievements, he has struggled to attain the same level of success over the last six years, grappling with a notable number of second-place finishes.
Arteezy and the Shopify Rebellion team have faced some challenges in terms of overall success throughout 2023. Their recent runner-up position in DreamLeague Season 21, however, is expected to provide them with a significant morale boost as they approach TI12. Additionally, the team includes other seasoned veterans, namely Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen and Tal “Fly” Aizik, who share Arteezy's level of experience.
Team Spirit: TI12 Title Contenders?
Korb3n and Team Spirit, meanwhile, have consistently delivered in 2023 when it mattered most. When the stakes were at their highest, they rose to the occasion with unwavering determination. First, they emerged victorious in the fiercely contested Riyadh Masters 2023, an event brimming with top-tier talent and an enormous prize pool.
Their momentum carried them forward to the prestigious DreamLeague Season 21, where they once again demonstrated their exceptional prowess.
Their consistent success in 2023 has not only garnered them respect but also positioned them as frontrunners for the upcoming showpiece Dota 2 event. With their impressive track record and a lineup of exceptional talents, they are undoubtedly a team to watch closely at TI12.
Should Korb3n's speculation regarding Arteezy's retirement post-TI12 prove accurate, the player's devoted fan base, who have patiently anticipated his triumph in a major championship, will undoubtedly be holding their collective breath for a favorable outcome at the tournament. They yearn to witness their beloved player conclude his illustrious career on the highest of notes, securing a memorable victory that would serve as a fitting culmination to a remarkable journey in the world of professional Dota 2.