Bad luck befell Dendi and one of his team members, Oleg “LastHero” Demidovich. Dendi, who was messing about with the ideal roster for the DOTA 2 squad, B8 instead had to leave LastHero because he was arrested by the authorities in Minsk, Belarus.
This is because LastHero participated in a peaceful protest against the government of Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years. As the longest holder of power in the country’s history, Lukashenko is known as an authoritarian figure to rule.
9 August 2020 was the day of general elections in Belarus and Lukashenko won for the sixth time. Since coming to power from 1994, he has controlled the mass media, imprisoned political opponents and marginalized resistance voices to him.
LastHero, along with many other protesters were intercepted by security and army troops during the rally as they prevented crowds from closing roads and entering the seat of government. On election day, Minsk’s internet connection was cut, leaving Belarus with three full days of internet absence.
For LastHero who is an esports athlete, this is certainly detrimental because he cannot play optimally in the tournament. He also took to the streets and voiced injustice to the government. According to another B8 player, Dmitriy “Fishman” Polishchuk, LastHero is being held in Žodzina, 50 kilometers northeast of Minsk.
LastHero is not the only esports player who feels career uncertainty. One of the CS: GO players from Nemiga Gaming was forced to withdraw from CS: GO events because the internet network in Belarus was not possible to use.