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23Savage's "Filipinos Spread Like Cancer" Comment in SEA Pro Scene

In a recent gaming stream, Nuengnara "23Savage" Teeramahanon, a prominent Thai Dota 2 player, made a comment that caused a stir in the Southeast Asian (SEA) pro scene. He referred to Filipinos as "cancer" and expressed his reluctance to play on a team with more than two Filipino players. The comment spread like wildfire across social media, raising questions about racial tensions within the SEA gaming community.

23Savage's comment came after he suspected a Filipino player of stream-sniping during a game. The comment was made in the heat of the moment, but it triggered a strong reaction from the Filipino community. However, many Filipino gamers didn't seem too offended, with some even agreeing with 23Savage's statement.

To understand the context of 23Savage's comment, it's important to look at his history with Filipino players. He played with Michael "Ninjaboogie" Ross Jr. and Djardel "DJ" Mampusti under the Fnatic banner in 2019 and 2020. When he moved to T1 in 2021, he played with Karl Matthew Baldovino and Carlo "Kuku" Palad. However, he was eventually replaced by Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, which may have fueled his bitterness towards Filipino players.

The SEA pro scene is known for its diversity, with players from various countries competing at the highest level. However, tensions between players of different nationalities are not uncommon. In some cases, language barriers and cultural differences can create communication issues and affect team performance.

23Savage's comment highlights the need for more dialogue and understanding between players of different nationalities. While his comment may have been inappropriate, it raises important questions about how players from different countries can coexist in the SEA pro scene.

As of writing this article, there have been no public comments from Filipino professional players regarding 23Savage's remark. It remains to be seen how this controversy will affect the SEA pro scene, but it's clear that more needs to be done to promote diversity and inclusivity in gaming.

(Photo by Dota 2 The International / Flickr)

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