Clearing Things Up: Q&A with bvd Donio “Doni” Teixeira – nAvTV

Clearing Things Up: Q&A with bvd Donio “Doni” Teixeira


Everyone saw an interview. Everyone lost their minds. We’ve heard the many opinions going around the community over the past couple of weeks…so we thought we’d ask the man whose words kicked off this storm in a tea cup.

For those of you who don’t follow Dota or happened to be living under a rock for a while, during their time in Taipei, Taiwan for the MSI Beat IT 2014 Tournament where they gave an amazing performance and narrowly missed making it into the semi-finals; the Bravado Emotion team sat down with joinDOTA for a short chat. During their chat, host Soe Gschwind-Penski asked Doni what the playstyle is like in the South African scene and if there is anything specific we do locally. Doni’s answer blew some people away:

“The South African scene’s just very awful. Right so, not to be rude but they’re just not very skilled so when we play against them we get away with so much. We can do whatever we want and we can mess around and still win the game. Like, tri-lanes lose to one player – it’s something stupid like that. But when we play these teams, you can’t get away with as many things as you’re used to and I think without that experience against good teams, it’s like, you do all the bad…you have all these bad habits that you have against bad teams in South Africa and then you try it here and you’re just like, ‘oh shit’…you can’t win…”

Example of one pissed off community.

Example of one pissed off community.

One could say many members of the community were not happy. One would be lying. People were downright pissed off. Here was someone who they held in high regard, along with the rest of his team, seemingly looking down on the entire local community. Nothing is ever that simple though and that’s when we thought we needed to have a chat with Doni and get his side of the story outside of an emotionally charged Facebook comment war.

nAvTV: Before getting into the meat of this scrumptious meal of a conversation and everything. How was the trip to Taiwan? Did you walk away from it thinking of it as an educational experience and proud of how you guys had performed, or a little disappointed?

Doni:  It’s one of my dreams to travel around the world, so whenever I get the opportunity I get really excited. As for my experience in Taipei, it wasn’t my favourite place because of the heat, humidity and weird smell – although I really liked the people. I tend to prefer colder weather. Also what the hell, squatting over holes to go to the loo?

My gaming experience was great, we didn’t go to Taipei with the mindset of doing particularly well because of the strong teams we were going to face. That all changed when we practised for about 2 days at an internet café. “Wired gaming”, a skilled team also competing, scrimmed against us and help us out a lot. Managing to defeat them in a best of 3 at the café gave us new found hope to do well in the tournament.

I think we performed better than we expected. The teams at the event were really skilled and consisted of experienced players (something we lack). After being knocked out by immunity I couldn’t help but feel extremely sad and disappointed in myself due to my own poor individual performance at the event.

nAvTV: Who was, without a doubt, the most interesting player you got the chance to meet?

Doni:  I didn’t really communicate with many of the players but from the ones I did, the Lebanese (wired gaming) guys were really awesome people, they were just genuinely kind. As for interesting situations, at about 7 am in the morning – coming back from a club – me and Leon(flarez) somehow ended up talking to Fogged and Korok from Na`Vi.US outside the hotel. I’m pretty sure we called Korok an asshole multiple times for saying we had ebola (he didn’t actually), it was pretty funny and both sides knew it was a joke.

nAvTV: Now clearing the air. As most people know, you gave quite the controversial answer during your team interview at the MSI Beat It tournament in Taiwan. There seems to be a split in how people feel about it. They either feel you were being an “egotistical douchebag”, or, simply caught out with some bad phrasing. How do you feel about the “discussions” that have gone on in the past few days over it all?

Doni:  I’m not awfully surprised. The South African scene is plagued with players who think they’re way better than they are. Coupled with that, they have toxic attitudes most of the time. Although I didn’t mean it as a direct insult, I meant it as a whole – including me. Our scene isn’t very skilled and top players of South Africa are average compared to the world.

nAvTV: Do you think the sensitivity people seem to have over the issue points to a greater issue the Dota community has when it comes to encouraging skill growth and the player base?

Doni: Yes, I firmly believe that the only way you’re going to improve at anything is to realise that you’re bad at it. Many South Africans Dota2 players seem to be struggling with this step.

nAvTV: With all that in mind, if you had to start playing Dota today, would you stick it out and continue or has there been a shift in the general attitude since you started out that would put you off?

Doni:  I played tons of computer games from a young age, Dota is just one of them that stuck. Obviously I started off playing casually, but I was drawn into the competitive side. During my Dota career I’ve gotten to meet many amazing people that I wouldn’t have outside of gaming. The emotions felt when you lose with your team and when you win with your team just makes all the practising worth it in the end.

nAvTV: How do you stay grounded, with so many people looking up to you as an example of where you can go in eSport, even in SA?

Doni:  Haha, I’m not so sure about people looking up to me. I don’t really like to bother myself with things other than actually playing the game (except when I get baited in).

nAvTV: Do you feel it’s fair for people to have expectations of players at your and your teams level in the local scene to almost be a kind of “role model” ?

Doni:  Well, my teammates have a passion for Dota but we all also have other commitments such as family, girlfriends (ginnypls), university, friends. So it’s hard for people to expect extremely professional behaviour from us, if we are only playing “casually”. This doesn’t mean we can run around causing havoc, but It should definitely make people expect less.


Well there you have it kids. A huge thanks to Doni for taking the time out to answer all our questions, especially during exams.


You can find out more about Doni and the rest of the Bravado Emotion team over at the Bravado Gaming website:

Richard Ferreira

Richard is a 31 year old gamer from Cape Town with a chip on his shoulder and a worsening cynicism problem. He plays games (badly), drums (badly) and writes English good.

He also hosts the nAvTV podcast and this here website is his domain.

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    Shan Laubscher Reply
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:23 pm

    a community wont grow, if your top team/player in SA will trash you down like this. Yes we do not have the highest skill base or is on par with the rest of the world… saying things like this on an interview is just not the right way of doing it, but then again, he would probably say it over and over because he clearly doesn’t care what anyone thinks

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      legendary Reply
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 18:09 pm

      You may be surprised at how many legends became legendary to prove they didn’t suck

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        Shan Laubscher Reply
        Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

        that is besides the point… iv done alot to prove i dont suck. but people i look up to encouraged me to do so?…

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      Michael Matusowsky Reply
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 20:05 pm

      He included himself in the shittyness of South Africa. He gave a SPOT ON ANSWER:
      “I’m not awfully surprised. The South African scene is plagued with players who think they’re way better than they are. Coupled with that, they have toxic attitudes most of the time. Although I didn’t mean it as a direct insult, I meant it as a whole – including me. Our scene isn’t very skilled and top players of South Africa are average compared to the world.”

      South Africans think they are the business when in reality they are average. And they don’t accept that they are average. This is what Doni is saying.

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        Matthew Johnstone Reply
        Nov 12, 2014 @ 22:39 pm

        What Doni should have said is the lack of, or more correctly lower, skill level is attributed by the lack of opportunities open to the SA community to experience other or higher levels of play. SA is a closed off group restrained by the limits of their pings and as such one will judge themselves purely against such group. As for toxic, well every nationality is toxic… look at the russians ( They make you want to quit playing )

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        Shan Laubscher Reply
        Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

        Including yourself in the answer “after” the interview doesn’t make it okay, imagine our countries President on TV, hey guys your all trash… but he wont, its a matter of ethics, even if we all agree with the statement, still not something you say directly in an interview, the correct wording could win you alot of votes, or alot of hate… and personally i think doni picked up alot of hate…

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          Michael Matusowsky Reply
          Nov 14, 2014 @ 16:30 pm

          and the best part is he doesn’t care what people think.

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        Rudi de Lange Reply
        Nov 13, 2014 @ 14:16 pm

        Every single country’s Dota community has players that think they are better than they actually are. He made it sound like this is a South African problem. Like there were something about us specifically. His reasoning behind the comment was right, his wording was horse shit. He made us sound worthless on TV, that’s not ok.

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          Michael Matusowsky Reply
          Nov 14, 2014 @ 16:31 pm

          It’s what you call a “real talk” interview. None of that diplomacy shit. A straight up answer from the heart.

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    Svarupa Singh Reply
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 16:13 pm

    i would of accepted getting told the SA community sucks if it came from a skilled player and not a player who costed the team mostly when they traveled overseas.

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      Michael Matusowsky Reply
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 20:03 pm

      And a player who is still legions better than majority of South Africa? People are allowed to have bad runs.

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        Svarupa Singh Reply
        Nov 15, 2014 @ 6:59 am

        Just because he is better than some by a bit doesn’t give him the right to be a cocky ass? Maybe if Flarez or seeM said it i would of actually taken that.

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    Matthew Johnstone Reply
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 21:46 pm

    I practically facepalmed through the whole interview. They were all definitely nervous but Donni… tuning the skill level of the sa community… not clever. Even his buddy tried to save face afterwards.

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    Vishaan Jitters Pillay Reply
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 22:07 pm

    No problem with what he said. Could he have phrased it differently, possibly as bashing the whole community came across poorly. But did he get his message across? Definitely, and there’s a reality to the message he was landing. Frankly people need to stop being so damn sensitive. He was asked for his opinion and he gave it. If you want to have your opinion expressed, please by all means, qualify for Taiwan next year

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    Leviothon Reply
    Nov 15, 2014 @ 22:49 pm

    In s.a there is a divide with the people. We unite when it comes to backing a team in the sporting arena competing internationally, because we fucking love it (e-sports included). We unite and back our boytjies which we did with bvd. Just feels shit when someone in a team that we were initially so stoked about goes and shits on our community in this manner. They have lost more than half of their support base easy and so many people dislike doni for being such a douche. He was in the spotlight so he has to fucking care what he sais. he responded like an immature idiot. (IT DOESNT MATTER IF IT WAS HONEST) he fucken threw us under the bus

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