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CSGO analyst SPUNJ celebrates in style after Renegades upset at StarLadder Berlin major

Published: 5/Sep/2019 17:15 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:19

by Scott Robertson


Former CS:GO pro player turned analyst Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill celebrated on the desk after Renegades, his former team and fellow Australians, upset ENCE in the quarterfinals of the StarLadder Berlin major.

Yeah the Boys are back in a big way, and their most dedicated supporter wasted no time in celebrating. After shocking ENCE 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Champions stage, the stream cut back to the StarLadder analyst desk, where SPUNJ was waiting to celebrate with an Australian tradition.

SPUNJ wisely removed his headset and jacket before attempting the shoey, as he proceeded to spill most of on his shirt and on the floor. SPUNJ then walked directly off the set, either to celebrate with Renegades or rinse his mouth out.

Despite being down a colleague, the analyst desk pressed on and broke down the surprise result.

ENCE were heavy favorite in this series among analysts, Pick’Em players, and various betting websites. They came into the series with 3-0 Legends stage record, and with Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli and Jere ‘sergej’ Salo firing on all cylinders.

For ENCE, this playoffs run was to be a great final run for the departing Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen.

That didn’t happen, as the ENCE we saw against Renegades didn’t look the same as the one from the previous stage, or the one from the previous major playoffs. Allu was unable to have the same effectiveness with the AWP he had in the Legends stage, sergej didn’t produce, and despite being down a game, ENCE looked lifeless in the second half of their map pick, Train.

StarLadderRenegades’ coach kassad celebrates after their victory.

For Renegades, this is a testament to their resilience. They were a common 0-3 pick for Legends stage, and started group play 0-2. But the Aussies crawled out of the darkness by winning three straight best-of-threes to qualify for playoffs, and now a fourth straight to make it to the semifinals.

Justin ‘jks’ Savage was excellent on both maps, leading the Renegades in both kills and player rating. The team as a whole dominated on Mirage, only giving up one map on their CT side after commanding first half. ENCE had no answer for Aaron ‘AZR’ Ward’s window boost, which he utilized multiple times to catch ENCE off guard.

Coincidentally, Renegades are following in the footsteps of ENCE at IEM Katowice, who went from 0-2 to 3-2 in their Legends stage, and then upset a 3-0 team in the quarterfinals against Team Liquid. ENCE ended up in the grand finals, falling to Astralis.

Cloud9 did the same thing at the ELEAGUE Boston 2018 major, and they ended up winning the whole thing.

With a semifinals match against either Vitality or AVANGAR, a grand finals appearance for the Australians is not out of the question. SPUNJ will need more beer, and more shoes.


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.