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CSGO pros slam ESL over proposed changes to Rio Major ruleset

Published: 21/Apr/2020 5:01 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 12:56

by Andrew Amos


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros have criticized ESL over proposed changes to coach involvement for the Rio Major, saying the move will benefit some teams disproportionally.

With CS:GO making the shift to full online events, coaches have had the chance to direct teams more than ever before.

With competitive integrity rules becoming increasingly difficult to implement, ESL are reportedly cracking down on the involvement of coaches in-game. However, the move has been widely criticized by pros from all levels of play.

The changes, initially reported by DBLTAP, would “bar coaches from participating in the server and will also disallow them from participating in the voice chat.” It’ll go to a player vote, where all teams must vote to keep the current rules in place, or the changes will be shipped through.

It’s a further crackdown on how coaches can interact with their players in-game. Previously, coaches had open mics for the entire game, before sweeping changes in 2016 banned them from talking mid-round.

However, since the shift to online play, it’s been harder to monitor just how much input coaches are having. For teams living under the same roof, they could just communicate by muting their mics between rounds, and admins won’t detect it.

Team Liquid’s Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski has, however, criticized ESL’s implementation of the rule, saying it’s likely to pass thanks to just one team voting to change the rules.

“Why would a team without a coach just say no to the vote to strategically screw over the other teams,” he said in an April 20 tweet. “It would just make the most sense if you don’t have a coach to say no so the vote doesn’t pass unanimously.”

The Team Liquid star was backed up by Astralis AWPer Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, who said too much power is being placed in one team’s hands.

“That ESL coach vote is wack,” he added. “How doesn’t it go by majority at least?”

EliGE also demonstrated just how easy the system is to cheat, saying “video loops” could be set up to throw admins off, even if webcams are enabled.

The proposed changes, if they go through, would apply to the Road to Rio Major qualifiers, and could be implemented down the line for future online events. This would include the ESL Pro League, which both dev1ce and EliGE participate in.

A verdict is expected to be handed down in the coming days, with the Road to Rio starting on April 22.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.