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DeKay CS:GO Major Mailbag, Part 2: Karrigan, Mertz and playoff predictions

Published: 27/Feb/2019 21:38 Updated: 28/Feb/2019 19:40

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


With the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major about to kick off its final stage, DeKay is back with another Mailbag looking at some of the biggest questions from the community.

There’s less than 24 hours left until the playoffs of the first CS:GO Major of 2019 gets underway, and there’s plenty at stake for all the teams involved. 

Depending on how each teams perform, we could be set for a number of roster moves once the post-Major shuffle gets underway. 

Part 2 of DeKay’s Mailbag will look at a few of the teams that could be set for moves, as well as look beyond the Major to what’s coming during the rest of 2019.  

ESLAstralis is the favorite heading into the playoffs, but will they pull it off?

Who will win the Major? 

The biggest surprise for the entire Major in general has to be Renegades. I put them in to make Top 8 in my Pick’Em but only after the Challengers Stage. The appear very cohesive and I’m amazed at how well AZR plays while also being the in-game leader. They almost look like a mini Team Liquid.

Speaking of Team Liquid, they are my choice to win it all. I think their path to the Final is clear cut and they are overflowing with confidence.

Could tarik have landed somewhere other than NRG?

I’m not 100% certain of every team that reached out to him. My guesses would be teams like Envy and compLexity.

Where will karrigan land?

If I had to put money on it now, it would be either Envy or Mousesports. In that order. Still uncertain at this point though.

ELEAGUEWill FaZe Clan stick with AdreN post-Major?

What are FaZe Clan’s long-term plans? 

I think that is doubtful. I’m not sure how keen NiKo is on working with ChrisJ again. I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea though. It is hard to say how everyone on that team feel about him.

I haven’t heard any rumors about it being possible yet. Again, it is early because FaZe are still in the Major.

Are BIG looking to make moves after a disappointing Major?

I think them looking to players like ChrisJ or woxic is a real possibility. There have a been a few rumors pointing that direction, but it’s still a bit early yet.

What’s up with Ghost and steel?

Contrary to what most people think, it has nothing to do with being able to play Majors or not. It’s not my position to discuss what exactly at this time. Maybe in the future.

Copyright: ESL/Adela-SznajderCould there be a French roster shuffle in the works after no French teams advance to the playoffs in Katowice?

Is a French roster shuffle on the horizon? 

I don’t expect much movement from them. At the most, G2 maybe making a singular change? That’s the only thing I feel is possible, but for now I wouldn’t be surprised if they stay put.

What about a Danish shuffle? 

Not that I’m aware of. From what I’m told, Mertz was in fact sick and Heroic held him out a tiny bit longer rather than immediately throwing him back into the fire. 

I haven’t heard of any real movement yet around North and OpTic. We will see.

Can MIBR beat Astralis? 

I explained the first part above. I don’t believe MiBR have the map pool to make it past Astralis though.

ESL/Helena Kristiansson

What’s next for pashaBiceps? 

I haven’t heard anything about Pasha and his future. He doesn’t strike me as someone that is interested in grinding from the bottom. It will probably come down to the quality of offers he receives.

Playing with olof doesn’t sound like something that would actually happen. Who knows though.

Can compLexity replicate their success in the future?

I don’t have a ton of confidence in them. I’d be shocked if either n0thing or Rickeh remain with them moving forward. They would have to make a huge splash for me to count on them to carry any sort of momentum the rest of the year. 

Stanislaw played out of his mind and they can’t expect that to happen on a regular basis.

Is a new seasonal league on the way?

None that I’m aware of. Everything appears very static at the moment with mostly format changes occurring. Ask me again in six months.


35 more CSGO players banned by esports watchdog ESIC for betting offences

Published: 22/Jan/2021 9:00 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 9:43

by Isaac McIntyre


As many as three dozen more pro CSGO players have been handed competitive bans up to five years in length by the Esports Integrity Commission, following a joint ESIC and ESEA investigation uncovered multiple breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code in domestic Counter-Strike competitions.

The ESIC confirmed the 35 bans in an official statement on Jan. 22

The multitude of bans comes at the end of a near-two year process from the esports watchdog, who has been investigating match-fixing in Australia, America, and more recently several European competitions for the past 24 months.

In the report, ESIC confirmed that “a total of 35 individuals have been observed to be in breach of the Anti-Corruption Code administered by ESIC. This in addition to the initial six individuals previously sanctioned by ESIC on October 23, 2020.”

These betting breaches were reportedly conducted through Ladbrokes Australia’s gambling apps. The Sydney-based bookie assisted the ESIC investigation.

In some cases, the ESIC report continues, several of the now-banned players also participated in “collusive behavior,” sharing details of fixed games with third parties which would lead to them “placing identical bets.”

Two more Australian players ⁠— first banned in October last year ⁠— also had their competitive sanctions increased following the discovery of similar offenses.

All offending CSGO players have also been “referred to law enforcement.”

CSGO ESIC investigation stream sniping
ESIC/Valve/Unsplash: Alexander Jawfox
More than three dozen CSGO players have been handed bans by the ESIC.

Full list of banned CSGO players

The lengthy list of banned Australian players come from a multitude of orgs, and include at least one code-hoping convert who has recently made the switch to Valorant.

Joel ‘PEARSS’ Kurta, who spent six months playing for Ground Zero in 2020, has been handed a 12-month ban starting January 22. It is unclear how this will affect his competitive career, however, as he swapped to Valorant team “WaterBottle.”

Ground Zero player, Andy ‘Noobster’ Zhang, also received a lengthy ban. The 24-year-old, who most recently was a stand-in for AVANT, was handed a three-year suspension.

The thirty-five banned CSGO players were in breach with Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code, as well as ESEA’s standing MDL tournament rules.

The longest ban was for Wilson ‘willyks’ Sugianto (60 months).

Banned duo Daryl ‘Mayker’ May (previously Ground Zero) and Akram ‘ADK’ Smida (previously Rooster) also had their sanctions amended. Smida’s ban has been increased to 24 months, while May is now set for four years on the sideline.

Banned players

  • Jeremy “motion” Lloyd (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Patrick “falcon” Romano De Sousa (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Johnathan “Del” Sackesen (Lese) ⁠— 12 months
  • Grayson “vax” Uppington (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Aidan “meta” Wiringi Jones (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kaito “minusthecoffee” Massey (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • Mason “msn” Trevaskis (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • John “jcg” Grima (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Isaac “prodigy” Dahlan (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Billy “beetee” Thomson (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kieren “Muzoona” Jackson-Clapper (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Matthew “zilla” Zdilar (Mako) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “roflko” Lytras (Vertex) ⁠— 12 months
  • Damon “damyo” Portelli (LAKERS) ⁠— 12 months
  • Jak “jtr” Robinson (Rooster 2) ⁠— 12 months
  • Daniel “rekonz” Mort (R!OT Gaming) ⁠— 12 months
  • Nicolas “lato” Gullotti (Skyfire) ⁠— 12 months
  • Marcus “mdk” Kyriazopoulos (really weird) ⁠— 12 months
  • Joel “pearss” Kurta (Waterbottle, Valorant) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “jamie” MacPhail (Downfall) ⁠— 12 months
  • Ioan (Ionica) “bowie” Tuleasca ⁠(Lese) — 12 months
  • Joshua “joshaaye” Wilson — 12 months
  • Ryan “kragz” Clarke ⁠(Incept) — 12 months
  • Roman “matr1kz” Santos (Forbidden) ⁠— 24 months
  • Cailan “caily” Lovegrove (Aftermind) ⁠— 24 months
  • Andy “Noobster” Zhang (Ground Zero) ⁠— 36 months
  • Jayden “foggers” Graham ⁠(Control) — 48 months
  • Sam “tham” Mitchell (Buckets) ⁠— 48 months
  • Mate “habbo hotel” Poduje (LAKERS) ⁠— 48 months
  • Samuel “samy” Jarvis (Caught off Guard) ⁠— 48 months
  • Daniel “deezy” Zhang (Aftermind) ⁠— 48 months
  • John “wots” Zhu (Forbidden) ⁠— 48 months
  • Matthew “jam” Castro (Overt) ⁠— 60 months
  • Alvin “Gravins” Changgra ⁠— 60 months
  • Wilson “willyks” Sugianto ⁠(Vertex) — 60 months

Amended bans

  • Akram “ADK” Smida (Rooster) ⁠— 24 months (from 12)
  • Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero) ⁠— 48 months (from 12)

ESIC has already issued all offending players with notice of charge, which details the offense, and available appeal mechanisms. All impacted parties are now eligible to appeal their Counter-Strike charges by emailing Kevin Carpenter, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel.

For a full breakdown of ESIC’s investigation, details of specific matches where the bug was used, and an explanation of the sanctions, read the full report here.

Seven Australian CSGO players have been issued sanctions after betting on MDL matches.
A large amount of the ESIC bans came after Aussie CSGO players bet on MDL matches.

ESIC concluded their report with a message to the CSGO community:

“It is crucially important that professional players abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from,” the esports watchdog wrote, “in order to preserve the integrity of the esports landscape internationally and mitigate the potential for bad actors to take advantage of our sport.”