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OpTic India’s forsaken also cheated at the ESL Premiership LAN finals [Confirmed]

Published: 22/Oct/2018 12:29 Updated: 22/Oct/2018 12:34

by Ross Deason


ESL have confirmed that OpTic India’s now infamous former player, Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat, cheated during official matches in the ESL India Premiership.

Forsaken made headlines on October 19 when he was caught cheating at the $100,000 eXTREMESLAND 2018 LAN event in Shanghai, resulting in him and his team being disqualified from the event.


OpTic India were quick to distance themselves from the player, kicking him from their roster, but the organization eventually decided to drop the entire roster with immediate effect.

Shortly after news about forsaken broke a number of suspicious clips and evidence of him potentially cheating in the past began to surface, and now ESL India have found proof that he was hacking at the ESL India Premiership Fall Finale (an event that OpTic India won convincingly).


“Based on the proof from Zowie eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals, we at ESL India are investigating all the 20 players in the #ESLIndiaPremiership Finale for any potential cheats on their drives,” ESL revealed on Facebook.

They continue: “On immediate inspection, we have discovered the same cheat program that was used by Forsaken in Shanghai on the SSD he used at the ESL India Premiership Fall Finale and have shared this evidence with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).”

OpTic India appeared to be on an upward trajectory heading into eXTREMESLAND 2018.

ESL class this evidence of forsaken cheating at their event as a Level 4 offence under ESIC’s ‘Code of Conduct’ but will refrain from making a final decision until the commissioner has conducted an independent inquiry.


Four teams took part in the ESL India Premiership Fall Finale – the fact that all 20 players were investigated, but only forsaken’s SSD was found to have the files on immediate inspecition, adds some credence to the claims of the former OpTic India players that they were unaware of their teammate’s actions.


Astralis confirm sale of es3tag to Cloud9 in $2.1 million deal

Published: 15/Oct/2020 15:12

by Andrew Amos


Danish CS:GO star Patrick “es3tag” Hansen has only been a part of Astralis for six months, but he’s already moving on from the squad’s ambitious 10-man project, with the organization confirming he will join Cloud9 at the end of October.

Astralis have said they want to create a 10-man team for CS:GO in 2020, a plan that started when members of the legendary lineup took time off after a strenuous couple of years that saw the team lift four Major trophies, and cement themselves as one of the greatest squads of all time.


With the idea to create a two-team core, filled with players who could rotate in and out for each other, es3tag was signed to play a major role in that expansion. Just months later though, his time with the Danish organization has officially come to an end.

es3tag holding Astralis jersey with Zonic
es3tag is moving on from Astralis six months after signing.

es3tag joins Cloud9

Despite being the first man to join this new initiative, es3tag is set to depart for Cloud9, with Astralis CEO Anders Hørsholt admitting that this was “not something [they] saw coming,” but player transfers will always be part of the game.


“We will not be commenting on any specifics, but I do believe it is one of the biggest transfers on record, and the conditions offered to Patrick are also of a kind he wanted to pursue,” he continued. “We have an obligation towards our own business and towards the player, and as such we are pleased to have finalized this agreement with Cloud9. Patrick will be missed by everybody here, and I hope one day he will yet again be part of Astralis.”

Cloud9 manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer later confirmed the details of the deal, with es3tag joining on a 3-year-contract, in a deal worth $2.1 million – the most of any player on the new C9 ‘Colossus’.

Es3tag has also commented on the news, saying he is proud to represent Astralis, and never thought he would be moving so soon: “I just won my first big title, and I truly enjoy working with all the guys on and around the team. That being said, what Cloud9 is offering me is something I needed to consider seriously. I love the ideas behind the project, and I believe it will be a team to consider in the top of CS for years to come. While I am sad to leave Astralis and the people here, I look forward to the challenge in Cloud9.


es3tag joined Astralis properly in July 2020, but the move was announced months earlier during Flashpoint Season 1. He was the first part of Astralis’ 10-man puzzle, as the Danish squad looked to implement a new rotation system.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen was also a part of the squad earlier in 2020 but left when Astralis onboarded Bubzkji. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer was temporarily used as a substitute for es3tag as well before his contract with Heroic ran out.

Cloud9 have announced four of the six pieces of their new CS:GO team after dropping their South African-NA hybrid roster in September. Ricky “floppy” Kemery is the only player from the former ATK squad remaining, with Cloud9 picking up Alex “Alex” McMeekin, William “mezii” Merriman, and Ozgur “woxic” Eker. They will be coached by former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic.