Fnatic vs Cloud9 Match Decided the First Team Eliminated from the ECS Season 5 Live Finals - Recap - Dexerto

Fnatic vs Cloud9 Match Decided the First Team Eliminated from the ECS Season 5 Live Finals – Recap

Published: 9/Jun/2018 12:02 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Mike Kent


The first matchup on day two of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals saw a heavyweight clash as Fnatic and Cloud9 fought to stay in the $660,000 tournament.

Taking place at the SSE Wembley Arena in the heart of London, the event is the culmination of an online season spanning from March.

Day one of the event saw NRG Esports and Astralis advance to the semi-finals on Sunday, with the remaining teams playing on Saturday for a chance at the playoffs.

Group A’s elimination match kicked off day two with Fnatic and Cloud9 duking it out for a shot at playing Team Liquid in the decider match later in the day.

With Fnatic debuting their new roster featuring Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström and Cloud9 playing their last tournament with Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta, it was a scrappy affair as individual performances shone above tactical team moves.

Cloud9 started the game well with a 16-14 win on Overpass, with both sides winning back and forth rounds, with Fnatic’s JW shining but not enough to win the map.

The Swedish side bounced back on Train with a convincing 16-9 result to win their map pick, taking it to Cache to decide who’d be the first team eliminated from the event.

Fnatic took a 5-1 lead but Cloud9 finished the half strong with a 9-6 scoreline with Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik topping the leaderboard.

It wasn’t enough for Cloud9 to hold on and an incredible 1v3 clutch by Xizt in round 26 resulted in Cloud9’s economy being decimated, with Fnatic capitalizing to end the map 16-13 and end the game 2-1.

Fnatic advance to play Team Liquid later in the day in a second best of five, while Cloud9 finish in 7th/8th position and take home $35,000.

Follow our coverage of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals via our dedicated coverage hub.


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.