FURIA's guerri responds to cheating claims with CSGO coach exploit - Dexerto

FURIA’s guerri responds to cheating claims with CSGO coach exploit

Published: 3/Sep/2020 1:50 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:25

by Andrew Amos


FURIA coach Nicholas ‘guerri’ Nogueira is the latest person implicated in the CS:GO cheating scandal, with the Brazilian said to have abused a camera exploit during a ECS Season 7 match against Complexity in June 2019. He has now responded.

FURIA, currently ranked sixth in the world, are now in hot water after their coach, guerri, was reportedly caught using a CS:GO camera exploit that gave coaches an unfair advantage.

Former ESL Head Referee Michal Slowinski claimed guerri used the bug in an ECS Season 7 match against Complexity, and “abused it [for the] whole map.” Slowinski also stated guerri’s client was bugged in an earlier match, and worked around it to get it fixed.

FACEIT have been informed of the incident, although they are yet to release a statement. Guerri is also yet to face any sanctions from tournament organizers.

Guerri came out with a statement of his own, commending the work Slowinski has done to maintain the integrity of the scene. “The situation is real and very easy to explain what happened,” he said, according to a translation.

FURIA’s CEO, Jaime Padua, also said the organization was looking into the accusations. “I am properly investigating what was reported by [Slowinski] and already looking for possible explanations,” he said, according to a translation.

Guerri releases video and explanation

Guerri posted a YouTube video on September 2, showing the instances of the alleged coaching exploit in action during matches he was involved in. He says that the first time he encountered the bug, he didn’t understand what it was, and it resolved itself after a single round.

When it occurred again in another match, he expected it to fix itself once again, but when it didn’t he claims he alt-tabbed out of the game completely, and went to stand behind his team. He points to the fact that his cursor moves briefly, the game becomes choppy and the audio drops out. He admits that he should have simply disconnected, but wasn’t aware of the full impact of the bug.

It comes after three coaches ⁠— Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia of MIBR, Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen of Heroic, and Aleksandr ‘MechanoGun’ Bogatyrev of Hard Legion ⁠— were banned by ESL for six, 12, and 24 months respectively for abusing the exploit.

Another coach, Aset ‘Solaar’ Sembiyev of K23 (ranked #29), has also been suspended by his team, pending investigation. The 33-year-old Kazakhstani reportedly used the camera exploit against FATE Esports in Eden Area Malta Vibes Cup 8.

Slowinski urged other coaches to step forward if they abused the camera exploit. “Sooner or later you will be caught and then it will be too late. It’s not a threat, it’s a chance,” he said.

ESIC determine players not complicit in cheating

In a September 2 statement, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) told the community there is “insufficient evidence available to determine” MIBR, Heroic, and Hard Legion players were complicit in their coaches’ cheating.

“ESIC has reviewed an extensive amount of information with the aim of ascertaining any evidence of complicity of players involved in the affected teams,” it said.

Dead, HUNDEN, and MechanoGun were also banned from ESIC member events for six, 12, and 24 months respectively. This includes being around the players in a team house or facility during online events.

On top of ESL and Dreamhack, the three coaches will also be banned from competing in ESIC member events, which includes Blast and a handful of smaller tournament organizers. ESIC has also urged non-member tournament organizers to uphold the suspensions to “protect the CS:GO esports scene internationally.”

FACEIT, the operators of ECS, are not members of ESIC.


YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.