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How Golden saved Fnatic CSGO twice

Published: 27/Mar/2020 17:42 Updated: 1/May/2020 15:12

by Albert Petrosyan


Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim has been one of the best in-game leaders for CS:GO over the past several years, and his recent return to Fnatic helped revive the organization for a second time.

From the second half of 2014 to early 2016, Fnatic was the most successful team in CS:GO, so much so that people began calling that period “the Fnatic era.”

However, things began falling apart not too long after that, and after a major roster overhaul mid-2017, Golden was promoted from their academy team and became the Swedish org’s new captain.

After the initial transition period, Golden found a way to unite their roster with a strong play-style, and they went from losing early at tournaments to finishing top-four in the two biggest leagues at the time.

With peaks come valleys, though, as the Iraqi-born Swede couldn’t demonstrate enough ability to maintain his position, initially being replaced as the captain by Xizt before being completely removed for draken in June of 2018.

For many, this move was justified, especially since Xizt seemed like the perfect replacement – but it didn’t take long for Fnatic’s results to further deteriorate, as they returned to their low point of losing in the group stages at tournaments, once again.

StarladderGolden has proven to be Fnatic’s savior on more than one occasion.

After a brief spell of inactivity, Golden moved to Cloud9 and was soon joined by flusha, who had also been dropped. While they weren’t able to find much success with the North American team, Fnatic’s situation had grown so desperate that they agreed to bring back the two players in an attempt to fix things.

Following their return, and with Golden again at the helm, the Swedish team stringed together a very impressive series of results, which shows that they maybe should have never made those roster changes in the first place.

As for Golden, his legacy and reputation were sealed as a multiple-time savior of Fnatic – and while others may seem a better fit on paper, he’s proven to be their “golden boy” on more than one occasion.


BLAST announces new measures to prevent CSGO coaches from cheating

Published: 26/Oct/2020 19:58 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 20:22

by Marco Rizzo


BLAST has introduced new changes to their rulebook in order to prevent CSGO coaches from cheating in the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Series tournament.

This comes directly as a result of the coaching bug scandal which hit the CSGO scene late in the summer after an ESIC found over 30 coaches who abused the exploit.

New rules include the necessity for all coaches to stream their perspective to a Discord channel as well as making it compulsory for all coaches to install and maintain MOss Anti-cheat active during all games.

Robert Mulgan, Esports Operations Manager at BLAST, communicated the changes to the public on twitter.

“Although this isn’t a perfect system, it’s a fantastic step forward in improving the integrity of online games, and will give us more evidence if we need to review cases!” Mulgan wrote.

The changes should prevent coaches from making use of any glitches present in the game or utilizing cheats as their perspective will be under constant supervision.

While this could partially hinder coaches from potentially opening an official stream and see the enemy’s position in a practice called “stream sniping,” individuals would still be able to do so using another device.

The MOss Anti-cheat is a software that constantly monitors the user’s PC, taking random screenshots and reporting any prohibited activities such as the use of macros. It has been active since 2010.

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New rules at the BLAST Premier Fall Series will try to combat any potential coaching issues.

While Valve patched the spectator bug soon after it became public, it was revealed that it had been present since at least 2016.

Use of the bug compromised several matches, including qualifiers for the major and resulted in several teams having their Regional Major Ranking points removed.

The coaching exploit scandal affected the entire CSGO scene and the initiative taken by BLAST, while not perfect, is the TO’s next step in combating the issue. These new rules will try to help prevent any further incidents throughout the BLAST Premier Fall Series.