However, following his pop flash around the corner, Twistzz watched as his character was instantly deleted from the game, only seeing the shoulder of an enemy player and leaving him with little to no time to react.
The North-American star was mindblown after realizing he had actually been wall banged with one-shot from a Desert Eagle, exclaiming “What, are you serious!?” before watching the replay of how he died.
To Twistzz’s surprise, the opponent’s killcam revealed that he was randomly spraying with the lethal pistol after being blinded by the pro player’s flashbang grenade, when one bullet luckily managed to connect.
The Team Liquid pro could not help but laugh after realizing how unfortunate his death was, although many viewers joked that the enemy player may have cheated to pull off the kill, spamming “VAC” in reference to Valve’s anti-cheat system.
Although it would be hard to tell for sure, Twistzz joked with his viewers shortly after highlighting how unlikely it would be to get that kill, “I can’t believe this sh*t, that guy had the recoil down.” he sarcastically expressed.
After winning numerous tournaments and even securing the Intel Grand Slam over the 2019 season, Twistzz and his teammates under Team Liquid will be looking to add a few more before the year ends with the ECS and BLAST pro Finals quickly approaching.
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 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.
ESIC issues sanctions against 35 players for betting related offences & extends bans for 2 players previously sanctioned in October 2020.
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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.”
All offending CSGO players have also been “referred to law enforcement.”
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.
Jeremy “motion” Lloyd (Control) — 12 months
Patrick “falcon” Romano De Sousa (Control) — 12 months
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.
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.”