Valorant pros w3ak and phox reply to cheating ban - Dexerto
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Valorant pros w3ak and phox reply to cheating ban

Published: 21/Jul/2020 0:36 Updated: 21/Jul/2020 11:28

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Games has banned two professional players, phox and w3ak, who were accused of cheating after their performance in recent tournaments, apparently confirming the community’s suspicions.

Valorant is no stranger to cheaters, even with its controversial Vanguard anti-cheat system, but professional players using them to get an edge during competition is something the young FPS hasn’t had to deal with, until now.

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Both phox and w3ak played for A.S.M.R. in the Nerd St. Gamers Open tournament, where they placed third, and were set to compete with Echo 8 in the PAX Arena Invitational until they got hit with a ban by Vanguard.

W3ak, to their credit, came right out and admitted that the cheating allegations were true (after a twitlonger where they blamed Echo 8’s organization), and said that their team had no idea what was going on at the time.

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“Not gonna try to prolong this anymore. None of our teammates knew we were cheating,” w3ak wrote on Twitter once the news broke. I got a message from phox this morning saying he got banned, so I checked if I was too. I have now logged in to being banned, thought I could play it off.”

Phox revealed in a twitlonger posted when the news came out that he wasn’t getting any enjoyment out of Valorant recently, and blamed a “series of unfortunate events” for what transpired.

“With the release of ranked I was playing over 12-15 hours a day just grinding but overtime after about 250 games played I started to lose enjoyment, I just kept playing because I had nothing better to do with my life,” phox wrote in the twitlonger.

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“Yes I had fun but I haven’t been truly been happy in so long and I feel like this isn’t what I was made to do in life, I understand there is potential but I simply don’t enjoy it and my mental state isn’t where it should be. After a series of unfortunate events recently and things just not going my way I am just going to take it as a sign this isn’t for me.”

Whether or not either player will be able to return to the Valorant esports scene remains to be seen, but a Vanguard ban on your record for cheating certainly won’t help with most major or minor esports orgs looking for players.

Even though Valorant esports are still in their infancy, it’s clear the game will have to deal with the same issues that have plagued others like CS:GO and Valorant.

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What do you think about one of the first major instance of cheating in Valorant esports, and who do you think Echo 8 will pick up to replace the pair? Let us know on Twitter @ValorantUpdates.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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