A charlatan, on a podcast??

Elliott Griffiths
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Turns out ESIC are even more of a f*cking shambles than anyone could have foreseen.

Except, well, literally everyone.

That’s probably unfair, given there’s basically no proof that this chancer ever worked for ESIC. But ‘former ESIC employee’ Alexei “Yarabeu” Kurlov claims that a bunch of pro players have been match-fixing and/or cheating on a podcast.

As everyone knows, all the biggest truths come out on a podcast.

Look, maybe he’s not a total bullsh*tter and Woro2k, w0nderful, Dima, FinigaN and HooXi are all match-fixing. Or maybe this guy is just making stuff up for attention. Why wait ‘til you’ve left ESIC to do something about it?

Maybe we’re being too skeptical. It’s not out of the realms of possibility that some tier two pros are cheating or match-fixing - lord knows it wouldn’t be the first time.

But the fact that he left one of the groups of people who could actually do something about it, just to talk about it on a podcast, screams no proof, or at least not enough.

According to a reddit comment - yes, we know, but hear us out - the guy barely knows what he’s talking about. Failure to understand crosshair placement, the idea that sometimes teams do lose rounds by accident and how matchfixing is caught don’t exactly instill confidence.

Basically, we think this guy is a charlatan. But we also wouldn’t be surprised if there was some sketchy goings on. We just don’t think this guy would know anything about it.

October 20, 2022

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