Bad dog or bad watchdog?

Phillip Rasmussen
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: Sport TV2

On Friday the saga of HUNDEN vs Heroic came to a conclusion, when the esports watchdog ESIC issued the Danish coach a two year ban.

If you have been living under a rock the last two months, here's the story in a few easy-to-read bullets:

  • Astralis were supposedly lining HUNDEN up as a replacement to zonic before IEM Cologne
  • Heroic consequently dropped the coach from their IEM Cologne lineup
  • Somewhere in that timespan, HUNDEN shared a team-folder with an Astralis employee containing team tactics (which we may add, were never opened by said employee)
  • Heroic then initiated legal steps against their benched coach, and raised a case with ESIC

So far, so good right?

And that's when the real drama started.

First HUNDEN went public and accused former team-mates of being in on the coach-bug cheating.

Then he claimed that he hadn't been heard in the case, and was threatened with additional sanctions if he fought the case. Which ESIC then promptly refuted in their statement.

What remains is the million dollar question: Is the ban fair or has ESIC overstepped their mandate?

The initial reaction was very much in favour of HUNDEN, noting that sharing anti-strats was not the same as giving away an entire playbook - and that two years is a long time, even for a repeat offender.

That is, until Heroic themselves took to Twitter, to explain exactly WHAT the coach tried to share - and let's tell you, it isn't pretty.

August 29, 2021

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