The looming cloud

Elliott Griffiths

Illustration by NovaH

We just can’t get away from the coach bug.

We refrained from going into it in the week - partially because the report was vague, without names, and partially because we thought if we ignored it, it might just go away.

It won’t go away.

ESIC decided to ban zakk, peacemaker, and hally just days before the Major for perceived abuses of the ol’ coach bug. As you can imagine, that went down well.

Team Spirit started calling out ESIC in a statement, suggesting that hally didn’t abuse the bug, had just one instance of it before reconnecting to get rid of it, and essentially didn’t do much wrong.

They screwed up, though, by suggesting they didn’t know who ESIC are. As Richard Lewis points out, they had to have known.

zakk, similarly, was not happy. LMBT wasn’t even involved, but he’s ready to dish out some dirt (and we’re pretty sure he’s found someone to talk to, too).

Great timing, lads. Glad you waited until now to cast a dark cloud over Counter-Strike’s Christmas.

If you want to keep up with the story, Luis Mira has generally been on the forefront with it, so drop him a follow.

May 8, 2022

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