Another week of esports competition has passed, and while ESL Pro League Season 12 is currently on, we have way more important news to discuss. Something, we’ll refer to as the Coachpocalypse.
Last week saw the discovery of the so-called coach bug. Essentially, a glitch in the game allowed coaches to move their camera from an angle set above spawn that allowed them to see opposition movement. The bug has been around since as far back as 2017, but it was only discovered recently after the competition has moved fully online.
Since the discovery, through the tireless efforts of freelance referees Michał Słowiński and Steve Dudenhoeffer, three coaches were suspended by ESL and ESIC—Nicolai “Hunden” Petersen from Heroic, Ricardo “dead” Pacheco from MIBR, AleksandR “ZoneR” Bogatyev from Hard Legion Esports.
Because the latter two used the bugs in Road to Rio games, their teams will also lose all RMR points from the tournaments during which the bug was abused, meaning that MIBR is officially going to miss the first major to ever be played in Brazil.
With ESIC announcing a confession period for coaches who have used the bug in the past, more and more are coming forward including former NiP coach Faruk “pita” Pita and Allan “Rejin” Petersen from Mousesports, who fessed up to using the glitch while coaching Tricked. Mousesports have since suspected Rejin.
With 15 ongoing investigations, this wave of suspensions is surely far from over.
In other news, Cloud9 has announced that they will be looking to rebuild their organization completely… Again. Their current players will be helped in a transition to another organization, while the Boston 2018 Major winners will look for a new roster to represent the legendary NA brand.
ESL Pro League Season 12 is still ongoing, and with no real upsets to talk about so far, we’ll just encourage you to watch the games—some of them are really fun.