S1mple And Karrigan Believe Hard Legion Players Knew About Spectator Bug Being Abused

Aditya Singh Rawat
2/Sep/2020 02:51 pm

CS:GO pros s1mple and karrigan voice their opinion against the Hard Legion players.
They believe that the players were aware of their coach abusing the spectator bug.
Slowinski reveals that even Hard Legion's assistant coach had used the exploit

The coach spectator bug incident which has been the raging point of discussion within the CS:GO community since a few days has observed many of the talents and players voice their opinions freely. Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Finn "karrigan" Andersen are amongst those who have publicly stated that they believe all the Hard Legion players knew about their coach Aleksandr "MechanoGun" Bogatiryev cheating by misusing the spectator bug to gain an unfair advantage against Na’Vi at ESL One: Road to Rio - CIS.

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S1mple And Karrigan Voice Their Opinion

The in-game leader of mousesports was the first one to have spoken against the Hard Legion players after the Russian organization in an official statement had said that their “Coach did not inform anyone about the fact that he has an advantage in the game,” and that all the players continued to play fairly.

Karrigan while referring to the encounter between Hard Legion and Na’Vi at ESL One: Road to Rio - CIS said that it was “disgustingly obvious” that Hard Legion players knew about their coach using the spectator bug.

He further asked the question “Shouldn’t there be a punishment for that?” Because the organization on their part had given the verdict that as they have no reason to believe that the players knew about the bug “No sanctions on our part will be applied to the players.”

This was followed by s1mple also tweeting on the topic as he said something in Russian which translates to “Hmm, well, Hard Legion and morons, 100% of the players also knew the info, but I was thinking - how could such noobs beat us.”

The Ukrainian chose some bold words to describe the Hard Legion players who had eliminated Na’Vi from the first Major qualifier directly from the group stage itself.

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It was also revealed by Michal Slowinski who is a freelance esports referee and is leading the investigation on this incident that not only MechanoGun but even their assistant coach Erik “AKIMOV” Akimov abused the bug during Malta Vibes 3.

Out of the three coaches caught abusing this bug by ESL, MechanoGun is hands down the worst among them as he has abused this bug in multiple tournaments across several maps, accounting to easily close to a 100 rounds.


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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.