The Most ICONIC Scandals, Bugs and Broken Updates in CS:GO History

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The Most ICONIC Scandals, Bugs and Broken Updates in CS:GO History
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  • CS:GO's history features some of the most scandalous and quite frankly
  • hilarious moments across the gaming world and this is a tribute to some of
  • the game's most ridiculous shocking and intriguing past.
  • Considered one of the biggest controversies at the
  • time, Fnatic's infamous Overpass boost is still debated to this day. Whether you
  • think the boost was an amazing play that was engineered by the great CS:GO minds
  • at Fnatic or whether you think the boost was completely illegal and
  • unnecessary, you have to admit it made for a memorable Major.
  • Down 13-3 after the first 16 rounds, Fnatic finally made their
  • three-man booth works as olofmeister secured two quick kills on the
  • unsuspecting LDLC. Fnatic would continue to use and abuse the boost round after
  • round for the rest of the game and it would eventually win them that map over
  • LDLC. The big issue with this boost was actually that when using the boost, some
  • textures would become invisible and that was what was against tournament rules.
  • "They realized by getting from social media, that there is a texture bug. So a
  • texture transparency from that spot where you can see almost down to the T-spawn, you
  • can see what's called tunnel and in the rules that is not allowed." After a series
  • of back-and-forth between the teams and the admins, it was eventually ruled that
  • the entire map would be replayed. After the final decision, however, Fnatic
  • forfeited that match and LDLC would go on to win their first Major championship.
  • Although it's impossible to know exactly
  • when this lobby raider first appeared in the private lobbies of professional CS:GO
  • players and tournaments around the world, what we do know is the incredible amount
  • of craze this raider generated across the CS:GO community. Appearing in the private
  • lobbies of even Valve sponsored events such as ESL One: Katowice 2015 and ESL
  • One: Cologne 2015, this Raider gained notoriety within the community at a
  • rapid pace.
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  • In no time, this chiken had a booming social media
  • following and so many fake accounts imitating him that it would become
  • almost impossible to keep track of the real one. This lobby raider gained so
  • much popularity so fast that he even held an AMA with almost 500
  • comments and over 1600 upvotes. There are several theories about the identity of
  • this anonymous lobby raider, with the most popular being that this is a
  • character creation of the Youtuber Failu, especially considering his video
  • contribution to the chiken craze. But I guess there's no real way to tell for
  • sure. Like all things, however, this character/meme would eventually fade
  • into obscurity, but we'll never forget that time when no one was safe from the
  • chiken.
  • Valve's Christmas gift to the CS:GO community, the
  • R8 update. The R8 update was, at the time, probably the most game breaking update
  • in the history of CS:GO. Not only was the R8 the most powerful pistol on release,
  • it was hands down the most powerful gun in the game. Although there were so many
  • things wrong about the R8 on release, the damage model was hands-down the most
  • broken. The gun had an extremely high base damage of 115 which meant you could
  • kill an enemy with one shot to the chest. But not only that it came with a
  • million bugs. Not only could you waste ammo during freeze time, you could hold
  • both the left and right mouse buttons to get the accuracy of a channeled mouse one, but
  • the speed of a mouse two shot. Not only that, players could defuse the bomb and
  • right-click opponents at the exact same time.
  • Needless to say, the community was outraged and tournament organizers
  • such as ESL refused to play on the new update. With the entire wrath of the
  • community at its doors, Valve nerfed the R8 in a blog post entitled damage
  • control. The nerfs were significant enough that less and less players began using
  • the R8 over time, and although the R8 is hardly ever used now, there was a point
  • in time when the R8 outdid every other gun.
  • The infamous Train bug, aka the bird boost. In December of 2014, Train was reintroduced to CS:GO and
  • it came with a complete facelift. This was significant because it was the first
  • time in the game's history where a map that was already in the game would
  • receive a complete overall signaling more of that to come in the future.
  • Building the map from the ground up, the new de_train was stunningly beautiful,
  • but valve included a critical mistake. It would only take a couple of hours before
  • the community would learn of the bird boost. With all the changes that Valve had made
  • to the map, a new addition was the spawning of pigeons every couple of rounds down
  • by ivy. The big issue was that these pigeons had hit boxes that players could
  • use to jump on top of and then enter the map with. The game breaking part of
  • this bug, was that, if used properly, it would allow clear vision down into the
  • A bomb site for the player outside of the map, giving them an extreme unfair
  • advantage. The bird boost was not long-lived however as Valve quickly got
  • rid of the bug and set up this mural in memory of this hilarious moment
  • Considered the worst
  • tournament ever held in the history of CS:GO, 2015's Gaming Paradise was anything
  • but. To start things off, the tournament itself began with a 12 hour delay in which
  • the tournament organizers explained the delay was due to a road driver who
  • allegedly went missing with the computers needed to run the tournament.
  • Replacement computers were eventually brought in, but they apparently were not
  • up to par and would drop frames and net less than 100 frames per second in smokes.
  • It gets worse. Police eventually arrived at the players' hotels and confiscated
  • their passports because, as it turns out, the organizers had not paid for those hotel
  • rooms. The passports were later returned to the players once the police were able
  • to confirm that the rooms were in fact booked by the organizers and not the
  • players or teams.
  • The story continues with the tournament organizers eventually drafting up a new contract
  • that stated that the players would be receiving their prize money by
  • completing their games. But to no one's surprise G2, who acquired the
  • Kinguin lineup that won the tournament, released a statement later that year
  • which made it clear that the team was not to receive any of the money that
  • they were promised. A fittingly horrendous end to a terrible tournament.
  • "And we found this new
  • site called CS:GO lotto." For better or worse CS:GO and the gambling market has been
  • in an intricate love affair since skins were first released in the arms deal
  • update back in 2013. Many would even say that weapon skins
  • are the reason why the game is so popular. Although it can be said that the
  • gambling scandals first began with former CS:GO player and now popular
  • streamer Mohamad "m0E" Assad versus CS:GO diamonds, the gambling scandals actually
  • really exploded when a Youtuber by the name of Honour the Call made a video
  • providing evidence that popular Call of Duty Youtubers TmarTn and ProSyndicate
  • have promoted and gambled on CS:GO lotto without disclosing the fact that they
  • were owners of that website. Through this story, several other notable streamers
  • and prominent personalities were dragged into the
  • forefront and the community began to seriously consider the legitimacy and
  • morality of such websites.
  • Valve's response came in July, when it
  • released an announcement stating that they had no business relationships with
  • any of the gambling websites and that it would send out notices to cease
  • operations. Valve followed through shortly after, with said letter and the letter
  • requested the immediate cease and desist of a long list of popular gambling
  • websites such as CS:GO Lotto, CS:GO Wild, CS:GO Diamonds, and most notably
  • CS:GO lounge. The gambling crackdown had some stating that this was the end of
  • CS:GO's competitive scene and viewership, but the CS:GO community held strong and
  • were able to set new viewership records during the ELEAGUE Major.
  • "l I don't even care, we're all on adderall. Like I don't even give a f--k."
  • CS:GO's doping scandal exploded mid 2015, when former Cloud9 member
  • Semphis admitted that he and the entire C9 lineup at ESL One Katowice were on
  • adderall. These remarks sparked a world of controversy about the use of drugs in
  • esports and ESL responded quickly, teaming up with the NADA to run their
  • first anti PED drug test for ESL One: Cologne of that year. When
  • Cologne ended, ESL released an article detailing the immense success of the
  • event along with news that the random PED testing held during the event came
  • back negative, successfully putting an end to the
  • biggest drug scandal in CS:GO history.
  • Near the end of 2014, a German pro player SMN was first caught cheating through
  • the ESEA client. Valve and ESEA then quickly worked together to help update the
  • Valve anti-cheat system and it was able to detect and ban SMN of Team Alternate
  • Sf of Epsilon and most notably Titan's very own KQLY.
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  • KQLY soon after the VAC ban came clean, stating that he had in fact used the cheat for a week.
  • Following these VAC bans came an extreme witch hunt. "I know that a couple
  • of my teammates are convinced that...they think they cheat." The man most affected
  • by this witch hunt was flusha of Fnatic. As several videos accusing the Swede of
  • cheating became more and more popular over the Internet. flusha defended his
  • stance stating that he had never cheated and that he will never cheat
  • explaining that his unique playstyle and tendency to lift his mouse a lot more
  • than other pros as some of the explanations for the community suspicions.
  • Although the witch hunt would die down eventually as time past, speculations and
  • suspicions of pro players cheating still continue to this day.
  • A mistake that would change the lives of all the
  • members involved, the iBUYPOWER match-fixing scandal is probably the
  • biggest esports scandal of all time. On August 20th of 2014, two North American
  • teams iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com were set to face
  • off in an online match for the fifth season of CEVO's professional league.
  • iBUYPOWER were heavily favored in this matchup, but were blown out 4-16. When
  • the match ended there was some speculation that the match was thrown by
  • iBUYPOWER, but it was quickly brushed aside as just rumors. The story then
  • later resurfaced when veteran esports journalist Richard Lewis brought
  • to light new evidence in January of 2015. The new evidence provided by
  • Richard Lewis was incriminating text messages by Derek "dboorN" Boorn to his
  • former girlfriend. The text explicitly said that quote they really did throw
  • that match and I bet for them on alternate accounts end quote. The rest
  • is as they say history, as Valve put their foot down on the people involved through
  • a blog post entitled integrity and fair play in January of 2015. Although at the
  • time the bans were indefinite, Valve in their 2016 blog post entitled "A
  • follow-up on integrity and fair play" confirmed that the bans would be in
  • fact permanent.
  • Looking at the topic as a whole, we have to trace it back to
  • Canada's own Northern Arena where IMT's HEN1 was found not wearing his
  • headphones for the first two rounds of their final map against Cloud9. This
  • event sparked a slew of controversy around the importance of headgear
  • regulation and competitive play. Fast forward about a month or so and sean
  • gares tweets out the following Tweet. quote there needs to be rules on hazard
  • events without booths. You should never be able to see a player's ear end quote.
  • This tweet stirred up a relevant conversation about whether hats or
  • headgear in some way reduce the effectiveness of noise canceling
  • headphones on the players heads. Although no firm conclusion could be made about
  • whether headgear was in fact obtrusive to the noise canceling headphones or
  • whether pro players could use that to an advantage, the fact that the topic itself
  • was generating unnecessary controversy around fair play became an issue. The
  • response was swift as ESL made an official rule ahead of its pro league
  • finals that headgear such as beanies would not be allowed to be worn. This trend
  • continued on to the recent ELEAGUE Major qualifiers and even the ELEAGUE
  • Major itself and it will most likely continue on for the foreseeable future.
  • And that's the list. Please let us know in the comments below if you felt like
  • we might have missed anything and make sure to hit that like button and
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