dAT to Cologne with flamie
dAT Team captain Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy has confirmed to HLTV.org that the team will attend ESL One Cologne with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev as a stand-in.
With Konstantin "Pr1zraK" Krivosheev away on vacation, dAT Team asked Egor "flamie" Vasilyev to play for them in the ESL One Cologne European finals, in which six places at the German event were up for grabs.
The Ukrainian/Russian mixture ended up being the surprise package of the whole tournament as they were one of the first teams to secure qualification, after beating mousesports and ESG!.
After dAT Team's victory over ESG!, there was a lot of discussion about whether Vasilyev was cheating or not, with some users pointing out that a Steam account with the ID "flamief7" was VAC-banned, which, if confirmed, would automatically result in the team's disqualification in accordance with the ESL's new set of rules.
However, the former USSR member took to HLTV.org's forums to explain that such an account does not belong to him.
"I used to play under my first steam account (0:1:61116, steamcommunity.com/id/flamief7/) for a long time. It had a page url of flamiew0w. I entered it as my steam profile link at ESEA," he wrote on HLTV.org.
"Then, at some point in time I decided to change my steam url. I didn’t change it on ESEA, because I obviously forgot about that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong about that in that. For example, Delpan’s profile @ SK-Gaming still says he plays in the same team as f0rest and GTR, even though it’s not exactly true anymore…
"At this point in time, some guy decides to take my old steam url, flamiew0w. That means that my ESEA profile now links to his page, even though he has nothing to do with me… That’s all there is to it. Anyone could take this steam url.
"Then at some point in time my steam account got a trade ban. I’ll admit it, I like skins, so I chose to simply migrate to a new one. As you can see, it was NOT vac-banned, it simply got a trade ban, which I tried to avoid.
"Now, to answer those people who say I changed my steamID the same day that guy’s account got VAC banned: this simply is not correct.
"You cannot change your ESL SteamID yourself, an admin has to do it for you, but first you have to open a ticket. Any ESL admin can confirm I applied for a steam ID change a week before his account got banned."
Contacted by HLTV.org, Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy stressed that team stand behind Vasilyev, who will also be playing for them at the ESL's upcoming $250,000 major.
dAT Team are currently looking for an organisation to help cover the costs of attending the event in Germany. All interested organisations can contact the team via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PayPal account has also been set up to accept donations from members of the community. Should you wish you help dAT Team to attend ESL One, all you need to do is write down the following e-mail address in PayPal: email@example.com.
The Ukrainian/Russian mixture will attend ESL Cologne with:
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy
Vlаdуslаv "bondik" Nеchуроrchuk
Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin
Alexey "ub1que" Polivanov
Egor "flamie" Vasilyev