Michal Slowinski: “I really didn’t think I would find more than one case”

HLTV.org sat down with the freelance referee who uncovered one of the biggest scandals in the history of Counter-Strike.

Michal Slowinski is on a mission.

For the past few weeks, Slowinski — a veteran Counter-Strike referee and league operations specialist — has devoted much of his free time to combing through hundreds of demos from recent competitions, going far back as last year, way before the coronavirus began to upend life around the world.

The reason? A game-breaking bug that some coaches exploited to gain a competitive advantage.

The bug in question first made headlines last week, when Wisla Krakow coach Mariusz "⁠Loord⁠" Cybulski posted a tweet saying that, on rare occasions, a coach could "fly over the map" and provide information to players that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Other coaches, including Wilton "⁠zews⁠" Prado and Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu, weighed in on the discussion and admitted to having run into the same bug, which was promptly fixed by Valve in its August 26 update.

Michal Slowinski is a freelance referee with 10 years of experience (Photo by João Ferreira)

That was the end of it — or so many thought. Slowinski had been able to reproduce the bug long before Loord’s tweet and had come to the conclusion that it had been possible for coaches to abuse this exploit in a competitive environment. Since then, he has been hard at work trying to identify those who took advantage of the bug.

“I only found out about this glitch at some point in June, I think it was between DreamHack Masters Spring and cs_summit 6,” Slowinski told HLTV.org. “Some teams reported it to me and said that the bug had been part of the game since 2016. I’m not entirely sure that is 100% accurate because that is not something we can prove, but I know that it has been part of the game at least since March this year.”

Slowinski believes that teams became increasingly concerned about the potential damage of this spectator bug because the coronavirus pandemic has rattled the esports landscape. The stakes are much higher in online tournaments now, with Major spots and big prizes on the line, and the temptation to abuse an exploit could prove too strong to resist.

“It’s a little bit sad they didn't come forward earlier, but better late than never,” he said. “I wasn't given any suspects, nobody suspected anything. They just said that this bug was a thing and they helped me understand how it worked. My job was to try to reproduce it so I could report it to Valve.”

By using the bug, coaches could pick a spot anywhere on a map and remain locked in that position, this way making calls or providing information based on what they were seeing. If the coach reconnected to the server or changed the perspective to one of their players, it was impossible to use the bug again for the rest of the map because one of the conditions was that the team they joined as a coach didn’t have any players assigned. But since servers are restarted after every map in most big online tournaments, coaches could use the bug over the course of an entire series.

ESL dropped the ban hammer on Monday, when it announced that three coaches — Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen, Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev and Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia — had been suspended for a minimum of six months after being caught using the bug in recent months. When I spoke with Slowinski, almost 48 hours had passed since the announcement, yet he still found it hard to describe the wave of emotions that he experienced that evening.

“I was a little stressed out, I knew the announcement was coming, I just didn’t know exactly when,” he said. “After it came out, my emotions, it was all gone. The case was sort of closed, you know? I even went out and sort of celebrated. I could finally breathe a bit, I could finally get some rest.”

There have been few moments of relaxation for Slowinski since he took on this responsibility together with Steve Dudenhoeffer — who has also been heavily involved in the investigation since day one. “We’ve done it together, the credit goes to him as well,” Slowinski explained when asked about his friend’s role. “He has been basically working as much as me. He has been helping me a lot from the start, because I obviously need a second opinion in all of this. I'd give him more recognition but he just doesn't like that.”

Slowinski has been juggling his investigation with his normal job as a tournament admin, leading to very long work hours and no days off. “It’s been done mostly at night and in the morning when I wake up,” he said. “Trust me when I say that over the last month I have spent way too much time on this, it's crazy.” Each demo takes approximately five minutes to verify — that is, unless he comes across a bug abuse, which requires a much more thorough analysis.

Speculation about which coaches will be caught next is likely to continue into the next weeks, especially after Slowinski discovered a potential case from 2019 involving FURIA’s coach, Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira (who has since posted a video detailing his version of the events). How far back do we have to go to make sure that all cases are identified? Not even Slowinski knows.

With Half-Life Advanced Effects (HLAE), a movie-making tool, anyone can now go through demos with hopes of identifying wrongdoers. Given the scale of the task at hand, Slowinski could certainly use the help, but isn’t he afraid that the community’s involvement, with no accountability or oversight, will inevitably lead to a witch-hunt?

“I didn't want to steal all the credit, it's good that there are some other people who can check this as well,” he said. “I don't want this to turn into a witch-hunt, but I guess there's nothing we can do about it.”

Slowinski has grown frustrated with the lack of a unified response to this scandal. He is now working with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) — which cooperated with ESL and has also handed bans to the three coaches — to develop an efficient and impartial process to analyse these cases as some tournament organisers are taking too long to go over his findings or have simply ignored him. At the same time, he questions Valve’s silence on this matter, especially considering that the qualifying system for the next Counter-Strike Major has already been affected in two of the six regions.

“I hope to see a statement from all the tournament organisers,” he said. “There are still cases where coaches [who have been banned] abused the bug in other tournaments. HUNDEN did it in one of the Home Sweet Home Cups and Heroic won it. What's the reaction here? Are they getting banned, are they not getting banned? And the same thing for Hard Legion, they abused it in three Home Sweet Home cups and Malta Vibes as well. There needs to be some sort of punishment. At the moment, it's easy to just rely on what was released by ESL and DreamHack, but there needs to be some sort of action by the other tournament organisers. And ideally by Valve, too. Valve needs to act. There needs to be some sort of punishment for the Major cycle.”

Three days after the scandal came to light, Slowinski is still grappling with his unexpected fame. The number of his Twitter followers has jumped to almost 14,000 from little over 4,000 since this all began. “I used to go through all of my direct messages on Twitter, but now my inbox has exploded,” he said. “I don't even have time to go through the comments in my tweets.” Most feedback has been positive, but he has also had to deal with abusive comments. “I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, some from Hard Legion fans. This morning, my email inbox was full of messages about someone trying to reset my Instagram password. That sort of thing had never happened to me before. What I'm happy with is that the big influencers in the scene have all sort of approved this investigation and have given me lots of props.”

The Counter-Strike community at large has been singing the praises of Slowinski and Dudenhoeffer all week long. ESL has agreed to pay the duo a compensation for their efforts, while host Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus and analyst Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill have set up an appreciation fund. Meanwhile, Flashpoint Creative Director Duncan "⁠Thorin⁠" Shields has revealed that he will push his company to hire Slowinski. For the Polish tournament admin, who completed on Wednesday ten years on the job, these are unfamiliar times. “As you can imagine, an admin job isn’t really rewarding in any way, whether it’s in terms of money or some sort of public recognition,” Slowinski said. “We work behind the scenes and we mostly get flamed by teams and by the community when something goes wrong.”

Slowinski said that he never thought this issue would assume such proportions when he learned about the spectator bug. “It's not like I expected to find a cheater. I really didn't think I would find more than one case.” And while the community appreciation and the payment he will receive will help to make up for all the time that he has spent, and will continue to spend, analysing hundreds of demos, those things were not on his mind when he set out to investigate the claims that players had privately made to him. Ultimately, he felt a sense of duty to protect the game that he loves. “I've been refereeing games for a very long time and I just want to make sure our game is clean and there is no unfair play from teams. When I found out about this, I felt I had to do my job and report it.”

Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Brazil Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueira
Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueira
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Mariusz 'Loord' Cybulski
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
369
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
APR:
0.09
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.08
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Russia Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
102
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
This guy is a god. "I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, some from Hard Legion fans. This morning, my email inbox was full of messages about someone trying to reset my Instagram password" LOL
2020-09-03 22:39
Lmao
2020-09-03 22:46
He sounds just like a big fan - now you know what's it like
2020-09-03 23:06
Nah I don't write death treats to a guy who only did his Job because my Favoriten Team/Player got banned
2020-09-03 23:36
I meant the delusional part.. How would I know what you are sending in private anyway
2020-09-03 23:54
Duplicate, sry
2020-09-03 23:06
HL dropped man's team, and he went and snitched to ESL, lmao.
2020-09-03 23:06
Expected from brazilian passionate fans but not really from CIS cucklords. What a fucking trash human being you have to be to send a death threat, in this case you also must be a cheater yourself or an absolute idiot. Like, imagine being a fan of the team whose only achievement is beating navi with wallhack. Big fucking lol.
2020-09-04 00:51
Ak-47 > 🔪
2020-09-04 06:45
I didn't think that hard leagion had any fans that comitted...
2020-09-04 10:41
+1 pizdec stupid children
2020-09-05 16:13
Yeah, this is disappointing, but not necessarily unexpected... :/
2020-09-04 04:40
Hard Legion team has fans?
2020-09-04 07:42
i think brazilians would take it personally if he said only mibr fans
2020-09-04 09:37
if its a fact... its not like he'd piss them off even more after his discoveries ;)
2020-09-04 10:42
give these guys some money! they have earned it!
2020-09-04 11:24
I bet that Furia did this bug against Liquid and the other teams 100%
2020-09-04 22:29
#3
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United Kingdom zyrexxi
seems like ya did
2020-09-03 22:32
good admin, never went through players while being on the same server for 4 years and let everyone cheat on his games <3
2020-09-03 22:40
#67
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Liechtenstein preimz
the fuck are you on about
2020-09-03 22:51
how is it possible for him to not know about the bug if he is on the server with them and he can look everyones POV especially when coaches call tech pause all the time? he never wondered why ? good admin definitely, deserves a fundraising imo for doing his job well all these years
2020-09-03 22:54
brazillian toxicity coming out
2020-09-03 23:09
nope im just stating facts you guys are so desperate for drama nowadays in cs cuz its boring as fuck but he was one of those who allowed it ? it was happening under his nose ? nvm, lets go michal ! our hero and saviour !
2020-09-03 23:12
#152
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Asia loveall
how much more stupid can you be !
2020-09-03 23:48
nt shifting blame to the ref instead of br scene that was EXPOSED AS CHEATERZZ
2020-09-04 00:02
at least we have a scene
2020-09-04 00:03
A SCANDALOUS CHEATING SCENE LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-09-04 00:03
#208
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Australia zanics
lmao nice washed up cheater scene except furia
2020-09-04 02:56
??? we have 10 other teams, are they cheaters too? mibr are cheaters, the rest are fine
2020-09-04 09:30
Didn't Furias coach use it?
2020-09-04 09:55
Yep
2020-09-04 22:50
Estonian scene would fuck mibr
2020-09-04 06:55
You are going after the one guy actually standing up for integrity instead of the guys who didn't even look? Smart move. You do realize he wasn't the ref on most of these matches and the admins are probably more interested in the players than the coaches while ingame. But its okay, you wanna be against the popular oppinion because you think it makes you cool, thats fine. Sometimes its stupid though.
2020-09-04 10:47
#310
CeRq | 
Poland RoDaK
Why you try to explain something in detail to him is beyond my comprehension but nice try
2020-09-05 21:32
#106
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Liechtenstein preimz
Spectators can't see other spec's POVs during the match. He can, however go in after and check the other spectators POVs, which is what he's been doing.
2020-09-03 23:18
thats not how gotv works if its in gotv feed that means u can spectate him on server also if he cant spectate him while on server then you wouldnt be able to do that in gotv either
2020-09-03 23:23
spec is counted as a player if you don't know. stop spreading death threats
2020-09-04 00:01
exactly ! that means he can spectate him in the game as well, not only on demo where did u see a death threat ?!
2020-09-04 00:02
#273
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Lithuania arres
So you expect admins to spectate coaches of all people during the match all the time in case they used this bug which is used very rarely by little number of people? You make no sense, shut up
2020-09-04 11:35
there is no way he didnt know it existed.. stop it coaches knew, they were asking for tech pauses for 4 years, but head esl admin didnt know ? sure bro
2020-09-04 11:44
#277
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Lithuania arres
Yeah.. youre one of the br dumdums.
2020-09-04 11:54
If you had any other flag I'd assume you're just trolling. But no, you are actually that fucking stupid, like most of your countrymen. The most pathetic fanbase in the entire fucking world. You deserve all the hate you get.
2020-09-03 23:22
>43 yo virgin >hates brazil are you thorin or richard LULIs? KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-09-04 00:24
"Hates Brazil" Yeah sure, whatever floats your boat. Inferiority complex is a bitch but you will never fucking understand.
2020-09-04 09:43
Hmmmm hard one I think it is richard LULis
2020-09-04 14:01
#226
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
Nt xenophobic
2020-09-04 06:22
Take your inferiority complex somewhere else. No one hates Brazilians because they are Brazilians. Just look around how you guys have been behaving in the last months, with all the mibr/chaos drama, death threats and blind fanboyism. You guys behave like literal shit and then blame everyone around because they hate you for it.
2020-09-04 09:42
#275
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Lithuania arres
Yeah, noticing a pattern is xenophobia. Br flag is definitely a strong indicator on hltv to expect some kind of nonesense. How can you even deny that? I know how - you're one of them. The same goes with russians, albanians and many more, usually slavic or post soviet countries. However br takes the cake because it seems like the dumber person is the more right he thinks he is.
2020-09-04 11:50
Considering that Brazil (and maybe Russia) have the biggest fan base, it will surelly appear to have the most number of idiots. There are idiots everywhere. Here, in Spain, in Lithuania... Not to generalize statements like <put a nation here> are all stupid/criminals/cheaters/noobs/whatever is simply the smartest thing to do in matter of respect - if you, whoever reads this, give any weight to respect. On the other hand, it will look like - and it is - xenophobia, and that's what we most see here in HLTV forums. What can we do other than trying to be a better person?
2020-09-04 21:12
What do u mean, like 30 millions Brazilians are descendants of Italians, and you don't know that ?
2020-09-04 06:48
#250
 | 
Italy kyoor
brazilian and turks are the most delusional people on the planet in this moment. italy even gives citizenship to brazilians, argentinians, americans and canadians just because your great-great-great-grandfather was italian. those "italians" have nothing to do with Italy lmao
2020-09-04 09:15
it is a way of rewarding us already, tbh.. we welcome you retarded people, you guys should stay in italy, ungrateful people. and WTF ? only 70.000 Brazilians live in Italy, not even 1% lmao.
2020-09-04 18:04
#296
 | 
Italy kyoor
how many should live? 5m? we don't reproduce like mammals here in europe just telling you btw if he gets the italian citizenship he counts as italian, 3,9/4 can't even speak italian :D
2020-09-04 18:22
Bro, trust me not even 1% wants go to Italy, you guys brought 30M of retarded people and we don't complain about that, you seems a cry baby asf. When Italians come to Brazil, they spoke in Italian, retarded.. don't be hypocrite.
2020-09-05 03:55
#307
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Italy kyoor
nt lmao difference is they didn't have brazilian citizenship you 70iq above average brazilian imagine saying brazil > italy jajajjajaj
2020-09-05 14:27
You retard ? When Italians come to Brazil they had an option called naturalization that's men the same about citizenship, did you study about why Italians come here at least!? you looks so dumb idk why.
2020-09-06 00:08
#318
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Italy kyoor
you meant i sound? learn english btw mine isn't perfect but yours is just awful, guess thanks to the great education system in brazil they were economic immigrants? so? lol imagine thinking italy needs to reward your country for welcoming italians 1 century ago nice big brazil brain btw, i posted ur flag and you went into a politics argument on a csgo cheating post lmao and i even replied to you /closed
2020-09-06 10:57
You totally deviate from what we are talking about because you have no arguments, you look like a mammal talking. /closed
2020-09-06 11:56
#320
 | 
Italy kyoor
"they were economic immigrants? so? lol imagine thinking italy needs to reward your country for welcoming italians 1 century ago" """""how is it possible for him to not know about the bug if he is on the server with them and he can look everyones POV especially when coaches call tech pause all the time? he never wondered why ? good admin definitely, deserves a fundraising imo for doing his job well all these years"""" -----------> "What do u mean, like 30 millions Brazilians are descendants of Italians, and you don't know that ?" btw im proud of myself i made you learn a new world, tho you still need to improve your grammar a bit
2020-09-06 12:55
1."imagine thinking italy needs to reward your country for welcoming italians 1 century ago" R: you were being fucked in the war, so you came here, a bunch of poop 2."how is it possible for him to not know about the bug if he is on the server with them and he can look everyones POV especially when coaches call tech pause all the time? he never wondered why ? good admin definitely, deserves a fundraising imo for doing his job well all these years" R: I didn't disagree with michał in none moment. 3."What do u mean, like 30 millions Brazilians are descendants of Italians, and you don't know that ?" R: I am of Italian and Spanish descent and I just think that Italy and Brazil could be friends, and not act like crap which is what you are doing. 4."btw im proud of myself i made you learn a new world, tho you still need to improve your grammar a bit" R:On the contrary, you should at least know why Italians came here, unlike us, who would like to know your Italian culture, you don't know anything and your grammar is totally negative. -----------> NOTE: You should learn a little about text interpretation and argue with what is being said, just a tip.
2020-09-07 03:09
#324
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Italy kyoor
italians came for economic reasons. but nt. lmao. Descent ///////////////////////=////////////// citizenship
2020-09-07 19:16
nobody wants have this shit of "Italian citizenship", nor does 1% want to go to italy, stop crying for nothing.
2020-09-07 19:20
#326
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Italy kyoor
sure buddy braziltop1
2020-09-07 19:21
yeah, braziltop1.. btw ez rekt italian delusional .
2020-09-07 19:24
#328
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Italy kyoor
u rekt who? in italy nobody gives a fuck about italian descent brazilians lmao you think italians went to brazil cuz of the war... halo? mybe when EU starts its colonial program again we could fund your education system
2020-09-07 19:26
u mad !? cuz you get rekt complain about citizenship, and now are saying "in italy nobody gives a fuck about italian descent brazilians" that's not true, you give a fuck about that, LMAOOO... please stop you're making your country a shame doing this. 😂😂😂
2020-09-07 19:30
#331
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Italy kyoor
if you get mad on a internet argument that is just time wasting you're mentally challenged lol nobody gives a fuck about them, cuz we don't fucking want them having citizenbship and coming here just cuz ur 54 grade relative is italian you dumbass SA bringing MS-13 and other of your autism to milan savages
2020-09-07 19:35
Lmao, as said before not even 1% wants that shit retarded, you can't read, idk why but when I'm talking with you, I look so smart, idk why.. probably because you still repeating the same things, and I have advise you again about your shit-citizenship.
2020-09-07 19:42
#333
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Italy kyoor
many monthly threads on r/italy about that XDXDXD
2020-09-07 23:17
many monthly threads = not even 1% of Brazilians want this your shit-citizenship NICE. you should know that Italians went to Argentina between 1876 and 1915, 46% were from Southern Italy, 42% from the North and 12% from the Center, and 17 million Americans declared Italian descendants. The study doesn't hurt, trust me.
2020-09-07 23:54
my great grandfather would be ashamed for you, LMAOO.
2020-09-07 19:32
carrying the comp scene also death threats expected from MIBR fans
2020-09-03 22:37
HARD LEGIONS FANS
2020-09-03 23:15
#147
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Norway Triplex02
MIBR FANS
2020-09-03 23:43
#158
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United Kingdom 230IQUSER
% of MiBR fans who do that is higher than Hard Legion fans, Also who tf is a hard legion fan LOL
2020-09-03 23:55
They are MIBR fans ofc, they just pretend to be HL fans in order to keep MIBR's image clean(this is not possible tho, everyone knows they are fucking scumbags).
2020-09-04 00:51
Lmao
2020-09-04 12:05
The percentage is high for MIBR because there are more lunatic fans, I haven't supported them for a long time, but it doesn't change the fact that hard legion fans doing the same, if it is to judge others they at least should not do the same thing.
2020-09-06 01:02
i’m sorry but hard legions fan attacking Michau is not as bad as the brazilian psycho army attacking him
2020-09-04 00:07
You don't know, if they are lmao
2020-09-04 06:49
BOTH
2020-09-04 02:56
#5
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Bulgaria goshyy
God Michal!
2020-09-03 22:33
OK
2020-09-03 22:34
michu leave cs to this
2020-09-03 22:34
LULW
2020-09-03 22:35
#214
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United Kingdom 230IQUSER
upgrade tbh
2020-09-04 03:51
+1 lmao
2020-09-04 06:49
#9
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy
+respect mens))
2020-09-03 22:34
#11
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Malaysia Suno[t]
hunden did nothing wrong
2020-09-03 22:34
holocoach didnt happen but it should have
2020-09-04 00:40
great work man.
2020-09-03 22:34
respect!
2020-09-03 22:34
#14
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Poland Julka
Legend
2020-09-03 22:34
would not surprise if he's getting death threads from YOU KNOW WHO.
2020-09-03 22:35
you called it
2020-09-03 22:39
This guy is trying to help valve fix this game and he gets death threats from Brazilians.....
2020-09-03 22:35
it's not only in CS, every great football matches people fight and even kill each other in the streets.. i hate this country
2020-09-03 23:27
wtf
2020-09-04 00:21
don`t act like polish don`t kill each other with machete XD
2020-09-04 04:42
shush :)
2020-09-04 11:54
you guys are crazy wtf
2020-09-04 00:47
Fake flag asf
2020-09-04 06:50
#17
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy
“I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, lmfao classic
2020-09-03 22:35
"Some" lmao , he is such a nice guy, most likely he received hundreds of death threats from angry brazilians.
2020-09-04 00:52
#228
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
Yeah yeah for sure, hundreds, yes
2020-09-04 06:24
knowing how brazilians are it wouldn't surprise me.
2020-09-04 09:46
Ik Mohammed.
2020-09-06 01:03
#19
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Denmark pdxm
Legend , doing more than the game does for itself
2020-09-03 22:35
#20
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Brazil Feio91
MIBR FANS AND DEATH THREADS. I AM SURPRISED. IRONY
2020-09-03 22:36
shouldnt you be kneeling for some drug addict rapists murderers right now - you know like furia lol
2020-09-03 23:07
#215
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Brazil Feio91
like 1945?
2020-09-04 04:18
#219
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World streetson
damn, you straight up murdered this guy
2020-09-04 05:26
Ofc he murdered him, he's a brazilian. His job is to send death threats and then murder them, isn't it ?
2020-09-04 11:30
#293
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Brazil Feio91
mad? my words hurt u? my job is make u suffer. 1945?
2020-09-04 17:31
Bro, so aggressive I like that, plz continue.
2020-09-06 01:05
wow. liar hunden used it in other tournaments too. and mibr death threats again. unexpected!
2020-09-03 22:37
When the news broke he admitted himself about a second tournament, if he has done it in more than two tournaments then you can call him a liar. Dead on the other hand appear to have lied about it!? I thought he was a good guy only using it in one round but apparently he used it in Summit too.
2020-09-03 22:40
dead is even worse
2020-09-03 22:44
#154
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Asia loveall
yes atleast he accepted completely
2020-09-03 23:50
Keep up fighting the good fight. Down with the cheaters!! Gotta love you can find them retroactively.
2020-09-03 22:37
Michal Top1 2020
2020-09-03 22:37
#39
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Serbia LtN))
nice one men!
2020-09-03 22:41
#127
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Denmark gh00st
+1
2020-09-03 23:27
#25
vberg | 
North America Mang0
Brazil proving the fans have great sportsmanship all around again!
2020-09-03 22:37
Thank u bro
2020-09-06 01:06
#27
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Brazil MrLucas
Prove it or I...
2020-09-03 22:39
TOP 1 DUO Michau & SteveDuden
2020-09-03 22:39
#31
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Sweden Lingon
"I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, some from Hard Legion fans." LOL like we didn't know that some MIBR fans are idiots
2020-09-03 22:39
Hard Legion has no fans tho, this "Hard Legion" fans were MIBR fans in disguise.
2020-09-04 00:55
KKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-09-04 02:07
#33
NEO | 
Poland Amirek
Legendary guys!
2020-09-03 22:40
gj Michałku
2020-09-03 22:40
#37
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Serbia LtN))
I'm not wondering for that from mibr fans but what Hard Legions want? they cheated more than every of those teams also michal is legend.
2020-09-03 22:41
#155
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Asia loveall
there aren't that many HL fans though
2020-09-03 23:51
#41
God | 
Russia amc20
some MIBR fans are completely shameless
2020-09-03 22:42
Because brazil
2020-09-04 22:51
Hard legion too.
2020-09-06 01:07
Online cs iz a joke since 2016 lol
2020-09-03 22:42
Valve should hire him to get rid of hackers' plague
2020-09-03 22:42
#44
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Poland Frytekooo
good job
2020-09-03 22:43
Polish CS have star :D
2020-09-03 22:43
Polish Superteam carmac michau bntet elige tabsen
2020-09-03 22:44
"HLTV.org sat down with the freelance referee that is behind one of the biggest scandals in the history of Counter-Strike." Makes it seem like he did the scandal no? I know everyone knows he didnt do anything wrong but wouldn't "uncovered" fit better?
2020-09-03 22:43
You're completely right, and I had thought of it before. Thank you
2020-09-03 22:48
No problem, Enjoy your evening :)
2020-09-03 22:51
Stunna set up a gofundme for him & his partner he's working with.. Check it out gofundme.com/f/coach-bug-appreciation-fu..
2020-09-03 22:45
mibr fans are clowns, but I would have serious concerns about death threats from russia. one of them might be putin himself is michal safe in poland?
2020-09-03 22:46
#61
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Germany DEBlL
russia is huge and i dont think someone will just take a plane and go to poland
2020-09-03 22:49
yes they will take tanks to go to poland and take him mens
2020-09-03 22:50
#68
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Germany DEBlL
i thought about it, maybe if they are desperate enough they can take some tanks on the plane
2020-09-03 22:52
lol now that you made me think about it. death threats in the internet are mostly just toxic people trying to make them seem superior. If a sketchy Russian guy sent me a death threat I would be genuinely scared.
2020-09-04 01:51
Its like small dogs barking behing the fence, only because there is a fence.
2020-09-04 07:01
#54
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Doing God's work God being Gaben here Seriously, Valve needs to step in on this because it's a high probability that this bug has been abused in the RMR events. Just hand out life bans to everyone.
2020-09-03 22:52
yes valve should close csgo and ban everyone
2020-09-03 22:51
#239
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yes mens))
2020-09-04 07:13
#80
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Yugoslavia RiggedShit
Valve doesnt do anything
2020-09-03 23:01
#240
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i expect a response from them regarding this pretty soon
2020-09-04 07:14
Their response is that they ban these coaches from majors if they even give response
2020-09-04 13:42
#282
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Well, that's something at least.
2020-09-04 13:43
But volvo so lazy they dont do own investigation or try to find how long this bug have been in game
2020-09-04 13:46
#288
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Volvo balls deep in DOTA`s T1
2020-09-04 14:13
#56
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Germany DEBlL
michau>MICHU
2020-09-03 22:47
#107
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Poland Looopie
Yee Michał is mvp of the year right now
2020-09-03 23:18
lol imagine . Do they really wanna expose?
2020-09-03 22:48
#60
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Russia razorVJ
> I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, some from Hard Legion fans i.imgur.com/FFp3yMo.png
2020-09-03 22:49
yes, bettors
2020-09-03 22:50
how can he say that ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, there are so many fights he has not seen through ,,,,, maybe he has been paid ,,, or he has been told that he should not lead anymore ,,, to protect cs esport ...
2020-09-03 22:50
lul mad fanbois triggered xD
2020-09-03 22:52
I really doubt about death massages from hard legion fans cuz every fkn Russian hates them. Literally 0 fans
2020-09-03 22:54
Yeah I think this guy is full of shit. If you send someone a death threat you dont write : "lol I hope you die, sincerely a hard legion fan."
2020-09-03 23:18
Are you really so dumb that you can't think of a way to figure out where the death threats are coming from? lmao
2020-09-03 23:28
Homie I can false flag, i can use a burner acc. Ofc your reddit intellect could not come up with these options. :) Back to reddit kiddo.
2020-09-03 23:31
Oh sorry, didn't know you're actually mentally handicapped. Nothing to see here.
2020-09-03 23:37
he's just being political correct by also naming some others, but we all know it's just the mibr fans
2020-09-03 23:23
mIbR fAnS aRe JuSt PaSsIoNaTe
2020-09-03 22:54
#76
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Yugoslavia RiggedShit
So every match results from march to this day are invalid :D I think more bans incoming if they keep digging. This is just proves again that valve gives 0 fucks about csgo and fair game. P.S how stupid these brazilians are even when got caught still lying
2020-09-03 22:58
#103
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Poland Looopie
Just keep in mind that this bug just came to light lately it's possible that it was in game waaaay before, but just none of those who used it said a thing and it's just not valve itself, but players won't report a bug if it's providing them the edge which you can see in this example
2020-09-03 23:17
Yep
2020-09-03 23:18
#113
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Poland Looopie
actually it was same with radar bug, it wasn't reported right away astralis was abusing it to the limits
2020-09-03 23:20
They probably abused this coach bug too. One team dominating so long its high chance they use some shady shit
2020-09-03 23:22
#130
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Poland Looopie
Yee it can be a thing I'm pretty sure astralis abused that bug too
2020-09-03 23:27
Sure, Astralis used the coach bug during LAN. Do you see the problem here? And please, would you also tell me in which online tournaments they did cheat? They haven't had the best of results lately.
2020-09-04 08:07
Well no one said that astralis used bug@lan you said that
2020-09-04 13:43
Astralis hardly played online tourneys during their amazing run, maybe that's why?
2020-09-04 14:06
MIBR and their fans are always full of excuses
2020-09-03 22:58
#101
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Poland Looopie
+1
2020-09-03 23:13
Legend.
2020-09-03 23:00
zonic been using since 2016 🤣
2020-09-03 23:00
i want to see zonic demos xD
2020-09-03 23:19
Come out with the demos+comms of teams who knew this was happening and get them all banned or this is all in vain.
2020-09-03 23:03
so bassically, this bug only work in online tournament right ? and there is still posibility that this bug exist since 2016 aswell. if its work in LAN environment aswell, certainly a huge witch-hunt will occur
2020-09-03 23:08
Well It cant work on LAN environment because coaches dont usually have their own separate PC, they usually spectate their team behind their backs.
2020-09-03 23:08
Expected from MiBR fans. Michal doing good work tho, coaches who abused this should get a harsh treatment for a lowlife move like that.
2020-09-03 23:07
Yeah, also if its proven players knew aswell and were in on it they should get a temporary ban aswell :()
2020-09-04 08:05
#91
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Germany BIG2020
Michal MVP of ESL
2020-09-03 23:08
At this point I'd be 100% ok with MiBR getting banned from tournaments due to the toxicity of their fans. While not implicitly their fault, this shit is fucking ridiculous. Dude's literally doing his job and these sore losers can't even stop flipping out for one second to realize they are ok supporting cheaters so long as their team wins (which is ironic as fuck given their bullshit regarding Chaos).
2020-09-03 23:09
Right? I wonder why there is such a disproportion between MIBR and Furia fanbase - not all fans of course, but you don't see those kind of actions from Furia supporters. I don't think they deserve to be banned though, but they need to do something to stop the hate.
2020-09-03 23:10
Well, obviously I'm being purposefully overdramatic. That being what it is, it annoys me that this is even a thing. I will say, as someone who has been in the scene since the start, I've never run into such a backwards mentality as you'll get with the base Brazilian player/fan. When 1.6 mostly died in the States, the majority of servers were run by Brazilians (but based in the US). Most played the game from free accounts, and would cheat by default if you were better than them (read: constantly). For every American or Canadian cheater I've run into, I've experienced 10 Brazilians. They have always been the most bitter and racially discriminatory group of dickbags you can encounter, which sucks because the few good are heavily outweighed by the bad.
2020-09-03 23:26
+69 This shit is so ridiculous that I can't really comprehend it. I know Brazilians have extreme inferiority complex but even that doesn't explain this kind of behaviour. What the fuck is wrong with these people? The hypocrisy level of these dumb fucks breaks every fucking scale imaginable.
2020-09-03 23:35
It's annoying. It's like I said, I've met some really cool Brazilians, but I met FAR more awful ones. That isn't to say Americans are some awesome group of people, but they can be typically more reasonable even in their bullshit.
2020-09-03 23:39
Even in real sports teams can get fines if their fans behave really bad. So i agree with you atleast give big fine to mibr
2020-09-03 23:21
Right? Obviously not entirely MiBR's fault, but they need to work towards enticing their fans to be better, not worse.
2020-09-03 23:27
I dont agree 100%. IRL you get fined IF YOU LET BAD FANS IN YOUR STADIUM. If mibr behave like crazy on the internet that really isnt mibrs jurisdiction. I could also easily false flag a "death threat" against this loser who does this shit for free and claim Im a mibr fan. (Disclaimer: I have never done that and even I have too much of a life to do that shit lol.)
2020-09-03 23:28
Well mibr fans behave really bad at lans too. Shouting infos etc
2020-09-03 23:32
It's less about MiBR and more their fans. I'm not being entirely serious, but the point I'm making is that eliminating harassment is about eliminating the source. Again, I'm being purposefully inflammatory. Also one person fake flagging is different than like 500...
2020-09-03 23:33
+69
2020-09-03 23:31
#94
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Germany ezidus
we love you man
2020-09-03 23:10
lmao he does it for free
2020-09-03 23:13
Lol I thought it was just a joke that some intern has to watch 10k demos for $0 because Gaben told him XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2020-09-03 23:25
A god among men for sure :()
2020-09-04 08:05
Mibr fans back to death treaths again
2020-09-03 23:13
Mibr fans again...
2020-09-03 23:14
Didn't know there were hard legion fans
2020-09-03 23:17
probably bettors.
2020-09-03 23:38
makes sense
2020-09-03 23:50
Pls get everyone. EVERYONE.
2020-09-03 23:18
Yeah I think this guy is full of shit. If you send someone a death threat you dont write: "lol I hope you die, sincerely a hard legion fan." 0/10 would not trust
2020-09-03 23:19
some people have it in their biography who they like... Also Bra71l use Portugues. and Hardlegion Russian/Ukraine Cis language.
2020-09-03 23:38
+1
2020-09-03 23:48
These people are dumb enough to comment from accounts where their activity is evident. My guess is it's pretty easy to tell where they're coming from and what their motivations are. The base fan is a lump of flesh that has barely enough function to operate their appendages, let's be real here.
2020-09-03 23:37
GJ with another 20iq comment of yours. You popped off this time, damn.
2020-09-04 00:41
probably brazilian fakeflagger considering how hard he tries to defend br fans
2020-09-04 01:03
Thats what I thought. Or he is a cheater himself LULW
2020-09-04 14:15
Your flag says everything.
2020-09-06 01:09
did not think there was Karen's / Bob's watching csgo
2020-09-03 23:22
MIBR fans back at it again
2020-09-03 23:24
Best polish guy
2020-09-03 23:24
Indonesian pride
2020-09-03 23:33
nt bntet the best
2020-09-03 23:57
“I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans Imagine
2020-09-03 23:25
#125
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Poland humen))))
You're doing a great job Michal! Keep it up, catch everyone you can! Big respect!
2020-09-03 23:26
Reaction expected from Bra71l and CIS. Surprisingly no or only a few DM from Heroic fans... Why?? maybe cuz Hunden took it as a man and said he had done shit. The other coaches still act like fools. I have a request. Give death 12 months and hunden 6. Cuz, when you can't admit it when you even get caught you, are a real A... hole.
2020-09-03 23:34
Tells how much Volvo cares about the game, some dude doing research sacrificing lot of his spare time to reveal some shady stuff :S Well, not all heroes wear capes!
2020-09-03 23:43
hard legion has fans?
2020-09-03 23:45
#157
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Asia loveall
I think he didn't want to say directly to one fan base only but you know what he meant
2020-09-03 23:55
#160
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United Kingdom foolio
mibr fans and being mental, name a more iconic duo.
2020-09-03 23:57
This guy is true MVP. and honestly, who cares about MIBR fans or MIBR. I don't have time to watch tier 3 teams
2020-09-04 00:22
#232
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Poland Jazzwa
+1
2020-09-04 06:48
>MiBR fans >Death threads PICK BOTH
2020-09-04 00:22
Wtf is a "freelance referee"? I call offsides nonstop when watching football matches on my couch. Does that make me a "freelance referee" ???
2020-09-04 00:27
It makes you a lazy fuck.
2020-09-04 00:43
Yeah it does. Still doesn't answer my question though. Am I a "freelance referee"?
2020-09-04 00:47
If someone wants to pay for your opinion/services, then sure
2020-09-04 01:11
Do you get paid for it? freelancers are people who don't have an permanent employer
2020-09-04 01:05
Did Michau get paid for revealing this exploit or get paid for this interview? Did he get paid by Dreamhack or ESL to reveal this?
2020-09-04 02:15
Yes he did. He also got paid by Flashpoint.
2020-09-04 10:54
Id imagine hes not directly on any TO's salary, but does contracts on admining events like some casters do on casting :()
2020-09-04 08:08
U are mixing up “volunteer” with “freelance”. He gets paid hes just not connected to only 1 TO
2020-09-04 09:21
respect++
2020-09-04 00:29
MIBR DISBAND
2020-09-04 00:47
they should reward me as well. if they read my article regarding matchfixing in ESEA 2 years ago in my banned account in hltv. now those wankers in ESIC will steal the spot lights
2020-09-04 00:50
Link to the article?
2020-09-04 22:56
This guy kinda looks like Elon Musk
2020-09-04 00:52
death threads from hard legion fans lmfao hard legion got fans?
2020-09-04 00:53
bettors
2020-09-04 01:05
He didn't wanted to say JUST MIBR, that's why he added Hard Legion which has no fans at all instead of Heroic or other team who actually has some fans, its clear he got a ton of death threats from MIBR fans.
2020-09-04 01:06
+1 i cant imagine that someone would care so much about HL
2020-09-04 05:32
The guy made a career out of this gj
2020-09-04 01:00
Great read, massive respect to him. I find it very very sad that teams are saying "existed since 2016" but noone ever reported the bug. What a shitshow esports still is...
2020-09-04 01:15
now I see how the bug works. It's very useful and just like a cheat. I'd say that they should cancel any reward relating to those teams in those events
2020-09-04 02:33
+respect
2020-09-04 02:57
mad respect for the guy. Doing God's work. Us community should help him more.
2020-09-04 03:37
+rep
2020-09-04 04:34
Please go donate to these two guys on the gofundme link in the article, they deserve all of it.
2020-09-04 05:28
I think this guy is the most honest and true guy in Poland :)
2020-09-04 05:50
Delusional fans are crazy... opponent "cheats", Death Threats to the "cheater" their team cheats = "ReFeReE ShOuLd SeE iT, HiS FaUlT CuZ dIdNt SeE iN GoTV" and sent death threats to referee ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
2020-09-04 06:00
You made me cry.... Because I miss Xyp9x so much, and now I got reminded again. Worlds true no. 1 player, and the true brain of astralis, able to make the other four pieces fit perfectly together. But hey, maybe he was caught cheating, and was told to go on hiatus, give whatever explanation he want :D (read more post below.)
2020-09-04 06:16
I honestly believe noone would have gotten a ban if the story didn't surface on youtbe. They would have been told that their wrist hurts and they should go see a doctor, or similar. That's the logical business-minded way to handle cheaters. And history seems to support this idea. Olof, Guardian, dev1ce and others might have gotten such a slap on their wrist. Or they might not. I am just saying that is the businessminded way to handle this. And pro CS.GO is a business, more than anything else. This way is better for everyone involved as long as the issue at hand is unknown to the public. TLDR; Bans are bad business and only serve as last resort
2020-09-04 06:12
Another day another pro cheater
2020-09-04 06:23
nice man
2020-09-04 06:35
Come to Moscow KKKKKKKKK
2020-09-04 08:12
LoL. brazilians and russian death threats LOL. Who else would do that xDXDXDXDXd.
2020-09-04 08:44
Polacks saving CSGO even from behind the scenes.
2020-09-04 08:53
+rep for him :D
2020-09-04 09:39
If The “Bug” Works (worked) like described ... it isnt really a glitch ... but more something that was intended from a programmers pov ..., it sounds more like a deliberate feature that wasnt thought entirely through by those who wrote The code .. To Call it “cheating” if it really worked like it was described is abit hypocritical ...
2020-09-04 09:50
if it was intended why was it fixed?
2020-09-04 11:17
It was (probably) Fixed, because The programmers hadn’t anticipated it could be used prior to selecting a side or something ... Not saying it is not a “glitch”, however, if it indeed worked like described earlier, it doesn’t Sound like a “bug” (glitch) perce ... - only that The person(s) who wrote The code didn’t anticipate how it could be (mis)used with a little “outside of The box thinking) ... Years ago I played a MMORPG were a wizard after an expansion Got an ability that allowed Them to deal a massive amount of damage to a single target ... The Devs didn’t anticipate that 5 wizards would group up and take Down raidtargets with this new ability, and thus this new ability was nerfed a few months later ... - My point being that it is not always The coders/devs are able to anticipate how a given “feature” Will be used by someone creative ...
2020-09-05 10:36
#260
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World Beard43
What a legend. Same with Mr Dudenhoeffer.
2020-09-04 09:59
#261
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Damn, michau deserves all the fame for his hard work. This guy is just on another level. Well done. Although I doubt guerri did anything wrong since he was so forthcoming and open about what happened from his POV. We'll have to wait and see what the investigation comes up with. Good job!
2020-09-04 10:03
#262
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Latvia 4swen4
Probably astralis used it in their "era"
2020-09-04 10:13
MIBR disband Your dumb fans ruin the community
2020-09-04 10:32
I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, "some from Hard Legion fans". 0/8 everyone knows Hard Legion has no fans
2020-09-04 11:03
ban brazilian scene easy fix
2020-09-04 13:06
(c) Michal Slowinski "I’ve got some death threats, some from MIBR fans, some from Hard Legion fans. This morning, my email inbox was full of messages about someone trying to reset my Instagram password" I am not surprised, when will kids learn to behave and act maturely as well as accept the reality and commit to what they've done wrong as well as apologize for it instead of threatening someone!
2020-09-04 13:56
+ 1 SURPRISINGLY SOME OF THOSE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE ARE GROWN UP BEARDED MEN KEKW
2020-09-04 15:41
Big love to the colleagues <3
2020-09-04 14:12
GREAT GUY, GOOD LUCK BUT I DONT THINK YOU CAN DO IT ALL ALONE WITH 25000 DEMOS... YOU NEED SOME HELP
2020-09-04 15:40
#292
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Poland SebL
Big love for all the job he made, I will defienietly donate him a couple dollars. Really great man.
2020-09-04 16:31
#295
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Sweden Flukey
So thats how so many teams have avoided running into bombsite stacks for years? I havnt seen a bombsite stack work out in yeeeaaarss man, jesus what a suprise they have all been cheating lol
2020-09-04 18:13
KING 😎🤘
2020-09-05 02:30
This bug is since 1.6 times. ://
2020-09-05 10:08
nice job Michał! don't mind cheating subhumans and their autistic fans keep doing what u doink men
2020-09-05 17:38
death threats to a referee some people are beyond stupid
2020-09-07 02:53
#323
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Brazil beaternb
congratulations for the work, stupid attitude that of the threats but you can't control the fans after all nobody encouraged this, if the bug has been working for 4 years it compromises the integrity of many others matches, I should charge coaches who knew about the Bug and didn't say anything (I'm Br and I know about dead and guerri on the list), we'll see the next teams appearing in this list
2020-09-07 06:59
Gj Mr. Slowinski
2020-09-08 16:07
Amazing work, thanks for your service Mr. Slowinski.
2020-09-09 20:19
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