F_1N admits to one-time coaching bug use, gets suspended by Gambit*

The Gambit Youngsters coach took to Twitter on Friday to declare his use of the coaching bug in one match in February.

Update: Gambit has suspended F_1N until a verdict is issued by ESIC, the organization has announced.

Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov admitted to encountering the exploit and using it during the first map, Dust2, of Gambit Youngsters' upper bracket quarter-final series against AGO in OGA Counter Pit Season 7 on February 17 this year.

The 36-year-old coach maintains that he "realized the gravity of this situation" after winning the opening map, stressing that he didn't use it for the rest of the series, which Gambit Youngsters went on to lose, nor in any other match before or after.

F_1N posted his confession on Friday

To go along with his confession F_1N shared a video, in which he is shown viewing the CT spawn of Dust2 and gaining information of the movements of AGO there during the first round of the map.

So far, three coaches have come forward ever since ESIC launched an investigation and opened a confession period for offenders, lasting until September 13. Faruk "⁠pita⁠" Pita and Allan "⁠Rejin⁠" Petersen previously came out to admit to their use of the coaching bug in NiP and in Tricked, respectively.

The initial wave of coaching bug abuse cases saw Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia, Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen, and Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev banned from ESL and DreamHack competitions, with the Brazilian also receiving a separate ban from Beyond the Summit.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
Faruk 'pita' Pita
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Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
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Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
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Denmark Allan 'Rejin' Petersen
Allan 'Rejin' Petersen
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Russia Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
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Russia Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov
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I reported him
2020-09-05 11:49
Thank you for doing gods work
2020-09-05 12:19
I no longer agree with this coaching bug, so many people have used it that you are punishing too much of the scene. If any more coaches in top 20 teams are caught or admit to using it I feel bans should be lifted. Remember, Astralis and BIG used significant bugs and never got banned or punished for it, so why should coaches?
2020-09-05 16:00
2020-09-05 16:16
2020-09-05 17:57
Maybe make the bans less severe, but definitely shouldn't lift bans for cheating just because a lot of people did it.
2020-09-05 18:08
Is it actually cheating when they use something that is in the game?
2020-09-05 21:30
bug abuse = cheating
2020-09-05 21:39
+1 Maybe not lift all of the bans, but I think reducing the severity of the punishment would be fair, just like what @burNout_ said.
2020-09-05 18:28
which bug did astralis use? if you refer to the smoke thing it was never proven as far as i know.
2020-09-05 18:46
2020-09-05 22:13
Flair checks
2020-09-05 22:54
It was, glaive spoke up about changing settings in nvidia.
2020-09-06 00:52
"Btw i saw some people talking about Nvidia settings to look easier thru smokes. I can say for sure that no one from our team would ever use something like that and none of us have any idea what that bug even is. We use our radar and gamesense." can you provide an actual proof instead of talking out of your ass? thanks.
2020-09-06 02:14
Try to think before posting dumb shit like this again, Jesus Christ. So if enough people cheat or abuse smth it should just be allowed? If enough people commit murder should we legalize that too? Also, Astralis never abused a bug afaik and the bug that Big abused was known and allowed from the tournament organizer and they later agreed to not use it again, also the jump bug doesn't even come close to this coach bug which is basically a wallhack on steroids. They should all get banned depending on the severity of their abuse, someone like f1n prolly gets a few months while ppl who abused it more often might even get a lifetime ban which would be fair.
2020-09-06 15:18
+1 I couldn't agree more dude
2020-09-06 19:24
Use your words more wisely. Small brained European with little social skills doesn't understand that a conversation doesn't have to be an insult. The point of the matter is that coaches that used a bug like this for a SINGLE ROUND should not face similar punishments to ones that used it for SEVERAL MATCHES in MAJOR QUALIFIERS. Also don't make such an idiotic real life comparison again. Please think about how society works before making such a terrible response and understand that your opinion might not be the only way of thinking. Good night friend :)
2020-09-06 22:26
Finland drinn
I find it horrible that they are actually using these bug exploits at this professional level, where they get paid. No morality there just the desire to win at all the maximum capacity. Big respect to NiP coach Pita, who privately tried to contact Valve couple times 2 years ago. Another horrible fact is that Valve didn't listen Pita at that time.
2020-09-05 21:31
Finland drinn
I also want to compare this situation to Jamppi's. He didn't know cheating would affect to his future career, when he was 15-year-old teenager. At this professional level these coaches should have known the result they might cause to their team at professional level. Jamppi wasn't professional player back, when he was 15y.
2020-09-05 22:04
2020-09-05 22:13
Finland drinn
In my opinion these coaches should get life-time bans to the scene just like Jamppi got. Then again, if we compare skiing for example to this sport, where Theresa Johaug only got couple years ban from using doping? Why should Jamppi get life-time ban I don't see any reason. Or why should these coaches now get life-time ban to the scene.
2020-09-05 22:58
Finland drinn
Valve did the biggest mistake here once again.
2020-09-05 23:07
since when does valve make smart decisions lmfao
2020-09-06 06:53
Back in 2000 when they made Steam and brought CS from a half life mod status into an actual game on steam. After that its been quiet on that front :()
2020-09-06 11:24
another one
2020-09-05 11:49
ahhaha exposed omegalul
2020-09-05 11:49
who tf cares
2020-09-05 11:49
people who watch CS and want a clean game or people who are stupid enough to bet on matches
2020-09-05 13:01
Why people who bet on matches are stupid?just bcs ur trash at betting and cant profit doesnt mean others cant.
2020-09-05 22:15
Young, gullible and full of confidence, I love it.. but when you get older you'll realize I was right
2020-09-05 23:00
Sweden RaaCCooN
2020-09-05 11:49
2020-09-05 11:49
Who's next ?
2020-09-05 11:50
Turkey chrlea
2020-09-05 11:50
Ok, only 6 months prison. Next case please.
2020-09-05 11:50
Mongolia Sythapilla
zonic coming.
2020-09-05 11:50
I think he will be the one of few coaches who didn't use it.
2020-09-05 11:51
Most likely he was the first one but will never admit it
2020-09-05 12:13
true it's either he was the first or he never used it but I think he didn't used it since he's still pretty chill on twitter
2020-09-05 14:37
I dont think he will...
2020-09-05 14:16
Rip Another good team
2020-09-05 11:50
Mongolia Sythapilla
Hobbit will move to coach
2020-09-05 11:51
United Kingdom _xC4ctus
2020-09-05 11:50
Yo les noobs, I wonder what will be their punishment given that there's a confession period. There's a good aspect to it tho as we will see a new generation of young coaches who'll hopefully bring a new approach to the game and new strats.
2020-09-05 11:53
new generation like hunden lmfao
2020-09-05 12:09
what? he is saying the older coaches (like hunden) will get weeded out by this
2020-09-05 12:24
#60 is saying hunden is a younger coach
2020-09-05 12:32
he was a player until this year?
2020-09-05 13:13
2020-09-05 13:48
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
I forgive you son
2020-09-05 11:51
Europe yeetm3m3
2020-09-05 11:51
who's next???
2020-09-05 11:51
why do they confess? nothing would happen if they say nothing
2020-09-05 11:51
Man, there is an actual investigation of this matter happening right now. Sooner or later, they would'd been exposed anyway.
2020-09-05 11:54
+1 pr wise it's better to reveal yourself than wait for someone else to reveal you
2020-09-05 12:04
u think anyone checks demos of random cups of 2017/2018 in case of rejin or pita? i think its ok to be honest about it, but there should be no punishment or bans for sth years ago. its not that deep. it only matters now cuz of "online era", so anything not in 2020 shouldnt matter that hard
2020-09-05 12:12
Why the fuck not? Fuckers should be perma banned wtf is wrong with you. Another cheater lover?
2020-09-05 12:14
not in the slightest ironically, been around for 20 years and never touched a cheat nor would i accept it. but its not like they installed a hack or sth, they abused a broken mechanic, its wrong, they should be punished and move on, but banning people? its 2 much in my eyes in comparison with actual cheaters who hack in games. there should be a difference dont u think? theres levels to cheating if u know what i mean. /e: if u wanna ban a coach for using a broken mechanic for 2 years, then you would have to ban an actual hacking player for 10 years. not realistic, sadly, even tho id love the 2nd part.
2020-09-05 12:29
I understand your point but I don't agree with it. They knowingly abused a broken mechanic that is, in my opinion, even better than a wallhack. Why? Because it's always the players who are suspected of cheating, not coaches. Who the fuck would think about checking the coaches' demos? That's why they knew they would get away with it and that's why they used it. Maybe perma ban is too much, but it should be treated like using a wallhack.
2020-09-05 13:28
A wallhack is dynamic on the whole map and no "bug", the coach exploit was static and "only" usable in 1 area of the map. Doesnt make it okay obviously, but its not on the same level and far from "better than a wallhack" in my book. Plus they didnt purchase sth to cheat, they prolly stumbled upon it by accident and some used it in couple of rounds or matches to help their team. Ofcourse its wrong, we dont need to argue that, but its one of those "cheats" i can forgive because they were prolly in the heat of the moment and wanted to help their team obviously. Especially if you used it in 1 round or 1 match for example. Its not a scheme used for months i imagine in most cases.
2020-09-05 13:51
things is: There is a ton pf money on the line for these people. That's why they deserve this hard of a punishment. They betrayed the trust of viewers, fans, tournament organizers and most importantly: their sponsors.
2020-09-05 14:49
100% agree, I didnt say anything different, my point is that there should be a difference in punishment. not everything is the same and can be handled the same. Putting a program to use to cheat is with way more intent and malicious power than using the coach exploit. Thats my whole point, im not saying that its ok or whatsoever. But just putting all together and saying, all the same is plain wrong. I cant ban a player for hacking 2 years and banning a coach the same amount while using a mechanical bug for couple of rounds. To use some extreme example to get my point across, theres different kind of murder in the face of law, 1st, 2nd degree, theres manslaughter and so on. The result is the same, someone is dead, but I cant punish everyone the same just for the sake of punishment. Maybe im looking at it without being emotionally invested like others or hacking in the traditional way (as a player) is the lowest form of anything, Id happily go to the extreme there with punishment, all for it. That thing with the coaches is wrong too, but to a different extent for me.
2020-09-05 15:58
I agree that there should be a difference, cheaters should.be banned for life period. IMO
2020-09-10 04:30
Also need to fire programmers, that couldn't fix this bug for 3 years.
2020-09-05 17:42
stupid? ofc they check the demos, thats why they are all scared, probably checking it with a script or program sooner or later, so they can review tons of demos. why should there be no punish??????? makes a lot of sense, lets only punish people who used it a week ago, rest free to go. imagine defending people who are abusing a bug to gain unfair advantage and its basically a wallhack.
2020-09-05 15:24
Its so easy to automatize it bro. Even a mediocre guy like me was able to write a lite demo reviewer. I bet they already have the list of players who abused it and they are now waiting for the coaches to come clean before publishing the actual list.
2020-09-05 17:08
yes, michau said he's doing that
2020-09-05 20:00
flair checks out
2020-09-05 11:56
@wattiCSGO exposed him 3 hours before his tweet, so its not like he came forward on his own. Pretty worthless confession, if you were proven guilty beforehand.
2020-09-05 13:04
Created a commission to investigate the use of a bug in the CC, 25,000 hours of demos from 2016 to 2020 will review and punish teams within 8 months
2020-09-05 14:03
2020-09-05 16:21
hahahaha how many more
2020-09-05 11:51
Lithuania Edze
big clan coach next
2020-09-05 11:52
2020-09-05 12:22
waiting for a BR coach to actually admit they've done it rather than lie like dead did
2020-09-05 11:53
You mean someone like geurrie? Didn’t he confess and explained what happend?
2020-09-05 12:22
He tells a believable lie tbh. On train they pause and he disconnects after 1 round. Two days later on mirage, he is bugged the whole game, while his POV was livestreamed on youtube :) There has to be a combination of pretty unlucky coinsidences for him to be right.
2020-09-05 13:07
Reply needs to have actual content
2020-09-05 16:37
red canids coach
2020-09-05 13:19
-hobbit +supra hobbit to coaching
2020-09-05 11:53
Spain Pog_chaos
This is kinda sad tbh, competitive integrity in the bin... RIP CS:GO
2020-09-05 11:53
Sweden flippig
"1 match use" kekw sure
2020-09-05 11:54
That is quite reasonable, in my opinion. If you encounter it randomly in a match, you are in a stressed competitive situation, and might give in to the temptation.
2020-09-05 18:49
4 out of top 30 teams coaches exposed Nice
2020-09-05 11:54
shAy | 
Denmark pdxm
2020-09-05 11:54
Rip scene?
2020-09-05 11:57
BIG coach next
2020-09-05 11:57
Austria SplasJ
no he is good guy
2020-09-05 13:29
Philippines skrieeee
2020-09-06 04:27
Hopefully zonic wont be exposed :(
2020-09-05 11:57
NEO | 
Poland Amirek
You say it like he actually did it and don't want to get him banned, I think you meant "hopefully zonic didn't abuse it"
2020-09-05 12:01
2020-09-05 12:39
He didnt use it. He is one of the very few coaches who had a good career in the past (cs 1.6). He holds up to his reputation.
2020-09-05 12:07
what about hunden?
2020-09-05 12:21
And cheated in 1.6 and he was also toxic+idiot. I would not be surprised if zonic did use the bug
2020-09-05 13:07
I know that story about him "cheating". But thats was all bullshit. U got any link or source for that?
2020-09-05 14:44
its not a story, all danish people know it, he cheated before mtw
2020-09-05 15:19
So no link?
2020-09-05 20:07
> gives a confession period > Confesses to use bug just this one match Okay we believe you
2020-09-05 11:58
Just unban all coaches. It’s valves fault anyway
2020-09-05 11:59
Yea since their source engine isn't perfect and keeps creating stupid bugs
2020-09-05 13:18
Philippines skrieeee
fair enough, its volvo after all
2020-09-06 04:29
yeah and remove all vac bans etc valves fault
2020-09-06 18:12
Yes sir
2020-09-06 21:45
LETN1 | 
Poland Szcz
and another one we are running out of coaches boys
2020-09-05 12:00
Poland Pete229
2020-09-05 12:02
Algeria MagnumDz
valve's fault
2020-09-05 12:07
Plus one
2020-09-05 12:24
2020-09-05 12:07
Yeah ofc all of these coaches were using just for one map/round hahaha, disgusting scene.
2020-09-05 12:08
You can't just use it once and stop , it's like a hard drug. Once you've got the taste of ez victory , there is no way back. By one round in one map he probably meant 30 games.
2020-09-05 12:24
exploits are a gateway drug to word.exe
2020-09-05 12:33
poor ago, so many teams use a bug agains them, damn
2020-09-05 12:20
mhl is too good mens))))
2020-09-05 15:40
Is this guy still alive? Not heard his name since about 2005.
2020-09-05 12:23
Moses next tweet: "I fucked up Twatlonger 'insert here' Sorry everyone"
2020-09-05 12:23
So everyone is saying now they only used the bug once or twice, hoping that no more demos of them will be investigated. It leaves a sour taste for the clean teams, to be cheated on for years. The only thing is, i dont think there are clean teams anymore. Imo, they should ban coaches on events, leave the igl to take full responsibility while in game, like the old times
2020-09-05 12:25
2020-09-05 12:28
2020-09-05 13:48
+1 use the igl for in game and let the coach handle stuff outside the game like post match analysis and creating strats
2020-09-05 15:42
Oh my GOD, it's happening XD
2020-09-05 12:28
Jesus Christ literally 50% of coach scene is going to die because of one issue that Valve couldn't fix for years, so sad, but they deserve that tho.
2020-09-05 12:29
2020-09-05 13:05
another one bites the dust
2020-09-05 12:30
I think most of these coaches are dumb to confess. Never talk to the police kids. There is not even any guarantee that they will get less of a punishment than the coaches being caught.
2020-09-05 12:30
Hungary Glng
2020-09-05 14:14
Name checks out
2020-09-05 16:07
they need to remove coaching from cs
2020-09-05 12:31
2020-09-05 12:32
one of the legendary players of the team virtus.pro
2020-09-05 12:50
Why don't say it immediately. Nobody would blame you for long but after months or years. You can feel the regret you can taste it...
2020-09-05 12:37
We are in the middle of future history lessons guys.
2020-09-05 12:44
BUG online era is about to get exposed lmao
2020-09-05 12:46
csgo dead
2020-09-05 12:52
The legend
2020-09-05 13:00
Other KlNG
2020-09-05 13:01
OFC 1 TIME Xd i thnik more time i didnt belive i youngLEGENDS win strike
2020-09-05 13:01
World Notb8ing
gotta love how people are shocked these bugs are used, if players use bugs why coaches wouldn't LOL. smoke bug players used was no better...
2020-09-05 13:05
Slovakia Daev0n
Yep, in CS:GO bugs are a feature.
2020-09-05 13:34
Philippines skrieeee
2020-09-06 04:31
Ukraine ksay
unluko maluko the temptation is strong with this bug when you know that no one can check your POV (in the past) and shit happens by accident it's hard to resist i'd expect 90% of coaches to do the same
2020-09-05 13:14
AdreNez is GY new coach XD
2020-09-05 13:22
tier 50 coach no one cars
2020-09-05 13:35
2020-09-05 13:40
when he was a stand in for cmax.gg, i was really happy, cuz Overdrive was total shit. sad that they didn't won against mTw on wcg 2009 p.s. obojal etot sostav tpuSports, pozhe forze, s foxom, dosia, doberom i nelepostiu (HEL1). Hot' i ne lubil overdriva, no stoit otdat doljnoe chto bez ego sponsorstva, sostav ne dobilsya bi uspehov. do sih pro pomnu ego ochkovuu kobry ;D
2020-09-08 07:04
The main issue is how valve keeps ignoring this bug since the bug already been there for so long. Rejin used this in 2017 and pita used and had reported it in 2018. If Valve really concerns about CSGO, they would fixed this bug many years ago.
2020-09-05 13:40
I think if not corona pandemic and all tournaments went from lan to online this coach bug using never came to public. Now when everyone play online and more and more coaches start talking about this Valve finally fix this, before that Valve don't care lower tier teams who play mostly online and found bug and inform valve about that.
2020-09-05 13:53
Yup that makes sense. But I'm curious how valve do their business. Is fixing the bug cost them so much so they ignored it? And when every tourneys became online, did they ever think that this would lead to the biggest scandal in e-sport scene? This can harm Valve business and money, right? Or can this make CSGO bigger? Because the exposure is so high.
2020-09-05 14:58
Hopefully makes csgo smaller
2020-09-05 16:08
they have patched it already, what do you mean?
2020-09-05 20:03
when? recently right? but it's too late
2020-09-05 20:06
basically, when michau and hunden made it public. It's never too late (plus, apparently they had supposedly first patched it in 2017 or so, but resurfaced somewhere last year)
2020-09-05 21:55
Rip cs
2020-09-05 13:47
Whos next? :D
2020-09-05 13:49
there u go rip cs and u STILL LOST
2020-09-05 13:54
10 more to come
2020-09-05 14:21
RIP Tom Hardy
2020-09-05 14:25
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Russian cheaters ... obviously
2020-09-05 14:27
This reminds me of cheaters in a relationship... I HAVE ONLY CHEATED ON YOU ONCE, IT JUST HAPPENED, DONT KNOW HOW.
2020-09-05 14:56
which is very coommon indeeed
2020-09-05 16:40
Yup, just once, like he did. As I always say, once a cheater always a cheater
2020-09-05 22:21
It's just a matter of time before they are reinstated again, since apparently they were all playing on equal terms.
2020-09-05 15:03
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
No problem. If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.
2020-09-05 15:05
how the fuck do all the tier 3 and 4 teams know about it and use it since years back and it never gets fixed
2020-09-05 15:10
Europe H1P_STER
Why new cases of using bugs by coaches not banned ? Like hunden, zoner and dead
2020-09-05 15:11
because he didnt use it in ESL tournaments only ESL handed out bans (and BTS to dead kekw)
2020-09-05 23:13
Online CS LUL
2020-09-05 15:12
Europe Cirros_V2
Its not ok to cheat and its disgusting but well.. we are all humans and always look for an opportunity to take advantage, no matter who u r its in our genes. Another thing is that they deserve a little bit respect for confessing like a real men.
2020-09-05 15:14
Confessing when it comes close to expose is a worthless confession
2020-09-05 15:47
This.If he confessed right after he cheated than yeah, the punishment should've been lower but now its useless.
2020-09-05 15:59
Europe Cirros_V2
Yeah fair enough
2020-09-05 16:26
Serbia bra1np
A lot of cheaters there on pro scene, just imagine some random faceit tournament lol, cheaters everywhere. They ruined csgo truly
2020-09-05 15:18
All of the CS:GO coaches are gonna be gone by the end of the year..
2020-09-05 15:41
What do people gain out of confessing of cheating like I know its the most moral things to do but you just ruin your career and hurt counterstrike
2020-09-05 15:46
Brazil EGMonster
Imagine coach confess/caught for bug abuse but team still doing. Matchfixing hahaha
2020-09-05 15:58
Rather confess than be caught out later. Over 25000 matches are going to be investigated, and you can't hide the exploit.
2020-09-05 17:31
and another one
2020-09-05 15:57
only inespressive teams do that, like mibr
2020-09-05 16:02
That's just bullshit racism.
2020-09-05 16:12
so we are not going to tell anything to vale for not fixing the bug existing since 2-3 years?
2020-09-05 16:17
He got it in the F_1N booty. Get it?
2020-09-05 16:58
2020-09-05 17:28
another cypher main wtf
2020-09-05 17:27
Wow take the major away
2020-09-05 17:29
What a bunch of idiots. Congrats guys. An embarrassment to what this game once was.
2020-09-05 17:32
I also admit using this bug. Not coach btw
2020-09-05 17:35
Why no one saying that you need to fire men, that let this bug be in the game for 3 freaking years?
2020-09-05 17:41
Lol this shows how money hungry these coaches are lol gold diggers of csgo, lmao.
2020-09-05 17:52
did these idiots honestly think that no one will ever catch them?
2020-09-05 18:16
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
I think we should cancel all these disquals. Obviously, almost all coaches know about this bug, and I'm sure that almost all of them have used it at least once when playing online. The presence of bugs in the game is not the fault of the coaches, but the fault of Valve.
2020-09-05 18:39
ZywOo | 
India aR__
won't be surprised if I see BIG coach coming forward and admitting to exploiting the bug
2020-09-05 19:10
Why Big?
2020-09-05 19:31
you don't become #1 from #20whatever in a month without cheating sorry BIG has been sucking dick for years and all of a sudden when cs went online they started to beat every top tier team and now that this cheat has been detected they suck again lmfaoooo
2020-09-05 20:38
They suck? Won their last 2 games 2-0?!
2020-09-05 20:58
barely lol two 16-14s they could've easily lost on a 3rd map + finished last at Cologne
2020-09-05 21:00
2020-09-05 23:03
there have been a few other coaches on lower tiers that also confessed using the bug
2020-09-05 20:05
2020-09-05 20:20
ROFL everyone is cheating
2020-09-05 21:14
2020-09-05 23:03
all those one time users hehe. surely they didnt use it on a regular base if they knew the bug .....
2020-09-05 23:38
Meta move by valve to get all the prize money back from the last 3 years
2020-09-05 23:42
2020-09-06 00:02
United States BGS
im honestly thinking this will kill CS in the end. Coaches left and right.
2020-09-06 05:15
Indonesia Exodd
Will this kill CSGO?
2020-09-06 06:35
2020-09-06 06:43
Misha Kane next?
2020-09-06 12:22
Still waiting for the pro players ban for cheating but this is good start. People can actually see how rigged this scene is.
2020-09-06 18:14
Poland Looopie
I was just joking a out whole coach scene getting banned xdd
2020-09-06 21:11
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