Apoka on coaching ban: "I never used anything to gain an advantage"

The Brazilian coach claims that he was unaware of the bug until recent developments.

BOOM coach Alessandro "⁠Apoka⁠" Marcucci, who was on Monday banned for 5.4-months by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) for using the spectator bug in two full matches and four one-round instances, denied any wrongdoing but accepted the ban handed to him by the esports watchdog group.

ESIC's findings note Apoka used the spectator bug for 28 rounds in a 2017 match against Cloud9 in ECS Season 4 North America and 29 rounds in a 2018 match against the same team in ECS Season 5, both while representing Luminosity. Additionally, four one-round instances during Apoka's time with INTZ and BOOM are noted on the list. That represents a tier-one aggravated offense with a 36-month sentence, but Apoka's ban period was reduced by 85% due to his confession and assistance in the investigation

Apoka says that he was not on his computer in the Cloud9 matches

The Brazilian, who found out that the bug happened to him by using a tool called "FACEIT Analyser", focused on the two full-match instances in his explanation, adding that the punishment was based on those games, with the other ones added as "supporting evidence".

After checking the two demos in question, Apoka concluded that the bug occurred during matches played from Luminosity's gaming house. Apoka claims he wasn't on his PC during those games and that his players weren't able to see the screen and gain unfair information.

In his defense, Apoka says that he usually isn't on his computer during matches, which he backs by the fact that his mouse doesn't move and his POV is bugged from warmup until the match ends, without him disconnecting from the server. He admits that he doesn't have the voice communication recordings from these matches as several years have passed since then.

"I'm deeply saddened by this," Apoka writes, "but not because of my conscience - because I’m 100% sure that I never used anything to gain an advantage. I've been a professional coach for more than 18 years; I've organized tournaments in Brazil and I've been active in the CS scene for over 20 years. I believe that at least a few people who read this know my nature, both in-game and in life.

"Unfortunately, this punishment is because of a bug that the majority of the coaches didn’t know existed, and not because they wished to gain advantage because of it."

Finalizing his statement, Apoka said that he accepts the punishment and praised the work of ESIC, Michal Slowinski, and Steve Dudenhoeffer, but noted that he believes "the punishment method should be based on advantage used".

A total of 37 coaches were issued bans by ESIC on Monday, including names such as Casper "⁠ruggah⁠" Due, Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk, and Robert "⁠RobbaN⁠" Dahlström. The investigation is still underway and is expected to come to a conclusion with a final public announcement at the end of October. Meanwhile, those who wish to contest their ban will be allowed to launch an appeal through the Independent Disciplinary Panel.

Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
Brazil Alessandro 'Apoka' Marcucci
Alessandro 'Apoka' Marcucci
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#2
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Nice he did nothing, funny how many coaches banned are from Brazil KEKW
2020-09-28 12:05
#5
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Netherlands RiberiA
Like the other 30'ish coaches
2020-09-28 12:04
#13
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Yes, to be fair there are many Danish coaches there too xd
2020-09-28 12:06
#17
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Netherlands RiberiA
You edited after i commented, now my comment doesn't stand in line with yours :( But yeah i know, yet no Zonic, so I'm happy, convinced he did nothing wrong :)
2020-09-28 12:08
This really surprised me. Do they even have anyone left except for zonic? And they haven't even reviewed 80% of the demos yet.
2020-09-28 12:15
The remaining 80% of the demos are unlikely to have anything at large in them, according to the initial report.
2020-09-28 12:29
They said the most substantial cases of abuse were probably included in these demos. If we talk about the Danish scene, that's pretty much their T2/T1 coaches banned, excl. zonic. Do they mean it is unlikely that there will be more people banned, or that it is unlikely more big names will be banned? The Danes have very few big names left now. Doesn't mean there isn't more coming.
2020-09-28 12:44
[...However, the association adds that the demos that it has already analysed "likely comprise the most substantial cases of abuse", and points out that, of the 99,650 demos, only 0.1% have so far been flagged for "a positive indication of spectator bug abuse".] If you refer to Danish coaches, then sure, there are barely other big names than Zonic left. However, I assumed that you meant that there theoretically could be four times as many individual cases than right now, seeing there are still 80% demos left. But yeah, essentially there will probably be another big batch of coaches getting caught. But when you take their wording into consideration, it will probably be pretty redundant people.
2020-09-28 13:05
Yeah, if you look at the matches ESIC lists where the bug has been provably abused, there are only 4 in total from the ESEA Advanced/MDL circuit. Many of these teams don't have coaches, but somehow I don't buy it that a circuit riddled with match-fixers and that is played mostly online would be clean of this bug. I'm certain more is coming, once ESIC ploughs through all the T1/2 tournaments and qualifiers. Probably nonamers though.
2020-09-28 13:13
Diferently from no-scene india we have higher concentration of players/games, coinciding in a bigger chance of the bug happenning more here.
2020-09-28 15:25
were there any coach from india "banned" ? No cuz honestly, no one fucking care about you rats
2020-09-28 23:23
Mad MIBR fanboy KKKKK
2020-09-29 05:48
IMAGINE BEING RACIST AND THEN PLAYING THE VICTIM CARD WHEN BRAZILIANS ARE CALLED OTHER SLURS VAI TOMAR NO CU FILA DA PUTA SUA MAE ACHO QUE VC E UMA DISGRACA
2020-09-29 07:37
#122
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Brazil Enzote
AHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHSHAHSHAHSAHSH
2020-09-29 14:07
#124
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Brazil mcxandin
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk +111111111
2020-09-29 14:51
#129
boltz | 
Brazil mss1
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-09-30 15:05
#118
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
0/8 forsaken
2020-09-29 13:19
#120
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Brazilians are more toxic than Indians. I thought Indians had the toxicest youngsters but I was wrong.
2020-09-29 13:35
#131
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
Youre proving yourself wrong
2020-10-03 04:53
#125
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Brazil Kaddor
indian cs OMEGALUL
2020-09-29 16:28
#3
JW | 
Finland Ykasonni
Sure
2020-09-28 12:04
Cool he stepped up
2020-09-28 12:04
#7
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United States Burger_man
Nice try cheater
2020-09-28 12:05
#8
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Philippines batstew
yeah right
2020-09-28 12:05
abotka
2020-09-28 12:06
#12
perk  | 
Finland eIe
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-09-28 12:06
#15
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Spain G3CK0
Actually a good explanation
2020-09-28 12:06
yeah but are some alt people here just blaming him not because of what he did and his point of that, but because of his flag
2020-09-28 14:24
I BELIVE IN YOU APOKA! LOVE YOU MY DUDE!
2020-09-28 12:06
#77
yel | 
Brazil Gut0s0
you are here seangod! <3 s2
2020-09-28 14:23
#19
NEO | 
Brazil Penasta
I understand burn someone like Dead on the stake, and I'll never waste my time defending one of these. But I'm 100% sure that Apoka doesn't abused the bug.
2020-09-28 12:08
And the weirdest thing is that they accepted his defence but still banned him
2020-09-28 12:21
#123
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Brazil BALACLAVA
"The ESIC is setting the standard that coaches should have called a technical pause and alerted admins. That standard is applied universally". That's why he still banned.
2020-09-29 14:18
#47
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Brazil oldStar
+1 I rly trust him ! Apoka S2
2020-09-28 12:43
+1
2020-09-28 13:48
#70
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Europe thr110
+11111111
2020-09-28 14:10
Best site is google.com are u agree?))
2020-09-28 12:08
Apoka and guerri are good mans
2020-09-28 12:09
#23
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Denmark Randomij
So he says he didn't do it, but still accept the ban? Why not fight for his innocence?
2020-09-28 12:11
He fought. They've accepted the fact that he didn't abused it to get any advantage, that's why his ban was shortened.
2020-09-28 12:22
Problem is if he was cleared of any wrongdoing he shouldn't have received a ban simple as that.
2020-09-28 19:20
His ban is still over 6 months and that's with an 85% reduction of what his ban could have been
2020-09-28 13:45
DEAD THAT FUCK, NOW APOKA IS A COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL, NEVER WOULD HE USE THIS AS A BENEFIT TO HIM AND THE TIME.
2020-09-28 12:12
28 and 29 rounds in 2 maps against C9, idk men))
2020-09-28 12:12
his mouse didnt' move.
2020-10-02 00:08
IMAGINE BEING AFK FOR THE FUCKING 28 ROUNDS AHAHAHA
2020-09-28 12:13
did you read his explanation?
2020-09-28 14:23
He used it 2 times for a whole map, both times against c9 (first time in season 4, second time in season 5) was there a special rivalry? I mean both cases against c9, on different days? later it always occured in round 1 and he reconnected. I think he is a liar!
2020-09-28 12:14
IT WAS NOT SO NA C9, HAD OTHERS.
2020-09-28 12:17
No, it's just because C9 is tier 2 as the Brazilian teams he uses to coach. And he didn't "used", he had the bug and didn't even look at his monitor after this
2020-09-29 17:25
flag checks out
2020-09-28 12:14
brazilians and excuses..... name a more iconic duo. why cant they just grow up and take it as real men.....
2020-09-28 12:15
Best site its google.com
2020-09-28 12:18
every single coach gave theyr argument but only Brazilians uses excuses lmao Stop being so downgraded mentally
2020-09-28 13:50
#101
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Finland Amenok
> every single coach gave theyr argument That's just not true. Some made announcements but most didn't.
2020-09-28 16:47
ur dumb?almost every coach besides hunden gave an excuse,not only brazilians,you are very biased.
2020-09-28 14:31
apoka, dead, guerri and a lot of these guys are innocent its hilarious how bad the decision making on e sports industry is LMAO, amateur scene with a lot of money envolved! we, people that follow br scene and know dead guerri and apoka for so many years know for a fact they would never try to cheat or anything, I'm sure other people on the list are the same situation, shame on u cs industry.
2020-09-28 12:17
They've let the bug happen in the game for 3-4 years and now are trying to blame on the coaches
2020-09-28 12:25
#51
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Turkey DebbSoray
they are innocent because they are Brazilian. Lol. What a joke.
2020-09-28 13:09
"... a lot of these guys"
2020-09-28 13:40
dead is far from being innocent but Guerri and apoka I know and I trust, Apoka is the most humble person that I ever meat, I would put my hand in fire for him
2020-09-28 14:22
So are they just lying? Whats your evidence for them not abusing the bug?
2020-09-28 16:17
Watching their lives and YouTube videos. They show when the bug happens and their comms. But I bet you don't understand any portuguese at all and still wants to judge, flag checks out. twitch.tv/videos/754665568
2020-09-29 17:34
Apoka and guerri is innocent and shouldn't be banned, but dead even lied on twitter at the first place, he deserves the ban
2020-09-29 02:54
#114
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2020-09-29 03:11
#36
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Romania synt3XxX
He was doing tasks in electrical wdym guys
2020-09-28 12:20
#115
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
but, sadly, ESIC kill he and vent
2020-09-29 03:12
esic.gg/annexure-a-sanction-outcomes.pdf look at the ban page, 6 offenses, 61 rounds of bug abuse. "the 2 times it was used..." you mean 6?
2020-09-28 12:20
The other 4 he left the game and reported it.
2020-09-28 12:27
Same story another Bra71l coach. Plz collects the Brazil excuses and make only 1 article about it. otherwise, HLTV will be spammed by delusional brazils. " but noted that he believes "the punishment method should be based on advantage used"" How they should make that?? what is objective no advantage?? He doesn't understand the reason for the bans. it isn't about the advantage it is about fair play. He can't understand that?? he deserves the ban!
2020-09-28 12:27
He said that some coaches that passed information should have a bigger sentence I saw prd clip, he was stuck in Mirage's top mid looking back and forth, hearing the guys going B Brazilians are not equal, its more like 50-50 Or the guy didn't know nothing and not abused OR he exploited it and used in a lot of games
2020-09-28 13:45
+1
2020-09-28 14:21
#119
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
Like if only Br coaches gave excuses lmao
2020-09-29 13:22
Nope but they denied even if there are 10000000% proof and evidence. Other coaches explained their situation and say that isn't fair but they never denied the bug happening. Death claim he never did anything wrong. But besides the bug there is also the stream snipping. And some Brazil users says michau is the guy who did it wrong by exposing this cheaters.lmao
2020-09-29 13:54
#41
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Finland Vkims
80% concession is joke dirty cheater
2020-09-28 12:22
Yo les noobs, Do you know if he has been suspended or released by BOOM? It would be a strong sign if they kept him contracted despite the ban.
2020-09-28 13:14
I think the teams shouldn't suspend anyone, they are alredy suspended from matches. Like, the game is Valve's fault. If the coach exploited or not, we cannot be 150% sure, but we can agree that Valve didn't fix the bug. Even if he used this, it wasn't during his contract with BOOM. This will be a bad thing for CS, not for a team's image. Now all teams have a coach or ex-Coach/Player on this list.
2020-09-28 13:49
It's like reading "Mens I hef VAC, I didn't cheat, maybe my friend was using my PC"
2020-09-28 13:20
+1 AHHAAHHAHA
2020-09-28 13:23
You didn't read it at all didn't you?
2020-09-28 14:19
Just take the joke lmfao. Why brazilians have to giustify anyone who is brazilian. Like there are danish and russians coaches too, and I don't see all this drama from them about cheating. Did you use the bug? Accept the ban, stop spamming every comment to justify every brazilian coach
2020-09-28 14:46
I don't justify anyone who is Brazilian, I'm only justifying Apoka because I know him personally, and I believe 100% in his words, and I'll defend him untill someone proof to me that he did that in bad faith
2020-09-28 15:28
#58
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Brazil lekk1
I agree with Apoka
2020-09-28 13:26
#62
Fors | 
Brazil ricca
funny how every coach is getting banned but zonic and zews? xd
2020-09-28 13:40
#72
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Europe thr110
in apoka i trust
2020-09-28 14:16
#83
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United States ekwi
haha they should increase the punishment XD
2020-09-28 14:46
#85
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
Just watch intz's videos of the guys playing in their gaming house. Apoka is behind them 100% of the time. He is innocent.
2020-09-28 15:22
excuses kkkkkkk
2020-09-28 15:36
Another Brazilian coach coming up with excuses. Sad to see.
2020-09-28 15:59
#96
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Brazil _Awper
Apoka is probably the nicest guy on earth, he would never cheat at anything.
2020-09-28 16:09
#108
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
"Apoka is probably the nicest guy on earth" +/- disagree "he would never cheat at anything." +1 totally agree
2020-09-28 18:19
> Used bug for 28 rounds > "I did nothing wrong" HUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUE
2020-09-28 16:27
DAMMIT! LOVE FOR APOKA GOD
2020-09-28 16:42
Honestly if the mouse never moved from start to finish it might be right, like if this kind of thing would happen you would atleast look a bit around to check what's happening
2020-09-28 16:45
#102
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Brazil PaPum
what is the problem with Brazilian haters? your hate decreases YOUR IQ? apoka is one of the most honest guys in the scene, and has even talked about this bug in a live. Even shown that this big has happened in a recent match and he recorded everything and warned the other coach I believe that the majority here is under 18 years old.
2020-09-28 17:12
No worry, just braindead NA and EU childs
2020-09-28 20:33
This is just plain stupid. They're literally going back to demos that are from before 2019 and banning coaches lmao. Yeah, you're only late by at least 1-2 years if not more ESIC, Michal Slowinski, and Steve Dudenhoeffer. Good job for banning coaches due to acts committed a long time ago! Pretty soon every coach will be banned for using this bug.
2020-09-28 17:19
apoka, 20 years of scenery, 18y as coach, why would he abuse that? Many coaches are really to blame, and the valve's shame has never done anything!
2020-09-28 17:56
isnt this apoka guy the one has a great enthusiasm and personality? i love the guy and his "argument " seems fair and used for most brazilians as all of these brazilian teams that went to NA, they all in their gaming house, and coach stands behind the players If he didnt move the mouse i dont get the ban
2020-09-28 18:16
#107
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
#105 and your comment says all
2020-09-28 18:18
ESIC u fuckin clowns
2020-09-28 19:12
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