starix to stay with Hard Legion

Despite the 10-month ban handed to him for the coaching bug abuse, Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk will continue working with the Russian team.

Hard Legion announced on Tuesday that the team will continue working with starix as their coach, but will abide by the ESIC ruling and not use the Ukranian in official matches.

starix's bug abuse dates back to 2017, when he was a part of Natus Vincere, with the news of his ban coming three weeks after he became a part of Hard Legion. For the next 10 months, in ESIC-sanctioned tournaments, he will only be able to help the team outside of a 15-minute window surrounding official matches.

Hard Legion has decided to wait out starix's ban

Following his ban becoming public, starix posted on Twitter that he doesn't remember using the bug, saying that there is "nothing to say on my side". However, he did go on to talk about the situation in an interview for gameinside.ua, stating that he agrees with the punishment, and adding that if he really wanted to abuse the bug, he would "use it on a regular basis and could have the maximum profit from this".

starix is Hard Legion's fourth employee to be banned for the coaching bug abuse. In September, they cut ties with both their main coach Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev and assistent coach Erik "⁠AKIMOV⁠" Akimov, banned for 36 and 7.5 months respectively by ESIC. On Monday, Egor "fuRy^" Morin, the organization's CEO, was also banned by ESIC for abusing the bug while coaching the same group of players in 2018.

Meanwhile, Hard Legion are down to four players, as trial-member Dmitry "⁠rAge⁠" Bolotov left the squad.

Hard Legion are now:

Russia Semyon "⁠kinqie⁠" Lisitsyn
Russia Svyatoslav "⁠svyat⁠" Dovbakh
Russia Vladislav "⁠Krad⁠" Kravchenko
Russia Igor "⁠Forester⁠" Bezotecheskiy

Ukraine Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk (coach)

Russia Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Semyon 'kinqie' Lisitsyn
Semyon 'kinqie' Lisitsyn
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Russia Vladislav 'Krad' Kravchenko
Vladislav 'Krad' Kravchenko
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
591
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Dmitry 'rAge' Bolotov
Dmitry 'rAge' Bolotov
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
318
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Russia Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Erik 'AKIMOV' Akimov
Erik 'AKIMOV' Akimov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
62
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
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
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
lol
2020-09-29 15:25
What
2020-09-29 15:25
OMEGALUL
2020-09-29 15:25
#8
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Czech Republic Rewask
unexpected
2020-09-29 15:25
Bot
2020-09-29 15:25
Pls no kick him
2020-09-29 15:25
EXPECTED LEGEND NEVER GET KICKED
2020-09-29 15:25
Dont care about tier-5 CS
2020-09-29 15:25
all hard legion coaches are xiters
2020-09-29 15:26
cheater playing for cheater team nice
2020-09-29 15:26
GOAT coach... Good for him... That bug abuse is a joke anyway
2020-09-29 15:26
#20
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Finland Autisthicc
this makes a legion of men hard
2020-09-29 15:26
HL really does not give a fuck about the morality of all this
2020-09-29 15:26
#22
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United States me_0_major
lost all respect for hard legion, i didnt really have any before though
2020-09-29 15:27
#34
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Estonia pj4
lol +1
2020-09-29 15:29
+1
2020-09-29 17:07
So nobody gives a fuck about coach bans, lol.
2020-09-29 15:27
Valve does I hope. They will give real bans.
2020-09-29 17:31
I doubt, but we'll see.
2020-09-29 17:46
valve hopefully punishes these coaches and orgs 2x harder
2020-09-29 19:32
4th hard legion coach banned jesus
2020-09-29 15:27
And one of them is their CEO
2020-09-29 21:40
This guy first shit talked about Flusha cheating, then joined Hard Legion as a coach because their previous coach was cheating and now, he himself is banned for cheating. What a joke this man is.
2020-09-29 15:28
ban the whole team
2020-09-29 15:28
+1
2020-09-29 15:29
+111
2020-09-29 15:30
+1 I hope valve just permabans starix and the whole org He‘s probably the one who has handled all this the worst and he‘s not even aware that he did something wrong This guy has no place in a professional competitive environment anymore regardless of his legend status
2020-09-29 15:32
#64
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United States tatsumi
even worse than dead?
2020-09-29 15:59
#63
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United States tatsumi
+1
2020-09-29 15:59
+11
2020-09-29 17:07
#32
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United States Burger_man
XD
2020-09-29 15:28
Scum person Shady as fuck Organisation If you support these idiots you need medical help
2020-09-29 15:30
Expected
2020-09-29 15:32
"However, he did go on to talk about the situation in an interview for gameinside.ua, stating that he agrees with the punishment, and adding that if he really wanted to abuse the bug, he would "use it on a regular basis and could have the maximum profit from this". " LMAO what a cunt
2020-09-29 15:34
nt cheater
2020-09-29 15:34
Still a Legend. So it is expected. Good move from Hard Legion, but they are cheaters anyway.
2020-09-29 15:35
#43
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Europe nvebev
ceo of hard legion is a know ret*rd
2020-09-29 15:36
#44
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United Kingdom tr@c
clown team
2020-09-29 15:37
Expected tbh
2020-09-29 15:37
St🤡rix
2020-09-29 15:37
Every good story line needs a villain, that the good guys can fight. Hard Legion seems hell-bent on being the supervillain of CS, cheating their asses off and not giving a fak about being caught. Can't even be bothered to appologize. What absolute filth. But it's sure gonna make it more interesting to see them fight the good guys, going forward... I kinda like it.
2020-09-29 15:40
A lousy villain at that. Rarely shows up and get their ass beat when they do. Surely the writers can do better.
2020-09-29 15:46
LOL xD
2020-09-29 15:47
Hard Legion W H O
2020-09-29 15:41
Corrupt org
2020-09-29 15:42
clowns
2020-09-29 15:44
#52
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Brazil YUB8
Yikes
2020-09-29 15:46
🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 Genius
2020-09-29 15:57
#56
ZywOo | 
India aR__
SO this is how they beat NAVI in RMR event and still no shame at all. No shame at all, the players have no shame.
2020-09-29 15:47
hard legion clearly doesn't even care anymore they just want attention
2020-09-29 15:48
lmao hard legion more like cypher legion
2020-09-29 15:53
Meme Legion
2020-09-29 15:54
#61
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Germany BIG2020
Hard Legion.. the Org where even the CEO is a Cheater LULW
2020-09-29 15:58
enjoy playing open qualis
2020-09-29 15:58
Hard Legion’s motto: always have at least one cheater on the team
2020-09-29 16:00
He had a great legacy as a player and as a coach, and now he threw it out the window. Ez career
2020-09-29 16:01
C L O W N
2020-09-29 16:03
Understandable, he is a good coach and I understand Hard Legion's decision to wait for him.
2020-09-29 16:04
hard_legion_3_coach_bans_astralis_0_coach_bans
2020-09-29 16:05
nope
2020-09-29 16:10
all hard legion staff are cheaters lmao wtf
2020-09-29 16:11
That's because the whole org is in on this bug, just ban HL already
2020-09-29 16:13
say whatever u want but i think 1 case from 3 years ago is nothing. if its more than 1 case - sure, it was used on purpose.
2020-09-29 16:17
i'm glad speed4k left this cheater team for nemiga
2020-09-29 16:19
Im not really concerned bout starix using it once 3 years ago, but am more concerned about the organization's 4 ppl in total caught using it, id find it hard to believe that players didnt know, but i guess you always have to have the benefit of a doubt, but jeez, 4 ppl in total from the same org, what a shame, but unfortunately cant prove it, and therefore not guilty until you're caught :( but at least going forward all coaches and players are forced to record and save their conversations in game from what i heard!
2020-09-29 16:23
Easiest 10month of his life
2020-09-29 16:28
#79
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Finland J3bediah
This whole organization is a disgrace to the csgo scene. 4 staff members of Hard legion banned for coaching bug wtf?!! Btw the players knew.
2020-09-29 16:33
424 rounds from zoneR. 2nd coach that participated in like 1 game got banned. Now biggest meme of this ban wave, starix, is also caught. Valve didn't even release their statement yet. And HL still releases such statement. Just give up at this point tbh if you still care about your name.
2020-09-29 16:36
only 424 rounds from zoner?
2020-09-29 16:38
According to hltv.org/news/30351/esic-issues-bans-to-.. Their CEO also abused the bug, well, that explains alot.
2020-09-29 16:43
#81
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Ukraine Dert38
moskalix
2020-09-29 16:36
AXAXAXXAXAXAXAXA
2020-09-29 16:38
>4 members of the org cheating using the same bug. surely the players didn't knew
2020-09-29 16:44
#89
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Indonesia DioBrando
In StArIx We TrUsT LOL
2020-09-29 16:56
#90
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Russia mshkoda
It will be after disqualification ending, so what is the problem? It looks like hunden, furia's coach and other 30+ now have the punishment and after this will continue their work, no? Faze Clan supported their previous coach too. Of course, Hard Legion shows them not good, but good luck to Starix anyway
2020-09-29 17:00
#129
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United Kingdom Hammondo
It depends on their use of the bug, starix was a clear abuser.
2020-09-30 15:55
#91
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Croatia Netkov
I don't remember.
2020-09-29 17:00
#92
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Germany ConAction
And these guys keep claiming that Hard Legion players didnt know about this bug? xdddddddddddd
2020-09-29 17:02
ahahahahaahaa
2020-09-29 17:04
bruh
2020-09-29 17:05
The audacity
2020-09-29 17:09
#100
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Romania sky27
cheats then his team shows him as a hero ok bro
2020-09-29 17:39
Cheater legion
2020-09-29 17:51
Imagine getiing your coach caught in a cheating buzz and keeping him... They knew he was cheating for sure... Trash org
2020-09-29 18:09
Cheater legion "starix is Hard Legion's fourth employee to be banned for the coaching bug abuse. In September, they cut ties with both their main coach Aleksandr "⁠zoneR⁠" Bogatiryev and assistent coach Erik "⁠AKIMOV⁠" Akimov, banned for 36 and 7.5 months respectively by ESIC. On Monday, Egor "fuRy^" Morin, the organization's CEO, was also banned by ESIC for abusing the bug while coaching the same group of players in 2018."
2020-09-29 18:26
these coaches are begging for a bigger punishment from valve. i don't think gaben gonna like to see them coaching while having a ban
2020-09-29 19:30
Gl with your sponsors
2020-09-29 22:21
#117
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Israel ALEXKEEM
LMAO the best part is there is literally no way of enforcing any of these bans online
2020-09-30 05:49
It all makes sense, cheat to get an advantage and you wil be rewarded with loyalty. Only Volvo can do any real punishments. #flushaknew
2020-09-30 07:35
Russian cheaters. GL the team to even remain and get paid
2020-09-30 07:42
4 people in the organisation used it? lmaoooooo just disband that team already
2020-09-30 10:51
#126
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Finland J3bediah
The players knew. This just seems too systematic to have 4 of the people in the org being banned.
2020-09-30 15:31
agreed
2020-10-01 17:39
Have Valve already fixed the bug or not? I haven't noticed any news 'bout this
2020-09-30 11:33
#128
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United Kingdom Hammondo
Yes.
2020-09-30 15:52
#122
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Poland OmgYes
Look at starix pic, face of cheater lol
2020-09-30 11:51
2020-09-30 11:54
Hard cheaters OMEGALUL
2020-09-30 12:10
#132
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Russia ak1aki
ahahaahahahahaahhaha
2020-10-03 08:05
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