miNirox to remain with AGO
The Polish coach, who was among the 37 people banned by ESIC on Monday for using the coaching bug, will keep his place in AGO.
The Polish organization decided to retain the services of Mikołaj "miNirox" Michałków, who has been AGO's coach for over three years, due to the "incidental nature" of the cause of the 23-year-old's offense that saw him banned by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) on Monday.
miNirox was handed a ban lasting for 3.75 months after confessing to a one-time use of the coaching bug — effectively the shortest possible length given the 25% reduction for an accepted confession —, for three rounds in an April 2018 match against then-Swedish side GODSENT in the DreamHack Open Austin 2018 Europe closed qualifier.
The organization was able to confirm with ESIC that the aforementioned match was the only case in which miNirox used the infamous exploit.
"The board of x-kom AGO does not see any grounds to terminate the contract with miNirox due to the incidental nature of the event," AGO's Head of Esports, Maciej Opielski, said in a statement. "Mikolaj gave us information about the incident, and then we reported to the ESIC together. We had confirmation from both the ESIC and the coach that three rounds in the game in April 2018 were the first and only such case."
Although miNirox will continue to work with AGO, for the period of the ban he will not be allowed to be present around the team, to communicate with the players in any fashion, and to enter the server during official matches in ESIC member-organized events, which notably includes DreamHack, ESL, BLAST, Eden Esports, and LVP.