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.

miNirox keeps his job at AGO

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.

Poland Mikołaj 'miNirox' Michałków
Mikołaj 'miNirox' Michałków
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mudded org
2020-09-29 18:44
cool cool
2020-09-29 18:45
who is this minotaur ??
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Luxembourg winner666
2020-09-30 03:04
whats the point of these bans LMAO
2020-09-29 18:47
United States Thorolf
This guy barely used it two years ago, I think it makes sense to keep him
2020-09-29 18:49
everyone is keeping their coaches, pointless bans, might as well unban everyone
2020-09-29 18:50
United States Thorolf
True, it would be funny if volvo came and permabanned them all, or most of them
2020-09-29 18:50
United Kingdom novaseer
But the teams with banned coaches are still playing at a disadvantage because their coaches cannot participate in the map veto or communicate with the players mid-match.
2020-09-29 20:35
prove that ESIC is shit org shooting bans left right and center to remain relevant 😂🤡
2020-09-29 19:02
2020-09-29 18:48
Serbia XD___
2020-09-29 18:49
2020-09-29 18:49
Gl cheater!
2020-09-29 18:50
I feel like all teams are sticking together with their coaches because ESIC is just getting warmed up. Knowing Ian Smith there is a vast array of things that will go under scrutinity and it probably won't ends up at the coach. A bit like turtling for the incoming storm.
2020-09-29 18:51
Brazil hugoooo
lol the trend
2020-09-29 18:52
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Poland Amirek
Thanks HLTV for another "X team to remain with X coach" Thanks for your service :)
2020-09-29 18:53
United States Dengar95
Is there anything else going on?
2020-09-30 00:45
2020-09-29 18:56
Orgs are keeping the coaches because the coach's work was not based on a bug unlike zoner, they are really doing things but they unintentionally bugged and in the heat of the moment they thought it would be a good idea to 'abuse' it
2020-09-29 18:56
Sweden WaSee
I agree that he should keep his job, but abusing the but was not just an incident. Hopefully should be a wake up call for all coached and players, but I wouldn't write this off as a one time thing
2020-09-29 19:00
these coaches are begging for a punishment from valve. i don't think gaben gonna like to see them coaching while having a ban
2020-09-29 19:29
It's only 3.75 months, and he is really good coach so it was obvious that AGO is going to wait.
2020-09-29 19:31
Poland Po_Prostu
loord too
2020-09-29 20:04
Portugal eilzinho
I thought they disbanded after being destroyed by sAw 10 days ago.
2020-09-29 20:05
2020-09-29 21:26
1:1 enough to beat noobs like u
2020-09-29 23:47
2020-09-30 09:07
dead to remain with mibr, wait a minute...
2020-09-29 20:34
Who with who?
2020-09-29 21:21
ence with aleksib
2020-09-29 21:49
Who with aleksib?
2020-09-30 08:46
Hungary saxxo
And this is how the world operate... There is a shame, everybody made his step back to stay clear and a few days later they forget all about it.
2020-09-29 21:48
That's why these fuckers should be permabanned no one really had regrets,they are again following ships of Heroic and Hard legion etc. Fking cheaters.
2020-09-29 22:16
and another cheater org. Seems I can only trust all orgs with no banned coach.
2020-09-29 23:16
polaks support cheating and match fixing nothing new
2020-09-29 23:46
Poland Slomaa
Once a cheater, always a cheater... If he's so clean then why did he not report the bug long time ago when he has found it out ? Because he's a cheater, that's why
2020-09-30 00:01
Would not change anything. Robban did report that bug to admin in 2017 and what? They still think he used it in a 16-1 loss. So many years and volvo did nothing. Now they are banning left and right, most likely bug would go public and this is them washing their hands off this thing.
2020-09-30 09:10
and did this minotaur know about this? he didnt report it as well
2020-09-30 11:11
Poland Slomaa
My point was that he should have reported this bug to the game devs asap, it's not that hard to use the damn e-mail to send them the details... And to clarify, it wasn't cheating per se but exploiting the buggy game. But as a person who found it out and kept quiet about it it was simply a way to cheat the system and opponents.
2020-09-30 12:55
rip poland
2020-09-30 01:22
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Uruguay iNVE14
he is so young to be coach
2020-09-30 01:57
Yo les noobs, I was saiting for that decision, it's not surprising tbh. He is so important in their team, as he has done most of the recruitment process and the game plan of the squad.
2020-09-30 09:48
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