BLAST rules out coaching changes for Premier Spring Groups

The tournament organiser noted that it will "continue to monitor and review" this situation after this stage.

BLAST has announced that it will not implement any changes to the way that coaches can interact with players for the first stage of the BLAST Premier Spring season. This comes in the wake of Valve's decision to prohibit coaches - or any other support staff - from being on the server or in the same room as players during online Regional Major Ranking (RMR) matches.

The 2021 BLAST Premier Spring season will kick off Thursday

"We believe that the mechanisms we have in place enable us to listen and observe coaches' actions when they are on the server and in the room with the players, which gives us greater oversight of competitive integrity by being able to directly monitor actions in real-time and have information to review post-event if any concerns are raised," BLAST Premier Commissioner Andrew Haworth said in a statement.

"We feel that coaches provide a vital role in the professionalism of esports, improving quality of play and team performance."

BLAST becomes the first tournament organiser to react to the game developer's recent ruling, which is aimed at preventing the "diminished integrity of coaching from casting a shadow on the integrity of Valve-sponsored events" following the recent spectator bug and stream-sniping scandals.

Valve has determined that coaches who exploited the spectator bug, which was brought to light on August 31, will not be eligible to participate in a number of future Valve-sponsored events based on how many demerit points they were issued by Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in its September 28 report. Stephen Hanna, Director of Global Strategy & Partnerships at ESIC, recently said on Twitter that updated information on demerit points and how these have been affected by appeals will be made available soon.

On December 2, ESIC revealed that it had decided against taking action against teams, players and coaches who had been caught stream-sniping opponents during the online era of Counter-Strike. Despite considering the practice to be "widespread", the esports watchdog group explained that the prospect of handing out a large number of bans would cause "an extremely adverse effect on CS:GO esports, particularly in the top tier". It added that some of the cases "were simply impossible to prove" or would demand considerable resources to be examined in full.

ESIC decided to enforce a zero-tolerance stance moving forward, with Vitality the first victim as they were fined $10,000 after being caught with the stream playing in the background while they faced Liquid and Complexity in the BLAST Premier Global Final.

BLAST noted that it will "continue to monitor and review" the coaching rule after the Spring Groups, which will run from February 4-14. According to Robert Mulgan, Esports Operations Manager at BLAST, up to two members of support staff will also be allowed in the room where the team is playing or on the TeamSpeak server, though they will not be able to speak with the players or interfere with the game.

Gg Need another rule that there should be no one except coaches and players
2021-02-02 16:07
9 replies
Ez champion for Vitality
2021-02-02 16:16
1 reply
We saw this in global finals in January
2021-02-02 16:38
#49
RpK | 
France pol44r
twitter.com/Mulgan95/status/135661355942.. 2 ppl max an completely silent
2021-02-02 16:36
6 replies
This is a good news I hope they monitor everything
2021-02-02 16:37
4 replies
#55
RpK | 
France pol44r
They already do.
2021-02-02 16:37
3 replies
Since esic doing the moves with muting the coaches completely Its a doubt if they actually carefully monitor everyone The people who monitor didnt even realise Vitality had a stream going on It was dextero who made a video and told this to the TOs
2021-02-02 16:39
2 replies
#61
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France pol44r
Theybknew but didn't care before somebody started talking about it Reasons why:admin didn't see any reason why since they weren't cheating.there wasn't any rule in it back then They monitor every discussion, search "admin and issaa blast" the admins are very serious.
2021-02-02 16:42
1 reply
They must be serious Its good thats the TOs are working hard I hope LANs return soon with kato 2021 coming without audience
2021-02-02 16:44
I guess it is just a matter of time until one of the staff says something, even if it's just a word, and then what? I doubt anything will happen.
2021-02-02 16:53
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Portugal MGL257
Expected
2021-02-02 16:07
#3
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United States Shmelt
The problem is Vitality with 100 ppl in the back of the booth
2021-02-02 16:07
26 replies
+1
2021-02-02 16:08
What exactly is the problem with that?
2021-02-02 16:08
13 replies
Nothing, there is huuuge wave of hate for Vitality out of nowhere, possibly cuz ZyWoo #1 and not S1mple
2021-02-02 16:10
12 replies
+1
2021-02-02 16:22
So you saying that S1MPLE doesn't deserve top 1 and baiter zywh is not cheater?
2021-02-02 16:27
4 replies
Yes
2021-02-02 16:28
2 replies
he's still a baiter!!!
2021-02-02 16:33
1 reply
Yes, I do agree S1mple is a master baiter
2021-02-02 16:33
Zywoo #1
2021-02-02 18:48
For the record, you brought up s1mple vs Zywoo, not the "s1mple fanboys/ Vita and Zywoo haters" And yes, it makes sense why people would be upset with Vitality having multiple staff members in the player booth during matches. It creates opportunities for the integrity of the game to be less valid. They already got a fine for watching the stream in the background, like wtf are u watching the official stream for you have the whole team on LAN in front of ur fuckin eyes.
2021-02-02 16:39
4 replies
Yeah, but lets not pretend they are one of the best, if not the best, team rn just bcs they have stream behind them
2021-02-02 16:40
3 replies
Vitality is still a top3 team, definitely astralis, navi and vitality are above all other teams atm, but I'm just saying that this "huge wave of Vitality hate" might be from teams that don't have the luxury of using a 6th player on maps that some players are bad at or don't like, or maybe because they do not trust Vitality staff to maintain integrity of the game.
2021-02-02 16:46
2 replies
A hltv user speaking facts :)
2021-02-02 16:50
1 reply
you would be surprised, some of us actually watch and play the game and understand whats going on instead of making "s1mple top1 Zywho" threads and talking about stupid shit.
2021-02-02 17:08
ZywOo is too good for s0mple
2021-02-03 14:12
+1 Coaches are cool. The problem is having a billion people in the background.
2021-02-02 16:08
3 replies
#28
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Germany kuppikuppi
+1 I have nothing against vitality, but them having so many people in the booth feels kind of wrong, there should be the 5 (6) players, the coach and maybe one social media guy not an entire entourage and the family of each player
2021-02-02 16:17
2 replies
+1 exactly.
2021-02-02 16:18
#43
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India akashp1997
+10000000
2021-02-02 16:26
"100 ppl" - " billion people" there is 6 player, 2 coach, and SOMETIMES other people of the Vitality org who are just here to support like any people on LAN
2021-02-02 16:15
There is no problem here. They don't talk when they're playing the game. And these people "in the back" are Vitality's stuff (manager, coach, supportive coach, analyst, psychologist). If they somehow talked while the players played the game - ok, i would agree with you, but they don't.
2021-02-02 16:21
3 replies
You can’t know for sure dude
2021-02-02 16:21
2 replies
Vitality players has webcams which are working for whole match. In these webcams we can easily see these people from Vitality's stuff. If they did talk at the match i guess Vitality would already get punished for that.
2021-02-02 16:25
1 reply
#51
RpK | 
France pol44r
+1
2021-02-02 16:36
#35
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France Insidium
+1
2021-02-02 16:20
#54
RpK | 
France pol44r
2021-02-02 16:37
Gg
2021-02-02 16:07
#5
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Brazil Par4dox11
Shox has been saved by BLAST.
2021-02-02 16:07
#6
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Portugal BraZGod
expected!
2021-02-02 16:07
#7
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Serbia XD___
W
2021-02-02 16:07
#8
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Brazil UZeftG0D
NICE!
2021-02-02 16:07
good just let it be ONLY coaches not the vitality circus
2021-02-02 16:07
5 replies
+1111
2021-02-02 16:15
#31
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Germany kuppikuppi
Maybe as well one single social media guy but of course not an entire entourage
2021-02-02 16:18
1 reply
#91
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Germany F0kussi3rt
+1
2021-02-02 18:47
#36
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France Insidium
+1
2021-02-02 16:21
#88
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Portugal Hmikas
+111111111111111111
2021-02-02 18:27
Good for them for showing some balls. Fuck Valve!
2021-02-02 16:08
3 replies
Lul valve never gave the order to TOs to follow their coach rules. No need for ballz. Blast would be the first who follow an order.
2021-02-02 16:21
2 replies
They don't explicitly give the order but they encourage you to follow them, especially if you want to host a major.
2021-02-02 16:22
1 reply
Nope. When you host a major you follow their rules outside of that I doesn't matter. Pgl didn't host a Csgo event for years and got the next major.
2021-02-02 17:25
RIP blast major, not like it anyone ewanted one anyway
2021-02-02 16:10
5 replies
wdym BLAST probably has one of the best production
2021-02-02 16:10
4 replies
Probably? It is the best.
2021-02-02 16:16
2 replies
#52
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United States Festive_
+1 by far
2021-02-02 16:36
It's just been so long since I've seen an ESL major that I can't remember their level of production, they're up there too tho
2021-02-02 16:45
Too much color, it hurts me
2021-02-06 03:00
good decision
2021-02-02 16:10
Thankfully. Volvo essentially made the position of coaches utterly useless instead of making it fair. I like blast more and more each day
2021-02-02 16:13
4 replies
yeah ever since the start of the online era Blast has became by far the best TO in terms of pretty much every aspect
2021-02-02 16:14
3 replies
And they finally got rid of playing 3 T1 games at the same time too :D
2021-02-02 16:15
yes but I think it would still be better with a swiss-system tournament
2021-02-02 16:20
+1
2021-02-02 17:36
expected from blastralis
2021-02-02 16:13
1 reply
+1
2021-02-02 16:24
#27
ropz | 
Romania Laskof
good, not following valve with this decision is very nice, valve is dummy dummy
2021-02-02 16:17
1 reply
#89
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Portugal Hmikas
valve is big brain^-1
2021-02-02 18:28
Blast could at least limit the people in the vitality booth to under 50.
2021-02-02 16:18
3 replies
but they need their GM, Coach, assistant coach, psychologist, and half of the French
2021-02-02 16:27
2 replies
and obviously the content guy, physio, army general, cheerleading team
2021-02-02 17:27
#90
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
kkkkk
2021-02-02 18:30
Worked well with vitality oh wait
2021-02-02 16:18
valve dont like to talk with teams but at the least blast is doing something
2021-02-02 16:38
Rip Blast major >:(
2021-02-02 16:40
#62
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Canada firtlast
ez for vitality
2021-02-02 16:42
Thank god Vitality saved
2021-02-02 16:43
1 reply
#66
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Poland v1ctorex
I mean It's not like boombl4 is not getting help from blade
2021-02-02 16:46
malek shoulder massage incoming
2021-02-02 16:47
nice
2021-02-02 16:52
ban vitality for streamsnipe
2021-02-02 16:55
I hope it's just the coach, and maybe another 1-2 important staff members. It's really weird seeing an entire houseparty in the background of some teams.
2021-02-02 16:56
Ok what
2021-02-02 17:08
Other teams play from their homes
2021-02-02 17:16
good
2021-02-02 17:26
#81
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Croatia Netkov
+1 good.
2021-02-02 17:43
#82
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Turkey yeeGeT
Bring back the lans asap so that we dont even have to think about this sheet.
2021-02-02 17:47
That's why I love Blast and its tournaments, sit valve.
2021-02-02 18:01
very nice
2021-02-02 18:07
I am getting lost. Can coaches talk to the players at least when the game is stopped (buy time, timeouts)? Cause it doesn't make sense to deny that.
2021-02-02 18:16
Nice
2021-02-02 18:23
#87
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Finland OGx
nice
2021-02-02 18:25
#93
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Poland SebL
Honestly that's a good move, idk. what Valve were thinking while making that change, it's stupid af.
2021-02-02 23:45
It means astralis will win again.
2021-02-03 03:25
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