NAVI, Entropiq to play EPIC League CIS fifth-place decider on Tuesday

A new date has finally been set for the match after Valve was forced to intervene.

Natus Vincere and Entropiq will face each other on Tuesday at 18:00 in the fifth-place decider of EPIC League CIS, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in the region. The new date was confirmed on Monday after both teams initially refused to play the match on Sunday, the tournament's final day.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, Entropiq explained that both teams were only notified on Saturday at 10:30 that they would have to play the fifth-place decider. The original plan was to award equal prize money ($2,000) and RMR points (1150) to both teams, but this goes against the rules set in place by Valve for the RMR tournaments, which determine that there should be "distinct placement for teams across invite boundaries."

NAVI will take on Entropiq on Tuesday in a best-of-three match

"This notification was quite a surprise to both teams, as in an official announcement prior to the event, such a match was not scheduled at all," the Czech organisation said. "Both Entropiq and Natus Vincere, with respect to their accomplished achievements during the tournament, were under the impression that the tournament was over for both teams.

"Both teams proceeded with respect to the original schedule, and that is why we were not prepared to participate in a match with such short notice."

The Russian Esports Federation (RESF), which is holding EPIC League CIS with the support of Epic Esports Events, contacted Valve upon learning of the teams' refusal to play the match. The game developer ruled that the series had to go ahead and that the teams would lose all RMR points accrued in the tournament if they remained intent on not playing the match. This eventually forced both teams to make a U-turn and agree to play the best-of-three encounter, which will see the winner secure 1200 RMR points, 100 more than the losing side.

But the late addition of a fifth-place decider wasn't the only change to the original tournament schedule. HLTV.org knows that at least one of the two finalists didn't know that the tournament decider would be played in a best-of-five format until a few days before that match, even though casters had allegedly been aware of this fact for weeks. HLTV.org was told that the final would not feature a best-of-three format only on the day of the match itself.

The organisers of EPIC League CIS have come under fire for production issues and a series of irregularities throughout the tournament. Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev was amongst the players who spoke out against the conditions under which teams had to play, revealing that the event lacked things such as anti-cheat, voice communication records and replays. Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko claimed that he discovered that the GOTV connected to the server in which his team was playing did not have any delay, which made it possible for anyone with the password to watch the action in real time.

These claims contributed to the cheating accusations that have been levied against Akuma, the surprise package of the RMR event. In a statement, RESF revealed that it decided to conduct an investigation into the matter following the "public discussion surrounding the matches played by Akuma", who placed third in the tournament. The federation allegedly did not find any evidence compromising the administration of the tournament or the GOTV service, and its review of Akuma's hardware and software showed "no signs of foul play."

"We collected all the necessary information to make a decision, notified Valve and ESIC of the situation, and are ready, if necessary, to conduct a retrial with their participation, providing the full amount of information we have collected," RESF noted.

NAVI coach Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy will be on the 'HLTV Confirmed' podcast on Tuesday at 20:00 to discuss what happened in EPIC League CIS and the recent announcement of StarLadder as the host of the second CIS RMR tournament, among other topics.

Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1369
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
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Akuma xiters
2021-06-01 00:39
8 replies
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Switzerland x676
+1
2021-06-01 00:40
No proof yet, I hope they are cheating because it would be embarrassing if Navi lost that hard against real opponent
2021-06-01 01:01
3 replies
If you actually want the scene to grow then you better retract that statement because another cheating scandal in a major qual would be really bad for the scene
2021-06-01 01:22
2 replies
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Brazil loldougie
+1 csgo is already so scuffed, last thing it needs is more cheaters in pro play
2021-06-01 01:38
Who cares. Navi's especially s1mple's reputation is more important for us fans.
2021-06-01 10:43
i really hope they aren't cheating, but i really do think they might be
2021-06-01 01:34
I've seen the clips and found nothing suspicious. Those "strange" moves are anti-flashing, the player watching out for flanks, etc. Here is NAVI CEO's reaction, you can use Google Translate if you don't speak Russian. Basically, he is saying there's nothing wrong with Akuma, organizers were wrong in the NAVI vs. Entropiq situation, and NAVI have a bad PR service: t.me/naviceo/70
2021-06-01 01:40
akuma - cheaters ?
2021-06-01 01:56
ez4entropiq
2021-06-01 00:39
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Finland Cucumber))
oke
2021-06-01 00:39
1 reply
#11
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Brazil okemas
+1 I very agree!
2021-06-01 00:42
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France rqted
Akuna top 1 hltv soon
2021-06-01 00:39
2 replies
0/8 matata better
2021-06-01 01:22
1 reply
hehehe
2021-06-01 10:40
nice timing for article
2021-06-01 00:40
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Germany sziasztok
Fixed matches
2021-06-01 00:41
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Brazil batcompany
What a shitshow
2021-06-01 00:41
2 replies
+1
2021-06-01 10:21
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Poland sosiad
+1
2021-06-01 11:41
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Russia ToughGuy
This event is such a shitshow 😆
2021-06-01 00:45
Dude why they are still playing if they agreedto share the RMR points Clowncenter
2021-06-01 00:45
4 replies
It's not even EPICENTER It was pretty much Volvo who said "Fuck you, we're gonna do whatever tf we want with the tournaments and you can't do shit about it." Although EPIC is kind of a clown with their production...
2021-06-01 00:50
1 reply
More their handeling of this situation
2021-06-01 01:04
valve said play or they"ll take away all points
2021-06-01 00:50
According to you the teams should run the tournaments or what???? Are you out of your mind
2021-06-01 09:11
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North America drac0z
REMATCH
2021-06-01 00:46
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Poland deepayy
XD
2021-06-01 00:49
#18
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
just cancel that whole rmr event its just pathetic. Just use the next 2 CIS rmr events to determine the major participants.
2021-06-01 00:50
2 replies
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Austria Grundz
+1
2021-06-01 01:04
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Italy who_asked
+1 the only possible decision
2021-06-01 08:41
Which navi will we see🤔
2021-06-01 01:04
1 reply
bad navi prob bcs they will not prepare for this game at all
2021-06-01 01:56
playing the tournament after the grand finals, wtf is this
2021-06-01 01:07
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North America dicennt
embarassing either way
2021-06-01 01:11
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Sweden suriel666
what an absolute shitshow ... "The federation allegedly did not find any evidence compromising the administration of the tournament or the GOTV service, and its review of Akuma's hardware and software showed "no signs of foul play."" as if they went to their homes and checked their PCs or what? So much bullshit in one place .. it's so blatantly obvious that they have some form of radar hack going, because they have near ~100% correct info on every player from every team they played and always push without fearing punishment, as there is always nobody there when they push through smokes or walk with their backs turned. Always checking the "radar", out of "habit", but then it suddenly disappeared after all the focus and accusations and they got absolutely bodied by Gambit + VP, as expected .. trash cheaters
2021-06-01 01:11
1 reply
+1 these Tournaments are literally deciding if you go through to the major or not and with all the security measurements off* they did abuse "nothing" because this team is well "known" for fairness? sure.. :D And how much time did RESF take to determine "foul play" or not? Last time they played is just couple of days ago!
2021-06-01 10:22
Hello Epic League, Valve Here, Last Major
2021-06-01 01:28
1 reply
Hello Flashpoint, Valve Here, Last Major
2021-06-01 01:32
Nice org epicenter host next major please 👍
2021-06-01 01:39
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Brazil Anarchybr
What are the evidences pointing towards Akuma cheating? Im honestly surprised hltv even discussed this on an article, since when There were that drama with CHAOS players they didn’t mentioned it here at all
2021-06-01 02:01
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Italy who_asked
twitter.com/ABOverDrive/status/139948434.. Now all these started making sense
2021-06-01 08:48
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Yugoslavia 1WINGOAT
2021-06-01 02:38
#42
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Sweden piCt
I never ever call "disband", but "Epuc liig" should seriously consider disbanding.
2021-06-01 02:40
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Switzerland Titan))
All these RMR events were a shitshow, and more importantly a disgrace to CSGO's pro scene. In the South America RMR, not 1, not 2, 3, or 4 but 5 teams were disqualified. Cheaters galore in Brazil. In Flashpoint 3, the rematch. The scandalous decision to steal a win from Anonymo is a huge mistake, an unjust ruling, and a shit precedent. The EPIC CIS League RMR is so bad it's unbelievable. The level of incompetency in this tournament is staggering - the competitive integrity was clearly hurt. It seems that the only RMR events that were fine were cs_summit 8 (NA) and the Oceania one AFAIK.
2021-06-01 02:49
4 replies
whatever flashpoint did it wouldve been an unjust ruling so whats your point?
2021-06-01 03:48
2 replies
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Switzerland Titan))
oh yes, this just adds to my point Flashpoint fucks up so bad by forcing the teams to play with lags when it was THEIR fault and then they fucking overrule Anonymo's win what a shitshow
2021-06-01 16:00
1 reply
right, its all flashpoints fault, but whatever they did it wouldve been not fair to either team
2021-06-02 03:21
the NA event had dogshit casting, while it was funny at times, it was mostly annoying
2021-06-01 08:45
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Italy who_asked
How will B1ad3 participate in hltv confirmed if they have a game today in the evening?
2021-06-01 08:44
1 reply
b1ad3 can't participate in the match and the match might end before the podcast even starts anyway so who cars. i expect semi-troll/throw match.
2021-06-01 10:43
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Latvia kjyy
*akuma placed third not fourth
2021-06-01 09:39
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Russia mshkoda
Valve pushed them to fight for this 50 points lol
2021-06-01 10:29
5 replies
Yeah you wish valve would care like this for NO ANTI CHEAT IN AN RMR TOURNAMENT ?????????????????????????????????????
2021-06-01 10:44
3 replies
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Russia mshkoda
yeah, a lot of questions to valve, as usual
2021-06-01 11:09
Dude, there's anti-cheat. Stop tripping because Navi lost to a tier 2 team as usual/
2021-06-01 22:37
1 reply
I won't bother because you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.
2021-06-01 23:36
yeah let's just throw the sportsmanship in the trash, when we can just split the money and points, bad valve
2021-06-01 12:21
Wth is going on, really Valve had to intervene for such a thing? Cmon, what's going on with those RMR tournaments, it looks like a joke.
2021-06-01 21:35
Navi tried get around the match and grab a free win but Valve was like "Nope, you gotta play for these points, fool". Love how they aren't talking about this on "HLTV Confirmed" with Blade.
2021-06-01 22:36
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