ESIC lifts ban on ToH1o

The 31-year-old Bulgarian is free to resume coaching duties after providing evidence that he experienced the spectator bug without his knowledge.

Anton "⁠ToH1o⁠" Georgiev has been allowed to coach again after having his 10-month ban lifted by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), according to a statement issued by the esports watchdog on Tuesday. The decision follows an appeal launched by the Bulgarian, one of the 37 coaches who were sanctioned by ESIC in September as part of an investigation into the use of the spectator bug in competitive Counter-Strike.

ToH1o was found to have experienced the bug on two occasions in 2017, in one round of ex-Outlaws's IEM Oakland open qualifier win against hASSeLsNOk, and in all 30 rounds of Windigo's Inferno victory against Tricked in CS:GO.NET Cup 1.

ESIC accepted the grounds for ToH1o's appeal, which included evidence of the Bulgarian coach having experienced the infamous coaching bug without his knowledge. At the moment, it is unclear whether the ban the former Windigo and SMASH coach received from Valve for the next five Majors will be lifted as well.

ToH1o is eager to coach again after getting his ban lifted

"I would like to thank ESIC for their understanding and for providing me the chance to appeal and to provide a big amount of evidence regarding my case," the 31-year-old has told HLTV.org. "It took six months, but I clearly understand ESIC and their tight schedule dealing with the cheaters out there!"

"I am really happy and it took me soo long, but now I am free! I'm ready to start working again and I will be looking to get back in the coaching role again with any roster and any region out there! I didn't leave the scene, I was closely spectating it, so I am up to date! Also, I have a USA visa and am open to relocate for new projects," the coach went on to share.

ToH1o is the second coach to have his spectator bug ban removed in full by ESIC. Former forZe coach Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov successfully appealed his ban last October in a similar fashion, as ESIC were able to verify evidence that the Ukrainian veteran was not present at his computer when the bug occurred and that he disconnected in due time in the remaining matches in question.

Bulgaria Anton 'ToH1o' Georgiev
Anton 'ToH1o' Georgiev
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.47
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.22
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
cool
2021-06-15 16:32
1 reply
Wait who ?
2021-06-16 08:51
nice!
2021-06-15 16:32
7 replies
+1 Based. Welcome back ToH1o. h*nden cheater stay banned.
2021-06-15 19:08
6 replies
hunden unbanned already?
2021-06-16 06:48
5 replies
#121
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Other M@GNU5
only by ESIC but not unbanned by daddy Valve
2021-06-16 08:40
4 replies
Valve banned him?
2021-06-16 09:45
3 replies
#124
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Other M@GNU5
yes, along with others some got a permanent ban while Toh1o got 5 major bans and for hunden well idk how many bans but I can tell its a lot of majors to miss Volvo article here: blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/2021/0.. list of permanently banned coaches: twitter.com/dekay/status/135458334801056..
2021-06-16 09:55
2 replies
#127
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Canada GGNORE33
His case is equally same like with lmbt ones and he is not banned by Valve anymore, so Tohio should be unbanned by Valve too after this.
2021-06-16 13:00
1 reply
#128
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Other M@GNU5
if valve responds that is
2021-06-16 13:02
#3
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India OOFmiester
Finally
2021-06-15 16:32
Well done
2021-06-15 16:33
#7
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Sweden AFCHannes
this is so unfair, imagine now if there is more innocent coaches who've been banned for no reason, also some coaches now can lie with an excuse of how they've incorectly been banned when they actually used the cheat.
2021-06-15 16:34
9 replies
#36
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Russia scorchy
no they can't lol, you can check where coaches were looking in demos while in the spectator bug, lying about not abusing it would be obvious instantly
2021-06-15 16:44
5 replies
If that was true the innocent parties would not have been banned in the first place. Your point kind of contradicts itself.
2021-06-15 17:24
4 replies
not really, they were banned because they experienced the coach bug, ESIC has the demo of the match as a evidence. but coaches who didnt abused it can provide team comms, plus some kind of recording that will show they didnt used it to win games. ESIC explained that they couldn't gather all the extra recordings because it will take forever, so thats why they gave a chance to the coaches to battle their punishments if they are able to show some extra information to clarify their situation.
2021-06-16 05:14
3 replies
Your point doesn't really mean much but anyway; Yes they give them a chance to appeal, 6 months later he finally got a response. 6 Months of doing no work. 6 Months of people thinking you cheated. Your reputation doesn't recover from this fully.
2021-06-16 14:07
2 replies
just think is like a court case, each part presents their evidence, and someone has to make a judgment and a decision based on that. a simple court case can last for years. it takes time, and ESIC doesnt have many resources. the reputation, sadly is true, the damage has already been done to it, and there isnt any clear fix.
2021-06-16 15:27
1 reply
Thats not a great example though. A court case involves hundreds of people across multiple parties. This was just ESIC and ToH1o/Whichever org he worked for at the time. And also you wouldn't just get sentenced immediately in a court case. That comes later depending on the case. ESIC are just once again showing that they have taken on way to much work and haven't given people real justice, like they were telling everyone would happen. I mean we are still waiting on the match fixing stuff to come out almost half a year after they originally announced it.
2021-06-16 15:59
I think if you read the article it says ‘evidence’ a few times implying he proved he did not take advantage of the bug which actual abusers cannot prove because they were abusing it making it fair that he was unbanned It also likely means they’ll be on to the next coach who has appealed and so other coaches unfairly banned will also eventually be reinstated
2021-06-15 16:52
now imagine losing your job without being guilty
2021-06-15 17:41
yeah, didn't toh1io appeal the ban in like December at least? Over 6 months to handle appeal, that's way too low. What ESIC is trying to do is good but at the moment their not just working like they should.
2021-06-15 18:19
Who time
2021-06-15 16:33
#9
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Is this because we are from Bulgaria ?!?!
2021-06-15 16:33
6 replies
we ?
2021-06-15 21:37
5 replies
#110
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yes Cerq is my brother from another mother
2021-06-15 21:50
4 replies
im cerq
2021-06-16 01:36
3 replies
hello cerq who is eg new coach?
2021-06-16 02:54
1 reply
#119
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Bulgaria R34
toh1o
2021-06-16 08:13
#125
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Pakistan LoOuU2
biradeeeeeer when is Brehze switching to Valulrant ??!?
2021-06-16 10:12
Guilty until proven innocent of course
2021-06-15 16:33
3 replies
+1
2021-06-15 17:51
Sad :(
2021-06-15 18:38
#106
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Brazil ZerongBr
+1
2021-06-15 20:36
#11
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Italy NotNew
FREE TOHIO i dont even know who
2021-06-15 16:33
who?
2021-06-15 16:33
#13
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Denmark Yikesslol
nice
2021-06-15 16:33
RELEASE THE FULL LIST OF CHEATERS FFS
2021-06-15 16:33
who?
2021-06-15 16:34
It took 6 months for an innocent person to be unbanned? What a joke.
2021-06-15 16:34
2 replies
+1
2021-06-15 17:50
#90
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France cedd
srsly, why would it take so long to review demos of just two matches lol
2021-06-15 18:53
forsaken > TOH1O
2021-06-15 16:34
5 replies
TOH1O was banned for using the coach bug nothing in common with forsaken, dw :D
2021-06-15 17:42
4 replies
#93
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Canada GGNORE33
He is not banned anymore my friend and he didn’t abuse the bug, you understand English? How is It going in the Bulgarian schools?
2021-06-15 19:01
3 replies
arent we communicating in english rn ? i didnt even bother to read the article but afaik he was banned for abusing the coach bug.. whats ur poin tho and whats up with my english ?
2021-06-15 20:17
2 replies
#105
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Canada GGNORE33
Yeah he was, but he didn’t abuse it. That’s my point
2021-06-15 20:35
1 reply
And where did he say/imply that TOH1O is banned and is abusing the bug? Learn to read my friend before dropping dumbo comments like your neighbours from south.
2021-06-15 21:37
#20
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Poland vexxy77
Team Fiend coach incoming
2021-06-15 16:34
ohi o
2021-06-15 16:34
#22
CeRq | 
Poland RoDaK
Nais
2021-06-15 16:34
lmao does he will get recompense or what 10 months wasted
2021-06-15 16:35
1 reply
#27
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Italy NotNew
he will receive a 4.99$ steam wallet promocode by Gaben
2021-06-15 16:37
ok who
2021-06-15 16:36
#25
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Romania Laskof
nice, but why didnt the same happen for guerri?
2021-06-15 16:36
1 reply
#30
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Canada GGNORE33
Guerri didn’t Appeal? He did and won it thats why
2021-06-15 16:39
#26
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United States breasts
free akuma
2021-06-15 16:37
Nice.
2021-06-15 16:42
#29
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Canada GGNORE33
Omg niceee Fiend now it’s your time to get this guy and made Windigo v2!!!
2021-06-15 16:39
Rejin now pls. EZ EG Coaching chance
2021-06-15 16:41
some good news:)
2021-06-15 16:43
who
2021-06-15 16:44
#38
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Russia CYETA
ban fiend now
2021-06-15 16:46
who
2021-06-15 16:51
3 replies
you should better watch blast its ot rn
2021-06-15 16:55
2 replies
I am watching on my phone, and I am on hltv on my computer
2021-06-15 17:04
1 reply
ahhh lets gooo they won first one
2021-06-15 17:25
who got unbanned?
2021-06-15 16:53
#FreeSwag
2021-06-15 16:55
Fiend coach incoming
2021-06-15 16:56
#48
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Germany NitczkaCS
30 rounds in 1 map without knowledge is that even technically possible?
2021-06-15 16:57
4 replies
#50
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Canada GGNORE33
Have you seen the video of his mouse not moving the whole match + they was on bootcamp ?
2021-06-15 16:57
3 replies
#54
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Germany NitczkaCS
Well he could be at a place he can see actually his screen and tell the guys if there are players or not where he stuck. They could even see the screen. My question was actually if it’s technically possible to have bug each round without doing anything
2021-06-15 17:06
2 replies
#62
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Canada GGNORE33
Well if he provides clearly evidence that means it’s possible to not knowing right ? I mean I don’t think ESIC are that dumb to made this decision right ?
2021-06-15 17:27
The bug only went away if you left and rejoined the server
2021-06-15 17:52
Thanks guys! But very late unban.
2021-06-15 16:57
Literally wtf are these guys doing bans ToH1o for 10 months and takes 8.5 months to appeal like wtf are these clowns doing?? twitter.com/JakeSucky/status/14048127036.. straight up missed job opportunities because of some incompetent lazy scumbags wrongly accuse this guy "maintaining competitive integrity" doesn't mean jack when there's no integrity in your own policies
2021-06-15 17:00
#52
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Norway TheDEA
Ok, but how can you not know you are experiencing a bug for 30 rounds? I'm all for unbanning of certain individuals. I saw a few of the POVs, some were almost completly useless.
2021-06-15 17:04
now SKADE/FIEND time xD
2021-06-15 17:07
Guilty until proven innocent - cs go 2021 with cheater spammers in twitch
2021-06-15 17:11
who
2021-06-15 17:23
Gj Esic... better late than never.
2021-06-15 17:23
31 year old prodigy
2021-06-15 17:29
1 reply
+1
2021-06-15 18:10
volvo wont unban him
2021-06-15 17:30
2 replies
#78
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Canada GGNORE33
They have to base on the results.
2021-06-15 18:07
1 reply
nope their word is final but they prob will overturn tbh if ESIC have done...
2021-06-15 18:08
Fiend ToH1o confirmed
2021-06-15 17:31
#69
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Ukraine Kastrulya
bulgarian matchfix best iconic duo
2021-06-15 17:42
what a fucking machine
2021-06-15 18:03
#82
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United States EZ4Bard
who
2021-06-15 18:19
koi go ebe
2021-06-15 18:20
#84
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Australia Beard43
Nice, all the #freeToH1o people will be stoked aye!
2021-06-15 18:28
#85
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Estonia Mrkruvi
Thats nice to see :)
2021-06-15 18:29
Haha I can only think the grudge movie "Tohiooo"
2021-06-15 18:46
Good job mens
2021-06-15 18:55
I played with him on faceit once, lmao
2021-06-15 19:00
3 replies
#94
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Canada GGNORE33
and how it went? KEKW
2021-06-15 19:02
2 replies
We won It was on Train He told me some stuff about poizon and Windigo
2021-06-15 19:15
1 reply
#99
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Canada GGNORE33
Nice, he is a nice guy ?
2021-06-15 19:21
#95
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United States Rayduh
Good for him, even though idk who he is
2021-06-15 19:02
#98
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Ukraine Najara
Who ban who? ESIC is a joke
2021-06-15 19:16
finally!!! yes
2021-06-15 19:57
HUNDEN CAM TTours
2021-06-15 20:18
"experienced the spectator bug without his knowledge" nice joke
2021-06-15 20:21
#107
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Hungary szia
Good for him
2021-06-15 20:59
#111
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Chile cristiaan
cool
2021-06-15 22:19
It's mean that this guy was punished before without any reason? Lost all respect for ESIC!
2021-06-15 23:55
Who?
2021-06-16 05:44
#118
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African Union mikecool
This is a fact of guilty til proven innocent which is obviously the wrong way around of how things should be done
2021-06-16 07:06
fuck esic
2021-06-16 08:37
why do we need to knowe about a 31 yr old no name being unbanned?>
2021-06-16 10:18
expected
2021-06-18 09:51
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