Rocket players admit to using coach during Americas RMR Closed Qualifier

The admission came after EMIYA was banned for cheating earlier today.

Earlier today, Damian "EMIYA" Boulware was banned from FACEIT for cheating for a second time in his career. This ban led to a wave of speculation about what would happen to Rocket's spot in the upcoming PGL Major Copenhagen Americas RMR. While the FACEIT ban itself would not directly lead to disqualification from the Valve event, many have raised concerns about allowing a cheater into one of North America's most important events.

However, while this discussion was ongoing, was made aware of further allegations against Rocket. Sources told that Rocket had communicated with their coach, Oleksandr "Psycho" Zlobin, during the online Closed Qualifier, something that is expressly forbidden by Valve during online qualifiers:

No team staff, including the coach, may be physically or virtually present or communicate with the players at any time during the match.

As part of' investigation into the allegations, the publication reached out to Rocket players Ahmed "ayy" Mahmoud and Matthew "nero" Seymour about the situation. Despite the fact that admitting to the violation of the coaching rule would almost certainly lead to Rocket's disqualification from the Americas RMR and possible further sanctions, both players confirmed the accusations, wanting to come clean about the situation.

Starting with ayy, the Canadian told that using Psycho during the Closed Qualifier was a legitimate lapse in judgment, with the team using him during their first three matches against M80, Cloud 10, and Carpe Diem. ayy said the team stopped using Psycho after an opponent noticed Psycho's presence in Rocket's voice channel and warned the team against it.

ayy's rationale for coming clean about the situation is that with EMIYA being banned for cheating, he felt that Rocket do not deserve their spot in the RMR, and that it would have been immoral to not disclose the situation with Psycho at this time.

As for nero, he admitted to knowing what Rocket did was wrong, stating that the team has "no excuse," understanding the team would likely be disqualified when this information went public. However he also alleges that Rocket were not the only team in the Closed Qualifier using their coach openly.

nero told that he understands his reputation in the community is poor and that he's been trying to be a better person and player, with the news of EMIYA’s ban being devastating after months of hard work.

So where does this leave Rocket? Based on the testimonials from the players, they should undoubtedly be disqualified from the Americas RMR for a flagrant violation of Valve's rules. However, the allegations from nero along with information other sources revealed to raise the possibility of a wider integrity issue. Depending on the veracity and scale of the allegations, teams may have received an unfair advantage during the Closed Qualifier. reached out to PGL regarding Rocket's situation but did not hear back by the time of publication.

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#1(With 0 replies)
February 19, 2024 07:02PM
Jesus Christ basically he stopped using coach Comms when we got caught and said fuck it let's just come clean about everything since droid got banned anyways no reason to side anymore. Honestly the first part is funny second part I said as a joke they didn't need to make that public themselves I comment them for that
#2(With 2 replies)
February 19, 2024 07:55PM
Why would they even admit this, nobody was even accusing them of this and it only puts more heat on themselves, especially if everyone else is doing it as they allege
#4(With 0 replies)
February 20, 2024 06:50AM
to come clean if they actually feel guilty and other teams knew it would probably be made public eventually especially to get them dq from the major if they didnt act on droid ban
#5(With 0 replies)
February 20, 2024 12:14PM
It guarantees they get removed from the RMR. Valve does not mirror faceit bans; so potentially, valve may not remove them for cheating. However, having a coach's input during valve qualifiers is directly against the rulebook.

So by outing themselves for a rule violation, they are forcing valve's hand into removing the team from the qualifier. Most of the players on the roster after hearing of droid's ban want to skip the RMR because of the ethical conflict of having (potentially) only made it to the RMR because of cheats. Honestly it is a very respectable move. Outing themselves and forcing valve to "do the right thing" despite the reputational hits they will invariably take is noble. Making what positivity they can out of this shit sandwich.
#3(With 1 replies)
February 19, 2024 09:09PM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
jeorgesnorts was in my arms race, i asked him for comment on droids 2nd cheating ban and he gave no comment. does this make jeroge complicit??
#6(With 0 replies)
February 20, 2024 02:04PM
Yes, he is definitely guilty!
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