ESEA suspends players named in leaked recording; OCG and ChocoCheck left in tatters before playoffs

retchy, 4pack, nosraC, J0LZ, and vek are suspended until May 3rd pending the finalization of ESIC's investigation.

Following yesterday's report by' own Jeffrey "Mnmzzz" Moore, ESEA have suspended Sebastian "retchy" Tropiano, Kevin "4pack" Przypasniak, Carson "nosraC" O’Reilly, Alex "vek" Voynov, and David "J0LZ" Jolin until the ESIC matchfixing investigation has concluded. The tweet implies that further sanctions will be forthcoming after ESIC finishes working with stakeholders like the FBI, but in the meantime the five players are banned until May 3rd.

Since yesterday ChocoCheck have parted ways with retchy but not nosraC, while has confirmed that OCG have parted ways with both J0LZ and vek. has also learned that 4pack and nosraC have personally reached out to ESIC to discuss their involvement in the situation and the allegations brought against them.

It is worth noting that OCG's ESEA roster is comprised of the five starting players on the team and is completely devoid of substitute options. At this time ESEA have not clarified whether OCG will be replaced by another team or be permitted to add subs. The former seems more likely, so it seems reasonable that GGPR will be given the playoff berth outright to maintain the balance between the groups. Alternatively, ESEA could opt to pit them against the Group B fifth place team, Recon 5, to play a 9th place decider match and let the winner advance to face High Coast.

Conversely, the ChocoCheck roster has plenty of backups and shouldn't have any issues fielding a squad for their upcoming series with Extra Salt.

In light of the sanctions, ChocoCheck and OCG will have the following players available for ESEA Premier Season 36's postseason:

United States ChocoCheck Canada OCG
  • United States Zack "XotiC" Elshani
  • United States Danny "cxzi" Strzelczyk
  • United States Ethan "reck" Serrano (ESEA Stand-in)
  • United States Daniel "tropiiical" Elshani (Substitute)
  • United States Ali "phantom" Sachs (Substitute)
  • Canada Cedric "Melio" Perrault
  • Canada Michael "miLLe" St-Pierre
  • Canada Brandon "YuZ" Cyr

ChocoCheck are scheduled to face Extra Salt in the opening round of the Season 36 playoffs, while OCG were set to square off with High Coast on April 13th at 8PM EDT, should their matches go ahead.

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April 3, 2021 05:36PM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
#2(With 0 replies)
April 3, 2021 06:37PM
Saturn is playing cash cup right now hah. Wonder if he knew if something was up
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April 4, 2021 12:47AM
so embarrassing
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