Earlier today was brought to everyone’s attention that a team in the South American regional qualifiers for The International 2018 might have used a macro to clearly gain an unfair advantage.
The said team is Thunder Predator and the player who used the third party macro is Juan “Atuun” Ocho. The script allowed him to make multiple actions with one click, that’s a macro for those who might not be so familiar with the technical side of in-game functions. Thunder Predator used the said script in deciding games against paiN Gaming and SG e-sports and at the end of day two in the SA playoffs, they were the first to advance into the qualifiers grand finals.
Last day of SA quals is postponed for 90 mins for now.
Admins are investigating the Thunder Predator yesterday games #TI8
— Vitalii Volochai (@v1lat) June 22, 2018
Without receiving an official statement from Valve, just minutes before the SA qualifiers were about to resume, the Faceit admins released the following:
“ In the case of Thunder Gaming in SA Qualifiers, this is the decision that was taken:
- Disqualify Thunder Gaming for using unfair advantage
- SG vs Pain in the Winner’s Finals
- Loser plays Torus in the Loser’s Finals
- Winner of that Plays winner of A in the Grand Finals”
In the case of Thunder Gaming in SA Qualifiers, this is the decision that was taken:
A) Disqualify Thunder Gaming for using unfair advantage
B) SG vs Pain in the Winner’s Finals
C) Loser plays Torus in the Loser’s Finals
D) Winner of that Plays winner of A in the Grand Finals
— Cristian Duca (@FACEIT_Omicron) June 22, 2018
To Teams and Players:
If you ever have a doubt if anything is permissible in a tournament or not, check with the admins first.
Do not leave anything to speculation. Get answers before you try anything.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) June 22, 2018
Just two days ago Valve announced on their twitter that they have issued yet another wave of bans against players that use third-party scripts. This makes it even harder to believe that pro players are confused or unaware of what is allowed or not in an official competition, especially when we’re talking about qualifying to the biggest and most prestigious tournament of them all.
We have issued another wave of permanent matchmaking bans to players who were abusing cheats (e.g. auto-hex scripting).
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) June 20, 2018
Macros in TI = Disqualified. I cant believe someone would even try this, especially the armlet toggle macro… Dear god that was dumb. https://t.co/f5G59BdsCu
— WagaGaming (@WagaGaming) June 22, 2018
One of the worst parts about this is that I truly believe Atuun is a great player. If the alleged accusations are true, he just killed his career/reputation by being insecure and relying on a macro. You didn’t need it dude.
— Moxxi (@MoxxiCasts) June 22, 2018
The South American qualifiers will resume today with the upper bracket finals SG e-sports vs paiN Gaming while Torus are automatically advanced from lower bracket round 1 to the lower bracket finals.