Iroh: “I always get called a cheater in every FPS game I play”

Iroh: “I always get called a cheater in every FPS game I play”

After successfully qualifying for PUBG’s $1 million Europe League, Team Random’s Omer “Iroh” Develi is most happy about proving to the world that his cheating allegations were wrong.

The 20-year-old player from Turkey has been struggling with cheating accusations since the day he entered competitive PUBG. 

Forming Team Random and qualifying for PEL — also known as European Pro League — was his way of convincing the doubters. It didn’t hurt that the league comes with a $1 million prize pool either.

The Turkish team convincingly secured their spot in the LAN qualifier, earlier this month in Minsk, Belarus. Team Random finished first overall in Group B and 8th in the grand final, securing the highly coveted spot.

Omer “Iroh” Develi talked about what qualifying meant for him, what are his plans for the future, and how hard was it for him to deal with the cheating allegations.

First question – was it difficult to advance through online qualifiers, group stage and to reach the final stage?

Of course, it’s difficult, because every team has its ups and downs, but they’re all good teams. It was challenging, but we worked harder and everything went well for us.

Do you believe that your team was able to make it to PEL due to intense team trainings or due to high individual skill level?

Individual performance is important, but being a team is much more important. We worked hard as a team and analyzed the other teams as well. All these efforts helped us get to the top easily.

How do you analyze as a team?

We get together in Discord and have a video call together under our IGL. We share different situations and timelines to discuss about what we could have done better and then create a solution to that problem altogether. That’s how it works for us.

Is it easier to play together at LAN or online?

It’s definitely easier to play together at a LAN environment. It’s easier to communicate and understand each other when you can see your teammate. For us, it’s better to play at LAN.

Do you plan to start a bootcamp to practice?

We’ll set up a bootcamp if we get signed by an organisation. But as of now, we are still not very well-known so it is difficult for us to bootcamp.

You have 2 players from Turkey and 2 players from USA. How did you make a team together?

The two guys from the USA are Turkish and they have dual citizenship. They have played with two other Turkish players before, then they split up and picked us [mertgungor and Iroh] from Turkey. We made a team ten months ago and competed at all three seasons of GLL. We qualified to the GLL Grand Finals S3 and then we came here, to the PEL LAN Qualifiers.

Do you all speak the same language then?

Yes, all of us can speak both Turkish and English.

Now that you have reached PEL, what goals do you have for yourself and for your team?

First of all, we want to get into an organisation and play professionally, getting paid and training even harder. We want to make this a career for us. That’s our goal – to improve individually and as a team.

Were you playing PUBG as a hobby before PEL?

No, we did not take it as a hobby. We were trying to break through into the scene, prove our names, and become a top-tier team.

Do some of your players have daytime jobs?

No one from our team has a job at the moment. Two players were working before, but they quit their jobs to fully focus on PUBG as our team improved over time.

Is your team interested in making any roster change?

Although I am not thinking about big changes at the moment, it is a possibility for me to leave the team if I get a good offer. I’m not interested in joining a team that did not make it to PEL. However I may accept if I get an offer from a PEL team with good organization and solid roster.

Is your main goal to play at PEL?

Yes, it is. 96 LAN matches and huge prize pool are the top level for the PUBG esports as of now. Playing at PEL is the most important thing for me right now.

Some of the teams have already hired coaches and analysts. Will your team hire coach or analyst in preparation for PEL?

We are thinking about it. We’ll hire if we find the right person for our team.

How do you like the idea of creating a massive league, like PEL?

Creating a big league is a really good idea, because you gather up all players and give them a clear goal. The players have to dedicate themselves to make it to the League. I like the idea of having a league, because players have more time to improve themselves within the League and get new players from the qualifiers where a lot of new talents will be coming out, climbing to PEL.

I guess it will look like a real sport, like football and basketball. A League system is pretty good for the game and will provide extensive experiences to the players

Can you share your thoughts on pros and cons of having a league?

I guess the disadvantage would be having to stay in a different country for two months. It will be difficult to set up a gaming house without an organisation. Both options of weekly travelling or living in a gaming house in Germany are going to be difficult no matter what.

Do you think living together for a long time will affect your game style or teamplay? Would it bring more arguments and miscommunication within the team?

It’s possible. Living together makes you closer to your teammates but may bring some issues. You may not like your teammate’s personality, even if he’s a very talented player.

On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to play in 96 LAN matches with high prize money so I’m fine with living with my teammates.

Do you think 96 matches is too many games?

I think it’s a good number. One phase will be played out in 8 weeks. I’m also fond of having 4 games per day.

Have you tried the new winter map?

Yes, I did. When we were at the GLL LAN, I had the chance to download the test server and play couple of matches and I liked it.

The ambience noise is pretty good and I like the idea of the footsteps staying on ground after walking so you can track down enemies. I’m fond of the overall atmosphere of the map.

What is your opinion of having seasonal maps, such as snowy Erangel or springtime Miramar?

I like the idea, as long as it does not affect the gameplay and does not get played in competitive games. For esports, it has been difficult to see other characters in previously introduced weathers, like sunset. Seasonal maps can be interesting for the casual players.

Does that mean you do not want to see Vikendi in the competitive games?

I’m not sure. Vikendi could be good for competition if the map is adjusted to better suit competitive play like Erangel and Miramar.

Do you expect Vikendi to be played competitively in the future?

That could be the case for some invitational tournaments and show matches in about half a year. I do not expect to see Vikendi in PEL because PEL is a very serious league.

What do you expect from PUBG in the upcoming year?

The game itself is really good and PUBG Corp. does not have to make a lot of new additions to the game. Polishing and stabilizing the current state of the game will be the best move for PUBG.

Some players have been accused of cheating before the PEL LAN Qualifiers, and they have proved themselves at the tournament. Can you share your thoughts about this incident?

It’s easy to be doubtful of people in the internet, and I understand this. I always get called a cheater in every FPS game that I have played since I was a child. I understand where people are coming from, but I have proved myself at a LAN.

Does it feel like a compliment when this happens?

Of course, it is a compliment. If professional players call you a cheater, that means you playing really well. This gives me confidence and demonstrates that I’m doing the right thing and I need to keep performing. Sometimes the comments do become too toxic though.

Does it boost your confidence to prove yourself at LAN?

Of course. I was really excited on GLL Finals because it was my first chance to prove myself as a player. Unfortunately, I played bad, and the whole team played bad, which was a bit stressful. But I became relaxed after the first stage at PEL LAN Qualifiers. In the end, I was not nervous at all and was just relaxed and focused, which was great for me.

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Ban wave hits PUBG, over 16 pro players banned

Ban wave hits PUBG, over 16 pro players banned

PUBG Pro League set to experience turbulence before it even starts, as game’s recent ban wave hits multiple professional players, including those qualified to the $1 million dollar league.

Yesterday’s ban wave, that came alongside PUBG’s update and newest map — Vikendi — quickly became known as VACendi in the competitive scene. Reportedly over 30,000 accounts were banned in the recent wave, among them a few competitive players.

According to unofficial reports, the recent wave hit those using radar hack — a cheat allowing its user to see other players on their map. This particular cheat went undetectable by PUBG Corp. for over 14 months even though its existence was well known. What made the hack so difficult to track was its external use — to abuse the system one didn’t have to install or alter any of their game files, they could run the hack on a secondary computer or even their smartphone.

Users of two biggest radar hack developer groups confirmed bans for the usage of the previously undetectable hacks.

Radar hack is particularly difficult to spot while spectating someone as well. Unlike aim assists or wall hacks, it can be nearly impossible to tell if someone is using it. Coincidentally, based on the nature of a battle royale game, knowing the location of your enemy at any given moment gives one severe, and possibly even game-winning advantage.

PUBG Corp. is yet to release a statement, however keen fans already started noticing bans on some of their favorite player’s accounts.

Draedon, TEXQS, Krama. Photo via Adum0n

The biggest surprise ban hit Can “TEXQS” Ozdemir, a player for the Pittsburgh Knights. The player joined North American organization nearly a year ago and since then earned over $36,000 USD in prize money. 

Ozdemir’s Knights were also one of the six teams that got directly invited to the European Pro League — PUBG’s $1 million dollar league that is set to launch early next year. Both Ozdemir and Knights refused to comment.

Among other banned players are Copenhagen Flames players “Hoffmann88” and “Player Jones”; “Cageman“, who’s best known for his short trial stint at Method; Simon “Beecube” Kongelstad from Meet Your Makers, as well as many others.

In South America, former Team Secret and Kaos Latin Gamers members Americo “PAPAYA” Quintero and Vladimir “Smitty” Venegas both were banned as well.

Aleksandr “S1D” Sidorov, a member of the Russian Red Diamonds, successfully qualified for the European Pro League just days before receiving the ban. Interestingly, the player announced retirement from the game just hours after the ban wave. He did not, however, admit to cheating, nor did he deny it.

Kevin “sezk0” Guerra and his teammate “Houlow“, both ex-members of the French power-house Millenium, successfully qualified for the EU Contenders League with Sans domicile fixe. Vincent “Steph” Fayon, one of their teammates, came out and admitted to knowing his teammates were cheating.

According to the post written by the French player, his teammate and well-known streamer Nicolas “THZ” Debytere, who knew about the hacks all along, told them to “shut up and listen to the calls”. The French team remains the only one to break the silence after the ban wave.

As it stands, two teams in the European Pro League — Knights and Red Diamonds — have banned players on their roster and at least one more team in the Contenders.

How PUBG will handle this situation is yet to be seen. This might put PUBG’s first serious attempt at an esports league in serious jeopardy before it even starts. 

Update: Pittsburgh Knights released a statement on social media, stating TEXQS will be suspended while investigation is ongoing.

Update #2: “Player Jones”, previously of Copenhagen Flames, admits to cheating in a statement. Confirms that the ban is for using a radar hack.

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Ukraine to ban Russians from entering. Now what?

Ukraine to ban Russians from entering. Now what?

Today, Ukraine has officially banned the entry into its territory for men with Russian citizenship aged 16 to 60 years. What does that mean for esports?

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced that within the framework of the martial law imposed for 30 days, men from Russia aged 16 to 60 years are not allowed to enter the country.

This may affect participants in local esports tournaments. In December, Ukraine will host a LAN qualification to the PUBG Europe League. From June 3rd to 5th of December Ukraine will host a Dota 2 major qualifier to The Bucharest Minor.

It is also worth noting that Natus Vincere’s Dota 2 are spending their bootcamp in Kiev, and in their composition, there are two Russian players, Eugeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev.

The State Border Service said that exceptions could be made if the trip was of a “humanitarian nature”.

“In the event of a humanitarian situation, we pass citizens of the Russian Federation who go, for example, to a funeral or for some other humanitarian purpose,” said the head of the state border service Pyotr Tsigykal.

The upcoming PUBG Europe League qualifier in Kiev will see 32 invited and online qualifier teams will play for 10 spots in the PUBG Europe League and 6 in the Contenders League. Many Russian teams are supposed to attend the event, including some of the favorites, M19 and forZe.

Natus Vincere, Ukrainian organization with many Russian players in its ranks responded for comment:

“We now have two bootcamps for CS and Dota 2, after which players will play in the final tournaments of the calendar year. More bootcamps this year are not planned, and then we expect that strict restrictions will be lifted and our players will be able to work in the usual format.”

As part of Na`Vi Dota 2 two Russians play alongside them — Yevgeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev; in the CS: GO team — Yegor “flamie” Vasiliev and Denis “electronic” Sharipov. The PUBG team is fully equipped with the Russian players. NaVi’s Dota 2 team are currently preparing to play in qualifications for the Major in Bucharest, which will take place from December 3 to 5. The CS: GO lineup in December will have 2 departures — to Portugal and Denmark.

The hope is for the restriction to be lifted after 30 days, however, if it were not to happen it might put the Starladder Major, which is scheduled for June, in jeopardy.

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ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

Coming out fourth at the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 wasn’t good enough for Ivan “ubah” Kapustin. The PUBG prodigy left his mates at Natus Vincere to join FaZe Clan powerhouse.

Before becoming one of the best fraggers in PUBG, Ivan “ubah” Kapustin was known as an up-and-coming talent in the CIS Dota 2 scene. He played for the top teams in the region, including Team Empire, HellRaisers, and Power Rangers. But when PUBG came out, ubah made a switch without much consideration.

Even though Natus Vincere came to Berlin as one of the favorites to win PUBG’s first-ever $2 million dollar event, the luck wasn’t on their side. First, they had to make do with the last minute substitute. But even after the tournament ended NaVi struggled to return to winning ways. It was time for change.

Ivan “ubah” Kapustin left the Ukrainian organization but did not stay a free agent for long. He was hastily recruited by arguably the best team in the world, FaZe Clan.

In an interview, ubah told us about the differences in practice, the horrendous state of the game, his disappointment with the developers, among other topics.

Vie: In one of the videos on your channel, it was said that the practice in PUBG is peculiar. Can you tell us more about this? Especially, given that you have training experience in Dota 2.

ubah: First, we have scrims, where all the top teams sit and usually train five games a day before the tournament. Of course, before the PGI no one wanted to train the TPP mode, except for the teams that went to Berlin. I can’t specifically mention differences from DotA: you train, play, watch replays and find mistakes so that they are not allowed to continue.

Vie: How is your tactical training? Do you say who is running where and when, if the circle suddenly falls in some way, or does it all happen impromptu during the game itself? 

ubah: Basically it happens already in the game itself. We look at how the circle falls and what position is better to take, but since this is all random, it makes no sense to discuss actions further than one step at a time.

Vie: Doesn’t this make the imbalance in the competitive element? After all, how can you compete in a game in which you cannot be ready until the last moment? 

ubah: You may be ready. If you better adapt to the circles, make the right decisions in taking positions, you will win. For this, 16-20 games are held so that teams have more options for making decisions and the right to make mistakes. The one who makes the most correct decisions wins. Sometimes it can happen that a team is sitting in a circle for the second time in a row, but when you win in a game where you were constantly on the move – the feelings are indescribable.

Vie: It’s no secret that PUBG has FPS issues. Even at PGI FPS would drop as low as 10 FPS on tournament computers. Do you think that’s fine? 

ubah: Basically, the FPS fell when the rotations began on the machines. When the third circle, for example, 75 people are alive from 80 and the circle goes somewhere abruptly. On the map, 30 machines start to go at the same time, and the frame rate drops greatly.

Vie: And was it somehow discussed with the developers? 

ubah: No, we didn’t tell them anything. It is difficult to contact them and talk about something. Green does not apply to those people who can say: “I play this game for a very long time and like that, believe me, it will be better.” So it does not work with them.

Vie: You actually sound very bitter…

ubah: How else? We have a lot of suggestions to the developers. Roughly speaking, professional players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them at all. Or when, for example, problems with sound started, they asked the person to name the headphone model and see that he put the driver when the problem was obviously in the game.

Vie: Have you considered switching to Fortnite

ubah: No, I did not. If I change the game, it’s not Fortnite. I don’t like it. But in PUBG, most things suit me.

Vie: What is missing from the professional scene in PUBG

ubah: This is a good question. From the developers of more feedback, so that they listen to the players. It is necessary to focus on optimization, adding high-quality death match for training would be nice. In principle, everything.

Vie: When people ask you how PUBG is better than Fortnite, what do you tell them? 

ubah: I watched a couple of streams, where 20 people in the final zone are just sitting above each other, not doing anything. It seems to me that this is reason enough. 

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iMCMV: “Sports Clubs know that esports will become mainstream”

iMCMV: “Sports Clubs know that esports will become mainstream”

Before the final round of the European PUBG League qualifier, Galatasaray’s Orhun “iMCMV” Buyukkapucu talked about competing under the biggest sports club in Turkey and the future of their team.

Turkish football champions Galatasaray became one of the many local pro sports clubs to enter esports. Following a successful entrance by local rivals 1907 Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, it was only a matter of time before Galatasaray would follow.

For Orhun “iMCMV” Buyukkapucu, who was a fan of the club for many years, joining Galatasaray was a dream come true. Winning the first title in the world of PUBG for the club is now his number one goal, claims the player.

How was your team gathered?

iMCMV: Let’s start from the moment I played for Crew e-sports. At that time, I met Atahan Dikmen, a well-known person at Galatasaray. He introduced me to NotteFuria team and we started to play together. Afterward, Invictum e-sports made an offer so I had to find 2 more players to join the team with me. I scouted lmNs and RETIREDfps. That’s how I brought the team together, which is now known as Galatasaray PUBG squad.

How did you start working with Galatasaray? Also, what was your first reaction on Galatasaray’s offer?

iMCMV: I was personally acquainted with Atahan Dikmen, a well-known person in the Galatasaray management and community. He told us that if we improve our gameplay and achieve some of his goals, we could play for the team that fills the center of our lives.

After we heard that, we thought about the possibility of playing for our dream team and we trained for longer hours and achieved those goals that Atahan asked us. Galatasaray then signed us after negotiations. When I heard that Galatasaray thinks positive of us, I was so happy that I started running around my apartment. It was probably one of the moments that I won’t forget.

Why do you think Football clubs sign esport teams? What do they wish to achieve?

iMCMV: Esports is the new generation of sports where Sports Clubs can make investments in. The teams who made those investments know that esports will become mainstream in the future, and in this situation, the early bird gets the worm.

What does it mean for you personally to be part of a famous football club?

iMCMV: Galatasaray is not an ordinary football club for me. It’s a big honor to play for Galatasaray.

Do you like football? What is your favorite team, except for Galatasaray? Have you watched football before, maybe cheering for someone?

iMCMV: Yes, I really like football. I don’t have any favorite team except Galatasaray but I love watching any Champions League matches. I have been a fan of Galatasaray since the age of six.

Did you gain a lot of fans after signing with Galatasaray? Have you talked with any Galatasaray football fans?

iMCMV: Of course, Galatasaray has a lot of supporters. And they are not just cheering for one football team or one basketball team, instead they are rooting for Galatasaray as a whole. They support the name and the emblem. It’s like a lifestyle and like a big family.

Tell us about your role in the team. Who is the sniper? Who is the IGL?

iMCMV: I’m the In-Game Leader and the sniper of Galatasaray. As an IGL, I am responsible for choosing the tactics and rotating the team’s routes during the match.

Snipers in PUBG teams mostly do not use DMRs, Semi-auto Sniper Rifles, and I don’t use them either. I prefer to use Kar98k, M24 and AWM, which are bolt action sniper rifles in the game. The best thing about bolt action rifles is that you can knock a person down with one headshot, which makes them a very dangerous weapon.

Does Galatasaray provide bootcamp for your team?

iMCMV: There are some plans for the future. The club is doing its best right now.

How many hours per day do you spend on the practicing?

iMCMV: Right now we practice 6-7 hours a day together. We spend most of this time playing, but sometimes we watch demos, discuss tactics, and practice with our aims. After that, we usually play for about 2 hours of solo games, but only in FPP mode.

What are your main goals as a team?

iMCMV: Our and Galatasaray’s goals are the same – we want to be at the top of what we do. Also, we want to be a part of the PUBG Europe League in 2019, of course.

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Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Member of the first all-female professional PUBG team, Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, told us about what it’s like to compete (and succeed) in the environment dominated by men.

Fulambia’s Brazil Gaming House recently overcame some of the best PUBG teams in Latin America and secured themselves a spot in the Liga Profesional de Esports’ Super League. The first female PUBG team will compete against the best teams in the region for a spot in the $2 million USD Grand Finals next year.

Although the majority of the community didn’t take the team seriously at first, through sheer perseverance BGH overcame all odds and established themselves as serious competitors.

But the road to Latin America’s Pro League wasn’t easy for the team. Competing in the environment dominated by men is difficult, admits Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, but finally reaching that goal is very satisfying.

How are you Fulambia? First of all, congratulations for having qualified for the LPE Battlegrounds final. You qualified together with the best teams in Latin America. How does that feel?

Fulambia: Well, I am very well, and the truth is that it felt great. To tell the truth, it took us almost by surprise, since match 3 was accompanied by many mistakes that we had to correct in the last match. To see that it was possible for us to reverse our mistakes and get back to the top of the rating was excellent.

How did you form this squad? What prompted you to form an all-female PUBG team for BGH?

Fulambia: Previously we had another roster, in which we were a group of friends having fun. But the thing started to get serious when Queen, known as bbyebye in-game, got approached with a serious proposal. They wanted us to go all the way. It was there when we put together this roster, where we all had the same goal, the same commitment, and the same desire.

Brazil Gaming House was immediately interested in us, since we played many Brazilian scrims and got their attention. Sincerely, day by day they make us continue to choose them since they really take care of their players, which keeps us very happy.

There are people who believe in the disparity between men and women when playing these types of games and you are living proof that this is not the case. How does it feel to succeed in an environment completely dominated by men?

Fulambia: Honestly, I’m not going to lie — it feels very satisfying. Although it is a team that is still solidifying every day, just being there and competing side by side with many great teams is great. I am proud to know that we are where we are because we leave everything behind and we do not let ourselves be intimidated. We don’t let others step on us and that’s the key.

How do you see the competitive scene of PUBG in Latin America? What does it lack to be like the scenes of North America or Europe?

Fulambia: The scene is getting better, and these tournaments give rise to the undoubted growth of it. I think that to be up to North America and Europe we would have to talk about infrastructure, which we do not have and an important commitment between organizations and players.

Thanks for your time. Any shoutouts?

Fulambia: Mainly I want to thank Brasil Gaming House for continuing to support us, the girls of the team, and our coach. Thank you!

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