Complexity Gaming defeated MIBR in the Group B elimination match, 2-1. But MIBR believes this may not have been the most fair of victories. In fact, Complexity’s head coach Matt “Warden” Dickens has been accused of blatantly cheating on the match’s live stream.
In the 12th round fo the third and final map, Warden can be seen pointing out MIBR’s Joao “felps” Vasconcellos on Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland’s screen. From the clip below, it appears that Rickeh didn’t notice felps hiding near the window in the top left portion of the screen. So coach Warden helped him by pointing the player out, which is very much against the rules.
MIBR’s head coach, Wilton “zews” Prado, took to Twitter to discuss the matter after a referee pointed it out in a previous tweet.
He went on to say that coaches have been removed for far less at previous majors. And while he noted that he doesn’t believe Warden “did this out of trying to take advantage,” he felt the reflexive action was “still not cool.”
Warden later came out and explained the incident himself.
“Completely reactionary as a human and a big mistake,” Warden said.
He explained that the rest of the team had been calling out to Rickeh about the hiding opponent multiple times, but for some reason he just wasn’t seeing it himself.
Out of pure instinct, Warden did point it out to him, as he might also do during scrims and practices. But this isn’t something that’s accepted in a tournament setting.
Warden noted that he has already apologized to zews and the MIBR team.
Complexity Gaming had been dominating MIBR throughout the match, so that one moment was probably not game-changing. Complexity easily took map one, Train, despite it being MIBR’s pick. Fifteen-year-old Owen “oBo” Schlatter finished with 23 kills.
MIBR took Vertigo, bringing the teams to a 1-1 score going into the final map, Mirage. Complexity ended up taking the map 16-14, with oBo stealing the spotlight once again with 27 kills.