PGL allows M0NESY's game-breaking smoke in Antwerp despite the controversy2022-05-15 09:22:00
G2’s Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov used a previously unseen one-way smoke on Mirage against Imperial and NAVI at PGL CS:GO Major Antwerp 2022. As discovered later, this smoke also allows looking through the enemy's one. This started heated discussions on social media.
The bug looks game-breaking as it basically cancels any standard window smoke. “M0NESY's smoke" interrupts even those smokes that were thrown earlier. Young sniper says PGL admins allowed its usage at the European RMR.
There's a question if it breaks the official rulebook. Valve's document released earlier this year serves as a basis for both Majors and RMRs. But it doesn't regulate such cases. PGL had its own rulebook for the RMR Open qualifier that may be used at the Major. There's a line about game-breaking bugs, but it is too vague for a clear verdict.
20. Forbidden in-game actions
The following actions are strictly prohibited during a game and can result in your account being suspended:
● Using bugs which change the game principle (i.e. spawn bugs) is illegal.
Five years ago, during PGL Major in Krakow, there was a similar situation. BIG brought a bug that allowed them to watch over the walls during jumps while remaining unseen. Valve and PGL suggested keeping playing as it is, effectively legalizing this bug. However, teams gathered together and agreed not to use it.
It's safe to say that BIG gained a significant advantage in Krakow, and the bug may have helped them to advance into the playoffs. The main difference between these cases is that G2 wasn't hiding the bug.
By the time of publication, PGL had addressed the issue. TO allows the bug to be used further on the Major.
But the players are already making blocking this by themselves as STYKO asked the attending teams to vote for blocking the bug usage as soon as possible.