The PGL’s decision to allow the smoke bug has been controversial among players and fans alike.
There is a fairly recent CS:GO smoke grenade bug that was reported two months ago where players could see through fog, allowing them to do one-way kills. Oddly enough, the PGL allowed the use of this bug at the Antwerp Major, leading teams to separately agree not to use it.
As reported by Dot Esports, the second day of the Major saw m0NESY using the Smoke Bug to get two kills on Mirage in combination with the Terrorist’s usual window smoke. This was a controversial move, but revealed that they had asked PGL if they could use the smoke bug to which they were told that PGL “allowed it to be used”.
PGL went on to tweet: “We are using the latest version of CS:GO client, and will let the smoke roll.” This means that professional players can use this exploit to their advantage, getting unfair kills like in the case of m0NESY; naturally, it has been controversial, so individual teams have agreed not to use it.
But it’s not something the teams have committed to doing on an honor system: they actually took a vote that was overseen by the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA). The consensus was that the bug is game-breaking and could ruin the integrity of matches, with FaZe Clan’s Twistzz noting that the bug is not limited to Mirage, making it a general issue.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said TaZ, a former Virtus Pro player. “This can potentially hurt the tournament. Imagine pro teams looking for smoke bugs. Every once in a while, there will be a team or player who won’t think twice: [the] the responsibility of the tournament is to bring them back online.”
It’s unclear if PGL will reverse the decision to allow smoke glitch in competitive play, but the general response from players and fans is that it shouldn’t be used in tournaments.
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