Former Cloud9 coach caught using coaching bug

Former coach of Cloud9 Soham "valens" Chowdhury used the spectator mode bug in three of his team's official matches in 2017 and 2018, according to the investigation by Dexerto.

The information about the valens' involvement in abusing the coaching bug appeared in the public a year and a half after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) banned 37 coaches for the same thing. Chowdhury, however, did not appear in that report.

According to the source, the ex-coach of Cloud9 used the bug twice in the closed qualifier match for EPICENTER 2017 against Liquid, which his team lost 0:2. The third time, valens used it in the regional qualifier for ESL Pro League Season 7, where Cloud9 beat OpTic in a best-of-one match.

In all three cases, Chowdhury's camera was moving and not focused on a single point. At the same time, on Mirage versus Liquid, the coach moved around the map in spectator mode, which is significantly different from the previously recorded variants of the bug.

In response to a request from Dexerto, the former coach of Cloud9 assured that he did not take any action to activate the bug and did not share any information about the opponent's actions with his players.

valens left Cloud9 in September 2019 and became the club's Head of Data Science. Two months later, he joined Evil Geniuses, where he still continues to work in the same position.