BLAST Premier tweeted on Feb. 2, 2021, that they will not be following Valve’s ruling and will allow CS:GO team coaches to be present in player rooms during their Spring Groups 2021 matches.
In a Tweet dated Jan. 28, 2021, Valve had announced a Regional Major Rankings (RMR) reset for 2021 alongside prohibiting coaches from being present in any online event. The latter was in response to an abusable coaching-feature bug from September 2020 which gave an unfair advantage during matches by letting coaches see parts of the map which were not usually visible. Several CS:GO coaches were banned following this scandal.
“During online matches, only players are allowed in the room and on the server,” Valve’s ruling said. “Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match.”
This decision received severe criticism from players and coaches alike and was deemed an excessive countermeasure. BLAST’s Tweet goes against this ruling by stating that it will let coaches be present in player rooms and allow them to communicate with players during February 2021’s Spring Groups.
“We believe that the mechanisms we have in place enable us to listen and observe coaches actions,” said BLAST Commissioner Andrew Haworth. “[It] gives us greater oversight of competitive integrity by being able to directly monitor actions in real time”.
BLAST’s statement further averred that they firmly believe that a coach’s role is pivotal in CS:GO. They will closely monitor and review the situation during and after the first tournament in case any unforeseen circumstances occur.
BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2021 starts on Feb. 4, 2021 with two matches: Astralis vs. NiP, and OG vs. BIG.