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ESL comment on HUNDEN allegations: “No possible impact to the tournament integrity of IEM Cologne”

ESL’s Senior Vice President of Product, Ulrich Schulze, has addressed recent allegations against Nicolai “⁠HUNDEN⁠” Petersen made by Heroic, revealing that the tournament organizer’s own investigation into the matter produced “conclusive findings” that led them to believe that the situation had “no possible impact to the tournament integrity of IEM Cologne.”

According to Mr. Schulze, after being notified of Heroic‘s claims that HUNDEN shared sensitive information with another team also competing at IEM Cologne, ESL found that “permissions to access a shared folder were sent out” but that the folder in question “was not accessed by the recipient”.

Mr. Schulze went on to stress that the investigation did not determine whether the sharing of the information itself was a punishable offense, and that it would be part of an “ongoing investigation” by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

The allegations first came into the public eye when HUNDEN himself touched on the matter in a personal statement on Wednesday. The coach denied claims that he had shared his team’s strategy book with a competitor, saying that the only details he had discussed with colleagues from other teams were anti-strat material of opponents.

Heroic went on to release their side of the story on Thursday, announcing the beginning of legal proceedings against the 30-year-old, whom they believe breached his contract by sharing confidential information with a “major competitor” without the knowledge of the team.

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[VOD] IEM Cologne breakdown, roster rumor roundup on HLTV Confirmed

The HLTV Confirmed panelist trio will focus on the LAN return at IEM Cologne in the upcoming episode of the live show, going deep into details regarding Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev‘s record-breaking MVP performance, Natus Vincere dethroning Gambit, as well as Astralis and FaZe proving their worth offline.

NAVI claimed the trophy in Cologne this time

The show will also touch on the decision to hold ESL Pro League Season 14 online, PGL revealing that they are looking for alternative locations for the upcoming Major, as well as news about changes in fnatic and other potential changes during the tournament break.

Topic list:

Recent news
– fnatic going international, JW out
– EPL to be held online
– PGL Major could move from Sweden
– ESEA support Fragadelphia NA LAN circuit
– Who wants to be a skinionaire?
IEM Cologne
– General takeaways from the LAN
– Playoff deep dive
– Winners and losers of the entire event
– Grand slam could be won online?
Break
– Academy league timing discussion
– Any truth to Astralis rumors?
– Rosters that could change
– Hottest players on the market
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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IEM Cologne breakdown, roster rumor roundup on HLTV Confirmed

The HLTV Confirmed panelist trio will focus on the LAN return at IEM Cologne in the upcoming episode of the live show, going deep into details regarding Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev‘s record-breaking MVP performance, Natus Vincere dethroning Gambit, as well as Astralis and FaZe proving their worth offline.

NAVI claimed the trophy in Cologne this time

The show will also touch on the decision to hold ESL Pro League Season 14 online, PGL revealing that they are looking for alternative locations for the upcoming Major, as well as news about changes in fnatic and other potential changes during the tournament break.

Topic list:

Recent news
– fnatic going international, JW out
– EPL to be held online
– PGL Major could move from Sweden
– ESEA support Fragadelphia NA LAN circuit
– Who wants to be a skinionaire?
IEM Cologne
– General takeaways from the LAN
– Playoff deep dive
– Winners and losers of the entire event
– Grand slam could be won online?
Break
– Academy league timing discussion
– Any truth to Astralis rumors?
– Rosters that could change
– Hottest players on the market
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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Video: s1mple – HLTV MVP of IEM Cologne

The Ukrainian superstar put up one of his best performances of all time at IEM Cologne, boasting a 1.51 rating across 14 maps played to claim the MVP award by HLTV and Bitskins.com – the 15th MVP of his career.

s1mple continues to amaze in 2021

Alongside the best rating at the LAN event (0.19 higher than the second-best player), s1mple was a standout in a number of different categories such as KPR, KAST, impact rating, ADR, and DPR, but also broke the record for most aces at a Big event by cleaning up four rounds single-handedly.

s1mple‘s penta kills against Renegades, Astralis, and G2 are all part of the fragmovie, which also includes explosive multikills and thrilling clutches he graced the viewers with during the first LAN event since March 2020.

Click play on the video below to see the plays that ensured s1mple‘s fourth MVP award of the year in a highlight movie made by Filip “filq” Szatkowski:

You can find the rest of HLTV.org’s highlights, as well as previous episodes of the HLTV Confirmed show, by heading over to our official YouTube channel.

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NAVI climb to No. 1 world ranking after IEM Cologne win

Natus Vincere has dethroned Gambit, claiming the title of the No. 1 team from their regional rivals thanks to an impressive trophy-lifting run at IEM Cologne.

Vladislav “⁠nafany⁠” Gorshkov‘s team fell to the second spot in the ranking after a 14-week streak at the top, with their 5-6th place finish at the first LAN since March 2020 not enough to keep them on the throne going into the summer break.

How long can NAVI hold on to the No. 1 spot?

This is the fourth time Natus Vincere has reached the top of the rankings in the organization’s history, doing so previously in 2016, 2020, and at the start of 2021. However, each of their stints as No. 1 was short, adding up to a total of 19 weeks – just five more than Gambit managed this year.

Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev and co. will have a chance to confirm their status as the best team in the world shortly after the summer break, as they participate in ESL Pro League Season 14 in August – September. At the same event, the CIS powerhouse could write history by becoming the third team to secure an Intel Grand Slam title.

In the rest of the ranking, Astralis, Virtus.pro, and FaZe made forward strides after making playoffs in Germany, while Heroic, NIP, Vitality, mousesports, and OG fell a couple of spots.

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