Vivo Keyd faces a competitive ruling for violation of the rule in 3rd map against Acend. The VALORANT Champions 2021 Tournament Officials have found Vivo Keyd’s Jonathan “JhoW” Gloria violating Rule 7.2.6 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy by using an in-game exploit. JhoW used a Cypher camera placement that has become a bug in the game. He exploited it for six rounds in the 3rd map, Breeze. This gave Vivo Keyd an unfair advantage over their opponent team, Acend.
During Map 3 of the series between Acend and VK, Jonathan “JhoW” Gloria, of Vivo Keyd, violated a rule of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy.
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VALORANT Champions 2021: Vivo Keyd faces a competitive ruling for violation of the rule in 3rd map against Acend
By using the Cypher camera placement, the players of one team can see through the back of a small map texture from one side. That texture is supposed to be solid and should block the view since the team on the opposite side cannot see through it.
The reason why the game was not stopped during the 3rd map
The Tournament Officials can only stop a game when the exploit done by a player or team is obvious, or when one of the participating teams reports it. Since the Cypher camera in-game exploit was in a small part of JhoW’s perspective, it was not noticed during the LIVE match. Moreover, Acend also did not notice or report about it.
The 7.2.6 Exploiting Rule of VALORANT
According to this rule, “Intentionally using any in-game bug to seek an advantage is exploiting and is prohibited. Exploiting includes acts such as making use of any game function that, in the Tournament Operator’s sole judgment, is not functioning as intended and violates the design purpose of VALORANT. Team members may confidentially check with the referee at the beginning of a Competition to determine if a specific act would be considered Exploiting.”
Impact that the Exploit had on the Game Rounds
Tournament Officials went over all the six rounds in which JhoW used the Cypher camera in-game exploit to determine its impact on the overall gameplay between the teams. In these game rounds, Vivo Keyd had the possibility of knowing if Acend had committed to entering the A site through this bug. Thus, this in-game exploit can be believed to have a crucial impact on the game results. According to the Tournament Operators, this exploit impacted Rounds 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, and 20. Vivo Keyd was able to gain information regarding Acend’s activity on the A-side through this Cypher camera in-game exploit in all these rounds.
Conclusion of the Competitive Ruling
Since the Cypher camera placement provided a one-way view to the entrance of A site of Breeze to one team (here Vivo Keyd) without the other team having any clue about it (here Acend), it can be concluded that it is exploitative and provides an unfair advantage. Thus, Vivo Keyd will forfeit these six rounds to Acend, readjusting the final round scores to be 12-9. To make up for the additional impact of this in-game exploit, Acend will also be compensated with one round, making their final score for map 3, Breeze, to be as follows: Acend-13, Vivo Keyd-9.
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