Aces Gaming admits former teammates 322'd

Dota 2 Eric “reinnnn” Khor

Aces Gaming in MPGL VI. Misa is the first on the right. Picture by Eric Khor.

In a series of Facebook chatlog photos posted by Vietnamese caster PewPew, Tai, current Aces Gaming player admitted that some members of the previous Aces squad was involved in fixing their match against G-Guard (Starladder) on March 27. The alleged players are Misa, and new recruits Sph and Kua.

Tai claimed that he did not know that the alleged three were intending to throw the game while he was playing in it. According to the story, Sph received the deal from his friend in Hanoi and told Fox, Misa and Kua about it. While the rest are complacent in taking it, Fox told Sph that he want to talk it over with Tai first before splitting the VND 60 million (~$3,000)

Tai only found out after Fox told him in Bienhoa that each player will receive VND 12 million (~$600) for losing the match but Tai urged Fox not to take the money. Eventually, Fox refused it as well.

We reached out to Dang 'Yuki' Khoa, manager of Aces Gaming, and he admitted that Misa, Sph and Kua were indeed involved in fixing the match against G-Guard. Khoa said that he was left in the dark about the issue and only found out about it when Fox and Tai told him that they want to leave the team. Digging further as to why they want to leave, Tai and Fox confessed the involvement of the three players in the match fixing. 

"I did not know that they fixed their match. They did eventually apologize and promise they won't do it again but the risk is too huge. I have to remove them," said Khoa.

Two days after the incident, Khoa kicked the three involved and replaced them with three Vietnamese players Secret, Hanbin and Red. "It was a shame, they were the top MMR players from Vietnam," Khoa disappointingly told GosuGamers.

It is unknown at the time of writing what sort of action Valve and third party organizers would take against the offenders from Vietnam.

Former expelled teammates:

Vietnam Dinh Viet Thanh 'Misa' Nguyen
Vietnam Duc Trung 'Kua' Nguyen
Vietnam Trung Hieu 'Sph' Nguyen

Aces Gaming current team roster:

Vietnam Minh Nhan 'Secret' Nguyen
Vietnam Hoang Thong 'Hanbin' Nguyen
Vietnam Tien Phat 'Red' Nguyen
Vietnam Thien Tai 'Tai' Vuong
Vietnam Quoc Vuong 'Fox' Vo

This is the fourth match fixing incident that has plagued the South East Asian scene in less than 12 months. Prior to this, MSIevoGT, Mineski and Arrow Gaming was caught in a huge betting scandal involving ring leader Michael Vincent Vallejos and Jonathan Radores. While MSIevoGT and Mineski immediately removed the involved players after further investigation, Arrow Gaming tried to cover it up with photoshopped chatlog. 

The community later figured the flaws in the photoshopped pictures and pressured the players to stop lying. On October 20, Arrow Gaming player ddz and Lance publicly apologized for fixing their match and claimed that they were told to forge the evidence by their manager Jaren Gan. Ddz and Lance was also quick to state that all the members of Arrow Gaming were involved in the match fixing scandal, not just the both of them.

Due to that, Arrow Gaming and its players were handed a indefinite ban from Valve from all Valve related events for their foolishness including The International. Mineski and MSIevoGT on the other hand, were not banned but the involved players have widely been banned from international tournaments worldwide.

Arrow Gaming players banned: 

Malaysia Yi Liong 'ddz' Kok
Malaysia Hsien Wan 'Lance' Fua
Malaysia Soon Siang 'Xiangzai' Chok
Malaysia Kah Sheng 'Mozun' Chung
Malaysia Matteru 'Mtr' Xing

Mineski players banned: 

Philippines Mark Anthony 'Jacko' Soriano
Philippines Joven 'jvn' Pancho
Philippines Richard 'Paseo' Minowa

MSIevoGT players banned:

Philippines Jo 'Jotan' Tan
Philippines Carlo 'Chin' Rivera
Philippines Mark 'Byb' Gavin
Philippines Denver 'yNd' Miranda
Philippines Patrick 'JyC' Pascua

Source: Reddit, Mineski and MSI match fixing, Arrow Gaming match fixing

Eric “reinnnn” Khor
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