Lmao I had no idea about the connection between ip4k and deadbolt today.
*Edit*: seems to be a case of copying the name. I don't think this severely undermines my point, but it does take away from it nonetheless. Still, the connections between Seeking and his uncle and the maphacking of the other account(s) and the VAC bans cast significant doubt on Seeking.
Patterns of behavior are important for things like this imo. Kevin Spacey hasn't been convicted of anything but the pattern of behavior over decades is damning. (I'm by no means calling anyone here a sexual predator don't take this the wrong way).
The connections between accounts, the other VAC bans, and the pattern of cheating over many years is enough for me when combined with just the few most suspicious clips. And this discussion isn't (or shouldn't be) about banning from the game's ladder, just from the Master League (and other) tournaments.
As I see it what A_E did was the best option to take. What were the other options?
1) Say nothing and do nothing
2) Say nothing but prevent Seeking from playing in the tournaments for now (via PM); wait for Relic?
3) Make a short announcement but give no reason/false reason for Seeking not playing
Option 1 leaves criticism for later and sacrifices the integrity of the ML tournaments and A_E's reputation in the coh community.
Option 2 would lead to rumor spreading and Seeking unable to defend himself effectively or having to do so over and over again to different people. Who knows when Relic would get back to community members about a tournament player maphacking?
Option 3 is lying or lying by omission. I don't think A_E is the kind of person to want to do that especially when it comes to coh2 and the ML.
Were mistakes made along the way? Yeah. But I get the impression that AE doesn't have the time to make an impeccably edited 40 minute video essay in the middle of the work week. I guess he could've made the google doc longer and put screenshots in it but that takes a lot of work too. Easier to just pull up your screen with the proper window visible.