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The Story of Swag: A Prodigy Banned (CS:GO)

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Braxton “swag” Pierce was once one of North American Counter-Strike’s fastest-rising stars. Now, he’s on the sidelines. But before he was permanently banned from Valve events, swag was considered by some to be the next great NA player, and there were plenty of indications that it might happen. Born in North Carolina in 1995, swag was seven years old when he played Counter-Strike for the first time. Initially trying the game at his cousin’s house, his obsession with the game was not immediate. Like so many players though, he was eventually sucked in by CS 1.6. Written by Josh Bury (@ThrownGauntlet) Edited and narrated by Sean Meiliunas (@Dyna_Sean) Courtesy List: Tarik Stream VODs Courtesy: Tarik Link: www.twitch.tv/tarik Freakazoid Stream VODs Courtesy: FreakazoidTV Link: www.twitch.tv/freakazoid Brax at cs_summit Courtesy: Beyond The Summit Link: https://youtu.be/DpGMOy6qse8 ESEA VODs & Interviews Courtesy: ESEA Link: https://www.youtube.com/goesea Cs_summit VODs Courtesy: Beyond The Summit Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRMfaTeGY2JCCMCFia2F6w m0E_tv Stream VODs Courtesy: m0E_tv Link: www.twitch.tv/m0E_tv Swag - iwnl- Courtesy: krazydamnklown Link: https://youtu.be/TO1-ZjJN49E Counter-Strike Global Offensive Trailer Courtesy: Valve Link: https://youtu.be/edYCtaNueQY Complexity vs Curse - ESEA S14 LAN Courtesy: ComplexityINSIDER Link: https://youtu.be/nXmCLNKrkq4 Swag Raps Courtesy: Ben Roesser Link: https://youtu.be/bL1mt1swzrY FACEIT VODs Courtesy: FACEIT Link: www.twitch.com/faceittv CEVO TV VODs Courtesy: CEVO Link: www.twitch.com/playcevo C9 SWAGS FIRST MAJOR TOURNAMENT SINCE 2 YEARS!! (CS Summit Vlog) Courtesy: n0thingtv Link: www.youtube.com/n0thingtv Brax/Swag Stream VODs Courtesy: brax Link: www.twitch.tv/brax Steel Stream VODs Courtesy: steel_tv Link: www.twitch.com/steel_tv Cloud9 BTS Recap ft. Braxton Swag Pierce Courtesy: stewie2ktv Link: www.youtube.com/stewie2ktv Swag Frag Movie Courtesy: Swift Link: https://youtu.be/avhL29XZ5yc Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”). Check out theScore esports on Android and iOS: Android: http://thesco.re/esportsAndroidYT iOS: http://thesco.re/esportsiOSYT Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/thescoreesports Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theScoreesports Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/theScoreesports Follow us on Snapchat: theScoreesports
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The Exilerator (6 hours ago)
SWAG GOT UNBANNED 2 MONTHS AGO
When you were the chosen one
Rezky Jamil (1 day ago)
Damn... that’s sad...
TheSilver Savage (1 day ago)
1m views but 20k likes a
POYZINIS (1 day ago)
0:26 bANNEP
Zavi Aman (2 days ago)
call it talent with stupidity or arrogance. people are not born to be like, but they are raised to be. if a person with greator talent is raised rightly they acheive greatly too.
Can't Cage The Rage (2 days ago)
I feel that a lifetime ban from professional CS:GO is fair especially if eSports is trying to legitimize themselves like traditional sports leagues. Match fixing for financial gain in those leagues results in a permanent ban from the sport and can result in jail time too. The iBP players deserve forgiveness and a second chance but just not in competitive eSports.
G Tech (3 days ago)
#unbanswag at least if not now a year from now
Rafael Bronhadas (3 days ago)
because this i say COMMUNISM IS BETTER
F3AR HD (3 days ago)
Amazing video
azz aaz (3 days ago)
Why does he look so unmalnourished...
Tiago Barral (3 days ago)
FREE SWAG!!
Stargraz (3 days ago)
This video is so well made. I'm sad they are banned forever still because its shitty. Valve just acts on something and say they take match fixing seriously and ban these good players and people from any chance of a pro career but then when it happens in Dota 2 the much bigger Esport they just go like, "Oh yeah *slaps wrist" don't do that again" compared to how it was for IBuyPower. Wish they'd unban him and give them a chance they've been banned long enough to learn a lesson. Worst part is just a long time after the match passes and they probably already regret it at least some of them possibly they just get banned in their rise. I'm so dissapointed
JUST (4 days ago)
♥ brax
Art Karounos (4 days ago)
Don‘t you have to be 18 to play csgo? 🤷🏽‍♂️
Aethr RL (4 days ago)
I remember when this shit happened. I felt so bad for Swag. He was like 20 or something and had such a good career set up for him ;( he doesn’t deserve to get a permaban from Valve events. Don’t be to harsh, he was still so young. We all make mistakes
Manny VG (5 days ago)
Smh bums lol oh well
bomborass (6 days ago)
Me and swag have the same birthday
CrazyDictator23 (7 days ago)
Look at that ball sack scratch 4:38 . Beautiful lads.
Jack Anketell-Jones (7 days ago)
shame he became a druggie for a bit and torqued dumped him, although he is a god tier player now hes clean, hes gonna be a streamer forever because hes fucked his career now, lets hope s0m is as sensible as he looks
Cody Ginther (8 days ago)
so they threw for skins. you're to tell me valve lost money off 4 players each receiving $700 worth of skins; digital items that cost little to no money to produce, some even made by the community. they did not deserve a permaban. valve lost no money off that shit. bs.
Can't Cage The Rage (2 days ago)
There is a reason why match fixing for financial gain results in a permanent ban and possible criminal charges in any other professional sports league. It is not about how much money was lost or made, match fixing damages the integrity of the game. No one wants to watch or bet on sports if the outcome of the match is fixed.
Your God Rosè (9 days ago)
This guy is exactly 6 years older than me
Cezar Corpuz (10 days ago)
#m1
KRypTIc HAM Overwatch (11 days ago)
#FREE SWAG
SoaR_Katz56 (11 days ago)
#freeswag
Dawid Mroczek (12 days ago)
RIP for him
WorstPilotEU (13 days ago)
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. A ban well deserved. What a complete tool.
reminds me of johnny manziel
Kururugi (13 days ago)
Well, he's unbanned now!
DragoversePlayz (14 days ago)
I feel bad for brax. He was really young back then and he needed to do this since he needed money to continue playing professionaly. Banning them was definetely the right thing to do but not for their whole entire lives man. These guys had a future and gaben decided to fuck them in the ass. They were kids cut them some slack.
Sam Sung (15 days ago)
This kid a pretty humble too. I played BF4 with him on Xbox One, never once did he mention all this.
Jack Daniels (15 days ago)
#ripswag
I'm a Cat? Stop Lying (15 days ago)
Could he beat Shroud 1 on 1?
Miisaka Miikoto (16 days ago)
holy shit. swag is legend, legend is swag
MISSONY (16 days ago)
Maybe was a mistake - but why he - deserve to do it again???
Jolan Drovandi (18 days ago)
Swag looks like a school shooter
Larry Page (18 days ago)
i think the zero policy is good, despite some early unfortunate scapegoats. if you give people an inch they will always try to take a mile. E-sports should set an example of fair play, by not taking any prisoners!
Syaficman (19 days ago)
#FREEBRAX
Alex M (19 days ago)
It's interesting to see that Swag is getting the focus, including the protagonist treatment, just because he is still streaming. This should have been more about the story of IBP in general, not just one member.
Chan (19 days ago)
stay banned
Fuji (20 days ago)
also swag was just a fucking kid at the time, so how is that fair to the kid?
Aj Harris (20 days ago)
6:31 on the far left, thats shroud
Jack James (20 days ago)
Great video was put together so well
Jswiggle (21 days ago)
BANNEP
Aaron Land (21 days ago)
Steel is still playing, wtf, why isn't swag
Jude Sushi (21 days ago)
Dont do it again moron. This is your second chance.
Vixsul (22 days ago)
#FreeSwag
Jabro (22 days ago)
#UnbanSwag
Julius Panosch (23 days ago)
But why got swag banned by the integrity blog?
Julius Panosch (22 days ago)
popwilf really? I mean really?
popwilf (22 days ago)
He's back now :)
Iam Legend (23 days ago)
Many elite players are also c++ coders they can make up hacks from scratch I know I have meet a few of them during the Quake 3 arena days.
SamppaTheGamer (23 days ago)
Everyone does mistakes, and at that age, there should be a secomd chance. My opinion, stay cool.
Mark Skippy (24 days ago)
lil banned wigga
Phoenix (24 days ago)
thats what you get for having the name Swag
james woop (24 days ago)
This is presented like its the Mafia's rise to power, except it's about fat guys playing crash bandicoot.
hey (25 days ago)
So overrated, not even very good lol
Andrew Ruibal (25 days ago)
Swag is his name definitely not watching...
popwilf (22 days ago)
Sorry andrew
NattyDarkSoul (25 days ago)
Vacation hahahaha swag shit
Hot pie Oce (25 days ago)
HES UNBANNED NOW
Screen Hair (26 days ago)
Overrated as I said... Rip Torque
HEX .Barracuda (28 days ago)
He's unbanned <3
wyvernfall gaming (29 days ago)
Tbh i agree with a lot of the comments #freeswag #freebrax in fact just that it was so much time from when he did it shows a bit of where im coming from honestly in fact the idea of gaming bans that last beyond 1 year are seriously questionable imho i still think what he did was wrong btw though and i would never do that in fact i especcially woudnt cheat since im thinking about doing this exact esport so yeah what he did was messed up but still #freebrax
Yung Wallop (30 days ago)
That kid went to my school, ayoooo.
john rowloff (30 days ago)
soooo he was proven to have thrown a game with real cash winnings and got banned but everyone defends him.....I really dont understand this generation logic
TimeTM (30 days ago)
Background music at 8:34?
Dude 2 (30 days ago)
#freeBrax #freeswag
shallpion (1 month ago)
dafran of csgo
EverlastingLegend (1 month ago)
2:40 wow sounds just like me
#1 deadboy (1 month ago)
And this is why gamble-based lootboxes should have never been placed in CS:GO to begin with. Valve did this to their own e-sports team, and it is astonishing they don't look at this as some sort of problem with their own system.
WoLFMaN (1 month ago)
They've got perm bans, but yet Dota 2 matchfixers only get 12 months ban.... so fair.
yoshiV (1 month ago)
Ok yes he did a mistake but valve allows cheaters to be in their game just because they get a lot of money doin it. I´m not even a cs go player bu in my mind they should question themselves more than one mistake of a 20 year old innocent guy. And since cs go is dying right now they should finally be fair enough to let him in so he can do what he does best... Everyone hates u for that Valve don´t u get it?
Mert Guney (1 month ago)
Skadaddy survived
Flowmasta Flam (1 month ago)
"bannep"
Frost Madesclaire (1 month ago)
#free brax
Michael Falkner (1 month ago)
Has anyone understood these players should've been arrested and thrown in prison under Federal law?
EliteSalvi (1 month ago)
Idiots.
Matt Tran (1 month ago)
Brace face lost his chance over some pointless cosmetics that doesn't even alter gameplay? Do you know how dumb that is?
shmio (1 month ago)
Bias much? The kid is the Pete Rose of esports. Simple as that. Good riddance.
Noob Saibot (1 month ago)
Rip Nigrz
Timo Schöber (1 month ago)
We don't need such people in e-Sports.
a gem tree (1 month ago)
What is match fixing?
g0v1 (1 month ago)
#freeswag
Bic Mann (1 month ago)
People who feel bad for him are idiots you do u understand he basically stole money from every one who bet on his team when he threw the game
KidTiggah 47 (1 month ago)
looks like they took the fall for skadoodle
KidTiggah 47 (1 month ago)
banned for skins what a fuckin waste on valve's part should have never made skins in the first place
Luis Mediavilla (1 month ago)
If people are banned forever he should be banned forever, rules must be the same for everybody
Adam Jílek (1 month ago)
Story of Oscar
Swag being banned: Stewie, i dont feel so good.
UXXELDUXXEL (1 month ago)
I would have all made them make a public apology, and donate 10 times the amount they benefited to some charity
H-Disconnected Error (1 month ago)
His name got him bannerood
Isaac Ng (1 month ago)
How unfortunate of swag
Eva Margaretha (1 month ago)
Im from 5 years old until 12 years old i still play 1.6
pizzachit (1 month ago)
i went back a few times and still dont fucking get it. they all got their bans released but he cant play wtf am i missing
Lamcis Fark (1 month ago)
Swag and all the other ibp members got unbanned from esl, which means that they can play in small events but they can't play in big events like majors.
Matthew Mcgarry (1 month ago)
Not as good as me boi shroud
Brendon Patrick (1 month ago)
don't cheat...and if you do, don't get caught
Brendon Patrick (1 month ago)
Andy Chung he cheated the opponent of a proper victory!! lmao
Andrew Chung (1 month ago)
Brendon Patrick he didn’t cheat... lmao
Avinide (1 month ago)
8:39 Those screenshots look like from those meme creators.. Are they legitimate?
Cloud9 Rainz (1 month ago)
This video actually did well so I might have to go throw my self
Jswiggle (1 month ago)
#FREEBRAX
dfg dfg (1 month ago)
for some shit skins? cmon..
RoshanKhan Vlogs (1 month ago)
Can someone tell me why he was banned???
Andrew Chung (1 month ago)
RoshanKhan Vlogs they threw a game on purpose, if they threw, somebody would give their whole team like hella skins
L BR (1 month ago)
Get a real job 😂

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