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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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perochialjoe (5 hours ago)
Definitely deserved the ban. Get fucked swag.
soju69jinro (10 hours ago)
that match fixing... i lost 250 dollars... sighs.
Beast Master (10 hours ago)
This video is nice
kevinsmak (19 hours ago)
Wonder if he plays Fortnite now..heh
Even UFC doesnt ban for a lifetime.
BozoTheNoob (1 day ago)
Is he still banned?
R J (1 day ago)
Then at 7:10 there’s a ad for overwatch the next big esports
Carlo Ortiz (2 days ago)
You really feeling bad for this little prick?
dunno (3 days ago)
For people who just start brainlessly commenting "He's Unbanned Now". Here's something you should know. HE IS ONLY UNBANNED FROM FUCKING ESL TOURNAMENTS! BANNED FROM VALVE SPONSORED EVENTS. STOP LIVING UNDER A ROCK!
ThatBugBehindYou (3 days ago)
17 He'll never be able to professionally play again and it's all due to a dumb decision he made as a kid. Everyone makes mistakes at that age, they took it too far.
BeanMarioCow (3 days ago)
I played a game with him once, he’s a great jiggle peeker
Justin Reyes (4 days ago)
When sports grow larger and money gets bigger, corruption gets more fierce
Josh (4 days ago)
Honestly Brax was so young that he was probs just pressured into doing it.
Busy Show (5 days ago)
*I would ban any player who calls himself "SWAG" just for that alone :D*
Raze Ocean (5 days ago)
Does anybody know the music in 4:10
Bi Triceps (5 days ago)
Get banned shit kids
DV (6 days ago)
He trusted his GF too much
Cyglox (6 days ago)
Why are they banned then? Didnt quiet get it.
Ward Huyskes (6 days ago)
$700 wtf?
Heisenberg (7 days ago)
Lots of hard work was put into this, I appreciate it very much. Being banned sucks, but if you cheat or do something that is frowned upon. Too bad, suck it up and get a job. #cheaters suck ass! Ha ha ha
MagnuM00125 (7 days ago)
Permanent ban sucks because they cannot show that they have learned something from it Lol i know why his reactions were so good, 12:00 snake eye
YuRah FN (9 days ago)
"This guy is fucking amazing! This guy prefires angles that dont exist" - m0e
Ohitsjust Nick (10 days ago)
thank god cheaters dont get permabanned and these scum matchfixers preying on those INNOCENT shitheads that gamble w skins get banned 4 life phew shoulda just cheated bro, what where u thinking so heinously anti-competitive THROWING is in comparison 2 cheating (who HASNT cheated anyway? come on, its basically the norm, dont ban ppl 4 cheating)
1stNovaTitan (10 days ago)
idgaf about cheaters. Fucking unsubscribed
Accelereight (10 days ago)
Swag is probably the best playing in NA CSGO
Shepherd Wu (10 days ago)
skins, seriously?
Elite Macarony (11 days ago)
The only 1cheater(or bad thing) is valve it self
ClipsForGames (11 days ago)
Let's also ban Gaben for legal case betting.
Jake Playz (12 days ago)
The ban was well deserved but I don't think a permanent ban was the way to ban him. Like he was young at the time, and people learn from their mistakes when they grow older
Saad Siraj (12 days ago)
Heath Fulton (12 days ago)
Vincent Bockaert (12 days ago)
This is the problem with eSports, if this was a "normal" sport match being fixed, the player involved would face a temporary ban of perhaps a year and heavy fine in correspondence with the money earned from the fixing. This isn't possible in eSports as they don't have that kind of jurisdiction.
a.lexisw _ (13 days ago)
i knew i liked skadoodle for some reason
ScottishBawbag (14 days ago)
Guess who got unbanned? 😊😊
Noxeramas (14 days ago)
this is sad and I really do feel for the fans of brax and swag but they will not ever get unbanned, hoping and rioting for it will not change. valve is serious about these issues and while swag honestly didn't deserve the ban and brax not a permanent one whats done is done.
am7ha7 (14 days ago)
where is that scene from 0:58
Chronitus (14 days ago)
Just let this kid have a chance! Gaben..
Chronitus (14 days ago)
He is not hacking now. So he can still play for a little bit
Chronitus (14 days ago)
Brax can be unbanned now! Valve! Brax is Clearly not hacking! Unban him!!
Ameer Khan (15 days ago)
Lol 700 dollars instead of millions
Shark Anthony (16 days ago)
He was a kid when this happened.... I'm sure he's matured and knows the severity of these things now.... #FREESWAG
Phi6er (17 days ago)
All these people should remain banned, and not only that, Skadoodle should be banned for life as well.
Sushi (17 days ago)
They need to get this narrator back
The Helper (18 days ago)
Dean Daniel (18 days ago)
ummm.... so i have been fucking trolled... i saw a video in like 2014 before they started throwing. and by the way i knew they were throwiong i could just tell. i bet on MK 3 times and they had 5% win chance and i made a few hundred bucks everytime lmao... anyway so i saw a video of a tourney and the camera guy walks up to this computer and identifies this muscular south american guy whos an american and speaks perfect english. he identifies him as SWAG from IBP and asks him about his mouse settings lmao. and he was talking abouth ow he uses mouse accel. and so for the last 4 years i thought SWAG was this fucking muscular jock dude who was kinda being a douche and i guess now it was a joke.... what the fuck !!! haahahahahaaa i got trolled fucking hard... cause im sitting here and im lookin at this tiny little white kid with braces and im like wtf.... volvo unbann the child lmao
GuaPiGaming (19 days ago)
banned 16year old kid… wow he probably don’t even know what’s going on. It is just a kid with a esports dream.
B S RGR (20 days ago)
If this was a crime and judgement pushed down by the courts swag would have received community service that must be completed before competing and would have no charges for what full grown adults in positions over him orchestrated and executed. He’s not innocent but he’s a child in no position to say no.
Jak0bW (20 days ago)
Boxes (20 days ago)
*I thought shroud never lost*
Bailey Kwok (21 days ago)
shroud vs swag
Nathan Havokk (23 days ago)
Yeah, good video mate, got to agree, but on the front of punsiment why not a fine to the value of the skins and bets, I think he should be banned to put him off doing it again but permanent ban is a bit crazy for something that could be done anywhere in life, just make sure it's not profitable and he won't feel good about doing it. But if it was just "in his nature" he'd have been scamming left right and centre, I think moment of weakness, especially as a teenager it's easy to make bad decisions not knowing the repercussions I feel.
João Pedro Torres (25 days ago)
Porra tendi nd n tem legendaa
ll Panda ll (25 days ago)
Well im glad he got unbanned
get a fucking life valve
f you valve i was banned once and my favorite knife is fucking gone valve
ChrisInIndy06 (25 days ago)
You guys do great videos, but the volume equalization in this particular video is absolutely terrible. Constantly having to adjust my volume between the muted dialogue of the clips of people talking about swag vs. the incredibly loud volume of the voiceover
inversa (26 days ago)
Update video on them being unbanned?
TheCikaBane (26 days ago)
You did a story on swag and not on NEO or f0rest?
Mark Demien (26 days ago)
Moe says "Brax is so good" but to stewie2K "stewie2K is stupid"
Eric Jungmann (28 days ago)
deserved it. fact
S4raz (28 days ago)
why are people saying ban him for life, he just got matchmaking banned.
VSAUSE EATS KIDS (29 days ago)
Wasn't he unbanned?
Charles Freeman (29 days ago)
Lol hes a fucking loser
Tim Fields (30 days ago)
It’s crazy that you can rob a bank and do like 45 years in prison but if you throw a csgo match you get banned for life
BluFF (15 hours ago)
Not comparable in the least. See, when you actually commit a real crime and go to jail or prison your freedom is taken from you. The guys that got banned for match fixing have their freedom and liberties still available to them. The only activity they're barred from is competing in CS:GO events that are sponsored by valve. Pretty big difference right?
Ben Shafer (1 month ago)
What doesn’t make since to me is that 2 pro-players in DOTA 2 (also a valve game) made way more and only got a 2 year ban. Sonic and Ax.mo fixed a match against Yellow Submarine and were banned after an investigation by UCC and ESIC. Then ESIC and ESL released a statement that lifetime bans for cheating (match fixing goes here) was “inappropriate”. Not trying to excuse cheating but valve fucked this one up
Andrew Chen (1 month ago)
7:46 why are there bots
Captain_frost 7 (1 month ago)
It's all about shroud
Comp Wiz2007 (1 month ago)
Wait, banned for making $700.00.???   ROFLMAO
I have 1 friend (1 month ago)
6:30 "A wild sexy shroudy rowdy boi has a appeared"
It's like shroud but kinda
Filter_Select (1 month ago)
6:32 sad Shroud is sad
Austin Hall (1 month ago)
lol what a fucking douche. who names themselves "Swag?" I guess a 15 year old would
YOTT (1 month ago)
but he got unbanned 11 months ago
Chris cantaim (24 days ago)
YOTT he’s still banned from valve sponsored events
I agree with the lifetime ban. I know it sucks and I'm sad he won't be able to compete in Valve events, but taking a hard stand against cheating and match fixing is hugely important to a young and growing sport. I know he was young and I suspect the teams were not paid much making the offer tempting, but I stand by the ban. You can't ever stop all cheating, but you can reduce it by taking a hard stand against it. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to take yourself seriously and take a strong stand against unethical behavior. It's not about Swag and the others who were banned, it's about letting the world know that this kind of behavior will be dealt with. That the competition is an honest one, and anyone who violates that trust is not welcome back.
- SvenShiro - they should have gotten a hard ban as well
- SvenShiro - (18 days ago)
Then what about the Dota 2 players that did the same thing and only got a 2 year ban? If Valve is going to be "taking a hard stand" they should at least be consistent. The IBP players have already served their two years and should be unbanned.
GentleMann Gaming (1 month ago)
GentleMann Gaming (1 month ago)
PotatoGaming didn't know that just got into cs lol
PotatoGaming (1 month ago)
GentleMann Gaming he is free
Arnold Gonzalez (1 month ago)
the "story" what story lol, he was good, he play for a good team, he scammed hundreds of kids, hes banned, hes still good
M-T (1 month ago)
Such a sad thing that a great talent was banned permanently, but I believe it's either coincidence or it was intentional that it was permanent *because* of his skill. Just look at it, if you perma ban these dudes, not only you lose players, but you lose GREAT ones. IBP could've been a superteam, but their love of money got the best of them. No matter how you even look at it, because of this perma ban, you're not going to see any player doing this shit anytime soon. Sure $700 is not that much, but come on, you're going to lose your career, that career that you've sacrificed a lot of, just because of $.
Hato Yin (1 month ago)
Is quite late but Just a feeling... A feeling k? That This whole scandal smells set up... As humans, emotions such as jealousy is common... And SWAG a rising star might hurt someone's feeling... I dun believe that some one only recieved $700, surely he/they have some bounty to collect... And the perma ban on the first offence(I believe hacking is a worse offence?) Might be the result of some cough* cough* ... totally not related why the scandal happen in the first place cough* cough* Felt like is a typical xianxia scenario ( if u known whati mean)
Gabriel Morales (1 month ago)
Man, I really hope he gets unbanned and a shot at achieving his dream. I personally know what it's like to miss out on great opportunities in the e-sports world. It will forever haunt me and have me playing the what if game...
julius blizama (1 month ago)
3:30 is that loltyler1
Hero Himself (1 month ago)
what is that horrible sound in the background can you get rid of it?
Koopa_6 GHG (11 days ago)
Wow... praising a scammer ... He deserved his ban and should be permanent!
deadflixplays * (1 month ago)
Whose here after he got unbanned?
deadflixplays * (1 month ago)
Whose here after he got unbanned?
NIGHT2PWN (1 month ago)
Umbra (1 month ago)
I never knew he was from nc, makes me more proud to be born in nc
Æłį (1 month ago)
Its such a shame people get so excited that someone is so good at a video game. Everyome could be a pro if they had 12 hours a day to practice
Morris Bonne Marcus (1 month ago)
For anyone watching right now, they are all unbanned
PJ3721 (1 month ago)
I whole-heartedly agree with the perma-ban. I think the ban should be lifted ONLY when the next version of CS comes out. That will have been long enough to instill punishment and reninstate him with the condition that ANY cheating will result and a permanant ban from all servers.
GamePlays Mobile (1 month ago)
JMGamingandStuff (1 month ago)
-0cTOp- -_- (1 month ago)
#FreeBrax #FreeIBP THX
mohammed AL-Khafiji (1 month ago)
Csgo is a dead game lel
iLoganC (1 month ago)
That first coL lineup was the best team America will have ever seen.
Awais Shaheen (1 month ago)
hes unbanned boom
dunno (3 days ago)
from esl only
Paul Mills (1 month ago)
ibuypower lol, SOUDNS LIKE HAX
Brown McJuggerNuggets (1 month ago)
North Carolina? No wonder he's named Braxton Pierce
Jake Phillips (1 month ago)
... who gives a fuck

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