A French team named Heroez got banned from finals and dropped from the organization for secretly participating in the Challenger Circuits.
Heroez is a French Esports organization that entered the Apex Legends competitive scene on November 2, 2022. On March 1, 2023, Heroez released its previous team and signed Quentin “Klemmy” Etienne, Florent “Faco” Thery, and Tobias “BaByLoNs” Dévérité to take on Split 2 Pro League. However, the team couldn’t perform as expected and placed in 27th position and was relegated to Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ.)
As ALGS Split 2 Challenger Circuits is running, accusations of cheating against a particular team named WKEY arose, creating serious concern in the pro scene. The allegations were against the same three French players from Heroez roster who have been playing with alternative accounts and participating in the Challenger Circuits, dominating the lobbies.
After some investigations from other pro players, it was uncovered that the suspicion regarding the ALGS Pro League team smurfing in Challenger Circuits was indeed true. Apparently, the nicknames from the smurf accounts and several other leads revealed the true identity of the players in question.
ALGS Pro League Team Banned for Smurfing in Challenger Circuits
Following the investigation, Heroez immediately dropped their Apex Legends roster for engaging in “rule-breaking actions.”
Later, it was found that this roster entered the Challenger Circuits for the sole purpose of griefing a team just because they didn’t like a particular player from that team.
Amaazz, who helped uncover the truth behind WKEY, later confirmed that they were banned from participating in the Challenger Circuits finals.
Although there hasn’t been any official announcement from ALGS on whether the team can continue their ALGS journey through the LCQ, based on the overall situation, it seems very unlikely. The team may also be banned from participating in future ALGS tournaments.