Valve has just issued a new regulation which is quite surprising for the competitive world of CSGO. Through e-mails sent to several professional teams, Valve stated that they would issue regulations to limit coach communication when competing. According to Valve, they are of the view that some teams use the coach position as their 6th Player, not as a coach, with that, Valve only allows the Coach to communicate with players during Warmup, Half-Time, and Timeout. ESL itself will apply this rule starting at the ESL New York event at the end of this September.
This rule is certainly burdensome for some teams that use the Coach as IGL (In game leader) them, like Na’Vi, NiP and Liquid. This regulation spontaneously drew criticism from several pro players, one of which was IGL and SK Gaming player Gabriel “Fallen” Toledo. However, FaceIT and ESEA do not apply this rule, ESEA will allow the role of the Coach as an IGL in the ESEA Global Challenge later.