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The legendary ‘Olofboost’ turns four years old

There are a few defining moments in esports - that is not about winning a championship or upsetting a major favorite - which received critical attention and relevance despite happening years ago

In competitive CS:GO, one event that would be qualified for such relevance is the Fnatic boost in Overpass that happened four years ago at the DreamHack Winter 2014 Major playoffs. Fnatic pushed for the boost in their quarterfinal match against eventual champions Team LDLC.

Today marks 4 years from legendary Olofboost from GlobalOffensive

What is the Fnatic boost?

Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer is heavily considered as one of the greatest CS players in history. Add that and an unfair vantage point means chaos for any opposing team – which happened at DreamHack 2014.

Also dubbed as the “Olofboost”, the triple man boost on the A site of Overpass allowed the peeking player to gain vision on crucial parts going to both bomb sites – which gives necessary information while having the best view to crack heads open with any scoped rifle available. All this while being concealed with a one-way mirror texture bug that prevents opposing players from seeing the boosted player.

Fnatic utilized the boost on the second half (T side) of their match against LDLC at Overpass. With the series tied 1-1 and LDLC having a neat 12-3 lead at the half, everything seemed falling apart for olofmeister and the boys until they executed the boost.

The glorious yet dirty triple boost at the A site gave Fnatic all the vision they need to climb back to the game until they eventually won 16-13.

The real drama emerged

Fnatic eventually forfeited the match despite winning after a series of formal complaints hurled by both parties. Both sides used a “pixel-walking” bug, but Fnatic’s boost was obviously more effective. Everything boiled down to public outrage against Fnatic – the pressure that the community hurled onto them prompted the organization to forfeit their win.

Moreover, the issue became personal from both sides when Richard “shox” Papillon publicly called Robin “flusha” Ronnquist a cheater – add that to the already established rivalry between the French and the Swedes and it’s a recipe for total disaster.

Fnatic moved on from the controversy. They eventually won two of the succeeding Majors after DreamHack 2014 – ESL One Katowice 2015 against local rivals Ninjas in Pyjamas and ESL One Cologne 2015 against Team EnvyUs. The 2014-2015 Fnatic lineup composed of flusha, olofmeister, Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, Jesper “JW” Wecksell, and Markus “pronax” Wallsten would ultimately be hailed as one of the best CS lineups of all time.

“Geländer übersteigen verboten!” means “climbing this railing is prohibited” in German.

The "pixel-walking" issue turned out to be one of the biggest moments in CS:GO history. It prompted game developer and publisher Valve to act upon the map glitches not only in Overpass but majority of the competitive maps in general.

Today, the “Olofboost” isn’t possible anymore, but its lasting legacy – or controversy – gives us a reminder not to abuse “some overpowered boosts”. The boost is remembered with a poster prohibiting people from climbing the railings.

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MN | Neil Martinez

MN | Neil Martinez

A former editor and writer for a university publication, Neil has incorporated esports to what he does best. He is Mogul’s CS go-to guy and TNC Pro Team’s graphic artist and social media man.

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