The conversation between the pair during an FPL game on ixMike's stream went as follows:
Tralf: "Is he streaming, did his stream go down?"
Justin: "He wasn't streaming. (silence). Ok stream sniping guys(sound of typing), alright checking their wards let's see what they got. They got nothing, they got one in our base."
Tralf: "Consider it countered."
The incident has resulted in Justin's being banned and with only 5 days until the end of the season it is very poor time to be caught stream sniping, especially considering that if he kept his second place in the division he would have won $1,000. According to Mikey from FACEIT, Ixmike banned Justin straight after the game ended.
FACEIT have also decided that there may be consequences for Tralf as well. As far as they are concerned his comments although perhaps sarcastic are considered "participation". He was also issued a ban, although it is temporary, pending a decision from the "council", an anonymous collection of the most respected players in the league who will decide whether he can stay or not.
FACEIT prides itself on a "tribal system" in which the players run the league, and can decide amongst themselves to punish a player if they consider him toxic or troublesome. Proof of this can be seen in an incident we reported on a few months ago, where Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho challenged Eric 'Ryoya / 747' Dong to a "1on1 unvouch match" to resolve a dispute that happened in a previous match.
Despite the current situation Mark 'Tralf / Hitchens' Seidl claimed innocence and posted the following:
I completely didn't even stream snipe, I was talking sarcastically the whole time. This is why I acted surprised when Justin went into 1/2— Mark 'Tralf' Seidl (@TraLFDota) September 9, 2015
Full detail about ward spots, where they were etc. and didn't even counter them. This is honestly laughable to me— Mark 'Tralf' Seidl (@TraLFDota) September 9, 2015
It is not the kind of publicity the FPL needs with them so close to the end of the season, and FACEIT's Mikey shared his feelings on the incident:
You can read the FPL's official standpoint on the incident here.
Do you think this is a fair punishment?