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Competitive Ruling: Unsportsmanlike Conduct (HGC ANZ Premier)

On Tuesday, 3 July, an incident occurred during the broadcasted HGC ANZ Premier match between Aztech and Twisted Vision. One of Aztech’s players, Cody “Ultivian” D’Ulisse, displayed unsportsmanlike behaviour during post-match comments.

During our investigation of the incident, Tournament Administration was provided with chat logs that demonstrated targeted harassment by Ultivian towards another Premier player.

1.1     Relevant Rules

2.6 (h):

Any team or player that displays unsportsmanlike conduct during a Blizzard sanctioned tournament may be subject to penalties. Blizzard reserves the right to take action against any team and/or player whose conduct has been called into question. Possible ramifications may include but are not excluded to;

  • A reduction in prize money payment
  • Total prize money forfeit
  • Disqualification from the tournament
  • Denied eligibility for future tournaments.

1.2     Penalty

  1. Aztech Entertainment has been asked to make a formal apology for their player’s conduct;
  2. Ultivian has been put on probation for the remainder of Phase 2;
  3. Ultivian, as well as his team, Aztech Entertainment, has been provided with a formal warning from Tournament Administration that an additional incident occurring during the probationary period will at a minimum incur a two-match ban.

1.3     Afterword

Ultivian unequivocally accepted responsibility for his actions and provided Tournament Administration with an assurance that they would not be repeated.

Tournament Administration would like to remind all Premier players that they, as representatives of the pinnacle of HotS competition in the ANZ region, will be held to the same high standards during and outside of official tournament fixtures.

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HGC ANZ Premier Qualifier – Finalized Details

Tonight the top four teams from last night’s Open Division bracket will play off for the final spot in HGC ANZ Premier Phase 2. However, the top four teams are still undecided! At the end of five rounds of Swiss, we had a clear first seed (with five wins), a clear second seed (with 4 wins) and three teams with three wins each, all vying for the final two spots in the Playoff round.

  • First Seed: White Girl Wasted
  • Second Seed: Pleb2Pro (Academy)
  • Tied for 3rd and 4th: Milkshake (MSK), Capital (CAP) and Wolf Pack (WP).

There’s a further complication: one of Capital’s three wins is a bye. While a bye counts as a win in Swiss brackets, it could be argued that Capital only has two actual wins. However, this is through no fault of theirs, as the system gave them a bye. So to even the scores, we will require each of the three teams to play an extra round of Swiss.  Milkshake and Wolf Pack will be granted a bye for this additional round, putting them each on four wins (or three wins and a bye). Capital will be required to play an additional match against one of the opponents that MSK and WP have both beaten: uA Raynor Here.

If Capital loses this match, the tie is automatically broken, with Milkshake at 3rd seed and Wolf Pack at 4th seed. However, if Capital is able to beat uA Raynor Here then all three teams will once again be tied on 4 wins and we will apply the head-to-head records of the respective teams to break the tie. In this instance, Milkshake will be placed ahead of Capital (MSK 1 – 0 CAP) and Capital will be placed ahead of Wolf Pack (CAP 1 – 0 WP). In this case, 3rd seed will be granted to Milkshake and 4th seed granted to Capital.

Capital’s match against uA Raynor Here will be played off-stream, at 7pm AEST. The Premier Qualifier Playoff will start at 7:30pm AEST (assuming Capital’s match is completed) with White Girl Wasted facing the fourth seed, and Pleb2Pro facing the third seed. These two matches will be broadcast on GamestahTV1.

The Final of the Qualifier will be broadcast on twitch.tv/Blizzard_ANZ immediately after the 2nd HGC ANZ Premier match of the night is completed!

 

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Format Change – Week 2-8 ANZ Open Division

Feedback After Phase 1

After Phase 1 of the HotS ANZ Open Division, Gamestah received feedback from teams and players
regarding the bracket format in used in Open Division. One of the major complaints was that teams
where being matched against competition that was wither much better than they were, or much
lower. This left teams in both situations with low quality games.

Changes for ANZ Phase 2 Open division

We still believe Swiss format to be the best bracket for Open Division. However, the field of
competition has widened and with new teams forming and entering we have decided to tweak the
format with the following changes starting in week 2.

  • Each week the top eight teams on the Open Division League Table will be seeded by admins into one group
  • The rest of the teams will be seeded by admins into a second group.
  • Teams still earn one point per win or bye and these points are added to their League Table placement.

Note: the grouping of teams is redone each week, which will allow movement from one group to the
other for teams on a week-to-week basis throughout the season. However, teams still only register
for one weekly tournament, with the groups created by tournament admins after registration closes
each week.

We expect that players and teams will have a much better experience with the new grouping system, and look forward to seeing you join us on the battleground!

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Mindfreak Roster / Player Subtitutions, Transfers & Buy-outs

Introduction

Mindfreak’s roster for Phase 2 is missing a player due to an unforeseen retirement of a player in their core roster.  Mindfreak was competing at the Mid-Season Brawl during the standard HGC ANZ Agency Period and thus was unable to take the opportunity to recruit a replacement. A request has been made to re-open the Agency Period for all teams in order to facilitate finding a replacement. This would require the start of Phase 2 to be delayed by at least a week.

Response

In order to avoid serious disruption to the other teams in the league, the agency period will not be reopened and thus the start of Phase 2 will not be delayed. However, Mindfreak will be granted a number of concessions to cope with the need to fill their roster:

  1. Mindfreak will be permitted to use unlimited substitutes (ignoring the 2 player emergency sub condition) for the player that is missing until the end of Week 4 of Phase 2;
  2. Mindfreak will be permitted to approach teams that have a registered reserve to request the use of the reserve as a substitute during their matches, so long as the reserve is not scheduled to play for their own team on the same night as Mindfreak’s request.

Additional Changes

Tournament administration acknowledges that there is need for clarification when a player unexpectedly leaves the team. While roster sizes have been increased to six to mitigate the risk of this happening, there is still the possibility that a team may be left without a player due to unforeseen circumstances.

Amendments to the HGC ANZ rules for regulating player substitutions, transfers and buy-outs mid-season under these circumstances will be introduced. These amendments will extend the concessions that are being granted to Mindfreak to all teams that may find themselves in a similar situation.

It should be noted that any player that summarily leaves a team during the regular season will be banned from competing in Premier for the remainder of that season.

Finally, we will introduce a player sign-up form that will require each individual to confirm what team they are on, and acceptance of the HGC ANZ Premier rules. This will be released as soon as possible.

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