Competitive Ruling – Crimson Roster / Josh “Hacky” Hackett


Player Josh “Hacky” Hackett has been added to Crimson Gaming’s roster for Phase 2. However, Hacky played for Pleb2Pro in Open Division during Phase 1 for four weeks, which would lock him to Pleb2Pro’s roster under rule 2.1(i).

Relevant Rules:


A Player who has competed:
i) in four (4) or more rounds of Open Division Competition; and
ii) on behalf of a team who has qualified for HGC ANZ Premier via either Preseason Qualifiers or the Promotion process as referred to in section 3.2 (“the Qualified Team”)
will not be permitted to compete on behalf of any team other than the Qualified Team for the duration of the Phase for which that team qualified (“the Qualified Phase”).

And 2.1(k)

A Player meeting the conditions set out in sub paragraph (2.1(i)) above who leaves an Open Division Team with a view to circumventing the provisions contained in this section 2.1 may be subject to penalties. Such penalties may include being banned from competing in future HGC ANZ leagues and tournaments.

Additional Information

1. Tournament Administration has been provided with email evidence that Hacky was released from Pleb2Pro’s roster on 28 March 2018 by agreement with the team owner.
2. Rule 2.1(k) was introduced on 5 April 2018.

Application of the Rules

Although Hacky does meet the conditions laid out in 2.1(i) and 2.1(k), these rules were introduced after transfer had been granted and Hacky had left the team.


The acquisition of Josh “Hacky” Hackett by Crimson Gaming is approved.

The HGC ANZ Premier rules can be read here.



HGC ANZ Premier Phase 2 – Open Slot Qualification…

At the end of Phase 1 of HGC ANZ Premier, Downfall Gaming disbanded and the eight slot in the Premier Division opened up for contest. The following format for qualification for this slot has been decided in conjunction with discussions between the ANZ HotS community, Gamestah and Blizzard ANZ.

Two Stage Qualifier

The first stage for qualification will take place on Wednesday 20 June 2018, which is the date of the first week of Open Division competition. Teams will play in a five-round best-of-1 (bo1) Swiss bracket. At the end of the fifth round, the four teams at the top of the bracket will advance to the second stage.

The second stage will consist of a single elimination, best-of-three (bo3) bracket, to be played on Thursday 21 June 2018. First round matches in this bracket will pair  1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd. The winners of each match will advance to the final, and the winner of that will take the eight slot in Premier division.


Broadcasting of the Swiss Bracket matches on Wednesday night will take place on GamestahTV1 on Twitch, as will the first round of the Single Elimination bracket on Thursday.

The final match in the Single Elimination bracket will be broadcast on Blizzard_ANZ on Twitch, immediately after the scheduled HGC ANZ Premier matches for that night have completed.

The commentary team on Thursday night will be Andre “Skimmy” Allchin and Kori “Vandie” Bassi.

Gamestah would like to thank the ANZ HotS community for engaging actively in the decisions regarding the Phase 2 qualifier!