Competitive Ruling: Rich Gang vs Downfall (1 March)

Background

Tournament Administration (TA) for the HGC ANZ Premier was informed 30 minutes prior to the match start of Downfall vs Rich Gang that Rich Gang was unable to field a full roster of five players for the match due to the unexpected unavailability of Deuces. Since Rich Gang vs Downfall was scheduled to be streamed, TA permitted the use of the sub only as a means towards preserving the broadcast schedule. Rich Gang was informed that the use of the unauthorised substitute would be reviewed after the match was complete, and that the outcome of the review may affect the outcome of the match. Rich Gang accepted this approach.

Related Rules

The following rule, 2.3.k.i, refers:

Game Forfeitures
i) If fewer than five Eligible Participants on a team’s roster are present ten minutes
after the scheduled match time, that team forfeits the match.

Ruling

As Rich Gang was unable to field five eligible participants within 10 minutes of the match’s start time, they forfeit the match. Downfall is awarded the win and granted a 1-0 score.

Future Impact

As a result of this ruling, if the situation arises again where a team is unable to field their roster as required by 2.3.k.i, the match will not be streamed. Instead, the other match, scheduled to be played off-air, will be streamed instead. TA will attempt to inform teams affected in this way as soon as possible to ensure minimal disruption to the HGC ANZ Premier broadcast.

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FINALS INFO: Gears Esports APAC Regional Series

Phase One is coming to a head with the Phase Finals taking place on 10 December (next Sunday)! As usual, Gears EARS will be broadcast on http://mixer.com/Gamestah so make sure you head over and follow us there!

Four teams have qualified for the Finals:

Seed Team
1 The Janitors
2 Mindfreak
3 Checkm8s
4 Rise Against

Seeding is based on the position each team earned through play during all three qualifying events in Phase One.

Scheduling

Date: 10 December 2017

Time: 1:30pm AEDT

Teams will be required to check in at 12:30pm AEDT.

Format

The Phase finals feature the top four teams in a modified double elimination bracket, fighting for cash prizes. Seeding for the bracket is tailored to provide teams close, competitive matches, and avoid one-sided, crushing defeats.

  • Double elimination bracket
    • Ranks 1-2 seeded into Upper Bracket (UB)
      • Winner Advances to Grand Final
      • Loser drops to LB Round 2
    • Ranks 3-4 seeded into Lower Bracket (LB) Round 1
      • Winner advances to LB Round 2
      • Loser is eliminated
    • LB Round 2
      • Winner advances to the Grand Final
      • Loser is eliminated
  • All matches except Grand Final are BO3.
  • Grand Final is a first to three with the team from the UB starting with a 1 game lead.

The bracket for Phase One Finals can be found here.

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Setting the Record Straight: Shocwave Rocket League

It has been reported on Shocwave’s discord that they have declined Gamestah’s quote for broadcasting services:

This is not entirely accurate.

Shocwave announced their tournament several weeks ago and at the time of the announcement, posted that Gamestah was sponsoring the tournament, posted our logo on their website and tried to link to our Twitch channel on their Toornament pages:

We take issue with a number of aspects of Shocwave’s approach:

  1. Prior to the announcement of their tournament, Shocwave had never communicated with Gamestah. We had no discussions, let alone agreements, in place to sponsor, or even broadcast their tournament.
  2. We did not give Shocwave permission to use either our name or our logo in association with their tournament. In fact, the logo they are using is our old (original) logo, that has been out of use since we rebranded almost two years ago.
  3. We did not give Shocwave permission to link our Twitch channels as the official channels on their Toornament pages. That said, they’ve linked to twitch.tv/gamestah which isn’t actually an official Gamestah Media channel. Our Twitch partnered channels are GamestahTV1, GamestahTV2 and GamestahTV3.
  4. Shocwave did not so much decline our quote as miss the deadline for quote. It expired on 21 August, and on 24 August, after hearing nothing from them, we sent a notice reminding them of the expiry and our assumption that it had not been accepted. Our confirmation of this assumption came from the notice posted on their discord (see screenshot, above). To date we still have not received any official contact from Shocwave since the date  (12 August) we provided the quote to them.
  5. We have formally requested Shocwave to remove our logo and any references to Gamestah from their website and Toornament pages. This request has, to date, been ignored.

Ordinarily we would not post about our business dealings with an organisation, but Shocwave has repeatedly used Gamestah’s brand in association with their activities against our express wishes. Perhaps this post will encourage them to stop doing so. That said, we wish them success with their tournament and hope that the teams entering it enjoy good competition and success.

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Competitive Ruling: JAM Roster Changes

The following statement was released to EGSS Captains in Gamestah Discord on 6/10/2016.

The situation:

JAM Gaming has notified Gamestah of changes to their rosters. The following changes have been made:

  • Jimeb and Peelz dropped
  • Gunba and Trill added

Both Gunba and Trill are formerly of the team Kick or Be Kicked.

As a result of the loss of Gunba and Trill, Kick or be Kicked has disbanded and will no longer be competing in the eLeague Gamestah Spring Series Overwatch 1st Division.

Rules that Apply

Rules affecting rosters are specified in sections 2.2.2 to 2.2.7. However, the rules most relevant to the above situation are:

2.2.2 Rosters

Teams must have a core of four (4) players for the entirety of the season, including Qualifiers, Regular Season and Playoffs. A team must have a total of six players for all matches.

All players and substitutes must be specified, together with battle.net IDs on the Team Description page during registration.

2.2.4 Substitutes

Players may not register for more than one team, whether as starting roster or substitute.

Application of the Rules

JAM Gaming still has a core of four players under the definition of 2.2.2: Dozza, Kiki, Aetar, Rqt. Under the core-of-four rule they were still permitted to compete in division 1 with 2 substitutes, as long as league administration has been notified of and has approved such substitutions.

JAM has applied for a roster change to accommodate the new players they have picked up. However, the new players were registered on the roster of another 1st Division team at the time that rosters were locked (Midnight on Wednesday 28/09). The substitution thus contravenes rule 2.2.4 and the request is denied: Gunba and Trill are ineligible to compete in 1st Division for JAM Gaming.

JAM Gaming has been notified of the ruling and were given the opportunity to continue playing in 1st Division with their core four plus two substitutes. JAM Gaming has declined and has forfeited their spot in the Spring Series.

Note: this ruling does not govern who may or may not be on JAM Gaming’s team. It only governs who is or is not eligible to complete in the Spring Series 1st Division.

A side note regarding “recruitment week”: the statement regarding Recruitment week in the rules (1.5.2) was made redundant by the change to the core-of-four rule. This statement will be removed as a result.

Impact on the League

Losing two teams after the first week of the League through the actions of a small group of players is a serious matter. Six players have lost their place in 1st division through no fault of their own, and another six players have been removed as a consequence of their own actions.

The integrity of the League has also been threatened. The roster rules were constructed to discourage exactly this situation from occurring, as we believe that a key success factor for Overwatch in Oceania is long-term stability of teams, organisations and Leagues in the region. Despite this, JAM elected to leave the Spring Series. We trust that our ruling in this matter shows that we are willing to act to protect the interests of our Sponsors, our League and the interests of the remaining teams that have abided by the rules in good faith. Our teams are our partners in the Spring Series.

Team Substitutions

The EGSS Overwatch 1st Division is by definition an eight team League and thus we will take steps to fill the two spots that have opened up. Gamestah will approach teams that we have identified as prospective competitors and offer them the spots.

We have already identified which teams we will approach. Our intention is to recruit one team based on performance in the 1st Division Qualifiers and another team based on performance in the first round of 2nd Division. Once the teams have agreed to enter we will make an announcement as to who they are.

Entry Fees

The new teams will be charged the entry fee specified in Rule 2.1.2. The entry fees will be added to the 1st Division Prize Pool.

The teams that have exited 1st Division will not be refunded their entry fees and the funds will remain in the prize pool.

Round 1 Points

Teams that are added to the League will replace JAM Gaming and Kick or Be Kicked. The results from the matches that JAM Gaming and Kick or Be Kicked have already played will be voided, and the matches will be replayed with the new opponents facing Masterminds GC and Tempo Storm.

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