HGC ANZ Competitive Ruling: attempted poaching (Outlaws)


There are rules in HGC ANZ 2018 which state, inter alia


(b)    Teams that participate in any official HGC Australian and New Zealand Finals league (including Preseason Qualifiers, Open Division and Premier) will not be allowed to change any of their Team members at any time during the course of an HGC ANZ Phase.

(e)    Players from within a team who has qualified for HGC ANZ Premier via either Preseason Qualifiers or the Promotion process as referred to in section 3.1(c) (“the Qualifying Team) will not be permitted to compete on behalf of any team other than the Qualifying Team for the duration of the Phase for which that team qualified (“the Qualified Phase”).

(f)    A Team who attempts to poach a player from a Qualifying Team prior to the conclusion of the Qualified Phase will be penalised. Such penalties may include deduction of points, withdrawal from the league and in the most serious instances, may be banned from competing in future HGC ANZ leagues and tournaments.

The current provision 2.1(e) and (f) are new clauses that were introduced this year to protect teams who have already qualified for HGC ANZ Premier Division from being poached by existing well established and better financed Premier teams. The intention as that we do not want those teams to lose their best players before the season even starts which would severely damages their chances within Premier.


We are advised that Outlaws, a currently qualified HGC ANZ Premier team (qualified by virtue of having finished top 4 in HGC ANZ Season 4 2017) have approached a player that is currently competing in the HGC ANZ Preseason Qualifiers. i.e. a team that has not yet qualified.

The rules referred to above apply to any attempted poaching of a player in a “Qualifying Team”. We understand that there has been some confusion around what constitutes a Qualifying Team. A “Qualifying Team” is defined in clause 2.1(e) as one that “has” qualified for Premier division pursuant to 2.1(f). As Nekomimi does not fall within the definition of a Qualifying Team, we confirm that there has been no infringement of this rule 2.1(f) regardless whether or not the actions of Outlaws constituted “attempts to poach” .

Indeed, if there is an attempt to poach a team that has already qualified then the poaching team would be penalised.

It appears as though many have seized on the words “Qualifying Teams” and misconstrued this term (despite it’s clear definition in clause 2.1(e)) to refer to teams that are in the process of qualifying. This interpretation is inconsistent with the definition of a “Qualifying Team” under rule 2.1(e). Having said that, to alleviate any confusion in the future, we propose to amend the words “Qualifying Team” in 2.1(e) and (f) to “Qualified Team”.

The second issue relates to whether there has been any breach of clause 2.1(b) referred to above.  On our review if this matter, there has not been any breach of clause 2.1(b) as there have been no player movements around the Outlaws roster.


HGC ANZ Competitive Ruling: MM Clubhouse

Here is the official ruling regarding the roster changes at MM Clubhouse:

In relation to the roster movement that occurred over the weekend, MM Clubhouse has breached 2.1(b) of the rules which states that rosters have been locked. There has however not been a breach of provision 2.1(d) which states that a team is automatically disqualified from the competition if it is left with less than 3 players from its main roster. From our investigations, only 1 player (Hacky) made the move from Dark Sided to MMCH. The decision to disband the DS roster was made by DS as an org. Having said that, we feel that it is too harsh to impose a penalty on MMCH which results in an effective disqualification from the tournament by virtue of removing any chance of qualifying at all (which would be the case if there was a breach of 2.1(d) of the rules).

Additionally, there has not been a breach of 2.1(f). This is a new provision that has been introduced this this year. 2.1(f) relates to qualifying teams (as defined in 2.1(e)) . It is designed to protect teams that have successfully been promoted to Premier division against better established and better resourced organisations.

Accordingly, it has been decided to deduct two points from MMCH in the current preseason qualifying tournament. We feel that under the circumstances, this is a fair and reasonable outcome. Our goal is to preserve the competitive integrity of the tournament but we also need to strike a balance with the need for teams to form comfortable units moving into regular season.


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.


Date: 10 December 2017

Time: 1:30pm AEDT

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


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.


Blizzard ANZ StarCraft II Proleague – a Gamestah Media…

The Blizzard ANZ StarCraft II Proleague runs for four weeks during November and December 2017. The five top teams in the ANZ region battle it out in a double round-robin team league for a prize pool of $3,500 USD. Gamestah has been commissioned to produce and broadcast the league!

Matches take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, starting 21 November and ending 19 December, with one match broadcast per night, starting at 7pm AEDT, on the Blizzard_ANZ Twitch channel.

We’ve assembled a team of talented folk to bring you the league:

Check out Blizzard ANZ’s announcement of the Proleague and then head over to the Tournament’s public page to keep up with results and standings, and the full schedule of upcoming matches!