Curse and Dignitas disqualified due to collusion
by Alan LaFleur August 26, 2012 @ 08:08pm
First off we had our semi-finals matches. Orbit had slugged their way through the loser's bracket to get a chance to face off again with Team Curse. If Orbit was able to win, they solidified their spot in the North American finals next weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington. The first two games went very much in Orbit's favor with the Nien and Nubbypoohbear carrying them to victory with a combined: 23/6/35 over the two games. The match went to the second best of 3 since Curse was coming from the winners bracket.
In the first game of the second match, Curse banned Zyra and Shen; two champions that gave them fits in the first match. Curse went on to take game 1 with very strong play on Maokai from SaintVicious that allowed Cop and Nyjacky to snowball out of control. On to game 2 and Orbit turn it around in order to survive. Yazuki on Malphite and Hai on Shen played their tank and initiation roles to perfection while Nien on Ezreal was able to survive and shutdown Westrice's Akali. So the match goes to a deciding 3rd game to decide who would have a place in the Grand Finals. Curse comes out with determination and totally take Orbit out of the game. The performance by Cop was truly legendary as he went 9/0/9 in a game that had a lot on the line. The hooks from Elementz's Blitzcrank were beneficial in taking Nien out of the game and securing the victory.
In the other semifinal we had Team Dynamic take the first best of 3, 2-0. In both games Team Dynamic did a good job of shutting down the carries for Team Dignitas. In the second game, ZionSpartan on Rumble dominated the top lane going 11/3/3 and almost double the gold earned than Crumbzz on Yorick. However, just like the Orbit/Curse match, the second series would tell a different story. The first game in the second best of 3 went really long, almost an hour, and saw Scarra, imaqtpie, and Zig get over 400 farm. The game was taken by Dignitas after a long struggle with many baron fights. The second game didn't fair any better for Team Dynamic as Crumbzz got incredibly fed on Jax and the bottom lane for TD was shut down by Dignitas.
Team Curse moved on to fight Team Dignitas in the finals, or so we thought.
The fans at home and in the audience thought they were going to see two teams that have been struggling to win a 1st place at a major LAN for over a year go out and finaly bring home that trophy. They thought they would see ten fierce competitors play their hearts out to bring home the prize. We all thought that Dignitas would feel the need to win in order to get 2nd place in the Challenger Circuit standings and play Team Legion instead of Team Dynamic at PAX. We didn't get that.
The teams colluded.
They struck a deal to split the prize money and to not have a serious finals.
The first game was an All Random All Mid game which brought out a lot of different opinions from the League of Legends twitterverse. Some fans loved it, some hated it and called it unprofessional. Fellow professional players like Snoopeh, Xpecial, Chaox, and Dyrus decided to publicly come out against it.
The rest of the series played out with Team Dignitas keeping the 1-0 lead. Dignitas went on to win the 2nd game but Curse was able to rattle off three straight wins to win the championship. Or so they thought.
Shortly after the end of the event, Major League Gaming issued a release:
MLG regrets to announce that we will not be awarding 1st or 2nd Place finishes for the Summer Championship League of Legends Event. We have determined that there was collusion between the two final teams, Curse NA and Team Dignitas. This is in clear violation of both the letter and spirit of MLG's Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules: "competitors may not intentionally Forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate Rankings or Brackets." As such, both teams have been disqualified, and no placements or prize money will be awarded.
Riot has agreed with this decision and, in accordance with their Season 2 rules on Unsportsmanlike Conduct, will not be awarding Circuit points to either team.
The 3rd and 4th Place teams will receive the prize money and Circuit Points they have earned, and all other results stand. No 1st or 2nd Place will be awarded for this event.
Source: Major League Gaming
Just for clarification, Riot's rules on Unsportsmanlike Conduct are:
Intentionally allowing an opponent to win a game.
Unsportsmanlike or disruptive behavior such as inappropriate and/or unprofessional actions directed towards another player or tournament official.
Upon discovery of any player committing any violations regarded as unfair play, the offending player, at the sole discretion of the tournament director or a group of referees, may receive a warning, a forfeit loss, disqualified from the tournament. Prize money may also be deducted as a % of the offending teams at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director in accordance with any policies that are already existing.
During the course of the event, the tournament director or group of referees may determine other actions to embody unfair play.
At the discretion of the tournament director to modify any of the rules above to ensure fair play between teams in a tournament. The rules are most likely to be amended in the following cases:
- If a different patch/version release is used and modifications to the rules are necessary to ensure fair play.
- If players are suspected or proven to be engaging in unfair play or collusion to fix the results of a game.
- If changes to game settings and/or operations guidelines are necessary due to differences between online and offline tournaments.
- If there are substantial delays to a tournament that would prevent it from concluding in a timely fashion as required by a live venue.
Source: Riot's Season 2 Official Rules
The storm started. The League of Legends sub-reddit and the League of Legends forums exploded condemning MLG and Riot on their decision. Talking about how the games were fun and that the players were obviously having fun. MLG continued to issue statements on twitter.
MLG's EVP of Operations clearly explains that it was not about the All Random All Mid game but about the collusion. The event does not come without precedence since, in the past, MLG had banned Super Smash Bros players for colluding.
Lee Chen weighs in on the disqualification:
Finally, MLG issues another statement through Twitter that they will award the entire prize pool and it will be in the order of 3, 4, 5, and 6.
All in all, it was a messy day for League of Legends eSports. The competition was made a mockery of by playing a game mode that isn't competitive in the grand finals of a Challenger Circuit tournament. Add on to that the collusion and it is leaving a bitter taste in a lot of people's mouth. As for the people condemning MLG and Riot over this decision, ask yourself: Do you want entertainment or do you want to watch high level competition?
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