Throughout a latest Overwatch Contenders event, Blizzard instructed two groups that they’d be taking part in a best-of-seven showdown. Then, midway by, stated it could be a best-of-five and pulled the pin on what was wanting like an unbelievable comeback. That, understandably, didn’t go down nicely.
As The Verge report, this was a clusterfuck from the highest on down. Except it’s a Grand Remaining, aggressive Overwatch matches don’t usually run for seven video games. But on this case, a Bracket Final—so one spherical earlier than the Grand Remaining—between 01 Esports and Munich Esports was listed as being a best-of-seven.
Confused, one of many Munich gamers “reached out to a Blizzard event administrator”, and “acquired affirmation and reassurance that the winner’s finals match was better of seven”. So the groups acquired began and Munich stormed out to a 3-0 lead earlier than 01, with the event seemingly on the road, began a comeback, clawing their again to 3-2.
That’s when Blizzard reps stepped in and abruptly ended the match. Pointing to the same old guidelines, which state that these rounds usually solely run to a best-of-five scenario, they introduced Munich would advance since they had been the primary to get to a few wins.
Rightly believing the choice to be some bullshit, 01, who having “misplaced” had been then scheduled to play Ex Oblivione in a loser’s bracket, “coordinated with their new opponents…to primarily strike”.
Ex Oblivione, alongside many others throughout the Contenders scene, are distraught relating to the choice made for the match between 01_Esports and Munich Esports and the problems which have occurred following a number of errors on Blizzard’s finish.
We consider this together with a common lack of communication has affected the aggressive integrity of this event.
We hereby refuse to proceed our collection till the problems have been addressed. We apologise to all viewers watching the matches, and hope you perceive.
“We made an settlement with them that this was unacceptable, and that Blizzard can’t deal with the gamers like this”, one of many 01 gamers instructed The Verge. “We agreed with Ex Oblivione to not play the sport, however we needed to make an announcement so we determined to play the sport however not really compete.”
Consequently the 2 groups turned up and sat down, however as a substitute of taking pictures at one another barely performed in any respect, with most of them merely standing round and failing to finish even essentially the most fundamental duties. This earned them a warning from a Blizzard rep, who threatened to disqualify each groups for refusing to truly play.
After followers had taken to social media to protest, and cooler heads prevailed, Blizzard finally issued an announcement that mainly stated yeah, we fucked up, and the remainder of the match shall be allowed to proceed later in the present day.
PRIOR TO THE START OF THE EU UPPER BRACKET FINALS OF THE A-SIDES SUMMER SERIES TOURNAMENT BETWEEN 01 ESPORTS AND MUNICH ESPORTS, TEAMS RECEIVED INFORMATION STATING THAT THE SERIES WOULD BE PLAYED AS A FIRST-TO-4 SERIES. THIS INFORMATION CONFLICTED WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES DISTRIBUTED AT THE START OF THE TOURNAMENT, WHICH STATED THAT THE MATCH WOULD BE A FIRST-TO-3 SERIES.
DURING THE MATCH, TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATORS IDENTIFIED THE ERROR AND HALTED THE SERIES, DECLARING MUNICH ESPORTS THE WINNER, AS DIRECTED BY THE OFFICIAL RULES.
AFTER INVESTIGATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES, WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT MAINTAINING CONSISTENCY WITH OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION TO TEAMS, WHICH STATED THE MATCH WAS A FIRST-TO-4 SERIES, IS THE FAIREST COURSE OF ACTION. AS A RESULT, THE SERIES WILL RESUME TOMORROW, FRIDAY, JULY 29TH, AS A FIRST-TO-4 SERIES, WITH MUNICH ESPORTS LEADING 3-2 AND IN POSSESSION OF THE NEXT MAP CHOICE.