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Ppd: "You cannot add rules in midway a tournament to benefit one team"

Umaril
17.05.2019

Ninjas in Pyjamas captain Peter "ppd" Dager criticized EPICENTER qualifications. The player did not like the rule change in the middle of the qualifiers:

"They gave us a rule-book and we read it to better understand the format of the tournament and how it would play out. These 2 rules were removed from the rule-book AFTER we had finished the group-stage during the tiebreakers resulting in a change of the playoff bracket.

I am posting this because it has resulted in us playing Liquid in round 1 instead of Alliance which I believe is a harder match-up. As the top seed going into playoffs I feel entitled to speak up.

1.2.1.2 If teams have an equal amount of points and compete for advance to the Second phase they should play tie-breaker best-of-one matches
1.2.1.3 If the 2nd, the 3rd, the 4th and the 5th place teams have an equal amount of points, a team that won highest placed team will placed higher.

So we had Liquid, Alliance, and Aachen tied for 4/5/6th place. They played 2 games and these were the results.

Liquid > Aachen
Alliance > Aachen

This means: Aachen finishes in 6th place and Liquid/Alliance are now tied for 4th/5th both advancing to the playoff stage.

In order to determine their seeding we we use rule 1.2.1.3.
Highest place opponent defeated by Liquid: Secret (1st place)
Highest place opponent defeated by Alliance: Liquid (4th/5th place)

The same rule is used to determine the tiebreaker between NiP and OG who both finished 5-2.
Highest place opponent defeated by NiP: OG (2nd/3rd place)
Highest place opponent defeated by OG: Liquid/Alliance (4th/5th place)

Round 1 matchups should be NiP (1) versus Alliance(4) and OG(2) versus Liquid(3).

Changing the rules in the middle of the 4/5/6 tiebreaker for no good reason that I can see is unacceptable and unfair."

He also posted a screenshot of the correspondence with the qualifications administrator.

Source: cyber.sports.ru