The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) are running a South East Asian (SEA) eSports event. The games being played at the event include: DOTA 2, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Starcraft 2 and Vainglory.
The playoffs to get into the DOTA 2 semi-finals is where it gets interesting. Each of the teams attending had qualified in their area to progress. So IQ – Cambodian Qualifier, Mega Aorus – Vietnam Qualifier, Veteran – Myanmar Qualifier, Resurgence – Singapore Qualifier. For a breakdown click here.
IQ, Mega Aorus, Veteran and Resurgence struck a tie for wins and loses 2 – 2. See below:
The rules decided before the event started were: If a tie occurs, then the team who, all up, won the quickest and had the most kills would progress. And this is where the problem lies. DOTA is not about the quickest game, yes it’s fun to watch a stomp, but it’s about taking the ancient. And yes, the decision to based it on the quickest game would reduce the total amount of games played. When a game can go for one hour and you have 4 teams in a tiebreaker. That potentially means 4 hours would need to be made up in the schedule. I’m only guessing at their (WESGs) reasoning here.
WESG and the teams about to be eliminated didn’t think this was fair. So they decided on the fly to change to a B01. But, Veteran would verse the winners of the B01, leaving IQ, MEGA and Resurgence another chance. That’s when the fans of Veteran and a few others took offence. In their eye’s Veteran had won fair and square based on the rules, and now they could potentially be knocked out by the winner of the tiebreaker. It’s hard to point fingers here because we weren’t in the room when this was all decided and what was weighed up at the time. But, if a tournament has set rules, they should stick to them. Then for the next one adjust and make it a BO1 for the tiebreakers.
Here’s the apology from WESG. Which points out their reasoning.
Veteran went on to win and got into the semi-finals but was eventually knocked out by WG. Unity. TNC Predator went on to win the tournament. The breakdown is below. Well played to everyone who attended. The win won’t impact the DPC rankings as the tournament wasn’t a major or a minor. It’s an independent business trying to make eSports a big thing, and more power to them.