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Archive • Dec 12, 2017

FalleN Wants ELEAGUE to Explain Their Stance on the Current Roster Lock Issue

Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo, the in-game leader of SK Gaming, wants to know why ELEAGUE isn't commenting on the current roster lock drama ahead of the ELEAGUE Boston CS:GO Major in January. The issue in question is the fact that both SK Gaming and Team Liquid will be forced to play with stand-in players at the Major due to their most recent acquisitions being ineligible to compete.

Ricardo 'boltz' Prass and Lucas 'steel' Lopes played in the online North American closed qualifiers for the Americas Minor Championship in October for Immortals. They were forced into this position after they lost their legend status for the upcoming major due to a series of unfortunate events that resulted in three of the Immortals members that finished in second place in Krakow departing the team. The Valve rules for the CS:GO Majors normally dictate that a team must keep three of the five members that achieved a top eight finish from the last major in order to retain their legend status.

This means that the rumored 100 Thieves roster consisting of the likes of Henrique 'HEN1' Teles and Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe now hold the rights to that legend spot for the January Major. Soon after their failed attempt to get through the online qualifiers, the new Immortals team fell apart and both boltz and steel found new homes on top teams in the from of SK Gaming and Team Liquid. Given the strange circumstances that surrounded their recent roster changes, many members of the community believe that the two Brazilian players should be given permission to play for their new teams in Boston, but ELEAGUE has remained silent on the issue.

For that reason, FalleN took to Twitter on December 12th to say that he wants to hear the tournament organizer's reason for not reviewing the case, despite doing so for other teams in the past.     The Brazilian legend is likely referring to the case of Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun from the last Major that ELEAGUE hosted back in January 2017. In this case, disco doplan qualified for the offline European Minor Championship with Epsilon Esports, but joined Fnatic just before the event in November 2016. Having played through the qualifier stages with Espilon, disco doplan was still permitted to attend the Major with Fnatic, with some stating that the online qualifiers do not count as part of the Minor circuit. In 2016, Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon actually competed in the offline Minor Championship for the MLG Columbus Major as a part of LDLC and was later permitted to attend the Major with Team EnVyUs. So, there are similar cases to those of boltz and steel that have resulted in a player being permitted to play for their new team, and arguably none where the circumstances surrounding the situation were so compelling. With ELEAGUE remaining silent on the situation, the community is beginning to clamor louder than ever for some clarification on the rules.