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Archive • Dec 11, 2017

FaZe Clan's GuardiaN on ELEAGUE and Valve Roster Lock Rules: "Devaluing of the major"

FaZe Clan's Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács has spoken out about SK Gaming's Ricardo 'boltz' Prass not being permitted to play for his team at the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston 2018 Major. The superstar AWPer took to Twitter to discuss the issue after his team lost the ESL Pro League Season 6 Grand Finals to boltz and SK Gaming on December 10th.

Valve and ELEAGUE's rules for the next Major, which will take place in Boston, mean that boltz will not be eligible to compete for the Brazilian team at the event. This is due to him playing some of the early qualification stages with Immortals after three of the players that helped the team achieve second place in Krakow left him and Lucas 'steel' Lopes with no legend status. Considering the nature of events and the fact that the Majors are supposed to be the ultimate tournaments in CS:GO, the fact that SK Gaming - the best team on Earth - will be forced to compete with a stand-in has caused uproar in the community.

Team Liquid, who recently added steel to their roster, are in a similar position. Many professional players have come out to bat for the Brazilian team in particular, including GuardiaN.  

  GuardiaN's argument certainly has a lot of merit to it. With SK Gaming finishing off 2017 as clear number ones, any victory at the ELEAGUE Major for another team would have an air of emptiness to it. The FaZe Clan player isn't the only person to have expressed this feeling  - Tomi 'lurppis' Kovanen has been particularly vocal about the issue. The chances of seeing Valve or ELEAGUE reconsider the problem before the major kicks off on January 19th seem slim. This marks the second time in three majors where the Brazilians will be forced to use a stand-in for a CS:GO Major and it will be a permanent asterisk against the event should another team come out and win.