A very unfortunate controller issue tainted a match worth $100,000 to winner, as Team Reciprocity faced Team Envy for a spot in the top three at the 2018 Halo World Championship.
The match, taking place on the main stage at the Seattle based tournament, was to decide who would move on to the losers final, to face the loser of Splyce and TOX (formerly OpTic Gaming).
With a massive $1,000,000 prize pool for the event, every match at this late stage of the tournament means a mammoth difference in winnings, with 4th place netting $50,000 compared to $100,000 for third.
The series was also a grudge match of sorts, with former Envy veterans Eric “Snip3down” Wrona and Austin “Mikwen” McCleary facing off against their old organization.
Team Envy took an early lead, going up 3-1 in the series, but Reciprocity’s veteran lineup fought back, winning the next two maps to force the deciding map 7.
With a difference of $50,000 for the winning team, Reciprocity took a small advantage in the game 7 team slayer, when disaster struck.
Reciprocity player Tyler “Spartan” Ganza was on a spree, and about to collect camo, when his controller mysteriously disconnected.
The moment was a turning point in the match, as Team Envy quickly upped their aggression and switched the lead in their favor. Eventually Envy closed the map out, winning by six kills in the end.
Snip3down tweeted almost immediately after match claiming he believes the map should have been replayed.
Ive never been more pissed in my life, get told in Columbus a controller disconnect like that is a reply, unfucking believable we just lost because of that
— Eric Wrona (@EDWSnip3down) April 15, 2018
- Update – Adam Apicella, head of event organization and league ops at MLG, has stated a controller disconnect does not warrant a replay
Although this would never happen with the Reciprocity guys because they’re all great competitors, replaying of controller disconnects could lead to foul play and opportunistic situations that would be impossible to administrate.
— Adam Apicella (@MrAdamAp) April 15, 2018
Envy player and Halo legend Justin “Pistola” Deese, in his post match interview, said he was aware of the disconnect, but there was little anyone could do in the moment.
“I feel really bad for them, because of the disconnected controller, but I don’t know what to do about that.”
Finally, the analysts on the desk, namely former pro player Weston “Clutch” Price explained that the controller disconnect was a huge moment in the match, and quite possibly cost Reciprocity the map and series win.
“The camo was coming up in five to six seconds, he was making his way towards the camo to potentially get camo snipe for his team. They had a five kill cushion, they could have blown that game straight open from there.
His controller disconnects, [Envy] get the free snipe, complete control of the map.
All that hard work that those kids have been putting in, for it just to be ripped away from you.”