According to TNC Predator, Valve has notified the organization that they may use a standin for the Chongqing Major without incurring the standard 40% penalty.
Amid all of the drama and outcry regarding TNC and the Chongqing Major Valve has, for the most part, remained silent on the issue — to the public at least. According to the SEA organization, they have received notification from the software development company that the team may play with a standin at the Chongqing Major without being penalized. This appears to be their only guidance and response so far.
According to the post:
We have reached out to Valve and their positions is that our team may still compete at the Major with a stand-in and that no point penalties will be applied. This is the only response we have received from Valve.”
Last month NiP was forced to use a standin – Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov from Team Liquid when Neta ‘33‘ Shapira was unable to attend the event with his team due to political issues between Malaysia and Israel, preventing him from obtaining a visa. At that time Valve also ruled that the European team would not be suffer the 40% point deduction for the situation.
In light of the team not receiving a pentalty TNC has some difficult decisions to make.
1. SLTV, IMBATV’s Western partners for the Major, have been kind enough to open lines of communication with us. We have been trying to reach IMBATV through our friends from the Chinese community since it is our goal to have a sincere dialogue with them about the issue and to understand each other’s point of view.
To date, we have yet to receive feedback directly from IMBATV. Our doors remain open as we sincerely wish to resolve this matter.”
At this point, it seems that TNC has not yet determined what they will do for the event. They had suggested yesterday they may withdraw from the event or try to work out other solutions.
One option is to bench Kuku “Kuku” Palad and use a standin.
Other community members have voiced alternative solutions.
Regardless of what TNC does, in the end, it seems that the Chongqing Major will retain their Major status and continue on as scheduled.
StarLadder and ImbaTV will be hosting the second Major of the DPC 2018-2019 season in Chongqing, China. The Chongqing Major will be held from the 19th to the 27th of January 2019 with sixteen of the world’s best teams competing for the largest slice of the $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points.
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