We’d like to take a moment to address recent events surrounding the WCG qualifiers. We understand why you’re upset about how the event has been handled and communicated thus far.
Frustration over this event can be attributed entirely to poor communication of the tournament rules:
As many of you have observed, the rules posted on the official WCG website were inconsistent with the way the WCG was running the qualifiers. The consistent ruleset for online WCG tournaments is a double elimination, best of three format (update for clarity: one set in initial round; multiple sets for the final round - see explanation below in response #1), and the entire event was run in this fashion. The officially posted rules on the WCG’s website incorrectly stated the rules for this event as best of three games. This was the primary reason for the confusion.
Riot works with a variety of eSports organizations, but we do not administer or have oversight of third party tournaments. When players raised this situation to our attention, we consulted with the WCG in an attempt to understand and clarify the situation.
We are still investigating the situation – as you know, this is fairly complex and there are a lot of moving parts, and we want to make sure we have the full story before commenting further. We have requested the WCG clarify the situation and their rules further, and we’ll continue to keep you posted.
We know this hasn’t been a great experience for fans of competitive League of Legends. We’re not happy about it either, and we’re sorry it’s taken us a while to communicate to you on this subject.
Q&A in progress:
Will be reviewing the comments below and answering questions.
Links to the WCG US brackets:
Final Round - http://us.wcg.com/?page=stem_schedule&stageid=4383 - Dignitas advances to Korea
Qualifier #1 - http://us.wcg.com/?page=stem_schedule&stageid=4069 - TSM/CDE advances to Final Round
Qualifier #2 - http://us.wcg.com/?page=stem_schedule&stageid=4144 - unrestricted advances to Final Round; reforms as Crs
Qualifier #3 - http://us.wcg.com/?page=stem_schedule&stageid=4281 - RS/dignitas advances to Final Round
Last Chance Qualifier - http://us.wcg.com/?page=stem_schedule&stageid=4325 - coL advances to Final Round
Notes: In all of the initial qualifiers; the team advancing to the final round came from the upper bracket and defeated the lower bracket team without the need for an additional set. In the final round an additional set was needed b/c CDE defeated Dignitas putting both teams at one loss.
Update #1 to Aduro:
what about Jatt?
So by the precedent that has been set here at the American WCG Qualifiers, means that national qualifiers that have completed, must be redone with the new format being a best of 3 set ?
Cause thats what consistency would dictate.
Also how is it fair that Dignitas came into the set with a 1 win advantage per best of 3 and a 1 set advantage overall, meaning that they had to win 1 game to advance, while CDE had to win 4 games ?
EDIT 2: Also isn't one of your jobs as eSports manager, even though you dont administer or oversee said tournaments, to try to keep the integrity of League of Legends as an eSport, when a rule that is so blatantly broken as Jatt playing in 2 qualifiers and the rules so clearly state that he should have been disqualified and banned yet is not enforced. It does nothing but reflect baddly on LoL and yourself for not taking any action.
It just so happens that the US and Canadian tournament were run by the same organizer and that organizer wanted both of those format to be the same since both tournament were concluded online. There are no national finals that need to be redone.
(B) The WCG will be providing additional clarity on their rule regarding players with dual citizenship. According to the WCG as of this moment, no player in the League of Legends has violated a rule or been disqualified.
(C) Dignitas earned a one set advantage by advancing the the championship match without suffering a match loss. CDE had lost once before in the final bracket. Since the format was double elimination - Dignitas only had to win one set (to give CDE two match losses); CDE had to defeat Dignitas in two sets in order to eliminate them from the tournament.
The format was a double elimination tournament. A team suffers a loss (one elimination) when they lose a 3 game set. A team need to lose twice to be eliminated. The most "confusing" part of a double elimination tournament comes at the end. One team remains undefeated (upper bracket winner), while their final opponent has already suffer a loss and was dropped down to the lower bracket. At this point the lower bracket team needs to win two matches in order to earn the championship.
Dignitas was the upper bracket champion with no losses and CDE emerged from the lower bracket with one loss. CDE evened the series by defeating dignitas 2 games to 0, but then lost the concluding set by a score of 2-1. Dignitas suffered one defeated in the tournament, while CDE was eliminated twice and thus finished 2nd.
For further explanation of the nuances of the double elimination format I've linked to some references:
Update #2 to DunkinDNuts
After the WCG CA admins were told that the Canadian final hadn't been completed, they called a meeting with those players to have the finish the finals. Final results from that tournament are still pending and will be posted by WCG Canada when they are complete.