SK vs aAa Update

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RedBeard

VP of eSports

04-26-2013
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LCS Fans,

We wanted to give you an update on the situation with the SK Gaming vs. aAa match that was delayed earlier today. Unfortunately, we’ve made an official ruling to disqualify aAa from the EU LCS playoffs. This is obviously an extremely disappointing situation as we’re missing out on a great match-up between two fantastic teams fighting for their LCS lives. This difficult decision was made because aAa was unable to field a roster of eligible players, and was necessary in order to maintain the structural integrity of our league.

Earlier this week, a starting aAa team member sadly had to return home for a family emergency and would not be able to make it back to play in today’s match (we want to respect the individual and team’s privacy and can’t share more information). None of their three eligible substitutes were able to act as such in time for these matches despite the best efforts of aAa to scramble for an alternative. The LCS did everything in its power to adjust playoff scheduling to accommodate the team’s needs, including a possible makeup match on Saturday morning, but the team was still unable to fulfill the roster requirements stated in the league rules.

An alternative option was raised to allow for aAa to use a substitute not eligible on their roster, but this would’ve violated the official rules and put SK in the unfair position of playing against a team composition they were never allowed to practice for. We had extensive conversations with aAa and SK to try and find a solution (to SK’s credit, they did their best to accommodate – those guys are studs!). However, in the end the league felt it was unfair to SK and other teams to deviate from a substitution policy that could potentially correlate to an unfair disadvantage for an opponent. Setting this precedent would lead to a very slippery slope.

Our sincere apologies to all of our fans for the inconvenience this created. Despite the elimination of this match, we are extremely excited for the remainder of playoff action occurring in Europe and NA.

RedBeard


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Frostnight

Senior Member

04-26-2013

That sucks.

Hopefully their family member will get better. Having a family emergency can be tough.


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questir

Senior Member

04-26-2013

second inb4 downvotes


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GrandeGlande

Senior Member

04-26-2013

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first inb4 downvotes
Fail XD
Sk are studs XD

You Only Love Ocelote XD


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Runix

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Good to know, and thanks for the update.

I suppose the moral of the story here is that players who sign up as substitutes really need to do everything possible to be available. For some of the substitutes, this may have been their first opportunity to participate in a top tier professional game, and unfortunately, since they weren't ready to go, it may be their last.


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Resolute Riven

Senior Member

04-26-2013

That stinks. :P


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Quadrakill Amumu

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Sub fail: When you have three subs and none of them is ready to sub.


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AlwaysTwoAces

Senior Member

04-26-2013

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Good to know, and thanks for the update.

I suppose the moral of the story here is that players who sign up as substitutes really need to do everything possible to be available. For some of the substitutes, this may have been their first opportunity to participate in a top tier professional game, and unfortunately, since they weren't ready to go, it may be their last.
Completely true. Honestly if that isn't what a substitute/benchplayer's responsibility, then i don't know what is. Looks like the roster may be changing a bit more.


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Shaco ftwin

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Prayers to the family, and I'm consistently impressed at how Riot handles unique (and sometimes unfortunate) situations with class and communication.


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04-26-2013

Hope that player's family emergency turns out for the better.


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