Competitive Ruling – Vanquish Gaming (UPDATED)
Update (March 30)
As explained in the previous update, former Pro League team ‘Vanquish Gaming’ (now playing as ‘Pain’) will be not be considered eligible for the Pro League Qualifier. Individual members of this roster, however, may join other teams and compete in the Saturday, April 4th tournament without penalty.
As Gears 5 roster restrictions require 3/5 players remain intact for a pre-set amount of time depending on the type of competition (i.e. Ladder, Weekly Online Tournaments, Pro League), individual players will be treated as such and allowed to compete on a different roster without rendering their new team ineligible of the Qualifier.
Update (March 28)
Vanquish Gaming have made the decision to forfeit their spot in the Spring Quarter Pro League to make a roster change.
Per section 7.3.8 of the Gears Esports Handbook, a qualification tournament between the top 8 teams based on Challenger Points will be administered to fill the final spot in the Pro League.
This qualification tournament will take place Saturday, April 4th and begin at 11 AM PT. The roster lock for this tournament will be Wednesday, April 1st at 11:59 PM PT.
Results from this week’s Online Tournament (March 29th) and Ladder willbe included in the Challenger Point totals used to qualify teams. Teams must meet the age requirements to compete in the Gears Pro League to be eligible to play in this tournament.
Vanquish Gaming are immediately eligible to compete in Challenger Ladders and Tournaments, however they will not be considered eligible for the for the Pro League Qualifier on Saturday, April 4th.
Original Ruling (March 27)
Following investigation, Vanquish Gaming will be allowed to add Sneaky as a coach for their roster and use him as a substitute if necessary per Gears Esports Handbook section 7.3.6.
Vanquish Gaming will be allowed to add Sneaky as their coach, per section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook (https://www.gears.gg/en-us/handbook/#7.3.6).
Vanquish Gaming will be expected to play with their official roster of Xclusive, Hesi, Aversuh, Lava, and Speedy for all Pro League competitions, however they will be allowed to substitute in their coach in the event a player is unable to play, as explained in section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook.
Section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook (https://www.gears.gg/en-us/handbook/#7.3.6) will be reviewed and amended for the Summer Quarter to clarify its purpose and safeguard against exploitation.
On Tuesday, March 24th the team manager for Vanquish Gaming reached out requesting to swap a player who was allegedly unable to continue playing in order to deal with personal issues. This request was denied, as Pro League teams are unable to make any changes following the Pro League roster lock.
As Vanquish Gaming had not yet assigned a coach, they requested to add Sneaky to their roster as their coach. This request was accepted, as explained in section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook.
After adding Sneaky to the Vanquish Gaming roster as a coach, the player which the team manager requested to replace reached out and informed PGL that he was able to play, and implied that the team manager was attempting to exploit the Substitution rule in order to maroon him on the roster.
As section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook states: “Pro League Teams may substitute in their coach in the event a Player from their Roster is unable to play on a given week”, this was considered an illegal exploitation of the rule, since the player in question confirmed that he was in fact able to play. As the evidence suggested the team manager was trying to illegally substitute the player by exploiting the Substitution rule, Sneaky was removed as the coach of Vanquish Gaming and their coaching privilege was revoked for the duration of the Spring Quarter. PGL admins also explained to Vanquish Gaming that since all players have confirmed they would be expected to play together or forfeit their Pro League spot.
On the evening of Thursday, March 26th a Vanquish Gaming team member reached out to PGL with evidence that demonstrated the team was willing to play with the player in question, but that the player intended to purposefully not play in order to have the team disqualified from the Pro League.
After reviewing this evidence and the rest of the information pertaining to this matter we decided to reinstate Sneaky as the coach for Vanquish Gaming and allow them to use him as a substitute per section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook in the event they’re unable to play with their standard roster. PGL also explained that they will be expected to play with their official roster in the event all players are able to attend their match, and they cannot prevent a player on their roster from competing. Finally, they were reminded that all members will be expected to compete to the best of their ability per section 2.4 of the Gears Esports Handbook.
As the Substitution rules were intended to allow teams to compete with a full team in the event a player is unable to play due to circumstances beyond their control, section 7.3.6 of the Gears Esports Handbook will be reviewed and amended for the Summer Quarter to clarify its purpose and safeguard against potential exploitation.