Admin comments on Na´Vi dropout
Following Natus Vincere's decision to pull out of Copenhagen Games, we caught up with head admin Louise Vestergaard for a reaction to the news.
The Ukrainian giants stunned fans and critics alike on Friday evening when they abandon the CS:GO tournament before the playoffs over the admins' decision to keep them as the third-placed side of Group B.
Na´Vi stated that, following a three-way tie with fnatic and Epsilon, the group standings should be determined by the round difference of the tied teams, and not the map difference.
After much deliberation, it was decided that the map difference would be the criterion to use, like it is stated in the rules, which left Na´Vi fuming as they were thrown into the Lower Bracket.
In a statement issued by Alexander "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovsky, the Na´Vi CEO described the admins' treatment of his team "disrespectful" and revealed that he plans on creating an association along with other professional organisations to "change the face of modern e-Sports".
Contacted by HLTV.org, Cph Games head admin Louise Vestergaard stated that the admins were very lenient towards Na´Vi and that they simply followed the rules.
"This morning, Na´Vi showed up at 9 and asked our receptionists when the matches started," she told HLTV.org. "They were told it was at 10, and at 10:14 they showed up at the venue to collect their rented PCs and set up to play.
"We told them they had 15 minutes, which meant we would wait for them for 30 minutes to set up and get ready, or they would lose the first map.
"Since they did not get ready, they got the message that they had lost the first map against BX3 and that the second map would start at 11. So in the end, we waited one hour for them to be ready.
"As stated in the rules, tiebreakers are solved as follows, using Na´Vi's group as an example:
- Tiebreaker 1: W-L-T in head to head (2 points for Na´Vi, Fnatic and Epsilon, which means they are equal);
- Tiebreaker 2: Point differential in head to head (They all have the same differential, being 0);
- Tiebreaker3: Point differential in all series (Na´Vi were the only team to lose a map against BX3, which is why they placed third in the group).
"This is why we had to bring in the results against BX3. Since both fnatic and Epsilon had won 2-0 against them, and Na´Vi had lost a map against them due to being late, the Ukrainians ended up placing third in the group.
"We explained this to the two involved teams, Fnatic and Na´Vi, and both teams were very professional and agreed with us. Sadly, after this we got contacted by Na´Vi's manager, who told us he had been in contact with their organization and that they were not satisfied with our decision. They chose to leave the tournament. I am sorry to see Na´Vi go, and I am sure they could have done a great job in the lower bracket."