RpK unable to play; maLeK to step in at the Major Qualifier
Due to illness, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy will not be able to play for EnVyUs at the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Main Qualifier today, and will be replaced by the team's coach Damien "maLeK" Marcel
During Envy' match on the third day of the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Main Qualifier against Flash, the French veteran player Cédric "RpK" Guipouy looked unwell, with his poor health status later on confirmed by Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom in our interview who stated that RpK "can't even walk".
Today it has been announced that, due to medical issues, RpK isn't fit to play, and will be replaced in the active roster by the team's coach Damien "maLeK" Marcel. The 31-year-old has never played a full professional CS:GO match, with his only record coming from standing in for a couple of rounds in an online game against FaZe.
Envy are currently 1-2 in the Swiss stage, one defeat away from elimination. They are scheduled to play for their tournament life at 22:15 .
According to the rulebook for the ELEAGUE Major 2018, even if RpK recovers from his medical issues and Envy advance to the next stage of the competition, he would not be able to return to the active roster, as any change is considered a "one-time permanent adjustment":
"Following the start of their first match in a tournament (starting with the Minor Championships or any round after), no roster lineup changes will be permitted for a team, except that a team may make a one-time permanent adjustment to their roster of switching the role of the person initially identified as a coach and one player. For the remainder of the tournament, the coach will be considered a player, and vice versa."
This means that, for the rest of the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Main Qualifier, Envy are considered to have the following roster:
Cédric "RpK" Guipouy (coach/substitute)
Unfortunately due to illness issues, our lovely Tank @nV_RpK_ won't be able to play today. Give him some love ! @nV_maLeK will stand in @TeamEnVyUs @ELEAGUETV— Jordan Savelli (@nV_NextCS) January 15, 2018
Malheureusement, notre Tank adoré @nV_RpK_ ne pourra pas jouer les prochains matchs, suite à un problème de santé. #EoD