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".

The 28-year-old was visibly struggling during EnVyUs' match yesterday

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:

France Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer
France Christophe "⁠SIXER⁠" Xia
France Alexandre "⁠xms⁠" Forté
Belgium Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom
France Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel

France Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy (coach/substitute)

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.16
DPR:
0.51
APR:
0.08
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
France Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
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Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
r0bs3n best player in planetkey leider sehr sehr fett
2018-01-15 16:08
#22
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Sri Lanka kvezee
Go edit fast
2018-01-15 16:07
best time for scream to go back to carry
2018-01-15 16:09
rip nv's chances of winning xddd
2018-01-15 16:15
Was thinking the same...if it wasn’t already lol
2018-01-15 16:53
What chances... They lost to Renegades 16-6
2018-01-15 16:55
because rpk was ill
2018-01-15 17:52
well, they should definetly win atgainst qbf and tomorrow, they might get a match atgainst ss or vega, so they have a pretty decent chance
2018-01-15 18:13
#237
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United States mers_cs
vega in major and ss will wreck them 3rd worlder
2018-01-15 20:20
you mean matchfixer robs3n?
2018-01-15 16:09
#83
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Sri Lanka kvezee
There are 2 France players having nick malek
2018-01-15 16:10
n1 relevant comment
2018-01-15 16:12
Bruder was hahahaha
2018-01-15 16:12
Lovely tank <3
2018-01-15 16:18
Hahahahhahaha
2018-01-15 16:19
Na dann gz
2018-01-15 16:21
wat
2018-01-15 16:26
ahahahaha
2018-01-15 16:29
xDDD
2018-01-15 18:27
RIP nV
2018-01-15 16:07
-RpK soon
2018-01-15 16:09
#4
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Brazil rodrigo0079
Easy
2018-01-15 16:06
Noooo
2018-01-15 16:06
#6
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Czech Republic thek!ng
Oh rip my bet
2018-01-15 16:06
#20
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Russia Sur10n
same here
2018-01-15 16:07
#7
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Sri Lanka kvezee
GG NVY, SEE YA ON NEXT MAJOR
2018-01-15 16:07
Rip envy
2018-01-15 16:07
Sad
2018-01-15 16:07
Rip nV
2018-01-15 16:07
rip
2018-01-15 16:07
sad
2018-01-15 16:07
Unluko
2018-01-15 16:07
#14
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Singapore acels
RIP ENVY
2018-01-15 16:07
GG
2018-01-15 16:07
Rip nv
2018-01-15 16:07
LMAO as if envyus wasnt doomed already
2018-01-15 16:07
#57
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Sweden Dino1
You don't think they'll beat QT Fire and then Sprout? lul
2018-01-15 16:08
with RPK the tank yeah without? nah
2018-01-15 16:10
exactly the point so why say "as if nv wasnt doomed already"
2018-01-15 16:11
because they already had trouble with their matches even with rpk, this doesnt exactly make it easier to qualify
2018-01-15 16:16
#171
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Romania Tise
because even if they were to qualify, RPK won't b e able to play. He can only be a coach
2018-01-15 16:47
Sprout will be eliminated today fam
2018-01-15 16:10
#92
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Sweden Dino1
Ahh yeah, i was thinking wrong
2018-01-15 16:10
they wouldnt. Have you even watched them playing yesterday...
2018-01-15 16:12
#102
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Sweden Dino1
Have you seen the other teams lul Sprout is gold novas +spidii
2018-01-15 16:13
envy has aim and sprout not, but the decision taking gamesense... seemed to be gone completly yesterday for envy
2018-01-15 16:20
#128
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Sweden Dino1
The point is not that EnVy is good, they're completely shit. Point is that the teams the need to win against are even more shit
2018-01-15 16:25
next question: why should they play sprout?! it will be randomly drawn and even if they get 2-3 they will have to play 2 games more
2018-01-15 16:29
#139
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Sweden Dino1
Lmao are you butthurt or something? It was an example of the teams left. Neither one is good. JESUS
2018-01-15 16:31
they will play against maybe Renegades navi or space soldiers, envy would loose against all of them
2018-01-15 16:35
#147
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Sweden Dino1
Na'vi - Envy is 50/50 Other teams they should past with ease. (with RpK)
2018-01-15 16:36
they would get deleted by navi, other teams 60-40
2018-01-15 16:38
#153
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Sweden Dino1
LMAO you're delusional asf Did you ever watch pro cs before?
2018-01-15 16:38
haha doing so for at least 3 years. envy won against flash 16-13 with poor asf performance and lost 16-6 against Renegades
2018-01-15 16:42
#167
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Sweden Dino1
So.. you're following chainlogic.. nvm
2018-01-15 16:44
and you say envy would pass Renegades wirh ease when they already lost 16-6
2018-01-15 16:50
#177
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Sweden Dino1
No? I said they will past the teams with ease they still can go against. Since they they already played Renegades they can't meet them again.
2018-01-15 16:51
better chainlogic than no logic
2018-01-15 16:51
#184
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Sweden Dino1
So you admit ur using chainlogic k bye
2018-01-15 16:52
k hi. Have you watched them play against flash XD. envy is not even near a 50-50 against navi bro
2018-01-15 16:54
#193
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Sweden Dino1
LMAO you actually think Na'Vi is good. They got 16-2'd and raped by Chris
2018-01-15 16:55
lmao you think envy is good...
2018-01-15 16:56
#206
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Sweden Dino1
"The point is not that EnVy is good, they're completely shit. Point is that the teams the need to win against are even more shit" You can't read or what?
2018-01-15 17:10
nV- HappyV, ScreaM, low budget kennyS, low budget NBK, low budget zews
2018-01-16 08:42
#19
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India Cutlass
Damn. Heavy breathing.
2018-01-15 16:07
still ez for envyus
2018-01-15 16:07
Wow
2018-01-15 16:07
rip nV
2018-01-15 16:07
Rip envy
2018-01-15 16:07
#30
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Poland rzabaldz
GG
2018-01-15 16:07
happy needs to go ham, get well son rpking
2018-01-15 16:07
WHAT
2018-01-15 16:07
#34
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Brazil GodMac
Holy $H1T!!!!! RIP Pick'n Challenge!
2018-01-15 16:07
Rip nv
2018-01-15 16:07
RIP Tank
2018-01-15 16:07
wow
2018-01-15 16:07
#39
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Europe Skraj
My goad, rip
2018-01-15 16:07
RIP Pickems
2018-01-15 16:07
GG bye envy
2018-01-15 16:07
XD
2018-01-15 16:08
#44
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Turkey lulpump1
Ripenvy
2018-01-15 16:08
Get well soon Le Tank!
2018-01-15 16:08
Rip Le tank :((((
2018-01-15 16:08
Unluko
2018-01-15 16:08
#52
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United States (Fr0st)
Ez for QB fire. Get well rest up Tank.
2018-01-15 16:08
unlucky
2018-01-15 16:08
omg. NA health care PogChamp
2018-01-15 16:08
"tank" hhahaha pussy
2018-01-15 16:08
why did he even play that last game, he looked terribly sick :( now theyll lose for sure, all in opponent team!!
2018-01-15 16:08
riperino
2018-01-15 16:08
#61
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Poland kvvach
hope he back stronger
2018-01-15 16:08
RPK has breathing issues due to some throat issues. Hope he recovers asap and starts rolling.
2018-01-15 16:08
Not throat rofl where did u even get this info from
2018-01-16 11:03
#64
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Chile pr4ctic
oh, that's a hard hit to take for nV. Although they haven't done well :/
2018-01-15 16:08
sixer will bless envy with missed shots to win the game
2018-01-15 16:09
LE TANK :(
2018-01-15 16:09
wow , scream and four bots...
2018-01-15 16:09
#71
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France KryzzZie
Oh lord, I thought it was Malek CSGO, Jesus Christ youtube.com/channel/UCqx9lLvy_arARvcbwLt..
2018-01-15 16:09
#72
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Poland skibv
what's gonna happen if best player from nV can't play?
2018-01-15 16:09
#73
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Spain GonGon
Ntnt
2018-01-15 16:09
#74
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France remyos
God bless you, Rpk
2018-01-15 16:09
lol he is not ill he just wants to chill and watch some pornhub i know these days
2018-01-15 16:09
#76
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Japan LiLeX
i fucking called it that the coach would fill in
2018-01-15 16:09
#77
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Estonia Rebae
Damn
2018-01-15 16:09
Why is it not a thing yet that teams field 5 players + 1 substitute that is ready at any time? I'm sure there are players who would do that. Even if the player is way worse than a pro, if he knows the strats etc. and can fill in perfectly it definitely would work better than a coach or whatever..way too many times teams have to use a weird standin..
2018-01-15 16:09
because there's not enough money in the scene to pay players to only sit on the bench. and any decent player wants to play on a starting roster, not backup. i fully agree with your sentiment. ideally you'd have 1 substitute for every position and field a 10 man roster at every event, but orgs can't justify the costs at the moment. so we end up with emergency-fall-back-players instead of real substitutes.
2018-01-15 17:11
Even if this would be an issue, it's still not allowed. See the major rules. Even if rpk recovers quickly he wont be allowed to play again because only 1 change can be made. And teams can only lock in their 6 man roster, consisting of 5 players and a coach. Nothing more.
2018-01-15 17:37
yes, of course it's not allowed under the current rules. i'm implying the rules would have to be changed IF the money was there. so, the rules won't be changed because the teams can't afford 10 players anyways, and the teams have no incentive to expand because the rules don't alow it - it's kind of a the-chicken-and-the-egg thing :D
2018-01-16 14:28
random double post O_o
2018-01-16 14:29
#80
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Latvia Tibro
lmao
2018-01-15 16:09
#81
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Other kFelidae
no major for nV :(
2018-01-15 16:10
Get well soon Tank
2018-01-15 16:10
#86
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Malaysia byaIi
gg
2018-01-15 16:10
RIP Scream and RPK
2018-01-15 16:10
#88
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Netherlands KaneTB
:( so sad
2018-01-15 16:10
#89
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World smash143
Get well soon RPK.
2018-01-15 16:10
OMG Surely QBF gonna win it now. Feel sad for RPK :(
2018-01-15 16:10
envy's best player can't player feels sad for him, i hope everything will be good with his health
2018-01-15 16:10
damn they need their tank
2018-01-15 16:10
#94
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Netherlands JeMoeder
well RiP envy another major without Scream FeelsBadMan
2018-01-15 16:10
#104
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Kazakhstan tomik0
>major without Scream Such a pleasuare
2018-01-15 16:13
Joke Major lul
2018-01-15 16:12
RIP EnVy Lol damn sucks
2018-01-15 16:12
RIP best entry fragger GL
2018-01-15 16:12
sad, hopefully envy can still play well today
2018-01-15 16:13
get good
2018-01-15 16:14
NOOOOOOOO LE TANK :(
2018-01-15 16:15
#113
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
rip tank :(
2018-01-15 16:19
#115
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Ukraine FailCur
RIP Tank
2018-01-15 16:19
#116
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Brazil XEMBAO
throw is coming
2018-01-15 16:19
rip tank rip major for envy
2018-01-15 16:20
#119
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Sweden Minik0jan
Still going to win
2018-01-15 16:20
get well soon
2018-01-15 16:21
if couch plays that means he can assit the players all the time?
2018-01-15 16:22
no, rpk is coach now
2018-01-15 16:24
Thats not what he meant, now that the coach is playing he can direct them whenever he wants not only on pauses but of course they lost a lot firepower, idk how good maLek plays
2018-01-15 16:31
oh, right. yea of course. would love to see malek igl'ing and happy just focuses on the game itself
2018-01-15 16:42
yea same
2018-01-15 16:53
#123
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Russia Drain3r
QBfire will still lose though
2018-01-15 16:24
Battle of the Coaches
2018-01-15 16:24
:( sad
2018-01-15 16:25
rip envyus...QBF is playable opponent, but envy without best player and with coach...QBF 2-2 today
2018-01-15 16:25
#131
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Sweden godname
NOO, RIP
2018-01-15 16:26
better for him,wasted energy in this trashteam get well soon
2018-01-15 16:26
get well soon, LE TANK
2018-01-15 16:27
#134
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Sweden Div-\
This is heartbreaking :(
2018-01-15 16:28
coach LE TANK get better rpk!
2018-01-15 16:29
feelsgetbetterman
2018-01-15 16:30
Sad for RPK how he gets well soon. I'm calling it now Sixer is going to play out of his mind tonight :)
2018-01-15 16:32
#142
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Ukraine FailCur
omg. NA health care PogChamp
2018-01-15 16:32
#143
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Russia Nikosimus
Get better RpK, rip my sticker:(
2018-01-15 16:32
rpk to ldlc. you heard it here first
2018-01-15 16:34
I aren't think wun tep machinery into major =(
2018-01-15 16:36
pls no more tournamnets in NA
2018-01-15 16:38
I hate it here to but this literally has nothing to do with where the tournament takes place
2018-01-15 17:37
Anyone knows whats exactly going on with him?
2018-01-15 16:39
#159
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Vietnam Oida
by the looks of it he has some sort of nasty infectionorino, just speculating though
2018-01-15 16:41
cya nV pls G2.RpK plsss
2018-01-15 16:41
#157
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Vietnam Oida
NA illiminati put stewis booger in RPKs food to make more NA teams qualify.. what a shame
2018-01-15 16:41
idk is malek good player. what is his rank silver or global?
2018-01-15 16:41
#161
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Poland Hamadoshi
RpK get well soon!
2018-01-15 16:42
get better soon, lovely tank <3
2018-01-15 16:44
Hope get well soon
2018-01-15 16:45
#172
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Israel xpicyyy
I hope u get well Rpk numba 1 french player!!
2018-01-15 16:47
get well soon tank <3
2018-01-15 16:49
Feels bad,get well tank
2018-01-15 16:51
These rules suck ... I don't see any reason why rpk couldn't return to the team for the main event (if they miracleously should be able to qualify & he recovers) Seriously, who makes up these kind of rules?
2018-01-15 16:52
RIP envy wish you the best, tank!!!
2018-01-15 16:54
#194
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Brazil ftf123
[*] lets pay respect to envy
2018-01-15 16:55
#200
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Brazil stmm
Shit rules of major, the guy is sick and can't come back to team (if they pass). Joke, last ELEAGUE major PLEASE VOLVO.
2018-01-15 17:03
RipK shit rules agree even tho envy was terrible Get well rpk!
2018-01-15 17:08
We all wanted to see him puke all over ScreaM's hair :'((( rip the dream I hope he gets well soon
2018-01-15 17:09
#208
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France p2l
This rule is so stupid, if you have medical reasons to miss the match you should be able to come back. Anyway it will be almost impossible to qualify now, maLeK is a former CS:S pro but he has stop to play a long time ago and was really bad when he tried to come back on CS:GO.
2018-01-15 17:13
if scream and sixer step their game up, they should destroy qbf and if they get a lucky draw or rpk feels better they still can make it through
2018-01-15 17:16
sixer step up choose one
2018-01-15 17:18
#216
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United Kingdom Mumbles!
Even if RPK feels better he can't come Back and play. His major as a player is now over even if nV make it all the way to the finals it now has to be with Malek.
2018-01-15 17:25
Sick in America lol. Go to a walk in clinic they'll send him a bill for $1000.
2018-01-15 17:15
malek still > sixer lol
2018-01-15 17:17
#213
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Portugal ZePagode
Win for the Tank NV hope to see them at Boston
2018-01-15 17:23
cant hide from major
2018-01-15 17:24
oh boy
2018-01-15 17:24
#217
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Slovenia glace_cs
it's nuts RpK is in such a condition he needed to be hospitalized yet still played better than half of his team on LAN.
2018-01-15 17:27
Get well soon LE TANK
2018-01-15 17:30
He can barely walk yet is the best player on the team. I really want G2 to give him a chance. But now he also on the list of sick players including seangares and niko Also I'm getting pretty sick of these dumb roster rules
2018-01-15 17:39
So even if nv still qualified and rpk recovered in time, he still wouldnt be allowed to play. Who invented those stupid rules and why? (Dont say eleague/valve, I want to know about the person who comes up with that bullshit) I really dont get this, because I cant think of any sports right now where this stuff would be an issue.
2018-01-15 17:47
These rules are completely bogus. This major is becoming very frustrating to watch. First tyloo (best chinese) and 100t (even though I don't like them) can't compete due to visa. Then sk and liquid have to play with stand ins (most players voiced their annoyance about it) and if a player gets sick it cant go back to the team??? Even if the guy is only sick for one game? I'm not even talking about nV specifically. So many bogus rules
2018-01-15 17:49
#235
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United States onesix
I agree. There should be exceptions if a player is deemed sick and cannot compete.
2018-01-15 19:53
#229
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Finland Costeri
Hope he gets repaired soon. I think its unfair that if they qualify, RPK cant play in the next major either, right?
2018-01-15 18:47
laughable rules as expected from volvo. can't use even people from minor qualifier open stage in major xD, can't have people to stand in other than ur coach and if u get sick and can't play it is gg for ur event, lmaoooo...
2018-01-15 18:51
All this shit happens in major and its still the qualifier stage like come on now, stop giving NA any majors. Also very bad country to get sick in, I hope nV is ready to shell out 3x or even sometimes 4x more on average the price to get the tank fixed up for what it costs in another country.
2018-01-15 19:06
They had no chance even with Rpk. But still, I hope he'll get better (and finds another team soon lol)
2018-01-15 19:07
the flu season is strong in NA right now
2018-01-15 19:17
get well tank :(
2018-01-15 20:05
These rules are absolutely ridiculous, he played 3 matches with his team before he couldn't even play anymore, it's not like he had a fucking choice. What's the point in a major anymore? Half of the other tournaments give an equal payout, and the roster rules aren't nearly as ridiculously constricting. Holy shit.
2018-01-15 22:32
the only real difference is that is a valve official tournament and you can watch it at gotv. other than that third party tournaments are superior in rules and equal in prize pool
2018-01-15 23:12
Exactly, which is the fucking problem. You restrict player conditions without incentive. What's the point? There needs to be realistic expectations for the players, when you only host 2 tournaments a year. Honestly Valve is terrible about getting feedback from the community and pro players, which is evidenced by situations like that. Unfortunately EnVy didn't go through, but at the same time, what would it have really mattered in the long run?
2018-01-16 00:10
#239
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Canada gritabit
Fucking shitshow
2018-01-15 23:01
So unlucky :( get better soon RPK
2018-01-15 23:02
Good luck maLeK, save us Tough luck Rpk, get well soon Tank
2018-01-15 23:53
gg ELeague
2018-01-16 00:09
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