FACEIT: "No changes were made after the rulebook was sent out"

FACEIT has issued a statement to shed some light on the changes to the player eligibility rule for the upcoming Major.

Earlier in the week, HLTV.org revealed that, unlike at previous Majors, players who competed at the Minors but did not manage to qualify remained eligible to compete at the FACEIT Major for the teams invited to the New Legends and the New Challengers stages.

These 16 teams have until August 5 to submit their rosters for the Major. The remaining eight sides, who came through the Minors, already have their rosters locked and cannot make any changes.

FACEIT has addressed criticism from the community

While praised by many, the new player eligibility rule has sparked a heated debate in the scene regarding an alleged miscommunication between FACEIT and the teams competing in the Major circuit. OpTic coach Casper "ruggah" Due was one of the most vocal critics, going as far as to claim that the rule had been changed "within the last week" and that "it had been outlined multiple times that a player would be locked after Minor registration".

In a statement, FACEIT has guaranteed that "no changes were made to the rules during the Minors" and that the final rulebook was sent to every Minor and Major team on June 25. Contacted by HLTV.org, FACEIT stressed that the teams competing in the closed qualifier for the Europe Minor - OpTic being one of them - also had access to the rulebook on this date as the qualifier only ended on July 1.

Below you can find the complete statement from FACEIT regarding the changes to the rules:

"Over the past few days we have seen confusion over whether the rulesets for the Minor tournament and Major tournament had been changed throughout the course of the Minor, specifically the rule concerning player transfer prohibitions between rosters participating in the Minor tournament and rosters participating in the Major tournament. We would like to address this issue.

"For this Major, the rule in previous Minors’ and Majors’ rulebooks prohibiting roster changes and adding players that competed in the Minors was removed. We sent the rule book containing these rules to all teams on 25 June 2018.

"No changes were made to the rules during the Minors, or at any point after the rule books were sent to teams. The rule books that were sent never included a prohibition for teams playing in the Major to pick up players that did not qualify from the Minor.

"The rules that were provided are written prohibitively - stating what teams cannot do, rather than what they can. This language is normal for complex tournament rule sets, and help to assure teams in no uncertain terms what is disallowed. The omission of a rule stating players from the Minor are not allowed to compete at the Major should have been enough to tell teams that they could do so, but in retrospect we acknowledge that further clarity in the communication could have helped avoid confusion. As soon as we realized some teams were confused, we contacted all competing teams to clarify the player transfer ruling.

"Compared to previous Minors and Majors, we have implemented a lot of positive changes based on feedback we collected from players and the community. These changes have been carefully considered and discussed internally as well as with Valve, and have remained consistent since the start of the competition.

"We're sorry for any confusion surrounding the rule book and will continue our endeavour to be as transparent as possible with the community in future."

Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
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Sure...this is indeed a very weird situation!
2018-07-27 15:02
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
sure and I'm the president of the united states I really am, expected
2018-07-27 15:03
Netherlands Deji 
Shakeeh back from ban? I expected that
2018-07-27 15:03
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Always my friendo
2018-07-27 15:03
2018-07-27 15:03
Ye. Paid 1$ .. rip his month salary kappa
2018-07-27 17:31
India TYZ4 
25th June Yeah, that was ages ago. /s
2018-07-27 15:03
no normie sarcasm warning outside of Plebbit please.
2018-07-27 15:25
2018-07-27 15:33
you really are never first, expected
2018-07-27 15:05
2018-07-27 17:32
Oh what up pres Trump! Ur doing great!
2018-07-27 17:01
World Beard43 
Not true, you're too literate
2018-07-27 20:23
Dear Mr. President, pls call off China commodities trade embargo 'cause it affects other markets negatively. Sincerely, MiBR-the-b3s7
2018-07-28 01:08
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
Faceit liars just like Obama
2018-07-27 15:03
2018-07-27 15:04
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
Obama was born in Kenya check the birth certificates
2018-07-27 15:05
0/8 /closed
2018-07-27 15:05
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
I tried brother
2018-07-27 15:06
Fuck obama and trump Optic India best
2018-07-27 16:32
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
Expected from my fellow optic india comrade r_hawk
2018-07-27 16:33
What happened with them actually? Never seen them playin
2018-07-27 17:33
Dont think they had any match so far. Maybe they'll come in some tournament's Asia qualifier someday And they will shit on other teams just like we do on roads
2018-07-27 18:19
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
2018-07-27 21:21
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Russia ty_1337 
2018-07-27 15:02
2018-07-27 15:03
Australia CaZeR01 
2018-07-27 15:03
Poland Marych 
2018-07-27 15:04
United States Trump2020KAG 
2018-07-27 15:04
Name checks out.
2018-07-27 15:08
Denmark Xipingu 
Nt Trump
2018-07-28 09:31
2018-07-27 15:04
Denmark Kab1x 
^low iq hltv users that don't understand anything about the post but comment for attention nonetheless
2018-07-27 15:12
Denmark eoNs! 
brilliant observation, worth a comment idd
2018-07-27 23:24
From my experience, most rulebooks contain a preamble that document major changes from ruleset versions from ruleset version (otherwise only referencing sections where changes have occured). Easiest way to avoid confusion for 'prohibitive' rulebooks.
2018-07-27 15:14
Denmark kazzb 
2018-07-27 15:22
bsl | 
Norway randomcare 
2018-07-27 16:32
World Beard43 
+1 SOPs in workplaces etc too. So if you know the document already all you need to do when it's released (twice a year in the case of majors) is skip to the changes.
2018-07-27 20:29
Yeah, it's a standard practice in almost all written and versioned documents. ... Literally for the very reason that is happening with FaceIT (i.e., you don't need GNU Diffutils to figure out what has changed).
2018-07-27 20:35
World Beard43 
Having said that, they may have actually done this and OG are just that ignorant. Without seeing the document I have no idea.
2018-07-27 20:40
2018-07-27 15:19
It would be very easy to verify if it was in fact made official on June with the release of the rulebook. However, why did they wait until now to make a public announcement? It really makes no sense, but it seems like more of a fuck up than an actual malicious decision
2018-07-27 15:19
Europe lalt 
Eh, the article explains that very well. Some teams, eg. Optic, were just too stupid to understand rules.
2018-07-27 15:47
But why was the official announcement made so late? That's the only part I am curious about
2018-07-27 16:08
United States Prattatat 
Because in reality why does it matter if we know what the rules are? As long as the teams participating were all handed the rule book on the date stated its irrelevant to any public announcements.
2018-07-27 18:27
No, I'm wondering why they announced it at all. It seems like if they thought it was a big enough deal to announce at all, then it would have been announced when it was decided
2018-07-27 19:11
Europe lalt 
Rulebook is official announcement. Or are you expecting them to announce every rule separately?
2018-07-27 18:31
No, I'm wondering why they announced it at all
2018-07-27 19:10
Europe lalt 
How about reading the article?
2018-07-27 19:12
They don't mention why they chose to tweet about it 3 weeks after the rule change was implemented That tweet sent the teams into confusion, and they have been doing damage control ever since
2018-07-27 19:15
Europe lalt 
The article explains that very thing clearly, read again.
2018-07-27 20:25
You're trolling dude I swear on my life they don't explain the reasoning for that tweet FACEIT Major roster lock update 📢 The roster lock date for the FACEIT Major is August 5th! 🔒 Will we see any last-minute roster changes? t.co/7plsJ6OMbG twitter.com/FACEIT/status/10221071794474.. Why do they announce it as an update 2 days ago when it was official in the rules on June 25? Paragraph 4 of their statement refers to what is occurring in the wake of that tweet
2018-07-27 21:25
only dead teams would make a change few months before the major are u dumb faceit
2018-07-27 15:20
I don't see what all the fuss is about. The rules weren't changed after 25/6, and even if they were, so what? Let the players play and let the best team win.
2018-07-27 15:20
Israel Trust_me_bro 
I dont get it why
2018-07-27 15:24
So scream to cloud9?
2018-07-27 15:49
easy for c9 and vp money
2018-07-27 15:55
>article about the removal of rules >say "the rulebook containing these rules" >the whole point is that it DIDN'T contain those rules Witha spokesperson like that I totally understand why teams were confused.
2018-07-27 15:56
Mexico LEWORb 
So, why is Rugga so pissed off? help plz
2018-07-27 16:04
Because his beard is of the same colour as is the hair of this one gingerboi named Thorin.
2018-07-27 16:12
World Beard43 
lmao I'd be upset too
2018-07-27 20:30
Because he's a ginger and have no soul
2018-07-27 23:59
Czech Republic realProkda 
thanks obama
2018-07-27 16:06
Brazil nagerage_69 
2018-07-27 16:16
nah dont buy it
2018-07-27 16:30
World Beard43 
It was sent to them for free friend, nobody had to buy it.
2018-07-27 20:30
2018-07-27 18:36
BIG BRAIN RUGGAH EXPOSING C9-FACEIT BACK CHANNELS!!!! what a moron. optic is paying this dude to coach? lmao
2018-07-27 18:55
South Africa nimmaJ 
With a rule change this big it should have been outlined or announced or as #23 said have had a list of removed rules that would have made it easier to sift through.
2018-07-27 21:24
Faceit are just as full of shit as ESEA. They just dress it up better, and manage to keep on the right side of all the shitters on reddit.
2018-07-28 09:39
faceit is better than esea
2018-07-28 18:10
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