Nifty and co. would have made it to Malmö through a controversial decision by DreamHack
The DreamHack Masters Malmö American Closed Qualifier almost came to an unexpected end tonight with Envy claiming the final spot due to DreamHack forfeiting eUnited and Sharks over schedule concerns.
Dust2.us knows that DreamHack/ESEA initially decided to give Envy a default win in the grand finals due to the late projected start time of the grand finals.
In particular, eUnited and Sharks played today in the first week of ECS Season 8 which pushed back the start of the lower bracket finals. DreamHack allegedly wanted the qualifier completed tonight and were initially unwilling to allow a reschedule, while Envy were initially also unable/unwilling to reschedule to tomorrow.
The forfeit was recieved extremely negatively by Sharks and eUnited's players while Envy player Noah "Nifty" Francis had called out DreamHack/ECS for their poor scheduling earlier in the night.
Envy is refusing to finish out the DH masters Malmo qualifier so us and sharks are being forfeit congrats to them on qualifying :)— Anthony (@vanitycsgo) September 17, 2019
at least we play the whole qualifier to get last at the lans.....— moose (@mooseloff) September 17, 2019
Both us and @eUnited have been forfeited by DH admins. @Envy couldn't find in their schedule to fit the final and decided to not give both of us a chance to fight them in the server. How could a team even accept to win like that? What a shameful behavior.— Helder Sancho (@coachiCS) September 17, 2019
As of the publishing of this article, the decision has been reversed, and eUnited and Sharks will continue their match. The winner of that series will then face Envy tomorrow.
Following the kerfluffle, Nifty took to Twitter explaining that the initial decision to forfeit the teams had come from tournament admins, but noted that he disagreed with eUnited and Sharks trying to play conflicting events, in addition to some of the players posts on social media.
Be careful how you handle things. We all just want to game! This is nobody’s fault but the landscape of CS and the way things are scheduled. There needs to be a better system. pic.twitter.com/hOdkJxubD1— Nifty (@Envy_Nifty) September 17, 2019