Hey folks. A request has been made for us to investigate the comment in question, and we’ve taken a look back at the logs.
It is our judgement that the comment in question made by DHB Wildcat on the evening of June 16th is not in and of itself a violation of the alliance tournament rules. While we encourage teams that practice against each other to keep their comments about setups as limited as possible to stay away from the line between appropriate banter and inappropriate patterns of collusion and to make our investigations easier, the rule against “shared theorycrafting” is not intended to criminalize all potential comments during practices. We of course don’t have access to all potential methods of communication between players so we can’t make a blanket guarantee that the relationship between two teams is appropriate but nothing in the SISI chat logs from this time period raises significant concern from our perspective.
The fact that we’re trying to both allow teams to practice together and disallow the kinds of tournament-damaging collusion seen in AT XIII means that the line between appropriate and inappropriate interactions is necessarily a bit fuzzy. We encourage players to stay as far away from “the edge” as they can, but at the end of the day we’ll just have to use our best judgement and do our best to protect the competition while avoiding too much inconvenience for competitors and teams.
As long as there are no other issues that would cause him to need to recuse himself, we would be fine with DHB WildCat continuing to participate in the tournament.
As always, if anyone has any specific allegations or concerns to raise regarding potential rule violations please contact the “IGC Alliance Tournament” character and they will be investigated. Thank you.