Upvoted: Why Team PZ dropped out of the AG MSI Tournament via /r/Guildwars2


Why Team PZ dropped out of the AG MSI Tournament

Hello friends,

I am Zoose from Team PZ. Today we were asked to participate in the Academy Gaming Mid Season Invitational. My teammates and I wanted to share our side of what happened today as well as clear the air for our team.

To start, we played the Rank 55 Dragons today (bless them) in our second matchup of Playoff Bracket 1 after defeating Final Form 2-0 in Match 1. We have nothing against Rank 55, they are excellent players and nice people. In game 1, we were up a 3 cap and 100 points as they called for a reset technically within 2 minutes. We continued to play the match until it ended ~370-60 in our favor. Afterwards, we asked for the reason behind calling for the restart and were presented with "someone came into the room" . We also have a VOD of everyone moving and playing a normal match all the way up until the reset was called for.

Afterwards, the admin named Mustafa who was watching our game admitted that "he was not watching sorry", so the dispute whether or not to replay the match had to go to someone else. We then presented this to another admin, Genyen, who funded the tournament in the first place (bless him too). Genyen was not present in our server either as he was administrating another match. He then sent the decision to the overseer of the tournament, Gamewithstorm. You can see how this is already getting confusing and frustrating.

We attempted to figure out who was calling the shots especially for our replayed match that took a lot of time, and the admins kept deflecting responsibilities to each other. In the end, we don't know who made the call to replay our match.

The mystery entity forced us to replay the match, and so after 30+ minutes of waiting and confusion we replayed our match. Our 2nd matchup took 1 hour and 30 minutes. We ended up winning 2-0 (technically 3-0) in the end and proceeded into the Winners Finals, or so we thought.

As the other matches in LOSERS BRACKET and PLAYOFF BRACKET 2 were being played out we were told that the tournament is NOT double elimination, but now suddenly single elimination with seeding. As this was not made clear enough that even the admins of the tournament did not recognize this Proof 1 Proof 2.

Essentially, this meant that all the matches played in WINNERS BRACKET had no advantage for the winners, HOWEVER they continued to play the LOSERS BRACKET. As confusing as this is to explain, it was just as confusing for us as players to play in.

We attempted to explain to Genyen and Storm that the formatting was biased towards losing and gave the winners no advantage effectively wasting the first 2 hours of our time and everyone involved. However, we were unexpectedly met by Storm's comment here. To make it clear, we understood the format, but my team, other teams, and even the admins were baffled at how unfair and incorrect the brackets turned out to be. Proof 3 Proof 4 I will hold off on them here as there were other screenshots and all caps condescending tones that were too many to scroll up to.

Team PZ therefore, decided to drop out of the tournament after winning every match to make a statement as to how unfair, unprofessional, and a waste of time it was.**

Afterwards, on stream, we were greeted with hate from the community for dropping out of our match due to a lack of explanation and continued defamation of our team. We were made out to be the villains even though we were clarifying information, cooperated with unfair rules, and even had members take days off for this tournament.

We want to make it clear that we only want to make this post to clear the air and present our side of the story. The main draw is to recognize that the bracketing and rules were incorrect AND unfair in the first place, so that this doesn't happen in the future. Team PZ is all for having good, clean matches, but we will not play in a tournament we came out to explicitly for the community just to be berated, slandered, and talked down upon by admins and especially a professionally paid Pro League caster.

Thanks for reading.

tl;dr Members took time off to play in tourney, spent 2 hours playing 2 matches, had to replay a won match even though we had proof, admins had no idea of the bracket rules themselves, incorrect bracket setup, winning gave no advantage and losing was rewarded with a 2nd chance, admins deflected responsibility for mistakes, got berated and talked down to by admins, dropped out of the tournament, stream proceeded to slander our team name, made a post to clear the air


edit: Storm and Team PZ cleared up some things, and we're all on good terms now, so it's all behind us, but we live, learn, and meme boys. Thanks for reading

Submitted April 30, 2016 at 04:09PM by zZoose
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Upvoted: Body of Russian soldier who called in an airstrike on himself after being surrounded by IS fighters has been recovered. He was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal. via /r/worldnews


Body of Russian soldier who called in an airstrike on himself after being surrounded by IS fighters has been recovered. He was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal.
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Upvoted: Digital privacy advocates should be terrified of a Clinton presidency. On Dec. 19, 2015, Hillary Clinton said she wanted a “Manhattan-like project” to break encryption. via /r/technology


Digital privacy advocates should be terrified of a Clinton presidency. On Dec. 19, 2015, Hillary Clinton said she wanted a “Manhattan-like project” to break encryption.

During the 19/12/2015 Democratic debate, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked about the issue of electronic surveillance and encryption.

"You've talked a lot about bringing tech leaders and government officials together, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said removing encryption tools from our products altogether would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data," Raddatz said. "So would you force him to give law enforcement a key to encrypted technology by making it law?"

Clinton said she "would not want to go to that point" of forcing companies like Apple to give encryption keys to law enforcement.

"I would hope that, given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement, that there could be a Manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they're not adversaries, they've got to be partners," Clinton continued. "It doesn't do anybody any good if terrorists can move toward encrypted communication that no law enforcement agency can break into before or after. There must be some way. I don't know enough about the technology, Martha, to be able to say what it is, but I have a lot of confidence in our tech experts."

Clinton added some caveats. "Maybe the back door is the wrong door, and I understand what Apple and others are saying about that," she said. The US also has to "balance liberty and security, privacy and safety." But ultimately, Clinton said she wants tech companies to cooperate with the government. "Otherwise, law enforcement is blind—blind before, blind during, and, unfortunately, in many instances, blind after," she said.

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