For the Record: Russian rigging of ESL punished
Hello everyone, in recent days, I have recieved numerous e-mails regarding this issue and its solution. I normally try to stay way from ESL (the same with Clanwars), but this was pretty blatant, so here it goes. Some Russian teams (specifically, Dignitas and DeNova) have a nasty habit of rigging ESL matches by intentionally losing some. The entire point of that is the fact that under some circumstances, such a thing will allow weaker teams to pass to finals (those LAN finals that get sponsored with real money), making the opponents easier for Russian teams. During the matches (linked above), Dignitas apparently intentionally used unviable tank setup (Caernavon, Tiger 2, AT 15, T-34-3, T-44), which allowed it to lose without drawing attention, but people noticed DeNova was somewhat less smart about that and openly used HE shells only in the rigged match: ESL staff agreed with the accusations (in one case) and took action. Apart from banning one Polish team (unrelated), DeNova was found guilty of fixing the match with SPALE team and will recieve a “heavy prize money fine”.