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For the first time in professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive history, a team has forfeited a map in the grand finals of a major LAN tournament.
The Immortals could not field a full team at the starting time of the final match at DreamHack Montreal, with only Lucas “steel” Lopes and Ricardo “boltz” Prass ready to play. Marc Winther, Director of Dreamhack Masters, took to twitter announcing the forfeit. Later, DreamHack released a full statement regarding the forfeit.
Immortals did not show up in time for the start of the grand final and as a result have forfeited the first map.
— Nix0n (@marcwinther) September 10, 2017
When players Henrique “HEN1” Teles, Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles, Vito “kng” Giuseppe, and coach Rafael “zakk” Fernandes arrived late for the start, they were informed they had forfeited the first map to their finals opponent, North, in a best-of-three. The Immortals ended up losing the next map 16-9 on Cobblestone and with it a Montreal DreamHack Championship and an extra $30,000 in their paychecks.
The head coach of the Immortals came forward taking responsibility for the forfeit.
“I have been sick for days and I took some medicine to help me sleep last night,” zakk stated. “I couldn’t hear the alarm and didn’t get up when it went off. And sometimes if I don’t get the team ready, they don’t get ready. This was my fault.”
When asked if the Immortals had an assistant coach or anybody else that could have stepped in the reply was a simple, “No.”
And the problems were just getting started.
A social media firestorm occurred after the grand finals when kng allegedly threatened violence against fellow CS:GO player Pujan “FNS” Mehta from Counter-Logic Gaming—a team they beat in the semifinals. In a tweet posted and since deleted, kng went after FNS tweeting, “Prove it or I’ll kill you!” This in direct response to the supposed allegations made in tweets by both FNS and his coach Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa that kng and his teammates were “hungover” and had been “spending the night partying” to be on time.
Update from #DHMTL17
After apparently spending the night partying, IMT players showed up late to our match this morning
And again now
— Ryu @ #DHMTL17 (@SelflessRyu) September 10, 2017
Worst part is I lost to a team with 3 players who were hung over
— Pujan Mehta (@FNScsgo) September 10, 2017
Although FNS later came out and apologized saying his tweet was in jest, this has not assuaged the feelings of kng. “I never meant to justify a mistake with another, we did wrong and we apologize, but we never left here,” he said. “And this crap of the fns will have to prove it!”
This situation just exacerbates an already fragile Immortals squad that has been under the spotlight as reports of infighting between the coach and players have surfaced. According to multiple sources, the fighting and threat of players leaving the organization led to Immortals management signing João “Horvy” Horvath as a sixth player in case the scenario presented itself–an insurance policy.
While it may not be the exact situation Immortals management was expecting in signing Horvy, having a 6th man on the roster is going to be needed as kng faces certain suspension or worse for his twitter tirade.