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Allowing NiP to use Natus Vincere players as stand-ins sets bad precedent for ECS

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

Ninjas in Pyjamas announced Wednesday they will using two stand-ins for their ECS matches. The two players are Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev from Natus Vincere. They are two of the most talented players in the world and have been superstars of their respective teams in the past. Flamie was the secondary star of Na’Vi when the team was at its peak last year. S1mple was the superstar player who carried Liquid to a Major semifinal and Major final, the farthest a North American team ever reached.

NiP is a team that just lost the online qualifier to the Minor. Now those two players are standing in for NiP in their ECS matches today. Look at the standings of ECS: G2 is in the final playoff spot, with NiP just behind.

NiP is on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs and just has to surpass G2, the team Nip plays today. In what world is it OK to get two of the most talented players in the scene to show up in a qualifying match? We talk all the time about how terrible cheating is, how terrible match-fixing is, and though this isn’t as bad as either of those, it’s still bad. You can’t go around hiring superstar players as stand-ins. This is ridiculous. Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen wrote about the ridiculousness of this issue back in 2015. S1mple is so freakishly good he almost carried Worst Players to beat prime Virtus.Pro. This is even more complicated by the fact that the CEO of NiP is a member of the ECS Governing Committee.

Regardless of who you believe will win, think about this: If we allow this, then you’ve set a precedent for anyone to do this. What if Marcelo “Coldzera” David decided to stand in for Luminosity because one of their players was sick? What if it was Fernando “fer” Alvarenga? The answer is pretty simple and one Jason “Moses” O’Toole already gave. Don’t let teams uses players under contract with other teams as stand-ins.


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