Hey everyone, Yesterday we reset the Ladder account of the #1 player on the Kane's Wrath Ladder because he had a second account in the top 100.
Even though this account was #95, this is still treading on smurfing and ultimately is breaking the rule. Like we said, we are focusing on the top 100 ranks primarily and keeping a close eye in general on the top 1000. If you are in the top 100, I would strongly suggest you not play on a second account and push that account in to the top 100 as well. We had to take action on the #1 player to set an example that sportsmanship in this tournament is of the utmost importance. That said, it has come to my attention that the #1 player's second account was being played by his brother. While we have no way of tracking this, the perception to anyone else is this is still smurfing.
Anyone can say their brother or sister or friend is playing the other name on their serial key, but because there is no way possible for us to know if that is true or false, the same rule applies. So, while on one hand I would like to apologize to the #1 player for being victim to this, on the other, its an unfortunate consequence where we have to stick to the rule or else it won't be taken seriously.
We have thousands of players on the ladder, if you have a second or third account way down the ranks that you practice with once in a while, we are lenient about that. But when multiple accounts start impacting the top 1000, and more importantly the top 100, that is where we will take action. In general I would strongly suggest you:
-play with one and only one account on the ladder
-do not create multiple accounts for others to play under your Master Account
We are going to continue this season with this rule intact. If we find by the end of the season that it is not working, we will look to other solutions. But as far as I can tell, this rule is creating better sportsmanship and people are sticking to one account.
Situations like above will happen, but the rule takes precedence.
Thank you for understanding, this is really our effort to create a more level playing field and competitive atmosphere for EVERYONE on the ladder.
This rule creates opportunity, it doesn't diminish it.
p.s. - I hope to see our former #1 player work his way back up. He was absolutely legitimate and a very good player, and I don't think he will make the same unfortunate mistake again. Cut him some slack, the first one is always the hardest =)