Hearthstone esports followers observed one thing was off this previous weekend when Linh “Seiko” Nguyen was constantly one thing off-camera throughout his Hearthstone Grandmasters Europe match in opposition to Elias “Bozzzton” Sibelius. The German participant regarded distracted all through many of the match, which finally prompted him to make a game-losing mistake, leaving an vital card weak.
You can see the second Seiko appears to be like as much as his laptop and realizes that he’s made a horrible selection, one which’s value him the sport. As it seems, Seiko was really concurrently taking part in qualifiers for the $1 million Auto Chess Invitational. “Wasn’t the best idea to play the chess qualifiers this weekend,” Seiko tweeted after which deleted on Sept. 14, as captured by Twitter person hs_Pasca. “But I practiced too much for this already…”
Hearthstone casters instantly observed the error and referred to as it out in the course of the broadcast.
“Pay attention to the goddamn game you’re playing when there are hundreds and thousands of other professional players that would love to be in your position right now,” Hearthstone caster Simon Welch mentioned in the course of the broadcast. Welch later apologized on Twitter for being indignant when making the assertion, however that he in any other case stands by it. “I do strongly believe that Seiko’s actions were very insulting to the GM program,” he tweeted.
Seiko’s opponent in the course of the match, Bozzzton, informed Polygon that he observed the error and thought it was “weird,” — “not like Seiko to do an obvious mistake like that.” Bozzzton added that he has “all the respect for Seiko,” and thinks he’s a “great person and player.”
Bozzzton continued: “He put in a number of months of apply for each [Hearthstone] and Auto Chess. That he wished to do each simply exhibits what a competitor he’s. I hope everybody concerned learns from it and strikes on. [It’s] straightforward for Blizzard to only add it as a rule to pay full focus to the sport.”
Seiko tweeted on Sept. 15 to apologize for enjoying in each occasions on the identical time. The German participant claimed that “it didn’t seem like an issue” to play each within the Hearthstone and Auto Chess occasions on the identical time, considering he had an OK from Blizzard to take action. (Hearthstone Grandmaster gamers are usually not prohibited from competing in different video games; the issue is that he was doing each directly.) “I actually thought I had sufficient apply, that I might deal with taking part in each video games with out paying an excessive amount of consideration to [Auto Chess],” he wrote. “Unfortunately, it took an excessive amount of consideration although, which didn’t find yourself effectively in [Hearthstone].”
Hearthstone esports manufacturing supervisor Drew Higbee addressed the state of affairs in a press release posted to TwitLonger on Sept. 14. Higbee mentioned that Seiko’s overlap was resulting from a miscommunication between Seiko and the Hearthstone esports workforce.
“We acknowledge and apologize that our response to Seiko obviously engendered confusion and our communication will be more clear in the future,” Higbee wrote. “Next week Seiko must be present and play his match or be subject to the rules of missing a match.”
Seiko will solely obtain a loss for his subsequent sport if he participates in two tournaments concurrently once more. However, Seiko mentioned he won’t take part additional within the Auto Chess qualifiers to give attention to Hearthstone.
Hearthstone Grandmasters is a premiere Hearthstone league that kicked off this yr. It’s at the moment in its second season, the place 48 gamers from three areas — the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific — take part in two eight-week seasons of their respective areas. Two gamers from every area, the champions of seasons one and two, will qualify for the $500,000 Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals. (Two gamers from China’s Gold Series occasion round out eight gamers that qualify for the Global Finals.)