On July 18, Lazarus AWPer Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker criticized StarLadder, the Berlin Major host, as it changed the rules regarding emergency transfers and the eligibility of coaches after the company removed Lazarus from the Americas Minor due to the team being unable to field a full roster.
“You love to see Starladder adjust the rules for specific teams, but only after disqualifying us from the minor and saying rules are rules,” he commented.
For context, Lazarus originally qualified for the StarLadder Americas Minor after beating Luminosity 2-1 in the closed qualifier. The team played with Pujan “FNS” Mehta and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo because Braxton “swag” Pierce is unable to play at Valve sponsored events due to his lifetime ban and yay could not play because he had already qualified with Bad News Bears in the open qualifier.
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Yay clarified the tweet on Reddit where he states that the team was told by StarLadder that coach Danny “fRoD” Montaner could be substituted in, but the second roster absence could not have been filled as it did not meet the criteria of an emergency transfer.
According to yay, Lazarus was in contact with StarLadder weeks before the roster lock. However, this decision was delayed so that once the roster lock took place, Lazarus could not field another player.
Due to Lazarus having only having three players and a coach as a substitute after the roster-lock, StarLadder deemed the team ineligible for the Minor rather than allowing the team an emergency transfer as it was after the roster lock.
Lazarus could not field a full roster in time for the Minor. Therefore, Luminosity Gaming replaced Lazarus in the Americas Minor to which the team placed third in Group B, eliminating the team from the tournament.